Genre: Best Friends Sibling

The Boy Next Door by Ella James

Posted June 2, 2017 by Kate in Kindle Unlimited, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Boy Next Door by Ella James

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 […]

House Rules by Cathryn Fox

Posted June 1, 2017 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
House Rules by Cathryn Fox

I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting this book to be. I mean of course I read the blurb, or more likely just glanced at it. The thing is all I really need to see if the whole best friends sibling thing and I’m pretty much guaranteed to pick up the book. I think what was most interesting about this blurb is the the whole dossier thing. This is the second book in the series so I assume in the first book they outline what the dossier is in more detail, or at least how they came to make the pact, but what I worked out was that a group of friends each picked a name and on the birthday of the name picked they would make a dossier of activities for that person to do all arranged for. I think it was a way to give their friend a great experience while also pushing them outside of their own boundaries, and honestly if anyone needed to be pushed outside of their boundaries it was Kennedy. So Kennedy is museum curator in Chicago and she seems to pretty much have no life. She lives in her own well crafted bubble. So when he dossier sends her to London and tells her that they have arranged for her to be a stripper for a night at one of the most exclusive gentlemen clubs in the city, well let’s just say she’s not exactly on board. I thought the stripper thing […]

Catching Carly by Emma Hart

Posted March 8, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Catching Carly by Emma Hart

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 […]

Hold Me Until Forever by Christina Phillips

Posted July 15, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Hold Me Until Forever by Christina Phillips

I read the second book in this series, and liked it, so it was an easy choice for me to pick up this book. This book apparently has a bit more of BDSM element to it, after all our hero owns a BDSM club, so I was mildly concerned. My big issue with these kinds of books is that they are often done quite poorly, but in this book I would call BDSM-lite. While Alex is a bit of a control freak, and they use some of the lingo, there is very little actually BDSM in this book. So if that’s a hang up for you, fear not, this book is safe. More about our hero, Alex. Alex has a tragic past, his father was abusive, and one night when he was quite young, he killed his father while his father was basically in the middle of trying to kill his brothers. I think its safe to say that anyone would be affecting by having something like that in their past. And it has resulted in Alex being unable to trust himself or others, and through this has spent his life trying to control every single aspect of life, all the time. He likes Ella, our heroine, but he doesn’t trust himself with her, so he avoids her. I feel bad for him, clearly he is messed up from his past, and while there are occasions in the book where he comes off as being commitment-phobic, the reality is he […]

No Stranger To Love by Pamela Aares

Posted June 16, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Just Okay, Review / 1 Comment
No Stranger To Love by Pamela Aares

Ah the fake romance, so much fun trying to keep everyone believing its real. So this is the ninth book in this series, and while I haven’t read all of the books in this series, I have read a few of them. The series itself follows a family who is particularly well off. I like the family in general, and they all seem like cool people, but man oh man do they get involved in each others lives. So this book follows our hero, Parker, who is really starting to make a name for himself in the field of wine. Only when a very prestigous magazine wants to do a profile on him, they also want to include bits about his personal life. AKA, he needs to find someone to do the interview will who will pretend to be his significant other in order to get the vibe the magazine is looking for. And so of course, meddling family member to the rescue! Zuri offers up her best friend Juliet for the job, as long as Parker makes a rather large donation to the animal sanctuary that Juliet is trying to get set up in Hawaii. I liked Parker, he seems like a stand up guy, although he does really seem to enjoy things going exactly the way that he plans. The thing about Parker is that he can kind of come off a little bit stiff or rough around the edges, but when he opens up you can see […]

Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Posted January 10, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

I love me some hot firemen! But what I also love in a romance is characters with big families, and oh did this romance have that in spades. So when we open this book we have Lydia coming back to Boston because her sister is in a tough spot, she and her husband are separating and she works at the family bar, which is also the local firemen’s hangout, and her husband is a fireman, so she wants to avoid that whole scene for a while. So Lydia goes back home, where it’s kind of very clear she really wants in no way to be there. But she’s a good sister so off she goes. So Lydia was a mixed bag for me. I loved how much she is invested in her family, especially when she gives up some of the things she wants in order to be there for her family. But on the other side of things I also think she lets her family kind of say things or do things that she shouldn’t. Like honestly, I think her sister is kind of selfishly putting herself ahead of her sister, in the beginning I didn’t feel that way, but as time passes I almost felt like she was taking advantage of Lydia’s kindness. Also Lydia has a strong personality. Like super strong. There are moments where she comes across as super intense, sometimes to sappy sometimes too harsh, let’s just say she doesn’t really ever phone anything in. […]

His All Night by Elle Wright

Posted November 30, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
His All Night by Elle Wright

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 […]