Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – Willow by Christina Phillips

In brief: The latest in the Sydney Housewives series tells the tale of Willow and her best friend Seb. She loves him, but there’s a deed in his past she just can’t deal with… (Read more here).

The good: Sweet and explosive.

The not-so-good: The thing in Seb’s past was just a little icky for me…

Why I chose it: Really enjoying this series. Thanks to Escape Publishing for the eARC.

Year: 2015

Pages: 45 (eARC)

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Setting: Sydney, Australia

My rating: 8 out of 10

Would you be able to fall in love with your mother’s ex-lover? That’s the problem facing young Willow in the latest story in the Sydney Housewives series. Not that you can choose who you fall in love with, but Willow got to know Seb when he was one of her mother’s hangers-on (potentially with benefits). They’ve remained friends to this day, but Willow’s fallen hard. Seb is now enjoying a career high as an author and women are falling over themselves to meet him. So Willow feels like it’s not a great time to let him know how she feels, but Seb has other ideas. He’s been dropping increasingly obvious hints, but Willow’s either oblivious or not interested. Where do they go to from here?

Well, to the bedroom of course. And that’s where things start getting hot and steamy in this friends to lovers story. You’ll forget all about Willow’s mum when you read these scenes – you just know that these two are meant to be together. I enjoyed having a younger, unmarried member of the Double Diamond Dinner Club as the protagonist in this short story – it allowed for a little naughtiness and freshness to be added to the series (even though some of the older members might want to take the crown for naughtiness). I liked how the backstory of Seb and Willow was told – it didn’t feel like anything was skimped on and the that the progression of their relationship was natural. Plus, I thought Seb was quite cute and an all-round nice guy. Willow seemed like someone I’d want for a friend, so I wasn’t jealous of her – it was more like seeing two of your best friends getting it together finally!

This was a fun read that equally balances the sweetness of friends to lovers with steamy sexiness. I zoomed through it and I’ll certainly be reading more by Christina Phillips – she can create a whole world in a short story!

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