When It's Right by Jeanette Grey
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: December 1, 2013
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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"He's the last resolution she intends to break. "
Still licking his wounds after a messy breakup, Nate is at loose ends for New Year's Eve and itching for a wild and crazy adventure to jolt him out of his rut. Now if he could only convince his best friend, Cassie, to break away for an impromptu road trip to Times Square.
Fun as it sounds, Cassie is reluctant to accept Nate's invitation. Little does he know, she's made resolutions of her own-resolutions about finally getting over her long-standing crush on him. Telling herself this trip will be the perfect "last hurrah," she packs her bag.
The trip is a fiasco from the outset. A car that won't start, a freak storm that strands them on the side of the road, and a long drive with too much time for true confessions. Cassie's rocks Nate to the core, leaving him wondering if the best thing that ever happened to him has been right in front of him all along.
Warning: Contains two best friends, a secret crush, and a road trip that leads to tow trucks, unexpected hotel-room sharing, epiphanies, sex, and more.
I love the friends-to-lovers trope and this short novella did not disappoint.
Nate wants to go on a road trip and his timing couldn’t be worse. First, he hasn’t given himself a lot of time to get there – Nate and Cassie live in North Carolina, and it two days before New Years. Also, Cassie has just decided that she needs to get over her secret crush on Nate and move on…and spending time with him in close proximity will not help her achieve that goal. But Cassie gives in and away they go, except his car doesn’t work and they have to use her beater, and then all of a sudden, Nate is noticing things about Cassie and there’s a tension in the air. And then she tells him she used to have a crush on him and now Nate is all kinds of confused, about things about Cassie. The road trip from hell kind of just gets worse from there. LOL
I liked When It’s Right. It was long enough that we get to know our characters and understand them. Cassie and Nate became friends because when she first met him, she saw how all the ladies threw themselves at him and she didn’t want to compete, so she was just herself. And it killed her whenever she’d see Nate hook up with his bobble-head socialite girlfriends that he didn’t really care for.
After his latest breakup, Nate realizes he needs to change. He was going to move in with his girlfriend because they were compatible. He didn’t love her. And it eats him when he thinks about Cassie possibly pulling away from him. So when she admits to her crush, he’s flabbergasted.
I don’t want to say anything more, because things get really cute on their hellish road trip and then when they get to New York it made me happy. LOL This is a New Years’ themed-romance and it definitely leaves you with a smile on your face.
3.75 out of 5