Ruby has been in love with Ford since their university days, but she hasn’t seen her former best friend in years–not since the one unforgettable kiss they shared right before he went off globe-trotting and she stayed behind. When he returns to town unexpectedly for their friends’ New Year’s Eve wedding, the sparks between them ignite, but can her wanderer ever settle down? Ford has never forgotten Ruby, or the kiss that changed everything between them, despite the many women he has tried to erase her with. His return to England for the wedding means a second chance with Ruby–but will one passion-filled evening with her be enough, or has he finally found his home?
Erotic romance writer, wine drinker, disorganised wife and mom.
Also writes romantic comedy as Kat French, with 1st novel Undertaking Love out now from HarperCollins.
Wanderlust by Kitty French
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love Kitty French – I first found her through her Knight novels and when I saw she had this novella coming I grabbed it as soon as I could.
This is definitely a quick read but it uses one of my absolute favorite tropes – friends to more. And Kitty does an amazing job with it.
Ruby and Ford had been best friends from their university days. Upon their graduation Ruby is tied to England because of her responsibilities to her little sister and Ford… well he’s not tied to anything and he’s getting on a plane the following day.
Both dreading the departure, Ford takes advantage of an opportunity to share a moment … a kiss that had been years in the making with Ruby. But then he leaves.
Eight years later, after no contact, Ford is set to make his arrival back in England for a mutual friends wedding, which means Ruby has to see him.
One of the reasons I love the friends to more trope is because you get that deeper connection between the characters and despite this story being short, you can definitely get a good feel for the one that Ford and Ruby had and the connection that reignites upon their meeting again.
Ford was … yum. I don’t even know if there is another word for him.
“I’m not asking to kiss you. I’m telling you that I’m going to.”
And Ruby… I appreciate that she wasn’t pining away for Ford all the years he was gone, and there was no drama when he originally left. She knew what her friend needed to do and she didn’t try to hold him back.
I do wish that we would have gotten a bit more of this story – but that’s just me being greedy because I love this author’s writing. Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a quick, hot, sexy holiday read!
Thanks to St. Martin’s and Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
P.S. If you haven’t read the Knight & Play/Stay Series GO NOW!! View all my reviews