The Plus One by Mazey Eddings

Indira has just fled to her older brother Collin’s house, along with her cat, after finding her boyfriend Chris in a compromising position. To make matters worse, her brother’s childhood friend Jude is also staying there in the run up to Collin and Jeremy’s wedding. Indira, Collin and Jude grew up together, but she and Jude have never really got on. The extended wedding celebrations mean that Jude and Indira will both be faced with difficult situations they would rather avoid, so they agree to be each others ‘fake date’ for the duration. As they have an extensive backstory, and know each other a lot better than people who have just met, this changes the dynamics.

Jude is suffering from PTSD due to having spent the last three years working as a trauma surgeon in conflict zones and disaster areas all over the world. To put it mildly, he is in a bad way. Indira is a psychiatrist and while she offers support and suggests that he needs help, she does not act as his therapist. This strand of the narrative is dealt with in a sensitive manner, and the serious nature of Jude’s condition is offset by humour. Indira is also working through some issues of her own relating to her father leaving when she was very young. This is not a light-hearted rom-com; the main characters are damaged emotionally, but they do grow and change as the story progresses.

The Plus One is the third book in the series ‘A Brush with Love’ by Mazey Eddings. I have not read any of the others, but it made no difference as I found The Plus One worked fine as a standalone. Characters from the other books do make an appearance, but I was more interested in Jude and Indira’s story. This will definitely not be the last book I read by Mazey Eddings. Thanks to Headline Eternal and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.