Review Post: When the Time is Right by M. Mabie & Aly Martinez

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I will always be here for you. There isn’t a world that exists where I’m not gonna be around for you.

When the Time is Right, a funny, sweet and emotional standalone from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez and M. Mabie is available now!

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Fate doesn’t always happen overnight.

Hudson Bradley is the cockiest, most stubborn, hard-headed man I’ve ever known. And for fifteen years, he’s been my brother’s best friend.

But lately, what I’m feeling for him isn’t friendship at all.

Why is my heart racing every time his blue eyes lock on mine?
Why does every word he rumbles in my ear make my body come alive?
And worst of all, why did I bet him that I could find a woman he and his son would both love?

If I hadn’t given up on love altogether, Hudson would have been perfect for me. After all, he was there the day my world fell apart. He’s spent the last six years piecing me back together.

There are a million reasons why we could never work, but after a single kiss, I can’t remember any of them.

Now that the time is right, I have to make him mine—before I lose him forever.

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*****5 Utterly Amazing Stars*****

Aly Martinez and M. Mabie continue to be two of my favorite authors for a reason. Their words, their storytelling, their unforgettable characters continue to give me stories that I truly treasure. They have created worlds that I have never wanted to leave and they have created some of my favorite books ever. The two of them writing together is what dreams are made of. They way they thoughtfully and so incredibly weave their words and characters together creates a dynamic that I absolutely loved and could not get enough of.

When the Time is Right is the perfect culmination of the amazingness of these authors and their writing. It is funny and sweet. It is swoony as hell with the best level of heat. It is angsty and emotional and woven together with the best level of feels. What I got when I read this book was a fantastic reading experience that I loved every second of. This book was another shining example of a phenomenal story and set of characters that were brought to life by two of my favorite authors and people.

This book was an incredible friends to lovers story. I don’t know about you, but I love me a friends to lovers story. I love getting to see two characters start off as friends. I love getting to be with them as things start to change and as things become more. I love getting to see feelings become deeper and more real and to see those characters take that leap of faith off of that cliff into the unknown.

Aly Martinez and M. Mabie created such a phenomenal friends to lovers story in When the Time is Right. they have the perfect balance of everything. They had the feels in the emotion that completely invested me on every level with these characters. They have the laughs and the humor and the fun that just made this story a joy to read. They had the angst, and the push and the pull, and the glorious tension that intensified every moment these characters were together.

All of that blended so seamlessly together through their fantastic writing to create a story that I was completely invested in, a story that I never wanted to have end, and a story that just really gave me at all.

When the Time is Right is all about Hudson and Lex. Those two have been thick as thieves for as long as they can remember. They’ve both been through quite a bit themselves, but they’ve made it through together. They couldn’t be more right for each other, but it isn’t until everything comes to be and everything lines up just so that they start to realize that their best friend might be the person they were meant to be with. This story explores their friendship. It explores their past that made them who they are and brought them to the present tense of this book. This book follows them as you get that friendship, as you get that past, and as you see how it all comes together to create a possible future for them.

Every bit of this phenomenal story allows you to be right in the thick of it with them. Aly Martinez and M. Mabie do such an incredible job of letting you be with their characters through it all. They let you live with them, they let you feel with them, they invest you wholly and truly with them, and that will have you so in this story. That will have you invested in them and rooting for them and desperate for the tipping point of them when things become more. Getting to be a part of that with Hudson and with Lex was nothing short of wonderful.

The connection that these authors create between their characters was utterly fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their story and getting to be in the thick of that connection because it just showed me again and again how right and how meant to be these characters were for one another. They just got each other. They had such an ease between them, there was something so right and just good about the two of them, and getting to be in the middle of that dynamic, getting to be in the thick of those personalities and just getting to be with these characters was so damn enjoyable.

These authors do the best job of showing you why these two characters need to be together, and they have you so completely invested in what could be. That perfectly builds up to the moment when things start to change, when they start to question what they’re feeling and when it becomes more. That was the perfect lead up to what happened in the story and it just had me loving everything I got along the way with Hudson and Lex.

I loved everything about the characters that these authors created. I loved their personalities. I loved to have fun they were. I loved how real and good they were. I love that Lex with a hot ass mess and owned it. I loved that Hudson was such a good guy and the best dad. I loved that you could tell these characters have hearts of gold, that they really meant what they felt, and what they said and what they did. I loved that they were a little crazy. I loved that they were so fun. I loved that they were just them. I think that speaks completely to what these authors create with these characters that I felt that and got that through every single word of their writing.

I just loved Lex and Hudson.

I loved their spunk. I loved their incredible chemistry. I loved the spark that permeated their interactions in the best way. I loved that they just got each other. I loved that they were there for one another, especially when things got tough. I loved that they just completely understood everything about one another, yet also learned more about each other. I loved that they were never afraid to go there, or push for more, or to do what was needed at the right time because that’s just who they were. They were good people, doing their damn best, and feeling it all along the way.

Aly Martinez and M. Mabie do the absolute best job of creating these characters, making them so vivid and memorable and real, and letting you wholeheartedly fall in love them.

