Series: End of the Line #2
Published by Montlake Romance on 2020-01-07
Length: 283 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
The rules of love and second chances are due for a major-league shake-up in a warm, witty, and unpredictable romance by the bestselling author of The Friend Zone.
Ian “Bash” Sebastian and Ember Carlson were high school sweethearts…until their single parents got married. With one thorny twist of fate, a secret young crush went from on fire to off-limits. What could a new stepbrother do but bail? Now, after almost four years, Bash has returned to Seattle, and he’s back in Ember’s orbit at End of the Line. EOL is the go-to college for second-chance scholarships. But what about love?
Sure, the old hurts are there. So is the attraction—and it’s more magnetic than ever. Still, they’re adults now, levelheaded and just fine with the friend thing. If only to make family dinners less awkward. But when they agree to start dating other people, moving on threatens to bring them closer together than ever.
Is it time to admit their past to their parents? Even trickier, their hope for the future? Because Ember and Bash deserve a love story of their own. With all their defenses down, can they make it a happy ever after?
I LOVED this one! Just a Boyfriend by Sariah Wilson is the second book in her End of the Line about the football players at Seattle’s EOL college. This time it’s Bash’s story. Second chance romance has never been so sweet as it is here.
Ian “Bash” Sebastian left home his senior year of high school after his dad married his girlfriend’s mom. No one knew they were dating, and after his dad’s not so subtle hint that if they did date it would ruin his new marriage, Bash left. After a bout of depression and self-medicating cost him his college scholarship, he’s back at EOL, and so is Ember. Maybe it’s time to clear the air?
I love Bash. He was first introduced in The Friend Zone as Logan’s roommate. He’s funny and genuinely a good guy. When I realized the second book featured him, I knew I’d read it, not caring what the book was about. Bash’s story is heart-breaking, and it made me love him even more. He has this self-deprecating humor that is endearing, and he always puts others first despite his own happiness.
It’s been three years since Ember last saw Bash, and while she thought she was over him, she’s realizing she just hid her heart-break from herself. She’s still heartbroken, but determined to put it behind her and be friends with Bash. He didn’t want her years ago, he doesn’t want her now, but they were good friends and can still be, right? I like Ember too. She’s caring, witty, and puts her happiness on hold for her family.
The entire plot revolves around Bash and Ember hashing out their previous relationship and coming to terms with how to move forward. Ember is the only girl for Bash and always has been. Now he’s going to stop at nothing to prove that to Ember. The question is how do they tell their parents? This romance is sweet and steamy, heart-breaking and heart-swelling. It’s perfect!
Overall, if you haven’t guessed already, I loved Just a Boyfriend. The chemistry between Bash and Ember is sweet and makes you want to ship them right from the beginning. I highly recommend this for anyone that enjoys college/sports romance and second chances.