Author: Mila McWarren
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/07/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: New Adult
When New York-based memoirist Aaron Wilkinson gathers with his high school friends to marry off two of their own, he is forced to spend a week with Nik, the boy who broke his heart.
As they settle into the Texas beach house where the nuptials will be performed, Nik quickly makes his intentions clear: he wants Aaron back. “He’s coming hard, baby,” a friend warns, setting the tone for a week of transition where Aaron and Nik must decide if they are playing for keeps.
Imagine going to a restaurant for the first time. You order dessert with your meal. When the entree arrives it’s adequate, if a tad boring, but the chocolate molten lava cake is divine – the more you eat, the better it tastes. It’s so yummy you don’t even care that there are little bits of eggshell in the sauce and that your server is too busy to refill your drink. This book is one such dining experience in literary form; mundane at times, and not without rough edges, but ultimately a thing of pleasure, particularly in the second half.
Ms. McWarren is more than acceptably skilled when it comes to prose and dialogue. Aaron’s inner self-critiques are dead on (“I am going to be gracious, because I motherfucking am”), and the bantering he later does with Nik put a smile on my face several times. It doesn’t hurt that their physical scenes are blisteringly hot, either. To wit:
Nik’s hand is warm and soft on Aaron’s knee, but mostly what he feels is this incredible tug between them, like a line straight between him and Nik that quivers and shakes and pulls, always pulls, and he wants so badly to hurl himself across the few feet that separate them.
Where The Luckiest falls flat is in the set up: a ton of indistinct characters gather for an event we have no reason to care about, and then the timeline starts jumping via an annoying secret blog that Aaron maintains on top of his, oh, 177 other projects. It felt like…sure, I’m enjoying my dinner, but I don’t need a bite of every plate simultaneously. If you don’t have time to chew you’re going to choke.
In short, I hope the next offering from this author has a more solid premise, because the emotional quality of her work deserves it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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