Review: The Fifth Day by Kaia Bennett
Just in time for the holidays, Kaia Bennett’s, The Fifth Day, is a short, sweet and sensual tale of two best friends, Justin Haas and Alyse Mosell, who let an innocent night out on the town change their relationship. Justin, the playboy and Alyse, the good but self-identified damaged girl, have had feelings for each other that go beyond the platonic for a long time. The main challenge for them will be, can they or will they be able to make a relationship between them work?
Alyse, fresh from a broken engagement, is looking for something more, while her best friend Justin provides moral support. We meet Alyse’s ex fiancé briefly to understand that she could have had it all and chose not to. Justin is capable of articulating her reasons for leaving her fiancé better than she can and, at times, knows Alyse better than she knows herself, which can often be the case for true best friends.
Whenever crafting a romance involving best friends turned lovers, there is a delicate balance that needs to be explored. If both characters rush into a relationship, readers can find that unbelievable. Two people that have depended on each other for so many things, and have seen the best and worst of each other, will rarely want to ruin a solid friendship with sex. If they are just acquaintances, sure, what have they got to loose? But if they are best friends, that is much more difficult territory to navigate.
Kaia Bennett does a great job of capturing the characters’ angst in the moment, but I would have liked to see a little more of their interactions before their night out on the town.
The Fifth Day is a well-written novella, about 20,000 words in length. It’s a feel good story you can read in one sitting. I recommend it.
A free copy was supplied by the author for an honest review.
The Fifth Day
by Kaia Bennett
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Justin Haas and Alyse Mosell have been best friends since they were ten years old, and more than a decade later not much has changed. After a bitter break up with her fiancé, Alyse moves in with Justin to mend her life and her broken heart. But, one night of drinking and harmless flirting soon morphs into a passion that’s been simmering under the surface for years. One of them is willing to take a chance on romance; the other is trying to take their heart and run. And it will take nothing short of a Christmas miracle to keep their friendship – and what could be love – from falling apart around them.