Just One Wish by Carly Phillips ~ New Release Review




He was her first love.

She was his.


Just One Wish, an all new spicy, second chance novella set in the Kingston/Dare Family world from New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips and 1,001 Dark Nights is available now!




I received an advanced reading copy (ARC) of this book from the author, publisher, or publicist. The receipt of this ARC did not influence my choice to review the book on this site. It also did not influence how I felt about the book or its characters, storyline, and overall feel. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. As such, they only deal with what is written on the pages of the book and how what is written and otherwise presented made me feel during and after my reading of the book.

Just One Wish by Carly Phillips ~ New Release ReviewJust One Wish by Carly Phillips
Series: Kingston Family #4.5
Published by 1001 Dark Nights Press on March 29, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 111
Format: E-Arc
Source: Publicist/PR
Buy: Amazon | Goodreads
RATING: four-half-stars

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carly Phillips returns to her sexy Kingston—Dare world of rich billionaire heroes in her new Kingston Family series.

He was her first love. She was his.
They broke up to follow their dreams.
Axel Forrester became a world famous drummer.
Tara Stillman became a veterinarian.

Years later, he’s scrolling social media and sees they’re both in East Hampton, NY.
Fate? Or Coincidence?

What’s a rockstar to do other than borrow his friend’s dog as an excuse to see the good doctor.
And—show up at her office after all this time.

Axel wants a second chance with the one who got away. He’s not going to let Tara go this time.


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Just One Wish by Carly Phillips is a bonus novella, set in the author’s Kingston Family series. It is book #4.5, for those who wish to know where exactly it fits into the series as a whole. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I have not yet read the other books in this particular series, so I cannot comment on how much this novella intersects with any other book published thus far. But I do know this one can be read and enjoyed as a standalone romance read, so if you are like me, please know that this novella can stand as an introduction to the series.

I love a good reunion romance, and this one was really sweet. Alex and Tara were high school sweethearts who went their separate ways when their individual dreams took them down different paths. But when Alex realizes Tara now lives in the same vicinity as him, living her dream as a Vet, he can’t help but make plans to see her, despite the years that have passed.

Tara craves stability and family, but she fears abandonment and with Alex living the life of a rockstar who travels far and wide for work, she is afraid to give her heart to him again. Alex is lonely, having already lived his life on the road. He understands Tara’s fears, but he is resolved to show her that he can be the man she needs and wants.

This was a short, engaging romance with a lot of heart. The characters immediately pulled me in and got me invested in their story. It was well-written, as all Carly Phillips novels are, and made me want to read the rest of the books in the series. It’s been a while since I read this author, but I all too quickly remembered why she’s been among my favorites for years. She writes some of the best contemporary romance around, and this novella was a fitting example of that.

All around great read. Highly recommend if you’re looking for something short and guaranteed to entertain and satisfy.




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About Carly Phillips

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly?

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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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