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The Plus One

By Mazey Eddings
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"Mazey Eddings’s writing is authentic, emotional, and intensely romantic! To me, it’s like a Taylor Swift song in book form." - New York Times bestselling author Ali Hazelwood

What starts out as a fake wedding date turns into something these childhood enemies never expected in The Plus One, a sparkling romantic comedy by Mazey Eddings.

She’s not looking to fix him. She’s looking to love him, if he’ll let her in.

Some facts are indisputable. The sun rises in the east, sets in the west. Gravity exists. Indira doesn’t like Jude. Jude doesn’t like Indira. But what happens when these childhood enemies find the only thing they can rely on is each other?

On paper, Indira has everything together. An amazing job, a boyfriend, and a car. What more could a late twenty-something ask for? But when she walks in on her boyfriend in an amorous embrace with a stranger, that perfect on paper image goes up in flames.

Jude has nothing together. A doctor that’s spent the last three years traveling the world to treat emergencies and humanitarian crises, a quick trip home for his best friend’s wedding has him struggling to readjust.

Thrust into an elaborate (and ridiculously drawn out) wedding event that’s stressing Jude beyond belief and has Indira seeing her ex and his new girlfriend far more frequently than any human should endure, the duo strike a bargain to be each other’s fake dates to this wedding from hell. The only problem is, their forced proximity and fake displays of affection are starting to feel a bit…real, and both are left grappling with the idea that a situation that couldn’t be worse, is made a little better with the other around.

86 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“I LOVED this frenemies to lovers, forced proximity, fake dating rom-com. The characters were so relatable and had real life issues that we all deal with in some way or another. I felt like this was such a heartwarming read. Although it felt a bit heavier than book one in the series, it had great moments of hilarity, witty banter, real life lessons, steaminess and more. Ugh… why only 500 characters allowed lol”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersOriginal charactersRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenFunny writingWitty banterRomanticMeaningful
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“One word: perfection. Mazey has, once again, written a book that made me feel seen and understood. While my hardships are definitely not the same as Indira’s or Jude’s, I still saw myself in certain scenes and that was so encouraging - to know that you’re not alone in this. Both a funny and romantic love story, combined with very real and raw emotions and struggles, this book is one of my new favourites of all time without a doubt.”
Characters change and growWitty banterHeartbreakingRomanticRealistic settingMade me cryMeaningfulMoving
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“I am obsessed with this series, and I am so excited to get an ARC of this next book!!! Indira and Jude are the absolute sweetest, funniest, loveliest couple! Both these characters have faced hardships and trauma that have led them to doubting their worthiness, but I can't think of two people more worthy of each others love than Indira and Jude. I absolutely love their frenemies-to-lovers story. Growing up together, picking on each other, going right back into that routine of being constantly annoyed by one-another is really fun to read. And then both of them realizing they have always meant more to one another than they let on, leads to them forming the most beautiful and deep romantic love. The way they both become such beacons of hope and safety and laughter and comfort made me cry real tears and laugh big laughs all the way through. And of course I LOVED the side characters, especially meeting Collin and Jeremey, two of the loveliest, funniest supporting characters I have ever read. They are so adorably fun and loyal. And seeing all the characters I've come to love so far in this series (including little Evie <3) made my heart so happy. So. To sum up. I love this book, I love this series, I love and adore all the characters here, and I am left an emotional mess in the best way after reading. Thank you for the ARC!!!”
“4.5 stars Mazey Eddings is really coming out swinging - March 2023 will make one year since she debuted, and this, her third book, comes out in April 2023. Her second book still isn't out for like, two weeks and I've already read the hell out of this ARC of book 3 lmao like she's making moves idc (Also, read Lizzie Blake's Best Mistake next month when it comes out! It's so good!!!!) Okay so book 3 is about Indira. She breaks up with her boyfriend, at no fault of her own (unfortunate peanut butter cheating incident) and goes to stay with her brother and his fiance. When she gets there, she realizes that her brother's best friend is also staying there. They have a lifelong rivalry, naturally. Jude is staying with his best friend while he's on leave from being an international trauma/tragedy doctor. He is supremely mentally ill from the toll this duty has taken on him. He has crippling PTSD that he's trying desperately to keep hidden from his friends and family who he seems to think expect the same old Jude to have come home from 3 years in the field. The two spend time together, somewhat begrudgingly, eventually reflecting on their shared childhood and how rivalry or not, they were always a safe constant for each other which is very grounding for Jude in his mental issues and grounding for Indira as she grapples with abandonment trauma from her dad leaving when she was a kid. Mazey Edding's books always have mental illness representation, and I always feel that it's well done. Ngl, this book is hard to read just because it's painful how broken Jude is. But rest assured that, just like her other books prior, the mental illness issues ebb over the course of the book, not to please the love interests, but to be a better person because of them. ya know?? Anywho, it's a romance, so I'm not going to go super into the details, just know there is a scene where they 69 and now I will have difficulty ever reading books about mental health in which they DON'T 69 One thing about this series is that while we have queer characters and some non-white representation, I don't know that any of the characters so far have been Black. I suppose I'd rather have the exclusion of Black representation than have it done poorly, but really I'd just be interested in seeing it going forward from this author. I think this whole series is definitely worth reading, though, and I'm excited to see what this author does next!”

About Mazey Eddings

MAZEY EDDINGS is a neurodiverse author, dentist, and (most importantly) stage mom to her cats, Yaya and Zadie. She can most often be found reading romance novels under her weighted blanket and asking her boyfriend to bring her snacks. She’s made it her personal mission in life to destigmatize mental health issues and write love stories for every brain. With roots in Ohio and Philadelphia, she now calls Asheville, North Carolina home. She is the author of A Brush with Love and Lizzie Blake's Best Mistake.

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