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The Plus One

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I thought this was a very fun read, that tacked some intense themes. It's part of a very fun series but you fon't need to read it to understand, but it's fun to see old characters.

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The storyline of this book had me hooked from the beginning. I found the relationship development between Indira and Jude throughout the book to be something so wholesome, yet meaningful. This book focuses a lot on mental health and mental obstacles that you may have to face before you consider having a relationship, romantic or not. In addition, seeing the friend group all together warmed my heart, Mazey Eddings does a great job of bringing awareness to different topics that tend to not get enough spotlight.

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Unfortunately, this book wasn't very impactful for me. I love romance, but I felt like I was forcing myself to finish this one. I don't think it helped that this book very vividly depicts PTSD, which I wish I'd seen a content warning for before requesting because it made it much heavier to read than a typical romance book for me. I think if you're prepared to read about the triggering topics in this book, you may really enjoy it because it did bring more depth than I usually see in this genre. However, that made it difficult for me to read and therefore not enjoy it as much as I'd hoped.

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This was such a good romance!!! I loved everything about it and loved both of the main characters. Highly recommend!

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I'm sad to see this series go, but it was been so fun and The Plus One was a great book to wrap everything up. Ooh boy did this pull on the heart strings (like the two previous in the series) but it was so enjoyable to watch Indira and Jude fall for each other and grow together.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an honest review in exchange for an honest review.

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loved!! definitely a fun time and was so so cute and fluffy!! highly recommend!! mazey really popped off with this one 😭💓 truly the best thing to read in spring

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I thought that this was a very cute story. Some parts were a little too risque for my taste but I still very much enjoyed the story. I thought the characters had great chemistry! Some parts of the book were slightly slow but I still wanted to find out what happened at the end. I have read other Mazey Edddings books and enjoyed them. This one might not be my favorite but definitely won't stop me from reading more of her books! Thank you to NetGalley for the book in exchange for my review!

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The Plus One is the third book in the romantic comedy series A Brush With Love, but it can be enjoyed as a stand alone as well. Indira has recently lost her boyfriend and she needs a date for a wedding. Her childhood enemy, Jude, is now a traveling doctor and very successful. They start up a fake relationship so she can bring him to the wedding. I'm a sucker for a fake dating relationship trope. This one was entertaining, but a bit of a slow slog at times. I enjoyed the first two books in the series much more.

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I did not read the series this is a spin off from. I didn't know it was a spin off until I was done, and I will say, you don't need to read it first.

Enemies to Lovers meets grumpy sunshine. These are 2 of my favorite tropes! It's steamy, it's emotional and I surprisingly enjoyed it.

Jude was an amazing character. Daria was great, but Jude had my heart. I give this 4/5 and I highly recommend.

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I thought the character arcs were very well done. Eddings explores traumas and fears with so much rawness and respect, and I appreciated that the dual perspective writing allowed readers to see not only through both of their perspectives, their vulnerabilities and fears, but also the way they see each other. This book balances the the heavier and lighter themes and does a fantastic job at showing the ups and the downs of falling in love and getting to know someone else and ourselves.

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I found The Plus One to be a pretty average romance. The characters had great chemistry. Mazey Eddings does great mental health representation. But the plot did not particularly excite me. What did excite me was no accidental pregnancies. Let's hope she keeps those in her past! For me, I will be giving Mazey Eddings one more book to impress me; otherwise, I will be skipping her future books.

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Okay, I’m loving maizey eddings! Her books are laugh out like funny, and I loved the buildup of the main characters relationship. Was not disappointed at all with this book!

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If you're a fan of fake dating or enemies to friends to lovers, then this book was written just for you! A fantastic closing novel to the AvBrush With Love trilogy, this novel stands out because of the way Eddings has managed to entwine past and present—not only the recent past, where both Jude and Indira have experienced different forms of trauma—but also the distant past where they knew each other as children.

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I really enjoyed this book. Mazey's writing and the way she crafts neurodivergent and characters struggling with mental health challenges is perfection.

The book did feel a little slow at some points of the story.

