Olivia hates the singles scene, so when her best guy friend, Ian, offers to be her plus one to a series of weddings she has to attend, she agrees. Although she doesn’t want to complicate their lifelong friendship, she can’t pass up the chance to have a steady date without the dating drama. What she doesn’t expect is to now find Ian so incredibly sexy.
When Ian sees his old friend Olivia dolled up for wedding #1, the boyhood crush he once nurtured transforms into smoldering attraction. It doesn’t take long for their no-strings arrangement to turn physical. But as Olivia’s desire to stay “just friends” becomes clear, Ian’s feelings are deepening. In the time they have together, how will Ian convince Olivia that one plus one can make for a lifelong pair?
Not often would a woman hoping to be romanced be turned on by a guy who comes out with this on their first date:
“Interesting fact”……”Cat urine is one of the most difficult things to get out of carpet”.
Sadly, this is just a sample of the bad run of luck Olivia has had on the dating scene of late. One dodgy man after another leaves her despairing of the singles market altogether. Her recollections of some of her failed dates had me laughing – Ernie, the plumber who loved to talk about unclogging toilets while eating, Charles the self-important chauvinist and Cliff, the porn-watching unemployed guy who at 35 still lived in his mother’s basement.
This parade of shocking dates coincides with an epic string of weddings she is either a part of or needs to attend and she’s dreading the thought of being at these alone. Then an unexpected white knight arrives on the scene. Her best friend’s brother Ian. He rescues her from the cat urine guy, and surprises her by offering to be her plus-one at all the weddings.
Despite her shock, Olivia accepts. What can go wrong with this picture? She knows him, he’s a friend, this is perfect. As it so happens, plenty does go haywire.
All of a sudden, Olivia is finding herself attracted to Ian and having some more than friendly thoughts about him. What she doesn’t realise is that for almost as long as they’ve known each other, Ian has been head-over-heels in love with her and that this situation is just more fuel for the fire.
I love friends-to-lovers stories, and this one is done really well. The connection and the chemistry between Olivia and Ian is fantastic. When they do finally give in, it’s combustible.
I would love to have seen Plus One as a full-length book – there were a couple of moments in their story which could have been better served by being expanded upon. However, as a novella, it still worked really well.
I look forward to seeing more from Brighton Walsh on the basis of this story. If I had to distill my thoughts on Plus One to just four words, they would be short, hot, sweet and sexy. If this is how you like your books, this is a perfect one for you.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release date: 6 May 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.