Title: The Best Friend Bargain
Author: Robin Bielman
Series: Kisses in the Sand #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 8th Aug
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.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Lovestruck via NetGalley
I love this series. It’s so feel-good and enjoyable, with some really likeable characters and a gorgeous beach setting. They’re all perfect summery reads, and this one is no different, especially as it has a side order of friends to lovers and serious chemistry.
I loved Olivia and Danny’s friendship. Even if it’s obvious to everyone except them right from the start that they have so much more than friendship between them, I did like how they both valued their relationship and wanted to preserve it for as long as possible. Until their mutual attraction got too much – and thank goodness for that!
Olivia has a few understandable issues, even before her pregnancy gets added to the mix. I’m not entirely sure why she didn’t speak to Danny at all while she was away – especially as it becomes obvious she certainly spoke about him – but with all her history I could see why she made some of the decisions she did. Especially when Danny has always been there for her, the one true thing she can rely on. Her profession was, um, unusual, but I did really like how she grows up through the book, realising that maybe she is strong enough to do it on her own, and that her baby won’t ever have to grow up in the same way she did.
As for Danny, ah, Danny. He is everything that is loyal and giving and understanding. The way he supports Liv with very few questions asked is pretty impressive. He’s not a total pushover, though, and he has a few issues of his own which lead him to act like a complete jerk at one point that very nearly ruined everything for me. However, he sure knows how to apologise and there are some seriously sweet moments in this book.
On the whole, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the others in the series, but it’s still an enjoyable read. I liked the characters (mostly), I loved their friendship and their romance worked for me. A great summery read.
The Best Friend Bargain is out August 8th!
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