Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday by Kendall Ryan [REVIEW]

It’s not what I really want, but it’s all he has to offer. He’s filled with turmoil and heartache and regrets, but for two hours every Wednesday all he feels is me. How much I desire him, how desperate he makes me, how much I’d like things to be different between us. Real.

He used to be my best friend back before he got married. And now? Now, he’s a young widower. It would be wrong on so many levels to expect something more from him, so I give him what he needs. Dark, delicious fucking.

But I know I can’t keep this up. I’ve already given him my body, my soul. I want him to have my heart. It might drive him away forever, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take.

Wednesday is an angsty romp told from dual points of view. If you’re in the mood for something quick and dirty, you’ve found it. Proceed at your own risk.

5 Saucy Stars
Kendall Ryan books are my guilty pleasure. EVERYTIME I pick up her reads, it’s always saucy, fun and I’m ALWAYS satisfied when I’m finished.  You will be instantly hooked within the first chapter of Wednesday.

Shaw is a complicated man. He’s wife just died and he’s handling it the best way he can. By using his best friend Chloe and he uses her every Wednesday.  I love a complicated hero. I love how tortured and selfish Shaw was. It was delicious to read the way he treated Chloe.  But don’t you fret, Shaw isn’t a bad guy, he just has issues and Chloe wants to be the one to fix him.

Chloe is an adorable character. I found her really strong, caring and the kind of girl you root for in books. She cares for Shaw and just wants her best friend to get better, but it’s hard because Shaw is very closed off. Shaw and Chloe have this explosive relationship. He uses Chloe and Chloe is okay with that because she believes she’s helping him and she also can’t say no to him. Shaw and Chloe’s chemistry was tension filled and hot, yes to the steamy scenes. 

“My drug of choice was my best friend, naked and writhing beneath me. Did that make me a monster? Maybe”

I really do love the storyline in this book. I found Wednesday really unique and to my surprise a fast pace read. I felt like I got to the heart and meat of the story and there was zero fluff. Shaw may not be the best Hero, but he has heart. I love his crazy attachment towards Chloe. Yes, he uses her, but he still cares for her, even if he doesn’t outwardly show it and that’s the kind of stuff I love to read in books. Shaw is dominate, the super alpha male you want to have his way with you.

Overall, I couldn’t put down Wednesday.  It was different, it was spicy and I loved the main characters. Another Kendall Ryan win for me!

An ARC was provided

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Why Kendall Wrote Wednesday

The concept for what would eventually become WEDNESDAY was one of those random ideas that popped into my head in February 2016. It was a Saturday morning—you know the kind where you’re still lounging in your pajamas, drinking coffee, and picking at breakfast several hours after waking? Yes, one of those. My kids were playing on the living room floor, my husband flipping through a magazine across from me. It was winter in Minnesota, which meant it was absolutely freezing out and we had no plans to go anywhere.

I grabbed my laptop and wrote out the blurb for a book I knew I had no time to write. I e-mailed it to my publicist and said, “What do you think about this idea?” Her response was enthusiastic, something along the lines of, “You need to write this book! Right now!” So I opened a blank document, and soon I had the beginning of a first chapter.

Because this project didn’t fit into my writing schedule (like, at all), I decided that I would continue writing the books I was supposed to in order to keep on track with my releases, but that I would write one thousand words a night on this book too, and just see where it took me. It was a hard couple of months, alternating between two projects—one I would write during the day in present tense, and this book in the evening after dinner, dishes, and bath time, in past tense. This book was basically written with the help of wine, my couch, and a good playlist, which I included for you at the end.

Chloe and Shaw didn’t even have names for the first several weeks. I didn’t outline or plot. I had no idea where the story was heading . . . I just had a haunted what if question in my head.

What if the man you’d grown up with, your lifelong best friend and secret crush, suddenly lost his wife? In what ways would his grief shape your new relationship? To what lengths would you go to be there for him?

Is it controversial? Inappropriate? Maybe. But love doesn’t have boundaries, and in telling this story, I let these heartsick, broken characters lead me. I knew they could find their happily-ever-after. And I also knew it would be a short story. Those were the only things I knew for sure.

I’m so glad that I stuck with it and spent all those evenings allowing their story to unfold. I hope you are too.
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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

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