Save the Date (Lili’s Review)

Title: Save the Date
Author: Annabeth Albert and Wendy Qualls
Publisher: Self Pub
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 128 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Randall Young has one duty as his sister’s “man of honor”: to ensure she has the best wedding ever. That includes an epic bachelorette pub crawl, leading him to Portland’s most popular gay bar… and into Hunter Mitchell’s well-muscled arms. A one-night stand with a sexy soldier is the perfect way to ditch that pesky V-card and get himself in the mood for a weekend of flowers, cake, and nuptials.

Hunter wants to blow off some steam before he stands up as his best friend’s best man. He’s already married to his military career, not looking to settle down. He certainly doesn’t intend for the one guy he met (and, okay, got off with) in Oregon to be his counterpart in the wedding party. Or a virgin. Definitely wasn’t intending that. Luckily, they have the rest of the weekend for Hunter to show Randall what he’s been missing.

The more they’re thrown together by the wedding, the more Randall and Hunter grow together outside the bedroom… which is dangerous because there’s a lot more than 2500 miles standing between them and a happily-ever-after. If they want a future beyond their wedding weekend hookup, both must find the courage to take a chance on love.

Sometime last year, Annabeth Albert and Wendy Qualls made an announcement in Annabeth’s Angels (Annabeth’s Facebook Group) that they’d be co-writing and asked fans to what kind of story they’d like to read through a series of poll questions. I thought the idea neat, and I was excited to see what they’d come up with. Annabeth Albert is a favorite author of mine but having never read Wendy Qualls I wondered how the story would come out. The answer: turned out awesome.

Save the Date is a sexy, fun novella about:

Two best men (well, one best man & one “man of honor”)+ an intellectual virgin + sexy soldier + opposites attract = yes, please!

That combination is enough to my inner romance reader to combust.

My highlights:

-The characters. I found the main and secondary cast of characters fleshed out and felt the main characters experienced character growth throughout the story.

-Chemistry. These guys were on fire!

-The vibe of the story is light and feel good.

-I was also happy that for a novella it was well rounded. We get a full story. While I wanted more at the end (and would love a follow up), I was left happy that these guys would make it.

Do I recommend it? Yup.

1. It’s great

2. It’s FREE. Yes, you read that correctly- this novella will be free. I’d have happily paid for this, btw.

So, don’t forget as soon as this goes live to go 1-click on this short, sweet, sexy story!

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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant