Blog Tour ~ Just a Week by Jena Wade ~ (Reviews, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Title: Just A Week
Author: Jena Wade
Release Date: July 5th 2016
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
Just a week is not enough time to fall in love, but Fate doesn’t care. Seth’s carefully crafted plan for how his life will go doesn’t include falling in love with a guy in his horrible hometown. He wants to start a new life anywhere but at home. Until Maddox storms in with his multi-colored hair and carefree attitude.
Long distance relationships don’t work and Seth isn’t into gambling with his future. But the more time he spends with Maddox, the more he’s willing to throw caution to the wind. Now his plan for the rest of his life has been turned upside down and seems to include things Seth never thought possible, including a lifetime of happiness in his hometown.
“Seth, this is Maddox. Maddox, Seth.” My dad gestured between us, as if we couldn’t figure out who was who.
I nodded. I suppose the thing to say would be “nice to meet you” or something along those lines. But I wasn’t very suave. And I was still unsettled about the fact that he caught me being a creeper.
Perfect white teeth practically blinded me. Was there anything about him that wasn’t designed to make me weak in the knees? I had a thing for teeth. Yeah, I know it sounds weird.
After a moment of awkward staring, I turned away and gestured to the pile of new shelving that still remained in boxes.
“We better get started. I’ve already begun thinking about what our best course of action is. I think if we work from the back of the store forward, left to right, we’ll be able to get done quickly. I’ve managed to find the instructions— What are you doing?”
Maddox bent over the box, knife in hand, and started slicing it open. He cut a line through the cardboard, not even bothering to open it via the top of the box, where it was taped shut. That would have been the most logical thing to do. “Getting the pieces out.”
I looked to my dad for help, but he had walked away.
“But we haven’t laid out a plan. We don’t know where we are starting. I am not even sure if we have enough room back here to build. We aren’t ready to start opening up boxes and taking out pieces. I haven’t read the instruction manual yet. We don’t have a plan.”
Maddox shrugged one shoulder. “We’re building new shelving to replace the old. That’s the plan.”
I cringed. This is why teams never worked out for me. “That’s the objective. Our plan will give us a step-by-step process so we get it done quickly and efficiently.”
A half smile from Maddox had my heart doing jumping jacks. For fuck’s sake. Of all the times to get a crush, it had to be now? Apparently my dick didn’t get the memo that we didn’t like this guy.
I continued, “Research has shown that building projects get completed quicker if you follow the instruction manual.”
“Dude, it ain’t that serious. We’re building shelves, not launching a spaceship. Your dad said we could do this however we want, and I say we just jump in and get it done.” Despite his playful tone, I couldn’t get past the flawed logic in his plan.
No. That wouldn’t work for me. “We should put together a plan, a task list, find out who would be best suited to do which tasks. We need to make a plan.” I talked in circles. Repeating myself and I knew it. He wasn’t going to listen. I put a hand on my hip and stared at him. Hard.
It wasn’t working.
Maddox laughed. He laughed at me. Great.
Unable to stay in his college apartment in Michigan over Spring Break, Seth is forced to go home to a small town in West Virginia where he reluctantly plans to stay the week. Working at his father's hardware store, he's counting down the days until he can go back to his carefully planned life. But Seth is not prepared to meet the town's newest resident, "Jack of all trades" Maddox.
Maddox might be new in town but from what Seth has gathered, he seems to work everywhere, doing odd jobs for anyone who needs it. The same age as Seth, his outlook on life is completely different. Where Seth is orderly and always has a plan (a plan he happens to always think is right), Maddox is a free thinker. He loves to live life in the present instead of mapping out the future. They know there's no way they could ever work. Or could they?
Sometimes you find that no matter how hard you plan something, sometimes you just have to sit back and let life happen. Seth definitely learns that lesson when he meets Maddox. For the first time in his life, he might realize that it's alright to deviate from the plan. I believe that this is something so many of us can relate to and I think that's what I enjoyed so much about the story.
Both characters are likable, Maddox more so than Seth in my opinion. But I think as a couple they fit. They balance each other out and can give one another a new perspective on life. This is a short, easy read and I'd definitely recommend it for when you're in the mood to just take a break.
After having a very difficult time in school in his hometown, Seth avoids visiting like the plague, despite missing his very supportive parents. When he's unable to stay at his dorm room over Spring Break, he has to spend a whole week visiting and he's not happy about it.
Maddox is a free spirit, and Seth is captivated by him from the moment he sees him skateboarding. It's never been easy for Seth to get close to others or to trust them, so they don't exactly hit it off, and Seth has a plan for his life already set, will the handsome Maddox change his carefully set plans?
This was a lovely read. I liked Seth and I loved Maddox and Seth's parents. Seth was a bit standoffish at first, but I loved seeing him actually making an effort when he realized what Maddox could mean in his life. And Maddox, well, he was sweet and supportive, not wanting to enter a relationship that didn't have a future, but unable to resist his attraction to Seth. They were so different, but they complemented each other very nicely.
All in all, the book is short, sweet, with some light angst, and very well-written. This is my first book by this author, but I'll be happy to check out more in the future.
Rating: 4 Stars!!!
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About the Author
Jena began writing in January of 2013 as a New Year's Resolution--and so far she has stuck to it!
She lives in Michigan. By day she works as a web developer, and at night she writes. Born and raised on a farm, she spends most of her free time outdoors, playing in the garden, or riding her horses. She also helps run the family dairy farm.