The Best Friend Bargain
by Robin Bielman
Kisses in the Sand #2
Publication Date: August 8, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled Lovestruck, Contemporary Romance
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The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.
As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.
My Musings :
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I admit I purely chose this book because of the friends-to-lovers theme. When I started reading the book, I wasn't enamoured of both Danny and Olivia. They seemed off especially during their first scene. The way Danny didn't recognise her just because of her changed appearance turned me off. But as I continued reading, I realised that the reaction was because of the chemistry already present between them which they wilfully avoid.
As the story progressed, I went through a lot of emotions. The characters and the story had me laughing - the banter between the protagonists was really humorous, teary eyed - Danny's disease and Olivia's family life and feeling loved - the way Danny and Olivia love each other. The author touched my heart with this story.
The characters, Olivia and Danny, are both believable inspite of their flaws. The author has put out their characters in various shades and we, the readers, get to know both their flaws and their strengths. And the story is totally enmeshed in them. The tale wasn't slow but at the same time wasn't totally fast. The author's writing engaged both my heart and mind. The romance was portrayed realistically. It wasn't forced or too sudden. The chemistry was natural and hot.
The side characters have a lot of energy and they add their own touch to the tale. I especially loved getting to know their circle of friends. My favourite character is Mrs. Landry who is both sweet and quirky.
I had lots of fun reading this book with the sweet and flirty scenes which had me swooning at times. The pair was too perfect and I felt that it was a very short read to acquaint myself with Danny and Olivia. I am glad that I found this author and I look forward to reading her other books too.
My rating : 5/5
DON'T MISS THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE KISSES IN THE SAND SERIES!
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Synopsis: A temporary agreement neither could keep…
Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she's up close and personal with the world's sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?
Zane Hollander's playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She's genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he'll just break her heart. Because nothing's more important to Zane than following the tide.
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Synopsis: The one guy she shouldn't want...
Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend's wish list, she's determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she's thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow--just by looking at him--she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop's pledge to help her, no strings attached.
Bryce's near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend's best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn't. His trust in women is shot, but he can't help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex's list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans--and heart--in serious jeopardy.
ABOUT ROBIN BIELMAN
She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.
She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.
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