One year after Jacob “Smitty” Smith is stood up at the altar, his good friend Jules encourages him to redeem his honeymoon package before it expires. Reluctantly, he agrees, and finds himself sitting beside free spirit Sloan Talbott, who is attending her sister’s destination wedding at the same resort.
Both have been hurt.
Neither is looking for love.
Will one week in paradise be a fling to remember or could it possibly lead to something more?
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review.
Sleep deprived and semi-delirious after plowing straight through My Favorite What If I have the strangest urge to smile uncontrollably and look at those ridiculously adorable photos of baby animals. You know the ones. Happiness. Grinning ear to ear as I write this, I can’t remember the last time I felt that warm glow of perfect bliss after reading an amazing book. My Favorite What If gave me a serious case of the warm and fuzzies. I just can’t get enough of Sloan and Smitty.
- Sloan is a ray of sunshine, scratch that, she’s pretty much the whole rainbow complete with a pot of gold. Sloan’s charisma, her smile, her bubbly, flirty personality bursts off the pages and rejuvenates your senses. Her energy is off the charts. Not only is she a genuine, kind-hearted, caring individual but she’s feisty, confident and unafraid to embrace her sexuality. It’s liberating and wonderful seeing a character so free with her body without seeming overly promiscuous. A fitness guru and savvy entrepreneur, Sloan seems to have everything going for her but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sloan’s heart is a shattered mess, plastered back together with cheap generic glue. Sloan lives vicariously through exercise and her passion but is hesitant to share her broken heart for fear of being unable to piece it back together again should things go south. Sloan is a natural lover, she has so much to give and so much happiness to bring to the world. It’s easy to feel kinship with her. Sloan has lived through a horrific tragedy. Her reasons for closing off her heart are sound and her fear is very real. The certainty that to love and lose it again will destroy you is strong.
- Smitty is consumed by the memories of his jilted wedding. A slave to nostalgia, Smitty has a shrine to Caroline that makes it impossible for him to move on. Everything, even the smallest of things reminds him of her. While all his friends are getting their happily ever after, he’s trapped in memories. Smitty feels to move on would be betrayal and it hurts to much. He’s kind, flirtatious, he sometimes says the wrong thing and can be a little pushy but he’s all gruff, masculine heat. Smitty is adorable. He draws you in with his almost child-like uncertainty about Sloan, he’s attentive and curious. It’s so cute. He looks at Sloan with wonder, as if she’s the answer to his prayers.
- Together, Sloan and Smitty are HOT. They’re gentle sometimes, teasing others. The chemistry escalates. It’s sexy, energetic, passionate.
- My Favorite What If centers on the fragility of human life but more importantly, it glorifies the beautiful resilience of the human heart. We’re able to survive the greatest tragedies, overcome our pasts and find love again, brilliant and strong, born from the ashes of the wreckage. Lyssa Layne captures the overwhelming terror and anxiety of opening up, of living again, and the guilt of moving on after loved ones are cruelly ripped from our lives. Sloan and Smitty both find that it’s okay to be scared as long as that fear doesn’t prevent them from taking a chance on happiness, that sometimes, the risk is worth the possible backlash.
- If you’ve read Everybody’s After Love, you’ll be so excited to see Jules and Bentley again. All secondary characters are lively and add to the story.
- The tragic circumstances were a HUGE surprise. Speculation and suspicion are high as the story progresses. Get ready for shock and sadness.
- Both Smitty and Sloan use sex to escape feeling anything real. The sex scenes were a little excessive but it was a part of their characters.
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