Series: Off-Limits Romance #2
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Genres: Best Friends Sibling, Contemporary Romance, Friends With Benefits, Love to Hate, Neighbors, New Adult, Romance, Second Chances, Workplace Romance
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The boy next door. That’s what he was. Dash Frasier—my hero from the day we met, when I was six and he was nine. His sister was my best friend, the three of us one happy crew. Then one sweaty summer night changed everything.
No one understood me like Dash. No one made me feel so loved. That’s why, when he skipped town, it wrecked me.
Now I’m older. Wiser. I’ve just snagged my dream job, writing at a film studio. The lead animator on my project? You guessed it.
He’s not the boy next door. Not anymore.
I’m guarding my heart this time.
But Dash has secrets that could break us both.
I’m starting to feel like I have a really big obsession with best friends sibling books, I mean seriously, I feel like I have gone out of my way to collect as many of them as I can. That being said, this book doesn’t necessarily read like that. Amelia and Dash meet when they were kids, Amelia was younger and she became fast friends with Dash’s sister, best friends actually. In high school the friendship started to grow apart, and they eventually went their own ways, so when the book starts, it doesn’t really have that best friends sibling vibe, because the best friends are best friends anymore. That being said, this book was totally without a doubt enjoyable for me, I like the emotional heartstrings that thing book pulled.
Like I said, the future has arrived, and Dash and Amelia have a complicated past, Amelia was like super duper insane in love with Dash, but she was younger and so Dash didn’t really entertain her crush until after he went away to college. And then of course once the two of them come together and disaster strikes, Dash takes off and never looks back. So of course when Amelia finds out she is going to be interning under him at her dream animation job, well to say it’s tension filled would be an understatement.
I like how unsure the two of them are about how to handle the situation. Yes it has been years since they have seen or talked to one another, but they still know each other really well, they still feel like they know each other, and they both clearly have some level of feelings for one another. Plus they have this great chemistry, it’s uber tension filled. Amelia tries so hard to hold on to her pain, she wears it like armor almost, to make sure that Dash doesn’t break her again. And Dash, oh Dash, he is carrying a bunch of secrets with him, secrets that eat away at him and make him want to stay away from her, but he just can’t figure out how to.
There is a lot of push and pull in this book. And there is tragedy and pain, and secrets, and really just an emotional rollercoaster. If this couple proves anything its that the physical stuff can come together so much easier than the emotional. And these two really use the physical stuff to both hide from their feelings as well as to tell the other person how they feel without using words. I liked going along this journey with these two, and I have to say from the moment the two were in the same room together I was pulling for them to make it work. If you like tension and angsty filled romances then this is a book you should consider.