The Best Friend Bargain
by Robin Bielman
Kisses in the Sand #2
Publication Date: August 8, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled Lovestruck, Contemporary Romance
Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.
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.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Best friends to lovers is one of my most favorite relationship tropes ever. When I read the blurb to The Best Friend Bargain I was super excited to read it. I loved the idea of best friends marrying and then falling for each other. It sounded so cute!
The Best Friend Bargain was good, but not as good as I was hoping for. Something about the situation Olivia and Danny were in just didn’t do it for me. Danny was always Olivia’s protector, but he jumped on the bandwagon way faster than I would think a man who planned never to marry or have kids would. And the attraction they began feeling for each happened way too fast for my liking.
As for the characters, I loved Danny. He was such a nice, good guy. They way he began to realize his feelings for Olivia were more than just friendship was really cute. He definitely had me wrapped around his finger by the end of the book. Olivia took me a little bit longer to like. There was a helplessness about her that I didn’t care for. I was also shocked at how quickly she pushed aside her feelings for Will. She just felt like a weaker character.
Olivia and Danny’s relationship was sweet. I loved the emails they sent to each other — even if that mode of communication felt antiquated. Texts probably would make more sense in this day and age. But, still. They were kind of perfect and funny.
Overall, The Best Friend Bargain was a cute contemporary romance with a sweet happily ever after.
**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
The tail end of daylight cast a glow around her in one-of-a-kind beauty and he found himself tucking her hair behind her ear as she looked up at him with similar appreciation.
When her gaze moved to his mouth, he was a goner.
He ignored the voice inside his head reminding him she was his best friend and once they crossed this line they could never go back, and gave her two seconds to say something to change his mind.
She took a step back.
One kiss. One kiss to get it out of his head and put it to rest. She might have placed another foot between them, but Danny saw the indecision in her eyes. He inched closer anyway, unwilling to let her go without one more try. It was a jerk move, but if he didn’t get to taste her he’d go insane wondering.
He cradled her neck in his hands.
“Danny.” He liked how breathless his name sounded on her lips.
“We have to. I’m going out of my mind, Liv.”
She half gasped, half sighed, a pleasure-and-pain kind of sound he wanted to turn into one of satisfaction. They had to get this crazy new attraction out of the way so they could go back to being just Liv and Danny. “Make it terrible,” she whispered.
He smiled. “I’ll do my best.”
“To make it awful,” she reiterated.
“Prepare yourself for the worst kiss ever.”
Her small smile made itself at home inside his chest. He lowered his mouth to hers. No tongue, he told himself. Keep it innocent. Safe.
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