Author: Elizah J. Davis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Twins Blake and Bianca Dunlap have always been there for each other, ready to lend support and make sacrifices. Blake can’t imagine a bigger sacrifice than getting along with Bianca’s fiancé, Matt. However, Matt turns out to be more than the meathead Blake had dismissed him as, but Matt’s best friend, Ryan Everett, is a different story. Ryan seems intent on being an insufferable jerk as often as possible. The fact that Blake is undeniably attracted to Ryan only makes the whole situation more annoying.
Since they’ll all be stuck together for the long haul, Blake is determined to make nice. Unfortunately he overshoots, and he and Ryan end up on much friendlier terms than Blake intended. While he and Ryan agree there’s no harm in having a strings-free fling, that changes when Matt and Bianca find out about it. As more complications arise, Blake and Ryan become more determined to do what it takes to avoid letting them down. But the only way to ensure getting through a joyous wedding and avoid the questions neither of them want to answer is to convince everyone it’s something more.
Review: I LOVED this book! This is another one I started recommending as soon as I finished it. It’s a longer novel for this genre and I enjoyed every single page of it. It’s a sweet, fun and sexy contemporary romance about enemies to lovers. I loved the characters. I laughed out loud. Smiled throughout most of the book. I obviously loved everything about it. 🙂 Totally my kind of book!
Blake’s twin sister Bianca thinks she’s finally found the one. Introducing her brother to Matt is a big deal because they need to like each other. So Bianca sends Blake to join their weekly poker game. Matt stresses to his friends that they need to make a good impression on Blake. Which is the exact opposite of what Matt’s best friend Ryan does. He starts off by mistaking Blake for a stripper and the stupid but hilarious comments just keep spilling out of Ryan’s mouth. Blake gets through the night and hopes to avoid Ryan as much as possible in the future. They’re each the most important people to the Matt and Bianca so of course they’ll be meeting again. Blake is happy to pretend Ryan doesn’t exist. Ryan on the other hand can’t seem to resist speaking to Blake. And once again he insults Blake. A few too many drinks and some unexpected kindness leads to a hot but regretful kiss. Both men have sworn to Matt and Bianca not hook up in fear it will put a burden on their relationship if something didn’t work out. Which of course is a promise the guys break. At first it’s just kissing, then it’s sleeping together. Then sleeping over. They both just keep breaking their own rules established once they admitted they couldn’t keep their hands off each other. Ryan has never been in love and Blake thinks he’s just in it for a good time. However, Ryan starts to fall for Blake right away. He just know what the hell he’s doing when it comes to relationships.
First thing I have to say is this book is hilarious. The dialogue between the characters is so witty and quick. I found myself smiling for so much of this book. I was swooning while reading their very clever and sexy flirting. It was so well done. Nothing felt forced for a laugh. It was easy to enjoy them together. I can’t possibly rave about this enough. The chemistry between the characters was excellent. Always some tension because Ryan got a kick out of getting a reaction out of Blake and Blake didn’t want to like Ryan as much as he did. Their push and pull was so much fun to read about. I adored this couple.
I would also like to mention that given the length of this book and the MCs resisting professing their feelings to each other for so long, that I was never really frustrated. The reasoning for keeping them apart started off being because of the promise made but it became more complex as the story went along. It helped me understand a lot about the characters and their issues. I thought the way the author handled all the conflict was brilliant. It wasn’t manufactured. It really felt fluid and contributed to the story as a whole.
I enjoyed getting both of the MC’s POVs. I like knowing what they’re both thinking and how that differs from the other one’s perception of the situation. It also helps me understand how they see each other and that makes me fall for the characters right along with them. It also helped me get to know the guys better.
I could probably go on and on about how much I liked this book but I’ll stop raving before this review turns into an essay. Obviously I highly recommend it. This book had great character depth. Witty dialogue that kept me smiling throughout the story. Flirting that was almost as fun to read about as it would be to experience in real life. Lovable characters that you feel like you know. This is exactly the type of book I want to settle in and just get lost in the goodness of it. Definitely a feel good read that has me riding a book high all day today. 🙂