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Monday, August 21, 2017

Review: Until the Sun Sets by Tara Wyatt

This year seems to have been the year of good novellas for me because this one felt more like a normal length romance with everything that was going on. I definitely had fun.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Swerve
Release Date: July 11, 2017

Two best friends at a destination wedding in Mexico are forced into a fake relationship; but when one kiss turns into a week-long fling, could this change everything?

Dean Grayson doesn't do commitment. So when his cousin asks Dean to bring a date to his wedding in Mexico, he asks his best friend, Carly Jensen, to come with him. After a recent break up, Carly’s feeling like she’ll never find love, so a week in Mexico with her best friend-slash-boss is the perfect way to take her mind off things.

As fate would have it, Carly’s ex is also a guest at the wedding...with his new girlfriend. To protect her pride, Carly and Dean decide to fake a relationship for the week. But between the sand, surf, and sharing a bed, these friends turned lovers realize they’re meant for something more.

What’s it About? Dean needs a date to his cousin’s wedding in Mexico. Not because he’s afraid to go alone but because his cousin doesn’t want him causing trouble with any of the single women who will be there. So Dean asks his best friend Carly to go with him, just as friends but when Carly finds out that her ex is also at the wedding, she blurts out that she and Dean are an item. It’s the perfect solution for Dean who is suddenly starting to see his best friend in a different light. They can “pretend” date with some very real kisses and sexy time all without the strings that come with real dating. Sounds great but when Carly starts developing real feelings Dean starts to panic.

Overall reaction to the story? Until the Sun Sets checked almost all my boxes for what makes a good friends-to-lovers romance. Dean and Carly had a solid, very humorous friendship that I hardly see in romance (They’re all so serious and have an underlying tension). These two were fun together as friends and I loved that Carly had a side gig that I personally haven’t come across in a romance: She wants to be a standup comedian! Isn’t that awesome? I loved the goofy moments between them that showed that as friends they could let down their guards. The transition to lovers brought out new sides to both characters that made me feel like I was meeting brand new characters. Overall, a fun, sexy read.

Describe the hero in five words: Sensitive. Stubborn. Fun. Caring. Smart.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? When I say Dean is sensitive, I don’t mean he cried at the drop of a hat, I mean that what his loved ones thought about him mattered. When his cousin tells him that Dean needs to bring a date so that he doesn’t “manwhore” around with the single ladies at the wedding, it’s like a moment of revelation for him because he didn’t know that that was how his family saw him and it kind of hurt. Throughout the whole story Dean becomes more and more self aware of his reputation and with Carly’s help, he focuses on why he’s so afraid to commit to one woman. Dean wasn’t all doom and gloom though, he was also witty, fun, sweet, and didn’t take himself too seriously when he was with Carly. He knew how to have fun and relax.

Describe the heroine in five words: Funny. Caring. Smart. Stubborn. Lovable.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Carly’s dream is to be a standup comedian, how cool is that? That’s something I’ve never come across before! I loved her; she was funny without trying too hard. She was so easy to like because she didn’t take herself seriously or have a complex about how she looked compared to Dean’s usual type. Carly’s go get ‘em attitude was infectious and overall she was a super cool character. Everyone should have a Carly in their lives.

Let’s talk about the romance: Part of the appeal of Dean and Carly’s romance was their super cool friendship which served as a strong foundation for their romance. These two got really silly together at times which was the perfect counter balance to the steamier side of things. I started rooting for them from the beginning just because they had this amazing friendship that had all the makings for a strong romance. These two were so good together that I couldn’t imagine them with anyone but each other.

How about that supporting cast? There aren’t very many supporting characters really, they just come in and out at certain times but I did like Dean’s cousins and his cousin’s fiancee’s grandmother, Rose. She didn’t have much page time but she was a hoot!

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Until the Sun Sets is just the short romance I’d recommend if you’re looking for something fun, sexy, and not too dramatic.

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