Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Story of Us and Fisher's Light comes a new, standalone novel—a heartwrenching story about first loves and second chances that will make you fall in love all over again....

Five years. I would've stayed away longer if I hadn't received the letter. Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about her, haven't missed her smile, haven't wished that things were different.

The last time I saw my two best friends, I vowed to not stand in the way of their happiness, even if that meant I couldn't be a part of their lives. Cameron James and her emerald-green eyes were too much of a temptation and I couldn't stay and watch them together. Cameron deserved better than me. She deserved him.

But now that I am back, things are different. I'm not going to stand by and watch the woman I've always loved slip away again. I'm done living my life with regrets and I'm ready to tell her the truth. And I'll do whatever it takes to show her that I always wished she was mine.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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This is the story about three friends who believed that they would always be friends. Their friendship would span the decades. However, when life gets in the way and communication is lacking due to naivety and being scared, their friendship cracks, leaving pieces among the stars.

Aiden, Cameron, and Everett meet as little kids. Cameron is a few years younger, but knows how to hang with the guys. Cameron and Everett have always had a thing for each other, but both were too scared to make anything of it – nobody wanted to change or lose the friendship that they had.

Everett needs/wants to follow his dreams and become a doctor like his dad. In doing that, he knows that he'll be leaving behind the love of his life, but his dreams come first, and he believes that Cameron would be better off with Aiden.

A few years later, Everett receives a letter from Aiden essentially telling him to get his butt home and take care of Cameron. Aiden has passed due to having cancer and Everett has to come to terms with not being able to save his friend and has to learn that he might have broken his friendship with Cameron forever.

Watching Everett and Cameron fight for their happy ending was painful, slow, and sometimes tedious. But, in the end, it's worth the fight. I actually really hope that Everett's brother gets his own story.

Wish You Were Mine was a bit of a slow start for me, but once I got into it I was completely sucked in until the very last page. This was my first time reading Tara Sivec, but I am certain it won't be the last! I am looking forward to seeing what she writes in the future because Wish You Were Mine was the perfect package. I found myself completely invested in the story and thoroughly committed to finding out how Everett and Cameron’s story would end. The story was well paced and I enjoyed being able to see how Everett and Cameron’s relationship had grown through their years of friendship. Plus, I loved the alternating points of view between Everett and Cameron, which allowed for a deeper insight into both characters’ emotions. This was a lovely friends-to-lovers story that was engaging and heartwarming from start to finish.

When Everett finally receives a letter from his childhood best friend, while abroad working with Doctors Without Borders, it changes everything. After last five years abroad, he’s going home. Everett, Aiden, and Cameron have been best friends since they were kids, but when he left he promised himself he wouldn’t stand in the way of his two best friends’ happiness. He believed Cameron deserved better than him, but now that he’s back he’s determined he won’t watch the woman he loves slip away again.

Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec gets FIVE STARS.

Just reading the prologue of Wish You Were Mine had me tearing up, so I suspected I was in for a great romance and I was right. There is so much love and history between best friends Cameron and Everett it was easy for me to get lost in their lives. I love that we are taken back to times in their teens and 20s to see pivotal moments in their relationship that explain how they ended up where they are today.

There is a good dose of angst and heart ache in this story and it had me in tears several times. There are also fun times that had me laughing and sexy times too. But Cameron and Everett's inability to get their act together started to get annoying, but the annoyance was brief as things moved along.

Tara Sivec is one of my very favourite authors and she has given us another fabulous romance with Wish You Were Mine. If you are a fan of friends-to-lovers romances, don't miss this.

Oh, Ms. Sivec has done it again... a really entrancing and emotional read. Having discovered her through reading her Chocolate Lovers series, it has been a delight more recently to recognise that her talents lie in romance as a whole, not just the madcap – although I am not sure anyone can beat her in that genre.

I have to admit to not being a big fan of books which step backwards and forwards in time, and coupled with the alternating points of view, it took a little time to get into the book – but that did not detract from the quality, nor my desire to know how on earth such a past could lead to resolution now. Of course, knowing how both of them feel is supremely frustrating as the opportunities they had were squandered, but the 'everything happens for a reason' philosophy comes into play.

Be prepared for a few tears, and a few gasps – the reactions of these two are real, raw, and emotional. Thankfully they have good friends who have their best interests at heart, and are not shy at pointing out there are two sides to every story.

Really fabulous book – put into my top category of books to re-read. Thank you, Ms. Sivec.

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec to read and review.

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