Are there any Katee Robert fans here? I'm so glad I decided to review another Katee Robert book, the first one had BDSM and you all know that I'm not really a fan. Since this one didn't sound like a BDSM romance I decided to give it a go because I did notice that Robert is a great writer and if she could get me to say that about a BDSM romance then I could only imagine the fun I'd have with a non BDSM romance.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee.
She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life.
When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: May 19, 2015
He's going above and beyond the call of duty...
Avery Yeung's biological clock just went off early. Thanks to her family's medical history, she's running out of time to get knocked up. And the only guy within donating distance? Her overprotective-and irritatingly hot-best friend. So clearly she needs an anonymous donor...
Anonymous donor? Over Sheriff Drew Flannery's dead body. While daddyhood will never be in the cards for a man with his past, Drew won't let Avery shop for a "popsicle pop." He'll do what's right for his best friend by doing his best friend. But only if they do it properly.
But there's nothing "proper" about it. Between the bed, the kitchen counter, and against his squad car, Avery and Drew are having the hottest sex ever. They can't get enough of it-or each other. And without knowing it, they've crossed the one line that could ruin their friendship forever...
Due to a tragic family medical history, Avery Yeung’s dream of having her own children may not happen. Unless she gets pregnant, like, now. Despite knowing she’ll be a “disappointment” to her harsh, traditional family, Avery decides to use in vitro fertilization. When she announces it to her best friend Drew, he’s less than thrilled. In fact, he’s down right livid.
Not wanting to analyze too closely why the thought of his best friend having a stranger’s baby angers him so much, Sherriff Drew Flannery offers himself up as her donor. Not that he’s father material, but he knows he’ll always be there for Avery if she needs him, if not as a father to their child. Convincing her to let him be her donor was simple compared to convincing her to make a baby the old fashioned way instead of through a clinic. Once they cross the line between friends and lovers however, it becomes obvious that there’s much more to their relationship than even they know.
I’m a big fan of the Friends to Lovers troupe, especially when it’s done like this. There’s always that hesitancy on both parts to take the friendship to another level because neither character wants to ruin the friendship. Yet, it’s rare when the author takes time to show readers why that friendship is worth so much to the characters. Katee Robert gave Drew and Avery’s friendship such details that I found myself wishing for a friendship like theirs. More than that, I could understand exactly why they didn’t want to risk changing things. These two were so vital to each other, so necessary in each other’s lives and they didn’t take that lightly in favor of raging hormones. Yes, the attraction was always there but Drew and Avery placed a sure thing above the possibility of something more. To me, that consideration for their friendship made their romance and chemistry more believable. They didn’t just jump into bed willy nilly, they always had that awareness of a physical relationship messing up their friendship.
Drew, bless his bossy heart, did not like to feel out of control when as a child he didn’t have any say in what happened to his parents or his younger brother and him. As a Sheriff, Drew was in charge of most situations and that brought him a sense of stability both in and out of work. But when he and Avery change the dynamic of their relationship he no longer had control of anything in his personal life. That’s when he started to show his true self, and that was my favorite part of him. The structured, bossy, dominating man gave way to the confused, scared and traumatized boy he once was. For the first part of Falling for His Best Friend, he seemed so invincible so watching him crumble gave him new dimensions and I was able to appreciate him more.
Now Avery was different. Where Drew came from an abusive alcoholic father, she came from a more subtle form of abuse. The abuse that comes with relatives forcing their out dated “traditions” or beliefs on her. Her over the top traditional grandparents grated on my nerves and I felt bad for Avery who, in addition to being manipulated and emotionally abused was racked with guilt for wanting to be happy in her own way. Talk about a rock and a hard place! However, Avery’s obsession with having a biological child, while realistic got old very quickly. I sympathized with her but I didn’t need a reminder of how desperately she wanted her own baby every 20 or so words. Well worded reminders here and there would have been more effective in keeping my sympathy solidly on her side. Instead I found myself getting annoyed with how single minded and at times oblivious to the goings on of others she seemed. That’s not to say that I didn’t like her because I did but she did come across as selfish and self absorbed at times.
Falling for His Best Friend took place in a small town but I didn’t get frustrated like I normally do with small town settings. Yes, it was mentioned that the town had that “Everybody knows everybody’s business” feeling but it was never really put into play which I appreciated. It gave Drew and Avery time to sort things out on their own without their judgments being clouded by nosy neighbors and friends. I liked that this was strictly their story, their romance. Not theirs and the entire town’s relationship.
Drew and Avery’s friend to lovers story was strong, passionate and funny. Those light hearted moments they had when they were busting each other’s chops over video games and movie choices gave their relationship something more for readers like me to love.
Final Verdict: I'd love to see what else Katee Robert has!
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