We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday…
Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I’m a “domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego.” (I do have something huge. It’s not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She’s sexy as hell… And a virgin.
At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.
Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set:
Professional football for me. Law school for her.
But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life.
We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it’s seven years later, on a Tuesday…
**This is a full length second chance romance, inspired by Adele’s “When We Were Young“**
It would’ve made more sense if I posted this on a Tuesday, eh? Oh well. *shrugs* I was in the mood for a really cute NA read and this is exactly what I needed. I think the first time I heard of this book was in a Goodreads newsletter and I thought that both the title and premise sounded promising. And then when I was looking at the new releases for this month I had noticed another book by this author was coming out, a book that sounded really good and one I’d like to read, but I thought it’d be best to try this one first. I think overall I enjoyed this book a lot! It wasn’t groundbreaking or anything but it was fun and super cute and a nice light read. I had some minor complaints here and there but nothing too serious. Part of me wants to bump up my rating to 3.5 stars but honestly 3 stars is still pretty respectable, so that’s what I’m going with.
- I really enjoyed the use of tropes in this book and I thought they were extremely well done. A lot of this book emphasizes the “second chance romance” trope, it’s even marketed that way, but I wasn’t really expecting the “friends to lovers” trope and it was probably my favourite thing about this book! I mean, you know how these NA stories typically go: boy sees girl, boy wants to bang girl, girl says no, boy constantly chases girl until girl gives in, they bang, the end. There are some books where the boy just focuses on getting to know the girl and they become friends but with your typical athlete protagonist, that’s not usually the case. I really liked how Charlotte just wanted to keep the relationship with Grayson strictly to tutoring and I admired how she kept her ground, but I also liked seeing the gradual transition from “just tutoring” to them actually getting to know each other and talking for hours on end because they simply wanted to. And I especially loved that Grayson never complained about the friendship or even uttered the phrase “the friend zone”; it made me truly admire him. The second chance aspect of the story was great, don’t get me wrong, but I think the friends to lovers aspect really made this story worth it. Seeing Grayson fall for Charlotte was great.
- I thought that the emphasis and importance of Tuesday was adorable. I like it when couples have a small thing that’s mundane to others but beyond important for the couple, like Tuesday was for Charlotte and Grayson. It was first their day for tutoring and then it became the one day a week they’d always meet up on, and then it became essentially a day of anniversaries. It was like no matter what was happening or whatever was going on in their lives, they always had a Tuesday to fall back on and it was their one sure thing. You know you’re in love when you have a designated day.
- I feel sorta weird praising the fact that the male character here was both a jock AND smart but after going through so many NA books with a complete dumbass of a quarterback or hockey player, it’s nice to see one that’s actually smart and dedicated to his school work. Grayson also felt a tad different than your typical NA male protagonists as well and it’s probably because he didn’t chase Charlotte to the extent of someone like Sebastian in How to Date a Douchebag or even Drew in Tangled for that matter, though Drew is hilarious and his stupidity is a part of his charm. And Charlotte was super great and I loved how she stood her ground against stupid guys and was a really good feminist character. I loved the characters both together and apart which makes the reading experience much more wonderful.
- I think the biggest issue I had with this book was how short it was. There was so much more I wanted from this story, so many other scenes I would’ve loved to explore, but I think because there was such a limited amount of space in the book there wasn’t a lot of time to explore all that I wanted to. The actual timeline of the book was great and was beyond solid, and usually time jumps piss me off but I actually liked how we started in the present and jumped back into the past to get the whole story. I like when stories start in the present and jump to the past but when you jump to the future that bothers me, which is what happened near the end with the epilogue and I just wanted to see Grayson and Charlotte getting back into their relationship. I just wish the book was longer because I felt like there was a lot more to explore about the story.
- The number one thing I hate the most in any book is miscommunication, but when it’s used as the source of drama in a contemporary romance it’s the absolute worst for me. It was a little different here because going into the story you already know there’s gonna be drama but the miscommunication is still annoying to me. On the other hand, I liked knowing that Grayson didn’t actually do anything stupid (unlike someone that goes by the name Drew Evans) and this was something they could get over relatively easily but it still bothered me.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- If you’re looking for a cute, light read then you should definitely pick this one up. It’s got a nice balance of cuteness and laughs and isn’t your typical heavy NA read. I read this in hopes of reading another book by this author and I will be doing just that in the near future. I can’t wait to read more from her.
BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: On a Tuesday (One Week #1)
Author: Whitney G.
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Pages: 216 (eBook)
Until next time,