She’s With Me by Vanessa Cardui

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She’s With Me by Vanessa Cardui
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (42 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

It’s a fact that Izzy likes men. Meeka’s rule is never crush on straight friends. But a single fact isn’t the whole picture, and sometimes rules get broken. On a night out drinking, the two friends stumble into territory that breaks all the unwritten rules, and Izzy learns that ‘likes men’ doesn’t keep her from enjoying the rush of giving Meeka orders—and Meeka will do anything to keep her attention.

Almost everyone has had a crush on a friend at some point, but most of the time people don’t act on those feelings. What will happen when Meeka breaks this rule?

The chemistry between Meeka and Izzy was excellent. It was the first thing that caught my attention in the opening scene, and it only grew stronger over time. I also liked the fact that they’d been friends for so long before the events of this story began. It added layers of trust and comfort to their flirtations that only made later scenes sexier than they might have been otherwise.

With that being said, their relationship moved far too quickly. Based on certain things the main character said about her friend as well as how hesitant she was in the beginning, I would have expected them to be more cautious than they were about stepping past the platonic boundaries of their friendship. While I definitely wanted to see them take this step, I would have liked to see things unfold slowly instead.

The dialogue was well done. Meeka and Izzy both had unique ways of talking that I quickly picked up on. It was fun to know who was speaking long before the narrator could confirm my guesses. This was only possible because of all of the work the author put into making these two characters so individualized. I really appreciated all of the effort Ms. Cardui clearly spent on this part of the storyline.

I’d recommend She’s With Me to anyone who is in the mood for something racy.

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