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Loved this mini book. A quick fun read while my kiddies were sleeping. Such a heartfelt story of life long friends becoming lovers and still being able to keep such a strong friendship. Feeling like it took there whole life to get there ,once there feelings for each other are voiced everything else comes easy. I love how the author uses a string of weddings and story telling from a his and her point of view. You feel exactly what the characters are feeling. I find that with every book she writes you are transported into the story and heart of it all. Such a fun read.
The dynamics of the changing relationship between Olivia and Ian is portrayed well throughout. At no point did I think, ‘Oh for Goodness sake, just get on with it’ like I have done with other books in this genre.
Though the book is short, being a novella and all, it contained the right amount of humor, tension, and fantastic dialogue. I felt as though I was in the room with the characters – which would have been nice :D
The first chapter sucked me in, the first line, actually and I read it all in an afternoon. It was so light and sassy. The feelings that both characters go through are true to life, in particular the worries that run through Olivia’s head are well founded so there was no eye rolling from me.
Both of the characters are loveable and Ian is downright dreamy. Their personalities and the beautiful and witty voice the story is told in will have you rooting for these two friends to couple up.
If you’re looking for an easy quick read in the afternoon while the kids are at school or even a beach read, you will not be disappointed.
Another really enjoyasble read from Brighton Walsh.
What i really love about her short reads is that there is as much character depth in them as you would expect in a full length Novel. The stories are never rushed, and there is plenty of steam and heat, without losing out on some great storytelling.
After reading two of Brighton Walsh's full-length novels in a week's time, I found myself with a horrific book hangover. The only way to fix it was to read MORE of her books, so I dove into her backlist. Plus One sounded like a fun, romantic book and it came highly-recommended by several of my friends so naturally it was the one I picked up first. Boy I'm glad I did!
I find standalone novellas difficult sometimes because it's tough for me to form an attachment to the characters and get what I feel is a full story from them in such few pages. That definitely was not the case with this one. I had no trouble connecting to both Olivia and Ian, and getting totally engrossed with their story.
Who doesn't love a good friends to lovers story? Or a crush on a friend's sibling story? I got both here and it made me all kinds of happy. I really enjoyed that, in this book, it was the man who harbored the unrequited crush on his female friend. You don't see that all that often.
I really liked both Olivia and Ian. It was fun to watch their friendship begin to transform into something different as Ian accompanied her to a seemingly unending chain of weddings. They shared great chemistry and there was loads of sexual tension. When they finally gave in, it was hot. And, at the same time, it was easy to see how much they felt for the other and understand their concerns about putting a strain on their friendship. But, some things are worth the risk.
Plus One was an excellent novel. The story was short, sweet and sexy, but still felt complete. I mean, I wouldn't stay more to another dose of Olivia and Ian because I'm a greedy, greedy reader, but I'm also satisfied by how everything wrapped up here. Brighton Walsh continues to do no wrong!
I absolutely loved this short story. Olivia is tired of dating Mr. Wrong over and over again--although the descriptions of her bad dates are absolutely hysterical and sadly pathetic at the same time.
She's invited to no less than four weddings, and she doesn't want to go dateless. The answer to her prayers arrives in the form of Ian, the younger brother of her best friend, who offers to be her plus one. She's known him since they were kids; that won't be awkward, right?
What Olivia doesn't know is that Ian has been harboring a serious crush since his teens, and he's turned into one sexy man--and she's just now realizing this.
The building of their relationship is sweet and fun--a little achy, too, as Olivia catches up with Ian's feelings. But even the little ache is worth it.
Oh, and did I mention sexy? Brighton Walsh knows how to write a hot and fun sex scene with just the right amount of smut. I'll be looking forward to what she has in store for us next!
Olivia is done, done, done with the dating scene. Yet she has several weddings to attend in the coming weeks. So when her best friend's brother--also a lifelong friend--offers to be her plus one at the slew of weddings she has to attend, Olivia can't say no.
Ian has been in love with Olivia for the two decades that she's been best friend's with his sister. He's tried his best to hide his feelings for her, but with each passing wedding it becomes more and more difficult for him to keep up the facade.
Absolutely loved this novella by Brighton Walsh. It's a quick read, but it's funny and sizzling hot. Olivia and Ian are adorable, the kind of characters you'd actually want to hang out with.
This novella can easily be read in a single sitting, yet the story feels complete. I'm looking forward to reading Brighton's next story.
When I saw the book cover and read the blurb for Plus One I bought the book immediately. Look at them, they look so wonderful together. Having fun and loving life. And that's what happens in the book. When Olivia needs dates for the upcoming scheduled weddings, best friend Ian helps her out by being her plus one.
The catch is that Ian has loved Olivia since forever. I love a romance when the characters are friends and then fall in love. Ian seems like the perfect man until he does something stupid which brought him tumbling down into humanville.
It all turned out well, giving me that wonderful ahh romance ending.
I have to disclose up front that I personally know this author. But I'm pretty sure I didn't let that sway my opinion of Plus One at all. One of the reasons I know Ms. Walsh personally is because I admire her as a writer and she always seems to know just what I'm looking for in heroines and heroes and she brings that to her writing.
In Plus One, we meet Olivia, who is tired of endless dates with men that she just can't connect with. In fact, we meet her while she's on one such date... and I can't blame her for setting up a rescue phone call once I heard some of the first date horror stories! It turns out it isn't her best friend, Emma, calling to rescue her though. It's her best friends, younger brother, Ian.
