by Micalea Smeltzer
Series: Willow Creek #3
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: June 16, 2015 by Self-Published
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I thought I had found love.
I thought I had found my forever.
I’d never been more wrong in all my life.
Sadie Westbrook’s seemingly perfect life comes to a screeching halt when she catches her fiance in bed with another woman. Suddenly, everything she believed in is tested and there’s only one person she can turn to—the guy who has been by her side ever since their best friend’s fell in love and became inseparable.
Ezra Collins—the bassist for the band Willow Creek—has only ever had one weakness, and her name is Sadie. When he receives a frantic call he rushes to her aid, helping to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life—even if that means letting Sadie live with him.
The close proximity tests the limits of their friendship and as the lines between friends and lovers blur they’ll have to decide if falling in love with your best friend is worth the risk of losing them.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Can everyone just agree that this book was just so freaking cute?! Out of the members of the Willow Creek band, I have to admit that Ezra’s story was the one I was less looking forward to simply because I barely got to read about him in Last To Know and Never Too Late. Also, Sadie was a character that I didn’t fully love in the beginning of the series but now I love, especially when she’s drunk—she is so funny!
This is story of best friends that distanced themselves and now have been reunited again. Sadie had stopped speaking to Ezra when her fiance had gotten jealous over their friendship. Weeks before the wedding, Sadie catches her fiance cheating on her and she might have had a minor problem with the law so she calls Ezra to help her out. Their friendship begins to take form once again but Sadie wants more than friendship yet Ezra doesn’t want to ruin what they have so Sadie formulates a plan that could end up back firing but she goes ahead and makes a deal with Ezra anyways. The romance in this book is so damn cute! I can’t even! Seriously, it reminded me a bit of Maddox and Emma (let’s face it, no one can win over their cute romance but this one comes close). Ezra is always there for Sadie to help her out and just be there as a friend to her and I wish I had a guy friend like him in my life. Sadie is a great girl that we get to learn more about in this book, which is definitely fun.
You guys know my one true love is Mathias Wade. I’m sorry but that man is perfect, even with his curse words. I was sad to say goodbye in Never Too Late but get this. All of the members with their girlfriends make lots of appearances in this third installment and I just adored that! The reader gets to experience the members spending time together and how nerdy they really are. We also get to read about Maddox and Emma and Mathias and Remy a lot, since they are involved in Ezra and Sadie’s life. For those that are fans of Maddox and Emma, you will be so happy with this book because they are in this a lot and yes, their cuteness and romance is still intact, even Maddox’s obsession with Diet Pepsi.
My only complaint about the story is that I wish I had more Ezra time. The reason being that I don’t think I know him enough, I don’t think he didn’t get to talk a lot about himself. I know that there really isn’t much to talk about since Sadie has known him for a very long time but still. I wish he would have revealed something drastic or just something from his past that nobody knew to make the story even more interesting and learn more about the guy. But all in all, I enjoyed this story a lot. It was just fun and it didn’t revolve around sex, like most NA stories nowadays do (not talking about NTL since that book really deserved all of those sex scenes *fans face*). I really loved this new addition to the Willow Creek series and I cannot wait for Hayes story! If you want to know who his love interest is, then you should definitely read In Your Heart since the girl is introduced here and I immediately shipped them!
If you don’t follow Micalea Smeltzer, you definitely should because she is a fantastic author!
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I looked up at the sky and the birds flying above us. “I feel like I don’t know who I am anymore. I spent two years with a guy that stripped me of my identity. I feel like all I have of myself is my store and the rest I’m left questioning. I tried so hard to please him, to make him happy, and in the end I made myself miserable. I was just so desperate for it to work out that I overlooked how toxic our relationship was. How stupid is that?”
“You’re human,” he replied. “We have this inane desire to belong to something that is greater than we are on our own. That desire is so strong that we can fool ourselves into believing things that aren’t true.”
“So, I’m not crazy?” I cracked a smile.
“Definitely not crazy.”
His smile was comforting and I reminded myself for the hundredth time that everything would be okay.
I rested my head on his shoulder and a moment later his head rested on top of mine. A smile touched my lips. I’d
missed this—having someone that understood me completely, even when I didn’t know myself.
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