Published by Smashwords Edition Genres: Contemporary
Thursdays will never be the same...
Jackson Sweeney, boybander turned music producer meets Shelby Morris, a sexy but coy Afro Latina. She's cagey, full of secrets that can't be pried from her. Eight seconds turns Shelby's life on end, luring an enemy from the shadows. Jackson is poised to learn more than Shelby ever wanted him to know about the woman she used to be. And this time, her mistakes could hurt someone she's come to love.
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This was my first time reading Ms. White’s work, but it certainly won’t be my last.
The setup for our story: Jackson Sweeney is a music producer. He was part of a boy band in his youth; he was recently dumped by his girlfriend and moves to Florida to get away from the Los Angeles spotlight and to work on new music with an old friend and his new band. The old friend is a hot mess. He’s very much about being in the spotlight and having as much attention as possible, and Jackson is trying hard to remove himself from that lifestyle. He’s opted to be more low key at this stage in his life.
Shelby Morris has recently moved to Orlando to start anew. Something in her past sent her running, and she wants to leave it all behind and start from scratch with a new identity. She has anxiety and experiences nightmares that often keep her up. With insomnia and not much to do in the wee hours of the morning, she decides to go to the supermarket since it’s one of the only places open and runs into Jackson. Our romance begins.
First, let me say the meet-cute was adorable! I get all googly eyed when the heroine and hero meet in practical situations. I loved it, and I really enjoyed this story but more so for Jackson. I thought he was the stronger character of the two. Not quite brooding but not very secure in himself. Appealing characteristics in a male that made him more authentic. Also, he wasn’t overly macho.
The writing in this story was tight, but I felt that the editing was a wee bit lacking. This book is 331 pages. In my opinion, at least 100 pages could have been cut from this tale. Now, don’t get me wrong, I liked that Ms. White drew out the dialogue between Jackson and Shelby which makes them more relatable, but a lot of the storytelling could have been more condensed. Because of this, at some points, I found myself skimming pages. Overall, this was a lovely little read with minimal conflict, but the conflict was definitely believable. It was refreshing to read considering a lot of stories have excessive drama. I give Same Time Next Week 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. If you’re looking for an enjoyable interracial romance, you should definitely give this a try.