Series: Friends First #3
Published by Entangled Genres: Best Friends Sister, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Friends With Benefits, Friendship, Romance
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Allison Hall is fed up with being a social outcast. Even at the tech company where she works for her brother and his best friend, Jared, she's the invisible nerdy girl. What she needs is confidence—and that requires a makeover and dating tips. And she knows just the man to help…
Jared Esterly is shocked when Allison asks for his assistance and turns her down, knowing that her brother—his business partner and best friend, Nick—would kill him if he dated her, even if it is just for practice. But when Al’s attempt to make changes on her own fails spectacularly, Jared reluctantly steps in. Things heat up quickly, and soon lessons move from the salon to the bedroom.
When overprotective big-brother Nick discovers Jared is dating Allison, their friendship and business partnership sour. Allison, consumed by guilt, must make a choice: stay with Jared, even though that means ruining his friendship with Nick and possibly his career, or leave the one man who sets her on fire.
I read this second book in this series and I really, really enjoyed it, so when I saw the third book was coming out, I knew I was going to read it. I really am a fan of Christine Warner’s writing style, she just kind of pulls me in and before I know it hours have past and I have devoured the book. Another reason why this book appealed to me so much is that it also has the whole dating your best friends sister element to it, and honestly I love that storyline, without a doubt it’s one of my favorites in romance.
So when the book starts we meet Al, she our nerdy little heroine, who is just looking to put herself out there. Only one problem, she kind of comes across as invisible to most people. So all she wants is a little bit of help figuring out how to put herself out there and finding someone to be with. As a reader, sometimes I like the whole “mold me and teach me” story, then again sometimes I don’t. I thought in this one it worked for the most part (although I have to admit there were a couple of points in the story where I felt like maybe Al didn’t need as much help as she thought she did).
Now as for our hero in the story, we have our ever so reluctant Nick. He really doesn’t want to rock the boat with his best friend, who is not only his best friend, but someone he has a business relationship with. I totally understood where he was coming from. But when Al’s attempts on her own to come up with a new look don’t go over so well, he decided he was going to help her out. They turn into kind of friends with benefits scenario, and then evolve into more, but it still has that whole forbidden feel. And then of course the brother finds out and everything just blows up.
I have to say the dynamics between these characters was really what made this book fun to read. No one wants to hurt anyone in this book, but yet things just don’t seem to want to go to plan. I still really loved the writing style, and the pacing was perfect me. There were some fun hot and steamy scenes in this book, and overall I thought this was a great addition to the series. I look forward to reading more Christine Warner in the future.