Kelsey Peterson is newly divorced. A few months prior she walked in on her husband at home, in their bed, having sex with the fiancé of their good friend, Evan Ross. Evan had been a good friend of Kelsey’s husband since childhood and Kelsey’s best friend since college. After this interesting development, Evan sides with Kelsey though he’s not quite ready to cut all ties to his childhood buddy.
Kelsey has had a crush on Evan since college where he went through women like there was no tomorrow. Now, Evan has called and asked if she’d like to go to Hawaii for a week with him. This was suppose to be his honeymoon trip and it has non-refundable tickets. Kelsey was the first person Evan thought to ask. Could Evan have more in mind than a platonic relationship?
Once in Hawaii, sharing a room, Kelsey and Evan have to deal with feeling that might ruin their friendship or might lead to something more. When Kelsey gets a call from her ex mother-in-law that her ex husband is in the hospital after a serious car accident, Kelsey feels compelled to return home immediately. Can Evan understand? Or does Kelsey still have feeling towards her ex? Where will these relationships lead?
This became a very intense story between two best friends and lots of outside influences. Kelsey and Evan have a good thing going as friends but each is attracted to the other. Neither wants to loose what they have but could what they have be a prelude to what they could have? As they begin to explore their new relationship and emerging feelings, their previous partners intrude. This causes stresses that could break any relationship.
The characters are well done though only Kelsey and Evan are well developed. With Kelsey and Evan, you get glimpses into their college years and the years following. There are even a few looking into childhood. These brief looks give Kelsey and Evan a history and explains how and why their relationship developed as it did. The other characters, though well written, do not have this depth but given the roles that they play, they do not need it.
The situations and settings are done with a realistic tone. The trip to Hawaii includes local tourist destinations but also includes that feeling of trying to put too much into too little time. Relaxing on the beach takes care of that problem! Family loyalties and wanting to do the right thing come into play as Kelsey and Evan work on defining their relationship on their terms and not anyone else’s.
I enjoyed following Kelsey and Evan’s journey as they moved their friendship to a different level. It wasn’t a sure thing at points but the ending was worth the struggles and stress.
It’s not enough that Kelsey’s husband left her for another woman. Oh, no. The “other woman” had to be her best friend Evan’s fiancée. Not only has she lost her marriage, she fears losing Evan to the lingering awkwardness and humiliation that hangs between them.
Evan has no intention of letting that happen. He’s got plans…namely, an extra plane ticket to Hawaii now his future wife is out of the picture. There’s only one person he wants on the trip with him, the one who’s always been there for him. The one he should never have let slip away into the arms of a traitorous friend who shattered her heart.
Kelsey is anticipating a week of fun in the sun with the man who’s always treated her like a little sister. No one’s more surprised when she discovers that Evan has seduction on his mind—and that she’s more than ready for it.
Love is the most powerful healing force of all. But past demons have a way of ripping open old wounds, and threatening the survival of even the strongest friendship…
Each story in the Ross Siblings Series is standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order.