*Releases August 8th*
Novella length (approximately 100 pages, give or take…)
Cosmetologist, Fiona, comes home to find a box of envelopes from her best friend, Kia, who just passed away a month before. Each envelope contains an item on Kia’s bucket list that she never got the chance to accomplish. Envelope #1? Sleep with the hot tattoo artist that they have been admiring from afar. Nervous but determined to fulfill her friend’s wishes, she goes to the tattoo shop and meets the mystery artist, Max. She shows him the letter and he is only too happy to oblige. Like, immediately. So to his apartment they go and thus begins Fiona’s adventure.
After the whole First and Last debacle, I was conflicted on whether or not to continue reading Wylder’s stories. But I’m glad I did, because this is easily my favorite Penny Wylder story. Despite the short length, the characters are well-developed and complex. Max starts off as a ginormous jerk, but soon after he’s growing on you and being the sweetest guy, ever. And after what Fiona has been going through, she deserves the nicest guy on the planet.
Several times I teared up as I read. Kia’s letters are lighthearted and encouraging, but the fact that she reaches from beyond the grave to help Fiona discover herself because she’s no longer around for her… it’s hard not to get the feels.
Despite the somewhat somber tone of the story, there’s still plenty of sexiness tastefully weaved in. I’m truly impressed by this one.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.