It’s Live!!~~Life Plus One by Rachel Robinson @rachelgrobinson
Ben Brahms shed his glasses, gangly body, and a life long pact to attend an Ivy League college with his best friend the day the world took on a sinister hue. With his outward appearance matching his new career as a Navy SEAL, Ben is saving the world…literally, at the expense of everything he gave up. A whole life.
Harper Rosehall honors the pact. She takes on, and then dominates college on the opposite coast. Always the geek, and always behind socially—especially with men, she blossoms. With her moral compass guiding her, she finds herself drawn back to San Diego and all she left behind.
With memories from their pasts haunting every interaction and decision in their present—and future, their timing never seems to be quite right.
Some friendships last the test of time, can Ben and Harper’s stand the tests of life?
Life doesn’t care what you love, it takes it away anyways.
Tera’s 4 Blush Review
Rachel Robinson blew me away with Black and White Flowers which was a top read for me in 2016. I’m not sure how I missed Hero Hair, but when I saw the opportunity to read Life Plus One, I jumped! If there’s one thing about books that I love that is consistent with me, it’s the writing and the characters. If you’re good at both, I will most likely read anything the author puts out. Rachel has proven to do just that, and I fully intend to pick up more of her books.
“You loved me enough to let me break my own heart.”
Harper and Ben are childhood best friends who just couldn’t seem to get their timing right… Ben just always seemed to have over-confidence in Harper’s love where Harper was under-confident in Ben’s love. We see these friends turned lovers before they even see it themselves. But with their love came tragedy.
“The truth always hurts more than lies. It’s easier to swallow down a bunch of lies than face the one truth that changes everything.”
“Love sews sould together. Life picks at the stitches.”
Some of the story, I was really irritated with Harper. At other times, and I won’t give it away, she was admirable beyond reason. She often gave me a little bit of whiplash in the decisions she made. The sub characters are also admirable. Rachel just left much to be desired with these characters that you can’t help but hope and want for more. Ben is pretty awesome. No to mention swoon-worthy. I loved that he was always straight-forward with his feelings. And that he showed them.
“When the light fades and the mute darkness washes over me, I don’t think of anything except every memory that has you in it.”
Overall, a very good story of love, tragedy, redemption and forgiveness. I’ve been incredibly impressed with Rachel Robinson, and she’s definitely turning into a go-to author for me.