Ian has always been a part of her life, and over the years has become one of her best friends. Olivia has never entertained the idea of looking at him romantically simply because in her mind he was never an option. When Ian finds out that Olivia has 9 weddings to attend, either as a bridesmaid or a guest, he offers to be her 'Plus One' to each of them and after a moments hesitation, Olivia accepts.
Like I said above, Walsh knows how to write heroines. The problem I often have with romance is that I find the actions of the characters to be unbelievable or just plain unexplained at times which then leads me to dislike the heroine/hero. I never had that problem with Plus One - the characters are so wonderfully written and developed, I thought I was reading a story about friends that I knew! Olivia is smart and successful and yet she struggles in this one area of her life. And while I may not have agreed with every decision she made along the way, her actions made sense. She struggled to wrap her head around the idea that this person who has been so much to her could possibly become more. And the niggling fear that is always there when you mess around with such an incredible friendship... what if something goes wrong, how do I go on without this person in my life, is excellently conveyed here, not only because he's her friend, but his sister is also her friend... would she lose both of them if it didn't work out? Definitely a believable struggle.
Okay... so another thing that Brighton does wonderfully well... the naughty stuff. The banter between the two characters is so well done. It's light and funny, showing us just how great their friendship is and then it's full of tension and UST showing us their incredible chemistry.
Ian ... *fans self* remember when I said Brighton knows what women want in a hero? well... imagine this ...
While there's nothing wrong with a woman having her way with me, I prefer to be the one calling the shots in the bedroom."
He brushed a single finger down the line of her jaw, and instead of moving away, swept his finger over her lips.
Leaning in, he brushed his lips against her ear. "I need to taste you."
I mean... he's sweet, and wonderful to her... not just as a guy trying to get in her pants, but also as a friend and confidant. And man, can that guy talk in the bedroom...
Ian's story is slowly revealed to us and it turns out that he's crushed on Olivia for years. convincing himself that any sort of relationship other than friendship just isn't going to happen and so he's moved away trying to put some space between them and pursued other relationships which all ended up missing something. But he never ditched Olivia ... he has always been her friend and I admire that.
His feelings for Livvy are obvious from the start to us readers, but it makes sense that Olivia didn't and couldn't see it and getting to see the evolution from friend to lover is one of my favorite kinds of romances around and Brighton Walsh captures what I love about it best.
If you're a contemporary romance fan, this is definitely something you're going to want to pick up when it comes out on May 6th. It's a quick, light, read that will have you falling in love right along with Ian and Olivia. Definitely put Ms. Walsh on your favorite authors list... she's for sure on mine!
This was my first read by Brighton Walsh and it won't be my last! I really enjoyed following along with both of the characters as they tried to move from friends to lovers to more. The writing is crisp and fun and I had a hard time putting it down. A great read!
I purchased my copy of Plus One on release day yet never even loaded it onto my Nook. I wasn't reading at the time and definitely wasn't in the mood for any kind of romance as I was deep in the I-Have-An-Infant-And-Never-Get-To-Sleep mode. Months later, I was looking for something quick to read while on vacation and finally loaded up my copy of Brighton's novel.
I didn't put it down until I had hit the final page.
The book opens with the main female character, Olivia, in the middle of a ridiculously bad date, which appears to be a repetitive issue for her. At the ripe old age of thirty-two, she's beginning to wonder if Mr. Right (or even Mr. Right-Now) is out there, while also trying to figure out how to not end up dateless for the nine upcoming weddings she has invitations for. Having passed that magical moment of "OMG How did I become a spinster already and why are all my friends getting married right now?" I totally understood the pressure and anxiety she felt in this situation. Even if I hadn't passed (and survived, I might add) that milestone, Olivia's voice comes through loud and clear on the page. Brighton writes a main character with spunk and sass, one who knows who she is and isn't afraid to say what's on her mind. She's relatable, adorable and had me laughing out loud more than once.
Now let's talk about Ian, shall we? Olivia's best friend's younger brother, Ian has been one of her closest friends for most of her life. He's funny, handsome, charming and completely, madly in love with a clueless Olivia. He also happens to be sexy and flirtatious, but we get to that a bit later. Ian left town to move beyond his childhood crush, but agreeing to be Olivia's "plus one" for all of the weddings she needs dates for brings back all those old feelings. The longing, the confusion, the want...Ian's unrequited love is a true gut-knotter. You can feel how much he loves Olivia through his thoughts and words, and you just want to crawl into the pages and play matchmaker for the couple. Unfortunately, he has no idea how to move their relationship from great-friends to great-in-bed...but after a few weeks of cocktails and other people's wedding vows, he's willing to try.
The sexual tension between these two simply skyrockets as the book progresses. Every touch, every dress, every dance...it all builds up, setting and keeping a fast pace through words so pretty, you'll be cheering out loud for these two to get together. Every sentence, every bit of witty banter between these two, leads up to Olivia and Ian pushing their relationship so far out of the friend zone, they may never find their way back.
At least we all hope they don't.
I gave this a five star rating on Goodreads. It's an adorable story with a strong female lead and a swoony male counterpart. Plus One is sweet and charming and will leave you wishing this was just the beginning of a series so you could see more of Olivia and Ian as they navigate the not-just-friends-zone together. This is definitely a go, run, buy - NOW! kind of book.