on August 18th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Ben Brahms shed his glasses, gangly body, and a life long pact to attend an Ivy League college with his best friend the day the world took on a sinister hue. With his outward appearance matching his new career as a Navy SEAL, Ben is saving the world…literally, at the expense of everything he gave up. A whole life.
Harper Rosehall honors the pact. She takes on, and then dominates college on the opposite coast. Always the geek, and always behind socially—especially with men, she blossoms. With her moral compass guiding her, she finds herself drawn back to San Diego and all she left behind.
With memories from their pasts haunting every interaction and decision in their present—and future, their timing never seems to be quite right.
Some friendships last the test of time, can Ben and Harper’s stand the tests of life? Life doesn’t care what you love, it takes it away anyways.
In today’s over saturated market for romance books, it’s rare we come across an author whose sheer talent keeps surprising you over and over. Rachel Robinson is one those for me. Her writing is what keeps me hooked, waiting for each and every book she writes. Which is rare. There usually is always a point where I feel like the author can’t surprise me anymore, or awe me with their talent of putting words on paper that destroy me. Not with Rachel though. Every time I read a book by her, she destroys me, tortures me some more with all the feelings (if you know me, you’d know I hate feelings), before she puts me back together better than I was before.
And Life Plus One is all of this, but SO MUCH MORE. It’s sheer beauty, heartbreak, and hope all wrapped up in one amazing package. Rachel writes SEAL stories like no other. Anytime I’m in need for some sexy, sinful military men, I know to pick up one of hers. Life Plus One has this, and one of the best friends-to-lovers tropes I have read in a long time.
Harper and Ben have been friends since forever. Having grand plans of college and life on the East coast, life has different plans. And life sure doesn’t make it easy for either one of them. Their trials though are what defines them. It’s not smooth sailing, and I nearly threw my kindle many times in the process of reading this story, but it’s also what makes it all worth it. Their HEA is earned with blood, sweat, and tears. (Both mine and theirs.)
As I’ve come to expect from Ms. Robinson, her characters are some of the best you will EVER read. They’re complex, developed, relatable, and the growth they experience throughout the story is what makes them so unique. But it’s not just that, it’s everything around the characters on top that make this book so amazing. The writing will pull you into the story, make you forget the world around you (trust me, I missed my stop on the train to get off for work), and it will squeeze every single emotion you have out of you. Be prepared for bawling public, which is especially fun in the overcrowded London tubes.
But all cheekiness aside, this book is perfection. It has everything you ever need in an emotional adult romance—passion, emotions, laughter, angst. Do not hesitate to pick up this book. I cannot recommend this enough.
~Review by Anja