Title: Believe in the Wish
Author: Christi Snow
Release Date: May 11, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 211
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
I buried my twin sister six months after she found out she had cancer. Her funeral was three months ago. Today is our birthday and it started with delivery of letters from her.
It seems she didn’t trust me to move on after her death. She knows me too well. But how can I go on when my other half is just…gone? That’s not something I can recover from with a snap of my fingers. But I also can’t ignore her instructions even though I’d be perfectly content to cuddle up with my buddy, Johnnie Walker, and call it a year.
She has a list of things for me to do and there are rules attached.
There’s one major problem besides the fact it’s been three months since I left the house. I have to do all these things with her jerk of an ex, Hawk Simmons. He abandoned her shortly after she found out she was sick. If that wasn’t enough to make this a really bad idea, the fact that he makes an appearance in all my nighttime fantasies probably does.
I don’t think I can do this, but I owe it to my sister’s memory to try.
I love the premise of this story and how it unfolds. After the cancer death of his twin Emma, Ethan completely falls apart, developing a close friendship with Johnny Walker and going into a deep depression … until his sister’s attorney Katya Monroe appears to tell Ethan “She doesn’t want you to stop living just because she did. She wants you to be happy and to go on.”
My death means you have to live twice as much because you have to do it enough for both of us. I’m counting on you. […] Make a Wish, Ethan. Believe in it. It’s time to live.
In order to get full ownership of their graphic design business and house, Ethan needs to complete a series of 25 tasks … with Hawk, Emma’s boyfriend who Ethan believes deserted her when her cancer diagnosis became known. Snow keeps the tension going by not allowing Hawk to share his side of the story (per Emma’s will) and then there’s the sexual tension between the two, despite Ethan believing Hawk is straight.
Despite several very steamy sex scenes, the chemistry between Jordan and Ethan didn’t really work for me, and I felt the most compelling character in the story was Emma, whom we never meet on-page but get to know via her journals and drawings. I also had “niggles” about some undeveloped plot points …
- Ethan is assaulted and almost raped at the Red Pain club while out with Hawk and for all intents and purposes, lost his virginity via rape by the boyfriend he unknowingly shared with Emma in high school, yet both events are not really dealt with. Hawk’s submissive relationship with Craig is unexamined and the Red Pain club, and Slade is tossed into the story without any follow-up.
I’m giving “Believe in the Wish” 3.5 stars and recommend it for its compelling premise, although the execution of the plot didn’t entirely work for me. Your results may vary!
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