Series: Barley Cross #2
Genres: Best Friends Sibling, Contemporary Romance, Friends With Benefits, Humorous, Love to Hate, New Adult, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Life Goal #1: Forget about my best friend's brother. (Because Zeke Elliott is a colossal cockwomble.)
From New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes another hilariously wild romantic comedy about being the third wheel in your friendship and, um, accidentally having sex with your best friend's brother...
As always, Emma Hart makes me laugh out loud, and sometimes inappropriately. I really liked Brooke’s book, mostly because I love the whole friends to lovers thing, but also because Brooke and Carly have an awesome dynamic and quirky yet perfect senses of humor. So it was easy to really want to get to know Carly on a more personal level.
Carly and Zeke are both introduced in Brooke’s book, and they both are awesome characters in that book because they have a great kind of antagonistic yet laced with tons of chemistry dynamic. The great part about this book is that they already had a drunken hook up, so by the time we meet up with Carly and Zeke again they already know they can set the sheets on fire, so the angst in this book is big time.
Carly is super funny, she has that great sense of humor. But honestly, what I loved about Carly (and Emma for including this), is that she is a little left out. Her two best friends have gotten together, and like most people in the beginnings of a new relationship, they neglect their other relationships, and Carly is really feeling that right now. I felt for her, and it made it super relatable too, I mean who hasn’t had a friend disappear down the rabbit hole of a new relationship. She’s also really looking for a connection, and her online dating is hilarious (I mean seriously I’ve never been more happy to not have ever had anything to do with online dating or dating apps). Carly is just lovable.
Zeke on the other hand is funny, I liked him a lot. He’s persistent, sometimes annoying, a tad bit on the cocky side, but the thing is he is always around, like in the good way. I can’t say that I loved the nickname sugartits, but honestly, it was funny. Zeke does have some hang ups though, he was close to getting married when he found out that she was cheating on him, so it only makes sense that he has some serious trust issues, and obviously this is going to be a problem for him if he ever gets into a relationship with someone.
I think part of why this book was so enjoyable is because the issues that the characters face are totally relatable, Carly feeling left out, Zeke with his trust issues, Carly has moments where she gets jealous, Carly has some interesting family dynamics, etc., but they are all wrapped up in this really funny inner (and sometimes outer) dialogue. And mostly I love a book that both make me laugh out loud and pull at my heart strings. This was definitely a home run for me.