Sarah Miller has been living away from home for the past seven years, burying herself in work in hopes of forgetting the only love of her life, her former best friend, Will Price. She and Will had realized they were in love during their senior year of high school, after he’d broken up with pretty but malicious Jessica. But something went horribly wrong, and Sarah fled, convinced Will had broken her heart for good. She found a new roommate and close friend, Sawyer (who, despite the name, is female), and a career, even building her own company from the ground up. But she’s never gotten over Will, and now she has to go back home for her brother’s wedding, only to find that he’s the best man. How can she cope with spending so much time around a man who still holds her heart, especially when he’s acting as though he still loves her, too? Is there a future for them? What exactly was the great betrayal that split them up, and can it ever be mended?
This is a light and sweet love story, between two entirely likeable people. The chemistry between them is obvious, and there’s a solid friendship there as well as a sexual attraction. It seems perfectly natural and reasonable that they’d fall in love. Sarah is capable of building herself a new life and a new career, and developing a successful small business, in spite of her vulnerability and insecurities. She isn’t, for a change, willing to give up everything she’s built the moment the hero asks her to be his, which is a refreshing twist. Will is charming, funny and appealing, with a good heart as well as a good body, and his obvious devotion to Sarah will warm the reader’s heart, even as we wonder how things could go wrong between such an obviously perfect couple. Sarah’s family is quite likeable, (if perhaps a bit too perfect), and Sawyer adds a lively and amusing counterbalance to Sarah’s careful emotional control.
The plot is a bit thin – the story spends a lot of time going back and forth between past and present, detailing the entire story of their relationship, and the actual conflict between them ends up feeling rather anticlimactic in the end. It’s resolved rather quickly as soon as they actually talk to each other, and it’s almost exasperating to see how easy it was, after such drama and emotional pain, to fix everything. (This is not a flaw unique to this book, mind you – there are plenty of romances, even by great authors, that are thwarted for years over a simple lack of basic communication.) I’m not entirely sure how the author plans to stretch this story into two books (one from her perspective, the other from his), but I’m not by any means unwilling to try the second book and see how she does it.
If you’re looking for a tender love story that’s also an amusing read, something to occupy yourself on a commute or at the beach, this is a great choice. It may be a bit light on plot, but it’s got characters who can win you over despite that.
Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader