Friday, July 26, 2019

Review: Thirty-Five and Single by Terri E. Laine

What can go wrong when you’re getting divorced from your high school sweetheart, it's your thirty-fifth birthday and you have too much to drink? 

Throw in the gorgeous neighbor who comes to the rescue when you can't seem to open your apartment door after all the alcohol and end up taking a drunken slip and slid across the floor.

Then you look up into his gorgeous face and forget all the reasons why it’s a bad idea to hook-up with said twenty-something neighbor. In fact, it’s a fan-freaking-tastic idea. 

Now let the games begin because this is Olivia's life: - interfering sisters, the ex, co-workers… and Joel, her way too sexy, too young, but oh so hot neighbor. 

Wanting to explore single life, Olivia fights her growing connection with Joel. Only he’s is determined to prove to her that age is just a number and she’s is his number one.

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I loved this book. Maybe it’s because I absolutely loved Joel!   Ut it was also the story and the fact that there is an age gap between the two main characters and that is one of my favorite troupes to read.  

Olivia is a 35-year-old woman who had recently caught her husband cheating, left ad is trying to start her new life as a single woman.  It’s not as easy as one would think.  For one, when you have nee with the same man as long as she has, dating becomes completely foreign, as does finding an actual date.  Her sexy and much younger new neighbor Joel has become a good friend to her it he past year.  But he has made it no secret that he wants her and wants more than a friendship. One drunk night leads to a hot and sexy night with Joel.  But when morning comes she knows that they could never be.  She is too hung up on the age difference and everything that she cannot give him.  But Joel is not about to give up.  He is determined to show her just how much they belong together.  Can Olivia open up to the idea of actually dating Joel?

I loved the two of them together and Joel was such a fantastic hero.  He is not just a sexy tattoo artist, he is genuine, caring, sweet and he knows what he wants.  Olivia I loved but at times became so frustrated with her.  She has been through a rough time, and with her ex still lurking around, it isn’t easier on her.  But I could tell and feel what her and Joel had, and I was rooting for them all the way.  

There is drama and angst and moments where I was not sure where this story would go.   There are a few twists in there that may surprise you and also make the story even more interesting.  I loved watching the back and forth between Joel and Olivia.  There are moments where the author makes you wait for what comes next.  Reading Joel’s POV only for that chapter to end in a way that leaves you hanging just a bit, then moving on to Olivia and not knowing what happened next with Joel. Well played Ms. Laine!!!  Kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next.  I adored the characters and loved the story.  I am hoping that Joel’s siblings get their own story, or perhaps Olivia’s sisters as well.  

1 comment:

  1. I love this book too and I've said it before, Everyone needs a Joel.


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