Author: Alice Gaines

Just One Week by Alice Gaines

Just One Week by Alice GainesJust One Week by Alice Gaines
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck), Entangled Publishing: Lovestruck on September 12th 2016
Pages: 153
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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…

The prodigal daughter returns home after an 8-year rift with a man whom she’d loved and now that she’s turned into a bombshell (as well as as intellectual), the man who’s pushed her away sits up and notice. Needing to score away the hurt, Michelle Dennis decides that using Alex Stafford for his body after his rejection is the best ploy. What follows is a predictable trajectory of realising that sex can’t come with no strings especially with a man with whom she shares history, even if he’s always thought himself beneath her.

My excitement in discovering another brother’s best-friend’s story was dimmed by the nonsensical and well, dumb behaviour of the characters, whom I simply couldn’t bring myself to like at all. In most cases, sex seldom is the problem; the behaviour before and after as well as the motivations are. Michelle’s soreness over Alex’s rejection lasted only a day it seemed and seeing her behaviour flip from hostile to seductive was cringe-worthy, just as watching Alex suddenly decide that he was in love with her after getting horizontal. The latter, who spent the entire book making a huge issue of his dyslexia that supposedly kept him from keeping intimate relationships, cemented his own stupidity not because of his learning disorder but because of the cowardice that he’d shown with Michelle for years.

That they fell into bed so easily – as though the years of fraught tension just disappeared – made me incredulous, because I’d assumed this was a huge road block that would take more than just an affair to smooth over. With this source of narrative tension suddenly removed, I felt short-changed and somewhat repulsed by Michelle’s tanking pride (when it seemed she had to be the brave one the whole time) and Alex’s inadvertent reiteration of the stereotypical dumb jock behaviour.

The story did rub me the wrong way, unfortunately; I couldn’t wait to finish this by the time Michelle and Alex rushed through their HEA with a wedding that I couldn’t believe when their supposed love didn’t feel real at all.