Updated: Aug 22, 2021
Just This Once
by Mira Lyn Kelly
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Book #3 in The Wedding Date series
He can't have her. So he moves in with her... What could possibly go wrong?
As heir to a chain of luxury hotels, Sean Wyse III always gets what he wants. So when he sees a freeloading roommate taking advantage of his spunky best friend, Molly Brandt, he doesn't hesitate to step in. He kicks out the roommate...and moves himself in.
Molly loves quality time with Sean, but spending nights with him one wall away threatens to wake the crush she thought she'd gotten over. A crush Sean knows nothing about, which might be a problem...considering how hard Sean's been working never to think of Molly that way.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Rom-Com Feel Good
My thoughts below are full of spoilers. Be warned!
Now this is what I have been expecting from Mira Lyn Kelly, and The Wedding Date series. I really liked May The Best Man Win, and The Wedding Date Bargain was okay, but I found both stories lacking something. Just This Once reminded me why decided to take a chance on this book series, and it was because I loved some of Mira Lyn Kelly's other works.
Just This Once centers around Sean Wyse and Molly Brandt, Max's little sister, and both of them part of the group of friends these books are focused on. It's been hinted at in the last two books that Sean and Molly were closer than the rest of them, and Emily strongly suspected that Molly had feelings for Sean. The whole best friends turn lovers is perhaps cliche, but it's written so well that you forget about that. Some small twists make an overused plot exciting to read.
I loved that Sean moved himself into Molly's apartment without telling her, because she was too nice to kick out the free-loading roommate she had, leading to the roommate wars. They literally tortured each other with sleep deprivation, but neither would the other cave on their stance. Molly, in a moment of weakness, shows her hidden feelings, and plays it off to Sean as her new form of warfare. Flirt with him until he breaks. And it works. He gets freaked out, but also see's Molly in a new light: as a woman.
The sexual tension between the two of them, and chemistry, is off the charts. That the two of them turn to negative reinforcement whenever they have sexual thoughts of one another by watching a knitting program from the 70's is hilarious, as well as them being open about it with their group of friends.
Of course, it does work. A kiss leads to sex, with the promise of it happening just this once. And oh. My. God. The sex is hot in this book. After weeks of denying it, he see's the light, and falls in love with Molly. Although, lets me honest. He always loved her. He admits to himself that he could be himself with her, and he was okay with the idea of an arranged marriage, because he had Molly for everything he would be missing. His fear of ruining his most sacred friendship with Molly, and her brother, kept him from seeing her as his soulmate long before. Despite Molly's reservations, feeling not good enough to be his partner, he convinces her to try.
And they are happy until two snobby bitches ruin it. It doesn't ruin it for him. He knows he wants Molly. He doesn't see her as less than him. She is perfect. But for Molly, its enough to make her question their relationship. His awful mother puts the nail in the coffin by confirming she isn't good enough for him, and Molly breaks his heart.