Friday, May 1, 2015

Review: Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend... 

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve ...

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

4 Beautiful Stars 

Review by Natasha Gentile 

So this book came out of no where.  I mean it has to be the most secret book ever.  Here we are we think she is writing a book called Turbulence and boom she put up a cover and a countdown to her new book.  And I for one couldn’t wait for it.

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend... 

I love love love these types of books.  
Arizona and Carter have been best friends since fourth grade or fifth grade depending on whom you ask.  So from grade school to middle school to high school to college the one thing that stayed the same is their friendship.  They have been there for one another whether it was their first kisse, their first “times,” and they were always there when their relationships fail.

Yet, since were indeed “just friends”-just goddamn friends (why couldn’t people see this?!), I had no issues with him falling back or not talking to me as much, because months later, the results were always the same: Another breakup. Another late night phone call to discuss what di or didn’t go wrong.  Another brief break until he found the next crazy.

So throughout the years, no matter what everyone else thought the only thing they had was the best friendship I have ever come across.

I loved their banter.  I loved how they knew exactly how the other would feel during each break up.  I loved how they had their own little dates when one or both were feeling sad.  Until one look changed it all..

I turned to my left to look at Ari again, hoping that the past few minutes were a mistake-that I was in the middle of a strange daydream.  That there was no way I could be this attracted to her right now-no way I could want to tell her to pull over so I could taste her lips.  Both sets of them.
The thoughts that were crossing my mind-ripping off that tank top-pulling off jeans shorts and spreading her across the top of my hood needed to be erased as soon as possible….
Holy F*cking Sh*t.

Clearly it must be the booze in his system to make him have these thoughts, except he isn’t drinking.  There is nothing clouding his judgment.  So imagine her surprise when just when he is thinking these naughty thoughts something comes to her.

I tapped my chest, preparing to clear my throat again so I could get out of their self-imposed Twilight-Zone, but my eyes suddenly latched onto Carter.
I’d seen him shirtless a million times before, seen his blue eyes gleam in the sunlight many times more, but I’d never felt the slightest bit attraction.  Until now…
And at the moment, it wasn’t “slight” at all…

Ok now I’m hooked, I’m flipping these pages faster than my eyes can read, I’m yelling at them telling them that this is a bad idea, you can’t do this, you have to just go out and get someone else.  I mean nothing good can come from this.  You can’t possibly ruin years of friendship just for a little sex.  Oh, but you can!!  

When the dust has settled and you rub your eyes and look around can you really just have sex with your best friend without emotion?  

Now while I simply adored this book did have a HEA, it did  upset me towards the end. There are a couple of actions on Arizona's part that were downright hurtful to Carter and made me want to throttle her. After years and years of friendship, carter deserved a pass for screwing up. If just took Ari a lot longer to get there then I wanted! 

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if your still “just” my best friend or is you are someone so much more to my heart.  A heart that didn’t know how this felt before. 
Sincerely Carter.

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