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 find Ian now so incredibly sexy. When Ian sees his old friend Olivia dolled up for wedding number one, the boyhood crush he once nurtured transforms into a 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. How will Ian convince Olivia that one plus one can make for a lifelong pair in the time they have together?
- Title: Plus One
- Raina Rating: 5 out of 10
- Genre: Romance
- Author: Brighton Walsh
Plus One is a short story that, on the surface, has a lot of potential. I mean, how often does a story start off with a date talking about cat urine and then lead into a conversation like this … “You know what? I’m done. Men are all lousy ass hats who don’t know good conversation from their own sweaty ball sacs …”?
The story had everything in place to be a great story. Olivia had a great friend from childhood, her best friend’s brother. She had been on a series of horrible dates, and that led up to her swearing off men. She gets her best friend’s brother to escort her to some weddings, so she doesn’t have to go alone. The story had so much potential, but in the end, it really just fell short. There was no real sexual tension; if so, you didn’t feel it. There were no overwhelming OMG moments in the book. There was a bit of crass and crude commentary. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to vulgarity in a story, but there is a way to do it to be a little more classy and not so forced as she had a point to prove, and that was the only way she knew how to get her point across about the lead character being independent.
Overall it wasn’t a bad story. It was just a lackluster one. It was a nice read to pass a bit of time. But in the end, it didn’t wow me. It didn’t even stick with me. When I was done reading it, that was that. To me, as I’ve said before, a great story makes you think about it long after you’ve read the last page. This book failed in that area. But it’s low cost (at Amazon via kindle) so if you are bored, want a decent story, and nothing else is available, this one should get you by.
Borrow it. While you may enjoy reading it the first time, doubt you’ll want to read it again and again.