Book Review: Just This Once by Mira Lyn Kelly

Just This Once

Author: Mira Lyn Kelly
Series: The Wedding Date, book 3
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (October 2, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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Summary
He can’t have her.
So he moves in with her…
What could possibly go wrong?

As heir to a chain of luxury hotels, Sean Wyse III always gets what he wants. So when he sees a freeloading roommate taking advantage of his spunky best friend, Molly Brandt, he doesn’t hesitate to step in. He kicks out the roommate…and moves himself in. 

Molly loves quality time with Sean, but spending nights with him one wall away threatens to wake the crush she thought she’d gotten over. A crush Sean knows nothing about, which might be a problem…considering how hard Sean’s been working never to think of Molly that way.


Rating: 4 stars
Review
OH. MY. GOSH. 

This series has been a rollercoaster for me. I started with the fourth book in the series, The Decoy Date (yes, I know I'm doing it wrong!) and loved it so much I went back and started with book one, May the Best Man Win, which was just OK. Then I kind of disliked the second book, The Wedding Date Bargain, because it had some of the same problems I had with book one - namely, Jase and Max both spend a lot of time deciding they know what is best for their partners, and calling all the shots based on what they've decided. I almost didn't want to read Just This Once because I was SO SURE Sean was going to be that same sort of guy, especially based on his business-man persona shown so far in books one and two.

Oh boy, was I wrong. (And thank goodness for that.)

Clearly, Sean and Brody are the best of the lot. Sean is repeatedly so sensitive to Molly's needs that sometimes she doesn't even realize she needs something until Sean's there doing whatever it is she needs, and she's like "Oh hey, I did need Thai takeout and some Netflix cuddle time, whaddaya know?" And if she says she needs something else, he doesn't push, she doesn't second guess her, he doesn't try to convince her she's wrong, he just *stares into her soul* for a beat and then believes that she actually means what she's saying and gives it to her (even if it kills him). THAT, DEAR READER, IS A MAN. THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT. /mic drop

I love Molly and Sean's dynamic. They're best friends and this entire book made me both smile and made my chest physically ache. Just writing this review has me literally rubbing at my chest and doubling over a bit, trying to protect my heart. And once they realize they've got it bad for each other as more than friends - uffda. Their methods of trying to deal with the "problem" are hilarious, and I just about died at how completely in sync they are with each other with putting more time on their timer for their Netflix negative reinforcement show, LOL. This is definitely my favorite book in the series, followed very closely by the fourth and final book, The Decoy Date

This is the third book in The Wedding Date series, and while each book in the series can be read as a stand alone they're really about this super interlinked friend group which Molly and Sean both belong to. I feel like this book, of all four in the series, you'd really get the most bang for your buck by having read the first two books in the series first and having some background on Molly and Sean. That being said, if you want to jump right into this one, you can without missing too much and with only very minor spoilers for the first two books in the series. The epilogue for the second book in the series is basically chapter 1 of this book, so having read them in order one immediately after the other there was a fair bit of repeat to live through, but that means if you just picked this one up as a stand alone you'd be covered.

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