Save the Date by Carrie Aarons
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a perfect light-hearted summer read! This story kept me laughing from beginning to end, and I could not put it down. If you are looking for something that is going to put you in a good mood, this is it!
As children, Erin and Reese were best friends. They were inseparable. They did everything together. As they grew older and became adults, they moved away from each other, each living their own lives, but still keeping in touch. As they both approach their 30th birthdays, they begin to remember a pact made when they were just kids, a pact to marry each other, if they weren’t married by then.
Erin is a woman, trying to make it in today’s society. She has a job, that she doesn’t like, but has found a fulfilling side gig that makes her happy. But her personal life isn’t moving forward. She is the kind of girl that doesn’t believe in romance. She watched her parents’ marriage fall apart, and as an adult that has made her loose faith in love all together.
Reese is a man that loves love. He enjoys all of the benefits of a relationship, including the companionship and commitment. After his last relationship fizzles, he decides to move back home, to the area he grew up in, to where his best friend lives. The best friend that he has always had feelings for, feelings that he has hidden from her for years.
Reese and Erin are just plain hilarious! Their back and forth banter, and self deprecating humor made this book one that will stick with me. I loved the entire premise behind the story, and the characters were so real, that I could practically see what was happening! Reese and Erin fit so well together, and their shared history only adds to that. This was a great story, just perfect for a summer beach read!