Genie, a New Zealand wounded soldier, heads home to the Bay of Islands to rest her wounded knee. While there, she decides the best way to pay tribute to her deceased girlfriend and fellow soldier, is to fulfill Ciara’s bucket list. She feels this will help her deal with the grief and make her feel closer to Ciara for the last time. As she explains to Niall, Ciara’s brother, what her intentions are, he decides to fulfill his sister’s bucket list wishes as well. But they hit a few road blocks along the way. What neither of them knows is there is an underlying attraction they mutually have for one another, but are too afraid to mention it in fear of causing a rift between them. Another big issue is that Ciara and Niall’s mother completely blames Genie for her daughter’s death. She doesn’t want anything to even do with Genie now. As they are fulfilling Ciara’s list, their feelings start coming to the forefront. What they wonder is could something more permanent come out of their fling? Could they ever admit to Ciara and Niall’s mom what’s going on?
I really enjoyed reading this friends-to-lovers story. Right from the start I felt bad for Genie because not only was she dealing with the loss of her best friend, Ciara, but she also was dealing with her own physical and mental issues that came along with being a wounded soldier. I felt that she was someone I could be friends with and that she was very relatable to me. When she decided to fulfill Ciara’s bucket list, I thought it was a heartfelt idea. When Niall decided to join along, I thought it was the perfect opportunity for these two to get closer together. It would give them the time they needed to see what was going on between them and allow them to act upon it or not. I felt they were a great pair and I loved that even though Niall wasn’t a very experienced lover because he was with his longtime girlfriend for eight years, when he was with Genie he wanted to please her in every way possible. I wasn’t happy that Niall’s mother didn’t want anything to do with Genie and blamed her for her daughter’s death. I felt that made whatever was budding between Genie and Niall even more difficult to deal with because they didn’t want to have his mother find out. I felt the author did a wonderful job writing the story and she made the characters very real for me. I’m new to this author and her writing and I will definitely continue reading more books written by her in the future. Don’t pass this one up!
A New Zealand Friends-to-Lovers Sexy Romance
A wounded soldier needs her own hero...
Carrying out the goals on someone else’s Bucket List might seem like an odd thing to do, but for Genie it’s the perfect way to honor her best friend, Ciara, who died in the bomb blast that blew up the Army truck carrying them both across Afghanistan. Genie’s come home to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand to rest her injured knee, and she hopes that by fulfilling Ciara’s list of wishes she can also heal the grief and guilt that goes deeper than her physical wound. Spending some time with Ciara’s gorgeous big brother just happens to be an added bonus.
Niall Brennan has always been attracted to Genie, but when he offers to join in with the Bucket List idea, he tells himself it’s purely out of a desire to pay homage to his sister. That’s fine when the first goal they pick at random is taking cooking lessons. It becomes less easy to hide his desire when they spend an afternoon on a nudist beach, and by the time they take part in the body painting event, Niall has no chance of keeping his desire a secret. Luckily, Genie reciprocates his feelings—a hundred and ten percent, and soon it’s not only the weather that turns hot and sultry.
Conscious that Niall’s mother, Sinead, blames Genie for her daughter’s death, they decide to keep their sizzling but brief fling just a secret between friends. But although Genie’s knee is on the mend, her emotional wounds refuse to heal. Sinead continues to refuse to forgive her, and even Ciara reaches out from beyond the grave to warn Genie against dating her big brother.
The final wish on Ciara’s Bucket List brings everything to a head. Genie knows she has to end the fling. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and besides, Niall has other ideas…
Warning: this sweet and sexy romance is best read with a fan on standby. Adults only.