Author: Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Rating: 4.5 stars
Provided by Publisher
Blurb: Construction worker Russell Hart has been head-over-work boots for Abby Sullivan since the moment he laid eyes on her. But he knows a classy, uptown virgin like her could never be truly happy with a rough, blue-collar guy like him. If only she’d stop treating him like her personal hero—a role he craves more than oxygen—maybe he could accept it.
With the future of her family’s hedge fund on her shoulders, Abby barely has time to sleep, let alone find love. And her best friend Russell acting like a sexy, overprotective hulk any time their Super Group goes out in public definitely isn’t helping her single status. But after a near-tragedy lands Russell in her bed for the night, Abby’s suddenly fantasizing about what he looks like shirtless. Chest hair and tattoos—who knew?
As Russell struggles to keep Abby at a safe distance, she begins to see through his tough-talking exterior—and acknowledge her own feelings. Now she’s ready to turn the friend-zone into foreplay…and make him lose control.
Review: “You can’t friendzone the friendzoner…” My favorite line from this book! It’s hysterical, as are the other two books in this series by Tessa Bailey. I don’t know if I’ve impressed on you enough how much I love her writing, but I’ll make sure that I do in this post. Her writing is funny, sexy, smart and irreverent. She takes a story and turns it on its ear with hot hot smoking sex, characters that are so realistic and funny and scared and smart and still do the right-thing that you love them, and plot lines that are funny and seem to come right out of my wishful dreams! If only there were such amazingly hot alpha men in mine–sigh.
The series started out with the unlikely scenario of a room in a really nice apartment in a great area of New York going for an unbelievably low amount of rent–with a caveat. Abby Sullivan has always been the poor little rich girl, without the “it” factor that all the other rich girls have. She’s shy and extremely intelligent and good at math–which makes her a target for the popular girls. Any time she’s tried to branch out and make friends it’s been a disaster. Abandoned by her mother and left with her father and stepmother at an early age, her one important life lesson was learned young–don’t ever complain because if you do, everyone will leave. She’s lonely and just wants to hear noise in the apartment besides herself–so she’s fishing for friends under the guise of getting roommates. Luckily, her strategy worked. Roxy and Honey have rocked her world and made her a part of their Super Group, and she’s got the best of everything now. Unfortunately she’s got an even bigger secret that’s threatening to take it all away–her father’s sick and she’s keeping his business afloat. But how long can she do it?
Russell feels really out of place in this group. I guess in the context of the guys, he is sort of different. Lucas is an attorney and Ben is a professor and both of them come from affluence. Russell’s the hapless sidekick, brought in because of convenience and … beer. He’s been the confidant and unofficial adviser for the group, as in–he advises and the guys know to do the exact opposite. Because Russell does NOT know women! I think he’s drawn to Abby because she’s so beautiful and fragile, but also because she reminds him somewhat of his mother–who was a high society girl who married beneath her and regretted it. She was very bitter and let her kids know how disappointed she was in life up until the day she overdosed–and Russell found her body. His love for Abby was overshadowed by his fear that he’d disappoint her just like his mother–so he kept her as his friend, never thinking to take it to another level.
Until they did.
This is the third book in the series and I’m sure that even if you haven’t read the first two, this book would still be amazing. But do yourself a favor and read the first two, Chase Me and Need Me. I wrote a review of Need Me which you can read first.
This story is an amazing ending to a great series. The emotional scenes are powerful, you believe in the feelings, the development, and the overall story line. The characters are amazing–funny, hot and sweet. I loved all the couple’s romances–Louis and Roxy, Ben and Honey, and especially Abby and Russell. I wish I could have a crystal ball and see into the future about what’s going to happen for them all–kids, vacations, businesses, when Honey is a doctor…all of it! There will definitely have to be some follow-ups to the Broke and Beautiful series so we can find out where they go, Ms. Bailey! I’ve become invested in these people and I want to make sure that they are happy, healthy and in luv forever. Thanks!