Author: Selena Illyria
Publisher: Loose ID
Rating: 3 stars
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Blurb: Captain of the Witch Fields Prowlers Hockey Team, Alexi Kurraine, is looking forward to spending 4th of July weekend with his best friend and sometimes lover, Tianna. Between their busy careers and now living in different cities he wants to spend as much time with her as possible before they go back to their separate lives. One moment of honesty between them puts a strain on his relationship with her and leaves him wondering about their future together not only as best friends and lovers but as a possible couple. Can he convince her to take the leap despite her reservations?
Tianna loves Alexi, always has. He’s a constant in her life that she desperately needs after moving to a new city. He’s best friend turned lover and she likes the status quo even though it leaves her wanting more from their relationship. Their week together only reinforces her desire to be with him but she fears that a long distance relationship will cost them more than just the sex. She can’t lose her best friend. Can she silence the voice of doubt or will she pull away from one of the most important relationships in her life?
Review: The premise of this novella was really great and a lot of thIngs came through in this sports romance of friends to lovers. The hot sex, the friends to lovers trope, and the hot sports figure/alpha male all worked to an advantage in this book.
Tianna loves her new job, but moving away from Little Witch Field made her miss her best friend Alexi. Not getting to see him all the time and talk to him whenever she wanted was harder than she thought. That’s why she was really looking forward to their annual week-long getaway at the cabin.
Alexi has been in love with Tianna for a long time. He’s planning on using their vacation to work on changing their relationship from friends to lovers. He thought he had a great chance because their one slip up on New Year’s had been the most amazing sex he’d ever had, and he was pretty sure she felt the same. But her grief over her mother’s death, her career, and the distance between them was going to work against him. If he could only convince Tianna to give them a try!
The writing is sexually explicit and hot, with the main characters exploring their chemistry in a variety of situations and positions. Their relationship issues were clearly explained in the context of the plot and their personalities. Unfortunately, for me the plot development and character growth just never jived. I loved the details but they never worked to build a complete, layered picture for me to really enjoy.