ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher for an honest review.
Sarah Cole is in Chicago for a short spell. She's working at a temporary job before she moves to New York where her dream job will finally come to fruition. While in Chicago she runs into Max, our hero at a wedding.
Max and Sarah had a special relationship in college, but when it was time to take it to the next level or commitment wise they had a difference of opinion and expectations. Each went their own way with unresolved issues, hurt and baggage.
When at the wedding they find the attraction is as strong as ever and that their feelings haven't gone away but were just as intense as in college. Recently Sarah has been mulling over a problem that needs a resolution and comes to the conclusion that Max can help. Sarah is still a virgin and would like Max to help her take care of that little issue.
Max has some reservations on helping Sarah, telling her she's deserving of someone special and it shouldn't be taken so casually. Max doesn't believe he's good enough for Sarah and that was also his short coming in college and also why he walked away from their relationship (without ever sharing that with Sarah). But the two renew their friendship but realize that there is so much more under the surface. Their attraction and feelings are too strong to fight any longer so Max concedes to Sarah's request. They try and put on a facade that's it casual and no commitment or future, but things become too heated and emotions too intense. Sarah struggles with the realization that she's loves Max and always had, but fears what will happen as she is headed to New York. Max, still struggling with his issues of not being good enough and Sarah moving to New York. He's at a loss, trying to figure out what he should or shouldn't do.
I loved these two characters. Both had such depth and growth as their relationship evolved and past hurts and misunderstands began to surface. Handled in a mostly mature manner, but I did find Max's issue a little overplayed but understandable to an extent. Sarah, I loved her, she was sweet, caring but independent and wanting to not give up on her dreams. The secondary characters where just as likable as well their contribution to the story. The friendships and family, as well as future aspirations of work made this a realistic and enjoyable read.
Well written and good pacing. Both points of views as well as not an overplay in dialogue. Very enjoyable read. Reply