Book Review ‘Wishful Thinking’ by S.P. Wilcox

Wishful ThinkingTitle: Wishful Thinking
Author: S.P. Wilcox
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
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Left heart broken by her high school sweetheart Sydney is in no means interested in having a serious relationship. She has just finished her freshman year of college and is headed home, leaving her best friend at school and no hopes for an exciting summer.

Sydney is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime by her longtime friend Heather. Accepting this opportunity could make or break her summer vacation. When a gorgeous young man crosses her path more than one time, Sydney is almost torn to pieces by her immediate attraction to him. Making her choice simple, she will take the offer from her friend and embark on a summer she will never forget.

Sydney is looking for a summer filled with endless amounts of fun. What she doesn’t know is this is the summer that will change her love life forever. See what happens to Sydney in her quest to have a summer filled with no ties.

Sydney wants to have a good time. The last few years have been filled with heartbreak due to her long-time boyfriend cheating on her. She hoped going to college would help her get over him, but she hasn’t met anyone else yet. And with her best friend Kendall now in a serious relationship, Sydney often feels like the fifth wheel. But then Heather, her friend from home, calls on asks her to spend the summer holiday at the beach, in the beach house of Heather’s parents. Sydney agrees, hoping that the summer will bring her much-needed happiness. Well, she gets more than she bargained for when she meets Grant, the hottest guy she’s ever seen. Despite her best friend warnings, she feels drawn to him and everything he represents: freedom, fun and no ties. But the more time she spends with him, the more attraction turns into emotions, and the less she’s able to keep away from him.

This story was pretty intense. It started out with a short recap of what happened to Sydney before she met Grant, and it actually made me feel sorry for her right from the start. She actually reminded me of a friend of mine. There were some traits about her that I didn’t like though, like how, despite numerous warnings, she can still dismiss it, as if people give warnings for no reason. I also hated why she still remained friends with Kendall, even though the later, after ditching her at several person, would definitely qualify in my book as “not friend material”.

I have to admit I liked Grant more though. He was…amazing. Seriously. Think of everything you imagine a guy to be, and then combine it in one person, and you get him. But then, think of everything you don’t want a guy to be, combine it, and you get him as well. He jumped from one set of emotions to the other, like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, like he’s two different people. Sometimes I wanted to slap him for making everything so complicated, and for not just falling for Sydney, without all the drama. But anyway, I liked this dynamic in his personality. I also loved how he always seemed so in control of things, even when he really wasn’t, he had natural authority.

I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good, solid contemporary romance with some very romantic, delicious scenes. It was an enjoyable read, and would’ve been perfect if there had been a bit more character development. I thought it was all right with Grant, but Sydney did little to no developing over the course of the story.

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