Tara Sivec manages to take a simple storyline and turn it into something beautiful and tender and real. ~ Leigh, Guilty Pleasures
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.
When I saw a new release from Tara Sivec, I jumped all over it. I was all set for a hilarious romp complete with sex toys, inappropriate t-shirts and ridiculous situations. I got none of these, but I’m far from disappointed. Instead of the utter absurdity of her Chocoholic series, I saw the more tender and serious side to Tara Sivec’s writing. I saw characters that broke my heart, frustrated the crap out of me, and ultimately made me adore them.
Wish You Were Mine contains one of my favorite themes, a “friends to lovers” story where two people who know each other inside and out finally admit their feelings. Yet this one had a twist…they always admitted the feelings to themselves, just never to the other. It was sweet to watch the love grow between Cameron and Everett, and heartbreaking and completely frustrating to watch them lose so much time as a result of fear and feelings of unworthiness.
Tara Sivec manages to take a simple storyline and turn it into something beautiful and tender and real. I felt Cameron’s frustration with Everett for leaving her behind. I felt Everett’s jealousy and understood his reasons for protecting his heart. And I loved Aiden, for his utter over-the-top confidence and ridiculousness.
This entire story was full of slow burning anticipation. It was foreplay, leading up to the ultimate culmination of a relationship decades in the making. It was gentle and romantic and frankly everything the Chocoholics series was NOT, and yet it was just as sweet a treat to devour.