When It's Right

When It's Right

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by Jeanette Grey

He’s the last resolution she intends to break.

Still licking his wounds after a messy breakup, Nate is at loose ends for New Year’s Eve and itching for a wild and crazy adventure to jolt him out of his rut. Now if he could only convince his best friend, Cassie, to break away for an impromptu road trip to Times Square.

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He’s the last resolution she intends to break.

Still licking his wounds after a messy breakup, Nate is at loose ends for New Year’s Eve and itching for a wild and crazy adventure to jolt him out of his rut. Now if he could only convince his best friend, Cassie, to break away for an impromptu road trip to Times Square.

Fun as it sounds, Cassie is reluctant to accept Nate’s invitation. Little does he know, she’s made resolutions of her own—resolutions about finally getting over her long-standing crush on him. Telling herself this trip will be the perfect “last hurrah”, she packs her bag.

The trip is a fiasco from the outset. A car that won’t start, a freak storm that strands them on the side of the road, and a long drive with too much time for true confessions. Cassie’s rocks Nate to the core, leaving him wondering if the best thing that ever happened to him has been right in front of him all along.

Warning: Contains two best friends, a secret crush, and a road trip that leads to tow trucks, unexpected hotel-room sharing, epiphanies, sex, and more.

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It's almost New Year's Eve, and Nate is dragging his best friend Cassie all the way from North Carolina to New York's Times Square to break out of their mutual rut: Nate only dates awful women, and Cassie doesn't date anyone. Cassie has loved Nate for years; when she confesses her crush, she's surprised when he doesn't laugh. Since Nate was already fighting his attraction to her, it's not hard for him to break out of friend mode. Cassie is scared of rejection, while Nate is willing to take a chance and discover where the attraction leads. Both are refreshingly free of "shall we or shall we not" angst about potentially ruining a good thing. Instead, Nate and Cassie's strong and honest friendship helps them make the leap to being passionate and excited lovers. This fluffy novella doubles as a comedy of errors, featuring a stalled car, a terrifying accident, and getting lost in New York City. (Dec.)

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When It's Right 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GraceDZ More than 1 year ago
A romantic friends-to-lovers novella! “She almost forgot that everything between them was up in the air. Because it was just her and him. Her and her very best friend, and that was simple. As simple as breathing.” Have you ever gone on a trip where everything goes wrong? Well, that is exactly what happens in this heart-warming novella. When It's Right is centered during the holidays around New Years. Cassie has had a crush on Nate for years. She's always wanted more with him, but he only sees her as his best friend. The decision to go on an impromptu road trip to New York seems cursed from the start. I just adore Jeanette Grey's writing! She has a knack for exploring the emotional connection between two people. I loved how Ms. Grey delicately handled the situations of comfortable friendship, longing and hope, and then the realization of love one has for the other. Cassie and Nate were each others rock during trying times. Sometimes a string of unfortunate events can be a blessing in disguise for two people really meant to be together. Sweet, sensual, romantic, When It's Right is a friends-to-lovers short story that made me smile! *A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.*
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
With New Year's just around the corner Nate has decided it's time for a change. He's single again after dating a woman who left him feeling disappointed. In fact most of the women he's dated have left him disappointed. He thinks a radical shake-up will refresh him and help him decide what he really wants. His plan includes a spontaneous trip to Times Square to watch the ball drop that veers radically off-course, but does in fact show him what he really wants, after a car accident leaves him grateful to be alive. Cassie fell in love with Nate the moment they met but didn't want to jeopardize their friendship by admitting the truth. She's stood by watching him go from one bad romance to the next remaining his supportive friend always. But she too needs a change and putting her feelings for him behind her is her goal for the new year. In the blink of an eye, and after a near-death experience, she realizes that putting her feelings for Nate behind her isn't as easy as she hoped it would be as they cling together in a reaffirmation of life that catches both of them by surprise. Friends to lovers is a favorite trope of mine and Ms. Grey has brought to life one that is both sweet and sexy. Nate and Cassie are delightful characters who are immensely endearing with a journey to HEA that put a smile on my face. Nate is charming but clueless at times as to what he has right in front of him. Once it dawns on him how important Cassie has become to him he goes after her wholeheartedly in subtle yet romantic ways. Cassie is a strong-willed woman who values what she has with Nate but can't help wanting more. She wants it to be his decision, though when given the chance she too jumps at the chance to push their friendship to more. The evolution from friends to lovers is slow yet teeming with sexual tension. It's an ultimately satisfying journey that brought a tear to my eye and had me cheering at the same time. Ms. Grey created a heartwarming story perfect for the holidays or anytime you want an uplifting story of realizing the importance of what's right in front of you.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
I adore holiday novellas, particularly those that surround Christmas and New Years. But I especially love the novellas that have so much emotion in such a small space. The novellas filled with beautiful writing and a heartfelt story that has me wishing for more, yet fulfilled. When It's Right is one such novella, and Jeanette Grey has once again won me with her gorgeous, emotion-fueled writing. When It's Right is the story of two friends, Nate and Cassie, who've never tried to be more. Cassie has always seen Nate as more, even had a crush on him. But she is resigned to the knowledge that he will never feel that way about her. Nate has stumbled from relationship to relationship, but after the last disastrous end, he finally recognizes that something is missing. A last-minute road trip to Time's Square for New Year's Eve sets Cassie and Nate in motion. But the trip isn't smooth sailing, it is filled with one bad turn after another. The close proximity and the heightened emotions lead Cassie and Nate to the realization that what they've both always wanted is right there in their hand. Will they have the courage to grab the opportunity for love? When It's Right was by turns funny and sad. It was also reflective. It was sensual and romantic. This was a fulfilling novella, and Jeanette Grey is an extremely gifted writer. If you're looking for a gorgeous holiday novella, please give When It's Right a try. Favorite Quotes: This was right. He held Cassie closer. Because that wasn't all it was like. It was like every other moment he'd had with her over the past five years--all those moments of friendship and companionship and happiness so profound he hadn't even realized their source. All the smiles and laughter. The casual touches and the embrace of one friend wrapping around another. And it was more. So much more. ~eARC, 43% His mouth opened, and there was nothing but this kiss. His kiss. The press of tongue and a glance of teeth. It was wet and sloppy, careless and yet firm. It tasted like letting go and giving in. Like something so wrong and so right. ~eARC 50%