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Peek Inside Just One Week

Her brother’s best friend is not only the hottest man Michelle Dennis has ever seen, he’s the one man she hopes to avoid after leaving town eight years ago. Of course he's the one waiting at the airport...

Just One Week

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Keeping his hands off is a test he’s bound to fail…

Her brother’s best friend is not only the hottest man Michelle Dennis has ever seen, he’s the reason she left town eight years ago. Of course he’s the one waiting at the airport. Worse, he made sure they’re staying in the same house.

Alex Stafford is expecting to pick up his friend’s kid sister, not a full-fledged bombshell. He was planning to apologize for their past, but the feelings he had years ago come roaring back…and this time, there’s no denying them.

Keeping his hands off is a test he’s bound to fail—especially when they’re stuck in close quarters. But falling in love with Michelle, living in her world, isn’t an option for a guy like him. And remembering that will save them both a lot of heartache…
“Alice Gains will tantalize your romance tastebuds with a book you can’t put down until the very last page.” – Jasmine Haynes, New York Times bestselling author of Somebody’s Love


4 stars "Great read by Alice Gaines. Fantastic story of young love getting a second chance to make the right choices." ~Katie Gustafson, NetGalley review

4 stars "I love a good friends to lovers book and this one was awesome!" ~Logan's Book Sports Section

5 stars "Love it!! Hot sex and sweet romance." ~Karla Andrews, Goodreads review

4 stars "I read this story in one night because I couldn't put it is cute and the chemistry between the main characters was explosive." ~Romancing the Laser Pistol

4 stars "It was cute and quick and fun. Loved the sense of family that they all have in this book. Great read." ~Addicted to Books

5 stars "I really loved this book. Light-hearted, sexy, funny in parts, and swoon worthy." ~ Californiagang, Amazon Review

4 stars "Super fun, cute read....definitely left me smiling and it's a book I would highly recommend." ~Bette Hansen, Goodreads review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757233
Release Date: Sep 12, 2016
Page Count: 228
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy, sports romance
Tropes: forced proximity, older brother's best friend

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By 1-Click Addict Support Group September 09, 2016

Happy. That's how this book made me feel. Delighted, really. Because Just One Week was just so...adorable.

I mean, it was sexy, too. But mostly, this quick read was a sweet, butterfly-inducing romance. And that's why I enjoyed it so damn much. I wanted light. Maybe even a little fluffy. Which I got. ...more

By Angela June 21, 2019

A true romance novel for avid romance readers.
My BookTube review: ...more

By Danielle August 18, 2016

3 stars
Super cute and super sweet story about second chance love/brother's best friend rolled all into one.
Michelle returns home after 8 years of being away become a PHD/professor. She is a smart cookie. Michelle always has a thing for Alex, her bother's best friend and NFL star.

This was a lighthea ...more

By Amy August 16, 2016

I liked this book. It was just what I needed right now, a cute fluffy story to lose track of time in. I needed a book that was an easy breezy read and Just One Week fit the bill. I read this story in one night because I couldn't put it down. The story is not some new concept that is going to blow do ...more

By Karla August 27, 2016

Brothers best friend! Michelle has always had a thing for Alex! Well, 8 years ago. He broke her heart. She finally comes back after all that time to her like mom and dads anniversary. Her new plan is to make a play at Alex. Just sex she says. But something happens along the way. Everyone is playing ...more

By Heather August 17, 2016

I really liked the responses Alex had to Michelle at times, “like it?” Oh, baby. He’d take that dress off her later, and then he’d show her how much he “liked” it" I really liked this book, Alex was amazing and Michelle was one smart cookie. ...more

By Tatia September 22, 2016

4 stars

This was such a sweet read. While at times I found both the hero and heroine to be absurd and stuck in their head, I truly loved the way everything went.

Michelle, or Mickey as everyone back home knows her, is headed home for the first time in 8 years. She's excited and nervous all at the sa ...more

By Jaime September 15, 2016

This was a light, fun read that was low on angst heavy on the sweet.

The attraction between Alex and Michelle was clear and present from the very beginning but their history was a bit of a mystery that slowly unraveled throughout the book. I like that we got bits and pieces of the last night they sa ...more

By Bette September 02, 2016

Super fun, cute read. Low on angst and high on fun makes this an excellent light read. It's a second chance story and brother's best friend story rolled into one. I really loved the family dynamics and could easily see how the younger Michelle would have had a huge crush on Alex. Even though at time ...more

By Romancing the September 10, 2019

Reviewed by Danielle U
Book provided by NetGalley

Just One Week by Alice Gaines is definitely one sexy romance. A contemporary tale that brings together two absolute opposites. But the story isn't just about two opposites who may or may not find their happily ever after. It's much more than just t ...more

By Fedora June 09, 2019

Three and half stars.

