Series: Edge of Scandal #2
Published by Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Best Friends Sibling, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Romance
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In relationships, Calisa Harper has clear rules: no expectations, no commitments, no one gets hurt. She doesn't need a diamond ring to bring her happiness. She just needs Jared. Fine, fit, and ferocious in bed, Jared is Calisa's ideal combination of friend and lover. But the no-strings status they've shared for years is about to get very tangled.
Jared Williams is the kind of man most women long for: sexy, successful, and ready to settle down. He knows convincing the commitment-phobic Calisa that forever is nothing to fear won't be easy—especially when his ex turns up with a daughter she never told him about. In a heartbeat, Jared and Calisa's passion goes from fiery to fragile. He wants to hold on to the love they share but is terrified that their next night together could be their last.
I am a huge fan of romances with the whole best friends sibling thing is there, although I do have a bit of a preference for best friends little sister, and this book was best friends brother, but hey I like it all. There really was no secrecy element in this book, which is normally there in this theme, but it worked for the book regardless. Also this is book two in the series, so there are a couple of points in the book (maybe two or three) where I felt like I was missing out on some good back story, especially with Jared’s sister, but it’s definitely a stand alone.
So when the book start you have Calisa and Jared, who have been friends for a long time, connected by Jared’s sister, but their friendship really stands alone regardless of the sister. They have been in the middle of what could only be called a long term friends with benefits situation, one with rules and an easy out cause, and is just in general designed to keep romance and emotions out of it. Of course this does not go to plan in any way shape or form.
Calisa was off putting to me in some situations. I loved that she was a strong woman who is proud of the fact that she is very independent. She’s also very fierce, especially when it comes to the people who she considers important her life, she’s the kind of friend you know would show up for you at 3am no questions asked. But, man, girl got fire, I mean really. She almost takes her independence too far, and when any one starts to get to close to her, she lashes out, like something fierce. And she seems to lash out at Jared a lot. It made her kind of off putting to me, and not like her as much as I wanted to. I knew she had some hard life circumstances she had to overcome, but honestly, for me, you make your own choices and you are responsible for your own actions, and Calisa actions often hurt Jared, and that bummed me out.
I liked Jared way more then I liked Calisa. He’s a stand up guy. He recently found out he has a daughter but he can’t find her, so he is doing everything he can to find her and bring her into his life. I like a man who is willing and wants to be their for their child. He’s also a good brother, and just an overall good guy. I think he puts up with a lot from Calisa, because he has feelings for her, but I totally understood when he was at his breaking point. He also has more than a few moments in this book where he comes off as a super sexy guy, with some skills.
Overall, this book was okay for me, I like Jared is a big part of though. I thought the writing style almost read like the author was trying to hard and I also thought the book went on to long. But I did really enjoy how many emotional elements were at play throughout the book, and I did feel pretty invested by the time the book was over.