Author: Clare James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3.5 stars
Her. Him. Alone. Beach house. Every Wednesday. Clothing optional.
Twenty-one-year-old Aria Prince has just moved back to her hometown to start over after a painful divorce. She’s always prided herself on being an early bloomer, but had no idea she’d be married, divorced, and the mother of a toddler by twenty-one. Surely menopause was just a few months away, especially considering the hot flashes and night sweats. Or was that just exhaustion?
Unlike her friends who were at school, going to parties, and sowing their oats—wild and otherwise—Aria’s days were measured in the number of orders she took at her family’s restaurant, the chapters she read in her nursing text, the amount of Cheerios she cleaned up off the floor, and the wet kisses she received from her son.
And that was just fine with her.
But when she began running into her former best-friend Tristan Green—who was home taking care of his sick father—at every turn, she remembered what it felt like to be just Aria. Not a single mother, or sleep-deprived nursing student, or royal screw up. And though she didn’t even have time to shave her legs, let alone consider a sex life, Tristan makes an offer she’d be a fool to refuse.
Each day they’d give themselves to those who needed them. Every day – except Wednesday. Wednesday they’d take what they needed from each other.
Did she forget to mention Tristan was gorgeous?
Or that they hated each other?
Well, you know what they say about the line between love and hate … it’s a skinny-ass bitch. The question was, could they keep their feelings out of it?
This is the story of a friendship, a growing connection, that ends suddenly on misunderstandings. And whether you can forgive someone for breaking your heart.
I loved the idea behind this story, the love-love turned hate-lust How the two former friends took time from the pressures of their daily lives, put their personal feelings aside, and focused on the pleasure.
We detest each other. But, maybe, that’s why it’ll work. No emotion, just simple relief.
The bones of this story are strong, how it’s hard to truly ignore feelings for someone. When sex isn’t enough and your heart gets in the way. I just wished the story was fleshed out a bit more. The road to second chances was a bit rushed in my opinion, and I would have liked more depth in the story.
I really liked Aria, particularly where her priorities lie. Not everyone at such an age would be so selfless. And her Mom and sister provide the support, not judging her by her mistakes, in order for her to start over.
I had mixed feelings about Tristan. I didn’t really understand his career path and life direction, but appreciate that he put everything on hold for his Dad. And his relationship with Cade was very sweet and showed his level of forgiveness.
This is a quick read, with some hot and spicy Wednesdays – a day that guides the reader. Like the characters, you can’t wait for the next Wednesday.
“I’m not going to take you all slow and soft. At least not the first time. It’s going to be hard. And rough. Don’t mistake what this is, Aria. We’re going to fuck the sense out of each other. And then we’re going to do it again.”
Ultimately, the wrongs are righted, forgiveness is offered, and the hate-lust dissipates to what it once was, and was always meant to me, love-love.
*An ARC was received for an honest review.