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This was such a good book! This is the third book in the A Brush With Love series. You will want to read the series in order for it to make more sense. The author does such a great job at making her books feel so realistic and relatable. Her characters are so great, you will love them. There’s also a ton of steam in this book! If you haven’t read this series yet, I recommend checking it out!

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This, the third enstalment of the A Brush with Love series, is easily my favorite of the three books included in this fun series. Each of the women that we have met in these books are characters with strengths and weaknesses that are relatible. We have the honor of getting to know Indrina better throughout this book. I was excited to start to get to know her and was easily pulled into her life right from the start, she is a strong, smart, perfectionist that has been hurt in her previous relationship so she has her defenses up when it comes to a new relationship. Her story is full of depth and shows her growing attraction to Jude from a different perspective.

Indrina has a history with her brother's best friend, Jude. They have always been at odds with each other. She was less than thrilled when she was reintroduced to him when she fled to her brother Colin's house after finding her live-in boyfriend cheating on her. Jude had been traveling the world but was back in town for Colin's wedding. Even though Jude and Indrina have never got along they decide to throw their disagreements aside with her brother's wedding quickly approaching and form a pact to fake date throughout the wedding festivities. As they spend more time together the harder it is for them to die the chemistry between them.

Indrina and Jude make a charming couple that I could not help but hope they would allow themselves to be happy together. Their dynamic was very well written and the storyline was well conceived and carried out wonderfully. The tropes of forced proximity, enemies to lovers, fake dating and her brother's best friend were pulled together flawlessly.

Though this is a part of a series it could very well be read as a standard alarm block. I do recommend reading the previous two books in order to get the most from this well-grounded romance.

I am grateful to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to read a digital copy and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of this endearing book.

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I love this series so much! While this book did not quite live up to how much I adored the previous one in the series (Lizzie Blake's Best Mistake), it was still filled with plenty of wit, charm, and chemistry.

FMC Indira finds her boyfriend in bed...well, couch? I think? with another woman. She ends it, but can't completely get away from him because he is the cousin of her future brother in law.
MMC Jude has just returned from a traumatic time working as a doctor overseas, and is staying with his best friend who is about to get married. That best friend, is Indira's older brother.
They both end up staying in the same place, sadly there were two beds :( BUT they hatch a fake-dating scheme so that Indira doesn't have to feel alone or pitied during the wedding festivities. Since Jude and Indira have a rather contemptuous history, this also brings in the enemies to lovers trope.

As romance readers know, there's a fine line between love and hate and the line is usually at the doorway to the bedroom because holy chemistry, Batman! This book was deliciously spicy!

While there are times that the dialogue is over the top, there are also some amazingly tender and real moments. I appreciated how the author works to normalize therapy and de-stigmatize mental health struggles, too.

I definitely recommend this whole series!

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The plus one is charming, endearing and a lot story you can help but to root for to the very last page. While this book is a series it can easily be read as a standalone. Every book in this serious has a center around the struggles of mental health. The way they are described and explained in these stories make these characters feel like real life people. It helps you feel seen and heard. The care and thoughtfulness this author has put behind these characters and these struggles help you connect in a deeper level to these two and make you root for them every step of the way. This is a beautifully written novel about Indira and Jude who have always bickered as kids but find them selves in a fake dating arrangement at Jude’s best friends wedding but soon those fake feelings start to feel too real. We watch Jude and his struggles of PTSD and indira trying to move on from the betrayal her ex boyfriend caused her. This story has the most likable characters and a plot line that keeps you interested to the very end.

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I love Mazey Eddings so much for writing books that make me feel SO MUCH!

The Plus One was no exception, it had amazing writing and lovable characters! I love the PTSD rep, and how real the characters faced felt!

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Mazey Eddings has a talent for writing a rom-com with depth. Indira and Jude’s story was a great conclusion to the Brush of Love series. The focus on mental health and therapy felt genuine and grounded. The childhood enemies to lovers (with a sprinkle of fake dating) was well paced and made sense to their character development. I loved that we got to visit with the characters in the previous books. Overall, this was an absolute heart-string pulling delight!
Thank you St Martin’s Press, St Martin’s Griffin, for the copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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