Save the Date by Carrie Aarons
Released: June 24th, 2018
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Carrie Aarons
Reviewed by Keyrsten
You know that pact you make with your childhood best friend of the opposite sex? The one where, if you’re both still single, lonely and hopeless at thirty, you’ll marry each other?
This is the story about what happens when you hit the big three-oh and have to make good on that pinky promise.
Personally, I think love, romance and all of that nonsense is a crock of, well, you know. And Reese Collins, the boy who used to put worms in my hair at backyard barbecues, knows that better than anyone.
But when he moves to the same city I’ve happily, and singly, inhabited for years, memories of oaths past resurface. Reese is like a dog with a bone; a really hot dog and that bone just happens to be me.
He won’t stop hounding me, and the crazy thing is, my frigid, traitorous heart is starting to cave. For my best friend.
It seems so far off, when you’re a kid playing Monopoly in your treehouse. But when that clock strikes midnight on your thirtieth birthday, and you’re standing alone in front of a grocery store-bought cupcake, a childhood deal to walk down the aisle doesn’t seem so silly anymore.
Erin is a strong, independent, cynical, and Carrie Bradshaw inspired woman who doesn't need her own Big to find her happy ending. Soul mates? Don't exist. Love? It's not forever. But who is going to keep her warm at night? Shoes. Shoes and fashion will never disappoint her. She has always been the peas to Reese's carrots, but he can't be serious about honoring the pact they made when they were 15? Erin wants Reese to have the best in life and the love he deserves, so how can she follow through with this pact when love doesn't exist for her.
Reese is charming, passionate, optimistic, and at the end of the day he's a Mr. Darcy fighting to make his own Elizabeth Bennet realize she can be loved. When Reese is offered his dream job he knows he can't refuse, what's better than moving back home and living near your best friend you've been pinning for for years. They are almost 30 and the pact they made when they were 15 is drawing near, maybe now is his chance to finally show his best friend that he was serious about marrying her at 30. She may think she is unloveable and incapable of loving anyone, but what she doesn't know is that her carrots has loved her since the day they met.
I've always had a sweet spot for a story that involves best friends falling in love, and Save the Date satisfied that sweet craving for me. From the get go you can see how close Erin and Reese have been over their lives, and you can also see the distance that was created over the last few years of their adulthood. Sometimes the best friend love story can feel a little forced, but their story never felt forced to me. Yeah, Erin is against love and is very vocal about it, but that has nothing to do with Reese or how she feels for Reese. Reese knows when to push Erin and knows when he needs to back off. Their witty banter with each other is hilarious. The way they support each other warms even the coldest of hearts. You see them grow as individuals throughout the book, but you also see them blossom with each other. It was a beautiful sight to see.
The only hiccups I had with this book were instances where I felt so much more could have been explored and could have lead to an even more developed growth for our peas and carrots. Those hiccups were the couple's relationships with Erin's mom and Erin's dad. They both are sore spots for the couple and are really the reason behind why Erin doubts love so much. There are spots were you get a hint of conflict, and it kind of gets brushed under the rug a little bit. It's said later on that things were said, but it doesn't tell you exactly what happened. I wanted to see those conflicts. I feel like seeing how Erin and Reese reacted in those situations and how they handled it together would have shown so much growth and would have brought me even closer to them. Conflict and confrontation can be uncomfortable, but with them I think it would have established an even stronger bond between them and the reader.
At the end of the day, I'm gonna send in my RSVP for Reese and Erin's wedding pact. They gave me feelings, giggles, and hurt my heart ... and I'm here for it all. Reese and Erin are a modern day Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, and I'm standing in the rain with them praying Erin will accept Reese and his love.
Rating: 4 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.