Excerpt Monday: Plus One by Brighton Walsh

Today’s the day! I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am for the release of my debut novella, Plus One. And how excited I am to finally share Ian and Olivia with all of you!

Plus One_Brighton WalshOlivia hates the singles scene, so when her best guy friend, Ian, offers to be her plus one to a series of weddings she has to attend, she agrees. Although she doesn’t want to complicate their lifelong friendship, she can’t pass up the chance to have a steady date without the dating drama. What she doesn’t expect is to now find Ian so incredibly sexy.

When Ian sees his old friend Olivia dolled up for wedding #1, the boyhood crush he once nurtured transforms into smoldering attraction. It doesn’t take long for their no-strings arrangement to turn physical. But as Olivia’s desire to stay “just friends” becomes clear, Ian’s feelings are deepening. In the time they have together, how will Ian convince Olivia that one plus one can make for a lifelong pair?

Here’s an exclusive excerpt of Plus one:

Ian couldn’t help but notice the barely restrained excitement in her voice, and he took comfort in it. He cleared his throat. “Um, I’ve actually already started looking. I have an interview scheduled next week.”

“What?” she screeched and shot him a look with narrowed eyes. “When did you do this? How long have you been looking? Does Emma know?” He could hear the unanswered question, though. Why didn’t you tell me?

The truth was, he didn’t know why he hadn’t told her—hadn’t told anyone, actually. Instead of contemplating that, he answered her questions. “Last week. About a month. No.”

She snorted and shook her head. “Don’t elaborate on it, Ian.”

He sent a smile her way, then turned his attention back to the passing scenery. “Well, you know how my mom is. Emma, too. If I tell them, they’ll get all excited, and it could be over nothing. I might not get the job.”

“Oh, yeah, that’s probable, Mr. Four-Point-Oh and Valedictorian. You had, what, like five companies jizzing all over themselves to get you to work for them right out of college?” She rolled her eyes before reaching over and patting his leg. “You totally have this.”

He smiled at her confidence and hoped she was right. For so long, he hadn’t allowed himself to think about living back in Minneapolis, but ever since the idea had entered his mind, he could think of little else. He wanted back there, badly.

“Will you come see me?” she asked.


“When you’re in Minneapolis for your interview. Will you be there for the day? We could, I don’t know, grab lunch or something.”

“You know I wouldn’t come up and not call you.”

“How am I supposed to know? Apparently you’ve been living this whole secret life that I haven’t been privy to.”

He laughed. “It’s hardly a secret life, Liv. It was one interview. It’s not like I hid that I’m secretly part of a BDSM community.”

“Oh my God!” She turned to him with wide eyes. “Are you?” The seriousness of her expression and tone of voice had him snickering as soon as she leveled her stare on him.

“You ass.” She reached over and slapped his chest, and he caught her hand before she could pull it away.

“I’m sorry,” he said through his chuckles.

“You don’t sound sorry.” She tried futilely to pull her hand away, but he just held on tighter.

Quelling his chuckles, he tried again, attempting to sound more sincere. “I’m sorry I made you think I was a Dom, Livvy.” He couldn’t help it, though, and he laughed as he got the last few words out.

Obviously not enjoying his amusement at her expense, she glanced over at him, quirking a single eyebrow. “Who said I thought you’d be the Dom?”

Well, if that statement didn’t dry his amusement right up. He stared at her profile—at the small smirk playing on her lips as she focused on the road. He loved this flirtatious side of her, and if she could play, so could he.

With her hand still in his, he traced the lines on her palm and watched her breathing change. Then, with a low voice, he said, “While there’s nothing wrong with a woman having her way with me, I prefer to be the one calling the shots in the bedroom.”

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Excerpt Monday: Plus One by Brighton Walsh — 15 Comments

  1. My favorite thing about weddings is getting dressed up and watching two people start their life as a married couple together.

  2. Brighton –

    This novella sounds like tons of fun! I’ve drafted a couple of novellas, but find the shorter length challenging. What’s your secret for writing a novella?


    • Thanks, Kelsey! I actually love writing novellas. There’s not a lot of room for filler, so it’s a get-down-to-business sort of thing, which is what I prefer in writing. Having a clear outline helps, too, so I don’t run off on tangents.

  3. Happy release day and congrats on being the Carina Press Staff Pick this week! Love this excerpt. I’ve already purchased my copy and I look forward to reading it. I love friends-to-lovers stories and this promises to be a good one.

  4. Congrats on the new release.
    I always cry at wedding but my favorite part is when the bride walks down the isle. That alway gets to me.

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