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…
Book five in the the Thirty-Eight Series, With the First Goodbye can be read seperately from the other books in the series.
The Thirty-Eight Series reading order:
#1 Thirty-Eight Days
#2 Thirty-Eight Reasons
#2.5 What We'll Leave Behind: A prequel
#3 What You Left Behind
#4 All We Have
#5 With the First Goodbye
#6: With the Last Goodbye (Coming soon)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thought I could do it...I thought I would make it through the whole book without tears but I was wrong. It started when the title finally clicked. With The First Goodbye... I'm a newbie to this series. I didn't even realize it was book 5. You can still read, enjoy, and love the characters without reading 1-4 but it would strengthen the bonds between characters and yourself. It starts with a wedding and ends at an engagement party. Seems like everyone around them is happy. Yet, both Josephine and Maxwell are outside of the party. One simple encounter changes them both... It's sweet, conflicted, and all sorts of sigh inducing. The kick in the butt though...you need more. Lots more...a whole other book more. I feel 3/4 empty without...well you will see. I am eager for With The Last Goodbye but also hesitant because I need to to be everything I want and more.
With the First Goodbye is beautifully written and so darn good that I didn't even mind the cliffy. Max and Josie's story is emotionally charged with friendship, heartbreak, and love. There were so many wonderful things about this one, but it's hard to give details without spoilers. I'll just say that this compelling read is one that will stay with me. It is a standalone, but there were several times that other characters entered the tale and I was a bit lost on their stories. That aside, I was quite impressed with Webster's writing and will be anxiously awaiting the next book in Max and Josie's sweet love story.
What four letter word is associated with both weakness and strength and can empower as easily as it can destroy? That tricky dichotomy known as LOVE! When it comes to love there is no logic, because love is based on emotion, not state of mind. With the First Goodbye takes a look at both sides of the scenario. Len Webster turns a tragic chain of events into an inspiring tale of hindsight and heartache. Maxwell has experienced love at it's most toxic and is learning what pure love really feels like. Will his happy ending pay the price for his past indiscretions? Josephine and Max teeter on the the brink of forever and never. Which will they choose?