I think one of my favorite parts of this story, other than the fact that Hudson and Lex were the absolute best, was that this story was a little heavier. It was more emotional, there was more angst, there was more feels to everything. I loved that there was still that glorious banter and that lightness and that sense of fun and humor, but things are also very real. It was emotional. It was heavy at times. It was heartfelt and heartbreaking in a way too with what these characters went through. I love that I got to see that with them and experience that with them. It really pushed them in the best way and it added such an unforgettable layer to what was created in this story. I loved getting to be in the thick of that dynamic and getting to feel that with these characters. It deepened and what I felt for them and what was created in their story and I just absolutely loved it.

There really is nothing better than two of your favorite authors and people coming together to write a book and creating characters that you love with your whole heart. This book was all of that and more. It was so enjoyable to read. It was fun and emotional and romantic and swoony. It was memorable and enjoyable and it was honestly just a damn good book. I loved every second I got to spend with in this world and with these characters, and I honestly didn’t want to leave it. I wanted to spend more time with all of these characters and within the writing of two of my favorite authors.

But let me tell you, as said as I was to see this book come to an end, it came to an end in the most fitting and perfect way, and I am telling you, you will love every step of the journey with Hudson and Lex to get to that ending.

When the Time Is Right was an utterly incredible story to read. It is a phenomenal friends to lovers story that will get you in the feels, that will have you blushing something fierce, but that will also completely show you the true depth of feeling that these two characters have for one another. It is a love story at its core and it is a hell of a good one at that. It is a story of two people who are so meant to be, yet must face a lot of challenges to see what could be. It isn’t always easy for them or you for that matter, but it is beyond worth it. And I’m telling you, if you give this book a chance and if you jump into it heart first, you will absolutely love it. It will give you it all and then some, and by the end of it you’ll just be damn glad that you read it in the first place.

So guess what? The time is right to have this book in your life, so do yourself a favor, put your time in, and meet Lex and Hudson. Experience their incredibleness. Live their story. Feel it all. They will melt you, move you, break you a bit, and put you all together again, and you will absolutely love it. Trust me.


I did everything I could to not make eye contact.
Actually, my MO for the past week had been no contact period, but that was a little hard to do when the guy you’re dodging knows things about you. Specifically, the lock code on your front door.
“You can go home, Hudson. I’m fine.” Out of my periphery, I watched him perch his hands on his hips.
“No,” he argued. “Not until we figure this out.”
So he had noticed my ghosting. I hoped he wasn’t as good at calling my bluff.
“There is no this.”
“What about what you said at the—”
“Yeah, I must have had a cold or something. Whatever it was, I’m over it.”
Lies. Lies. Lies. Hopefully, I’d start believing them.
“Over it?”
“Yep. Hey, how was your date?” My topic-swapping skills were on point. When he stopped, only an arm’s length away, I finally seized what scrap of pride I had and looked up into his blue eyes. “Are you seeing her again?”
He huffed. “Well, that’s kind of up to you.”
“Me?” I dropped the spoon into the sink and put the ice cream down so I could cross my arms over my chest. “What do I have to do with it?”
His lids fell shut, and he tipped his head at the ceiling, stretched his neck from side to side, and then brought his gaze back to mine. “Kate seems to think that, maybe, I have a thing…for you.”
My face flushed hot, and I wondered if maybe I’d fallen down trying to get out of my leather skirt earlier and I was dreaming, passed out on my bedroom floor. The issue with that theory was I could smell him, feel the warmth from his body in front of me, and see his heartbeat thumping in the vein in his neck.
This was real, but I still wasn’t sure I could handle it.
“Well, that’s just, uh, dumb,” I contended weakly. Shaking my head to rattle myself back to sanity, I asked, “W-why did she say that?” I tried to laugh, but it was as fake as my gusto.
“Because, apparently, I talked about you the whole night.”
Okay, I was wrong. I’d thought riding in a car with him and seeing him shirtless and watching him play with Jack and seeing how much he loved my family and having him touch me and avoiding him all week had been torture.
This moment was a whole new level of torment.
“So?” I said childishly.
It didn’t matter how I felt or what I wanted. I couldn’t just leap into his arms and expect everything to turn out the way it was supposed to. That’s not how my life worked.
“So I need to find out if this, whatever’s been building between us, is something.”
Wouldn’t that be nice? Up until that very second, it had all been one-sided. I’d racked my brain all week to understand why I’d felt the crazy things I did about him.
“How you gonna do that?”
“We’re going to kiss,” he stated very matter-of-factly, and then he closed the distance between our bodies.
“We are?” I whispered. My voice had all but left the building.
“Unless you stop me right now.”
I wanted to.
I didn’t want to.
I was scared.
I was excited.
But mostly, I wasn’t stopping him.

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About Aly
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.
Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.
She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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About M. Mabie
M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes everything from steamy romantic comedies to angst-filled, pull your hair out drama. She enjoys it all. With her unconventional love stories, she tries to embody “real-life romance.”

She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne’s World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head. She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost.

M. Mabie usually doesn’t speak in third-person. She promises.

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