Brother's best friend, long-time unrequited crush...

Michelle Dennis had a crush on Alex Stafford for eons, but their encounter eight years ago was a doozy, with Alex hurling some especially cruel accusations her way, so Michelle's gone out of her way to avoid contact. Lured back ...more

By Chanel May 19, 2017

This book was average in may ways with two concurrent typical plots -- the Scholar and the Athlete and In love with your best friend's sister. Michelle returns to her hometown year. The first person she encounters is Alex. Alex is her brother's best friend, and the reason she left town. Michelle run ...more

By Angela October 19, 2019

Sweet, sexy, and totally relatable, this contemporary romance set in California's wine country pits brains and brawn in a friends turned lovers story with an emotionally touching twist. A must read! ...more

By Melissa February 03, 2017

Loved it!

Such a cute story about childhood friends, a crush and falling in love with some hot scenes in the mix. ...more

By Michelle September 19, 2016

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Just one Week is an adult contemporary romance by Alice Gaines. I love a good brother's best friend forbidden romance, and this is a really cute one. (Plus, the main character's name is Michelle, so I twas easy for me to ...more

By Ayekah September 12, 2016

This is a great story about the exceptionally bright and now knock out Michelle who is headed home after an 8 year absence for her brothers wedding, and Alex the NFL player, handsome, Michelle's high school crush and brothers best friend. Michelle and her brother spent much of their young lives at t ...more

By Abby September 12, 2016

*ARC is obtained through NetGalley from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for a honest review*

Just One Week is a cute love story, pretty steamy and very engaging.
Simply put, it is a story where the heroine is a beautiful PhD holder that is on her way to be a lecturer at a prestige university and the he ...more

By FMR Book Grind September 13, 2016


This was such a sweet read. While at times I found both the hero and heroine to be absurd and stuck in their head, I truly loved the way everything went.

Michelle, or Mickey as everyone back home knows her, is headed home for the first time in 8 years. She's excited and nervous a ...more

By Lucia September 12, 2016

A relatively sweet, light-hearted, best friend’s younger sister / older brother's best friend second chance romance with sensitive issues raised

Just One Week is a relatively sweet, light-hearted, best friend’s younger sister / older brother's best friend romance but the two characters are almost in ...more

By Les January 18, 2018

De temps à autre, j’aime bien lire des romances légères et sans prétentions qui sont souvent amusantes bien que prévisibles. Que cela ne tienne, j’ai passé un agréable moment avec Just One Week, Michelle et Alex nous font vivre de véritables grand huit émotionnels, mais au final on s’en tire avec un ...more

By Nicole September 25, 2016

To read all my reviews, go to: Between Books

+4 from-crush-to-love stars!

For an not-so-strange reason I'm always up for a sport romance book -any sport. Boys in uniform are something else. Anyways, today, September 13, I brought you all a sexy, sweet, second chance romance. Alice is a new author f ...more

By Wit & Wonder Books September 18, 2016

***ARC In Exchange for Honest Review***

‘Just One Week’ by Alice Gaines was a great quick read for anyone that likes a forgiveness and second chance read. Alice did a great job with squeezing the majority of the plot into a one week scenario with lots of situations from the past, and of course puttin ...more

By Jennifer September 12, 2016

Michelle Dennis has been in love with her brother's best friend, Alex, for as long as she can remember. When he smashed her heart to pieces in her teen years, she left for college, and never came back for even a visit. Eight years later, she can't come up with an excuse as to why she can't come home ...more

By Fiction September 16, 2016

4 StarsThis review was originally posted on Fiction Fangirls ...more

By Fizza September 12, 2016

This is an interesting read. The story is engaging and I loved the characters. I recommend it all readers who enjoy a good contemporary romance.

For eight years Michelle has avoided coming back to her home town. She doesn't have many happy memories of this place and a few that she has involves Alex. ...more

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Alice Gaines

About the author

Award Winning, USA Today Best Selling Author

Alice Gaines

Award-winning author, Alice Gaines is the author of several full-length books and dozens of shorter works. She lives in Oakland, California with her pet corn snake, Casper. While Alice isn’t writing or reading, you’ll find her pottering in her garden or cooking something in her kitchen. She’s passionate about her church and funky soul band, Tower of Power, not necessarily in that order. Alice loves to hear from readers. E-mail her at [email protected] If you visit her website at http;// and sign up for her newsletter you’ll be entered to win her hand-knitted and crocheted projects.

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