Series: Friends First #2
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Fake Relationship, Romance
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What happens when your plus one becomes "the one"?
Holly Haggerty and Roth Esterly are two besties with everything in common--they're neighbors, career-driven, and commitment-phobes. Tired of always being set up on dates by well-meaning friends and family, they take matters into their own hands: they will be the other's plus one--a little friendly arrangement between friends.
Easy…until a steamy night where they cross the line. But that's okay, they'll add an addendum--one that includes a little action between the sheets…on top of the sheets…and without the sheets. But there are rules. Dating and sex are exclusive until one of them decides to terminate the agreement. No slumber parties. And if either party becomes emotionally involved they will break things off with no hard feelings.
When unexpected news changes their plans and turns their fun arrangement into something more serious, Holly and Roth must come to terms with what's more important--what they thought they wanted, or what they really need.
I love the whole friends to lovers storyline, and with this book I really liked the whole set up, the whole idea behind two people who really aren’t interested in being in a relationship so they fake being in one to keep people off their backs. I love the whole fake relationship thing, because often times people start out in something for show only, and when they aren’t paying attention it turns into something real.
So Holly is a really interesting girl, at least in my opinion. She has this big family who have all these ideas about how she should be living her life, let me give you a hint, they want her to have a 9-5 job, find a nice guy to settle down with, and start having babies. Holly on the other hand has some very different ideas about what she wants her life to look like. She wants nothing even remotely close to commitment, and as for work, she wants to grow her own freelance business rather than work for someone else. What I like about her is she is a really nice person, and she is great to her family even though she disagrees with them, but what I like most is how hard she is willing to work for things she wants in life; even when things happen that really set back her plans, she never stops pushing forward.
Roth was pretty interesting, he’s Holly’s neighbor, and the two of them get along like two peas in a pod. Roth also makes a living out of his own house, he’s jewelry designer, and apparently a pretty good one. Roth doesn’t have the best relationship with his family, but he does have a lot of friends who want to see him find happiness, so to avoid yet another set up, Holly becomes the perfect solution. Roth has a lot of hang ups in his personal life that really stem from his family, mostly his dad and his brother. So a lot of Roth’s journey in this book isn’t just with Holly, it’s also with his family, and I have to say one of my favorite parts of this book was watching Roth change and deal with some of his past family issues.
Now as for the two of them together, in the beginning I have to admit I didn’t really like Holly and Roth as potential love interests. My whole reasoning was they were sooooo similar, they finish each others sentences, have almost the exact same sense of humor, I really thought that the two of them being together would just end up being super boring. Thankfully, they did have some really hot chemistry, so once the heat starts to crank up, and life started to pop up, it made the two of them together all the more interesting, and by the end of the book I was really pulling for them to be together. I think if you like friends to lovers romances, you will for sure like this book.