Series: Thirty-Eight #5
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Bros before hoes or so the saying goes.
However, Maxwell Sheridan threw that saying out the window the minute he hooked up with his best friend, Alex’s, poisonous ex. The moment he slept with her, he was hooked. Sloppy seconds was not his style, but she was a cruel addiction he couldn’t overcome. He thought his days of betraying his best friends were behind him. But Max learnt the hard way that history had a way of repeating itself.
That was until one moment on a bridge would change it all.
Josephine Faulkner is struggling. Mentally, physically, and emotionally. Life has caused her to grow up. Gone are the wild days, black hair, and dating men her ambassador father would never approve of. But juggling work and life has meant that university hasn't been high on her priority list.
When Maxwell Sheridan finds her on a bridge, dropping small stones into the lake, a friendship and connection between them blooms.
He offers to tutor her.
She offers him her compassion.
But their undeniable attraction and friendship will be tested.
And her name…
The First Goodbye is book #5 in the Thirty-Eight Series by Australian author Len Webster. I wished I’d known it was the fifth book in a series, the only thing I knew about the book was the blurb I read, and I was totally thrown off by the number of characters in the story and I really felt so confused trying to keep up with who they were. Honestly, at one point, I was so frustrated that I wondered whether to continue reading. This is definitely not a Standalone. Once I got into the story it all became easier to follow and I really liked it, except for the ending, due to a pet peeve of mine. I’ll post what some consider (I don’t) a spoiler alert, at the end of this review.
Josephine “Josie” Faulkner and Maxwell Sheridan meet and feel a connection at their best friend’s wedding. Both of them have some personal baggage that have kept them from having serious relationships in the past. Josie tells Max she’s available, if he needs someone to talk to, as a friend. Josie’s a law student, about to graduate, and Max is a lawyer working at the most prestigious law firm, owned by his dad, so he offers her tutoring should she need it. With constant reminders that they’re friends, and nothing more, it soon becomes obvious there’s more than just a friendship.
“You gotta trust that not every man will let you down. Some will, and some won’t. I’ve done a lot of that. I was that guy. I might still be that guy. I just don’t want to disappoint anyone anymore. And if you’d let me be honest for a single moment, you’d know you’re the person I’m scared to let down the most.”
Yes, Max has been that guy. He’s done some things he’s really ashamed of. Josie is going through some very serious issues, too. I was cheering for both of them, hoping there wouldn’t be any more heartache for them. This is a very slow burn story, there’s no action until the last 85% of the story, but it’s a good build up for those of us who love Slow-Burn.
Okay, here’s the ******Spoiler****** I mentioned at the beginning: It ends in a cliffhanger!
It’s time to say GOODBYE.
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