Published by Entangled, Lovestruck on September 12, 2016
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Her brother’s best friend is not only the hottest man Michelle Dennis has ever seen, he’s the reason she left town eight years ago. Of course he’s the one waiting at the airport. Worse, he made sure they’re staying in the same house.
Alex Stafford is expecting to pick up his friend’s kid sister, not a full-fledged bombshell. He was planning to apologize for their past, but the feelings he had years ago come roaring back…and this time, there’s no denying them.
Keeping his hands off is a test he’s bound to fail—especially when they’re stuck in close quarters. But falling in love with Michelle, living in her world, isn’t an option for a guy like him. And remembering that will save them both a lot of heartache…
Just one Week is an adult contemporary romance by Alice Gaines. I love a good brother’s best friend forbidden romance, and this is a really cute one. (Plus, the main character’s name is Michelle, so I twas easy for me to put myself in her shoes and imagine me in her place. Just sayin’) Just one Week is told in dual narrative between Michelle and Alex, her brother’s best friend, and her childhood protector. But they had a huge falling out eight years ago, and since then Michelle has never returned to town. I was interested to see what the big falling out what, and in the end this turned out to be a very satisfying sweet romance.
I really enjoyed Michelle and Alex. Michelle is the right amount of sweet with a hint of sass to keep her entertaining, and Alex is such a great guy. It is so clear that he always fills the role of protector in all of his relationships in life. I think that is why he is grandma Vivian’s favorite. He would be my favorite too, for that very same reason. As far as I know, Just One Week is a standalone, but I think there is room to visit this small town again and check in on Michelle’s brother and Alex’s brother as well. I would love to see their stories, because I fell in love with the easy narration style and cute storyline from Alice Gaines. Just one Week is a quick and easy read that is great for reading in one sitting.
The only thing I would have liked more of with Just One Week is time for Alex and Michelle to deal with the dyslexia issue. It was this big secret and I felt like it was a throw away confession at the last minute, and I would have liked for that to have been a bigger role in the plotline. I know it was a huge deal for Alex throughout the story, but I would have loved for Michelle to have been brought into it earlier.
Bottom line: Just one Week is a well written, captivating second chance (maybe?) romance that deals with the off limits best friend’s sibling trope that I can’t seem to get enough of. I loved Michelle’s kind of adoptive family too. I would love to see more of them, even grandma Vivian. Just one Week wraps up nicely with a cute HEA, but I am hoping this is only book one in this world.#Review & #Giveaway Just one Week by @AliceGaines @LoveStruckEP 'a cute read-in-one-shot romance' - @BookBriefs Click To Tweet
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