Friday, August 26, 2016

Just a Week by Jena Wade

Just a week is not enough time to fall in love, but Fate doesn’t care. Seth’s carefully crafted plan for how his life will go doesn’t include falling in love with a guy in his horrible hometown. He wants to start a new life anywhere but at home. Until Maddox storms in with his multi-colored hair and carefree attitude.

Long distance relationships don’t work and Seth isn’t into gambling with his future. But the more time he spends with Maddox, the more he’s willing to throw caution to the wind. Now his plan for the rest of his life has been turned upside down and seems to include things Seth never thought possible...including a lifetime of happiness in his hometown.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 Warm & Fuzzy Stars.

Jena Wade is a new-to-me author, and I found the writing style to be enjoyable, the pacing swift, and the characterization to be realistic.

Just a Week – Seth is home from college for just a week, not sure if he can survive going back to the town he found insufferable during his youth. Helping his father at the family's hardware store ends up giving Seth more than he bargained for.

This is a short novella, which felt complete, with a fully fleshed-out beginning, middle, and ending. I won't give the major plot points away, as with a shorter read, one thing could end up being a spoiler.

I truly enjoyed Seth, and the evolution he had during the novella, along with his perfect counterbalance, Maddox. The town was small-town, with sweet, caring people Seth finally saw through more mature eyes, rather than the narrow view he had back in high school.

Every town, no matter how big or small, the graduates feel they have to move away to somewhere larger, more exciting, or they'd be a loser for sticking with their roots. It's a mentality, as every place has kids who call it a hometown, and wherever you settle is somewhere someone else has fled as to not feel like the townie loser anymore. It's a mentality that some never break from, but maturity resolves it eventually. This is Seth's state-of-mind in the beginning, and he evolved thankfully.

Maddox was sweet, cool, and unique, and enjoyable to have on-scene. The parents were the cherry on top of the dessert cupcake.

Romantic, a little bit sexy, but the between-the-sheets action wasn't the focus, with a fully developed storyline.

Recommended to fans of romantic novellas, who want an hour or two of escapism. I'll gladly read more by this author.

Jena lives in Michigan with her husband, two dogs, and one brand new baby boy. By day she works as a web developer and at night she writes. She was born and raised on a farm and spends most of her free time outdoors, playing in the garden or tending to her landscaping.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Just a Week by Jena Wade to read and review.

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