Plus One by Brighton Walsh
Released: May 6, 2013
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: “I’ve wanted you for so long, Liv.”
…. “Better come get me, then.”
Olivia is tired of the dating scene and tired of the guy she is out to dinner with. Lucky for her, her best friend’s brother Ian calls just in time and Olivia has an excuse to dump the date. Olivia and Ian live in different cities now but they have been good friends (and only friends) for many years. As they chat on the phone, Olivia mentions she has several weddings coming up and now she has to find a dates. This sums up Olivia’s dating experiences:
“Men are all lousy asshats who don’t know good conversation from their own sweaty ball sacs.”
Well then! Thankfully, Ian suggests he be her plus one, and to his delight, she agrees.
Ian has had a crush on Olivia for as long as he can remember. He actually moved to a different town just to try to get on with his life. But he knows deep down Olivia is the one for him. As he starts to see her at these various weddings, dancing and spending time with her, he realizes it is time to make his move.
This is a cute novella. A super short novella, but cute nonetheless. This author writes their chemistry really well. It helps that they both are very familiar with each other and have a friendly history. Their chemistry and tension are smoldering.
His eyes, scorching with a want she knew all too well, bored into hers
“Liv.” He managed to convey so much want and need with that single word.
She swallowed, her throat suddenly dry, and tried not to sound breathless when she answered. “Yes?”
Ian’s finger was still on her lip, caressing it back and forth, and his focus switched between her mouth and her eyes. When he didn’t say anything more, she couldn’t take it any longer. Her tongue darted out, lightly brushing against his finger. With their eyes locked, she took the tip of his finger into her mouth and sucked gently.
“Jesus Christ.” It was a low rumble, spoken under his breath, but she heard it clearly.
I also enjoyed the fact that Ian gets nervous about admitting his true feelings. That trait came off quite endearing to me.
I wish this had been longer so we could have explored the relationship, as there is definitely room for more. But for what we get, it is well done.