by Bianca Dean
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
Told in the first person.
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Red has been trying to move on with her life. She really has. Her first real relationship ended in disaster and she can’t muster the energy to leave the house. Her brother Brenden and their best friend, Gavin, are sick of it. Guilting her into a night out, Red reluctantly agrees only to see her ex having the time of his life with another girl. Small town living would have it no other way. On the verge of a full blown panic attack, Gavin steps in to provide Red the distraction she needs to forget all about her ex. But as things quickly spiral out of control, will Red be able to keep her feelings for her best friend a secret in order to save their friendship?
Isabelle’s feeling a little sorry for herself. But her friend Gavin wants to change that. Our author reminds her readers why exes are such dicks – pun intended. She also reminds us how clueless some men can be well. And then of course there’s the immaturity and the competitiveness. It’s also about taking the step from friends to more then friends.
One of my favorite scenes was not a scene with sex in it but one where Red and Gavin go to the mall. The way the author has written it, I can picture the whole scene playing out. And after that it didn’t take me long to get hooked on the story. Especially when I should have been outside shoveling the snow from the night before. But I didn’t want to stop until I got to see what our couple was going to do.
Women in their twenties and thirties will probably enjoy this story. Women over that may use this as a way of reminiscing about their own first loves and past boyfriends. It’s a book that you can get read in just a couple of days, especially if you get into a reading frenzy. The ending is left a little up in the air but that’s because our couple’s story continues in book two. You will get a sneak peak at the end but can’t let you know when it will be coming out. So you may want to follow this author so that if you liked this story and you want to continue reading about Red and Gavin, signing up for her newsletter is a good thing.
I sat back on the couch and took a deep breath. I had to keep it cool. Drooling over Red while she’s still trying to deal with the bullshit from Wilson is not the way to go. I could still smell that vanilla body wash she loved so much, the steam from the bathroom carrying it out and swirling it around my head.
I dropped the controller and turned off the television. I could see the reflection of the living room lights on the large TV set, and I could just make out a sliver of light escaping through Red’s cracked door. I watched as a shadow moved in front of the door. I turned the TV back on. I didn’t need to that guy, the guy that I usually am. If she were someone I was trying to fuck, I would have walked back to her room and watched her dress. I would have waited until she had her panties and bra on; then I would have stepped into her room and peeled them off her body.
But, Red is my best friend and that’s it. How was I supposed to know that kissing her was going to set off fireworks in my head? I hadn’t meant to kiss her, not like I did. I had just meant to maybe whisper something funny to her, or pull her close and tell her to forget about him, but all that went out the window when I pulled her close. She’s always been so strong, so tough. I can see she’s hurting, and I just wanted to take that pain away. But then she looked at me, and I lost it.
Her plump, pink lips were calling out to me. Her face was flushed and her pulse was pounding in her throat. She was beautiful. She is beautiful. Now, because of one moment of weakness, I've fucked it all up. She’s skittish around me now, and I don’t know what to do.
I haven’t thought about Red as anything other than a friend in a long time. But the more I think about it, the more I like it. We get along great, she’s smart, she’s funny, and she puts up with me. But, she’s my best friend, and her brother would kill me. And, if things don’t work out, it would fuck everything up, royally.
You don’t shit where you eat, and I'm not going to fuck my best friend no matter how good she looks getting out of the shower.
I just need to get my shit together. Quickly.