Jax is part of a group of friends that have been together since childhood. For as long as he can remember, it’s been Maci & Malcolm and Luke & Skylar and him. But before there was Luke & Skylar, it was Jax & Skylar as best friends. Now she’s back home in Florida for Christmas, having severed her 10-year relationship with Luke. Circumstances also worked out that she now has to stay with Jax instead of Maci & Malcolm and she’s clearly shattered and done with Luke.
I was unprepared for how “big” this story turned out to be in terms of overall character development, plot and complexity. I still can’t believe this is a novella as it is so complete in every aspect that short stories rarely pull off. Jax has always loved Skylar and she had a crush on him as a pre-teen through high school. She ended up with Luke (you’ll have to read it to find out why) and they’ve been together since, living in Chicago. What further complicates the situation is Jax is a relationship consultant, leading seminars that guide women—and men—on how they should be cared for and nurtured by men. He’s breaking a serious friend code by even thinking of finally pursuing a relationship with Skylar.
This was a nicely layered story of three people in a complicated situation that will potentially have devastating impacts on all five friends and each other. I felt like I knew each of these people intimately and it was often difficult to choose sides with ease. I normally loathe love triangles but this story isn’t that. The group dynamics, individual behaviors and relationships are all examined and shifted. The drama is realistic and the emotional pain was palpable at times, though there were so many situations providing comic relief. There aren’t any villains, just five people who loved each other and now must adjust to a different relationship. It’s just an outstanding story.
- Release Date: November 26, 2018
- Page Numbers: 122
About the Author
Prescott Lane is the Amazon best-selling author of Stripped Raw. She’s got seven other books under her belt including: First Position, Perfectly Broken, Quiet Angel, Wrapped in Lace, Layers of Her, The Reason for Me, and The Sex Bucket List. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and a MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren’t enough happily ever afters in real life.
(I received an advance copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased review)