WISH YOU WERE MINE
Written by Tara Sivec
Published by Forever Yours, November 14, 2017
My star rating – 3 stars
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. Find it on Goodreads
This was a good book. Not outstanding or mind-blowing, but still a good read to take your mind off of the mundane monotony of life. BUT – I think that I struggled a lot with this. Tara Sivec is also the author of one of my all time favourite series – The Naughty Princess Club. That series was everything I wanted it to be and so much more. There was an amazing cast of characters who were feisty, dirty raw, and real. There was also an empowering message and so much STEAM!!!! I loved those books more than I can explain. So, going into this one, I kind of hoped for the same thing, especially when the first chapter started off the way that it did! This book starts off with a letter from a man who has passed away already and is sending a letter to tell his friend what happened. This guy was full of humour, even in the face of death. But that was really it for the humour.
I felt really bad comparing this book to the other series. I mean, it’s not fair to make comparisons! These are two separate series, with totally different characters and plots. But, I’m not going to lie, I REALLY missed that spark!!! This book was good, but it was so much more tame, calm, and sweet. If you like that kind of thing then you DEFINITELY need to read this book! But, if you’ve read Tara Sivec before and love her raw, dirty, raunchy, and foul mouthed books…. this will be a disappointment.
When I was finally able to stop making comparisons, this book is really great! We have long time friends who have always been sort of attracted to each other. They’ve gone their separate ways, are in different places in their lives, and find themselves back together after their mutual best friend passes away. They were both holding in so many emotions! Resentments for leaving the other alone and missing out on so much, wishing they would have admitted their feelings long before, wondering if that would have changed things, and so much more…. all the while the camp where they first met is on the verge of closing after losing their funding. This book felt so real and plausible.
The characters were also fantastic! They’ve got some serious emotions to tackle, and I really love that the author allowed them to deal with their emotions. They not only dealt with them, but they dealt with them together, sometimes bouncing their feelings off of each other.
I did feel that the pace was a little slow though. And I also wasn’t the biggest fan of the fact that there were flashback chapters back to their past. It just felt unnecessary and long in the end. The flashback chapters could have been explained in other ways – it didn’t need the chapters. And I really missed the raunchy explosive characters in the Naughty Princess Clubs series!
All in all though – it was a really good story! I just wish that I would have read this BEFORE the naughty princess club series – I think I would have enjoyed it more.
Until next time, happy reading!