Title: Plus One

Author: Brighton Walsh

Published: May 6th, 2013 by Carina Press

Publisher’s Synopsis: Olivia hates the singles scene, so when her best guy friend, Ian, offers to be her plus one to a series of weddings she has to attend, she agrees. Although she doesn’t want to complicate their lifelong friendship, she can’t pass up the chance to have a steady date without the dating drama. What she doesn’t expect is to now find Ian so incredibly sexy.

When Ian sees his old friend Olivia dolled up for wedding #1, the boyhood crush he once nurtured transforms into smoldering attraction. It doesn’t take long for their no-strings arrangement to turn physical. But as Olivia’s desire to stay “just friends” becomes clear, Ian’s feelings are deepening. In the time they have together, how will Ian convince Olivia that one plus one can make for a lifelong pair?

**NOTE:** An eBook of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way.

Our Reviews:

Ana – Second Shelf Rating!

 Ana: I always find it difficult to review short books. I think it’s because what I really love about reading is getting all the details and immersing myself in the story. Quite often, there’s just not enough time to do  that in short stories and that leaves me with too many questions. In this case, however, the story was kept simple and straightforward and that made it easier to feel fulfilled by the information the author chose to share. The characters were easy to like and the situation was fun while still packing a punch of emotion. I liked the characters, especially Ian…a man who knew his own mind, his own needs and his own desires! Although this story was not necessarily unique I did get exactly what I was expecting. Normally, I would give a story like this a 3 star review but this one gets a bump up to my second shelf because of the wonderful writing style. It was smooth and seamless and conveyed the emotion well in such a small number of pages. Overall, a fun, easy read.

Amy – 3rd Shelf Rating!

Amy: I flew through the pages of Plus One, finishing it all in one sitting, but unfortunately felt a little unsatisfied turning that last page. Now it’s not because I didn’t enjoy the writing or the story itself, I believe it’s because the story was just too short and I wanted more. Brighton Walsh is a talented author and within the first couple of pages, her skill and great sense of humor were clearly evident.. but the story was kept limited and basic because it is indeed a novella. I enjoyed the characters for the most part, especially Olivia, although I would of loved to known more about her. The things that made her the person she was in that moment.. Her past, her bakery, more about her bad luck with men.. things like that, but I also understand that pages were limited in this short story as well. I didn’t have that “OMG!” connection with Ian for some reason. Although he’s a sweet, handsome guy very much in love with one of his closest friends, he just seemed too ordinary to me. Some of the descriptions of Olivia’s hoards of bridesmaid dresses, mostly given in Ian’s point of view, did have me cracking up which was great! I would of loved to see one of those obnoxious dresses on the cover too! Having said all that and now realizing that I’m just too needy in the story depth and development department for a novella, I’ve come to the conclusion that my issues are more my own rather than the authors and I really do look forward to reading more of Brighton’s work!

Christina – Second Shelf Rating!

Christina: So, let me start this out by saying that I’ve learned now through trial and error, that I’m just not a big fan of novellas that aren’t tied into a larger series. For me, it doesn’t allow me enough time to delve into the psyche of the characters and to grasp how a relationship or romance can take form in such a short period of time. Basically, everything always feels rushed. However, with all that being said, I really enjoyed Plus One for the humorous, sweet novella that it was. Ms. Brighton cleverly set forth the ground work for a plausible relationship by having Olivia and Ian be a part of one another’s lives since childhood, so no magical instant connections here. In fact, it was a slow burn of building chemistry that had me wiggling in my seat like a loony person. To back it all up, the author has an effortless ability to weave humor and great banter in between two great characters with plenty of charm and realness that kept me laughing the whole time. Olivia was full of snark and knew exactly what she wanted from life while Ian was determined and personable. I felt that even outside of the book forces that were joining them together, they were still the types of people that I could “see” having a lasting relationship.

Where my rating fell in this story a bit probably had more to do with my own personal issues and less with the author or the novella itself. The climax and heartfail of the book came too closely to the resolution, in my opinion. It felt like just when I was settling into the grit of the hearclenchy moments, I was being knocked over the head with a happy ending. *sigh* What can I say, I guess I’m a girl who loves her angst.


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