Browsing Tag

friends to lovers

Book Recommendations

Love With Me by Kristen Proby

Book ReviewA refreshing, real friends to lovers romance from Kristen Proby from her With Me in Seattle series.

Jace and Joy have been friends since undergrad. Their friendship survived his med school, her vet school, his residency and her opening her own clinic. They have a special kind of friendship. They can go a month without talking, but if he needs a plus one, he calls and she makes herself available. If she needs him, he’s there.

Through fifteen years of friendship, they’ve come to know each other’s families. They’ve supported each other through the good and the bad. So, when he’s suspended from work due to a malpractice lawsuit, she’s the first person he calls.

I love this book because it’s so REAL. When life slows down, and he takes the time to open his eyes, he realizes he wants more from Joy than a friendship, and he goes for it. Neither of them have huge drama holding them back. These are two type A individuals who have already met with success. Watching these two transition from friends to everything is a sweet ride and one worth reading again.

Work life balance becomes the monster in the room, the one they each must figure out. And how REAL is that? When Jace comes to her with a solution, I want to reach through the pages and hug him and recommend he go on Oprah because his solution is grounded and makes sense. AND his solution is the best possible option not only for his personal life, but for the hospital and for his patients.

There’s also an OB-GYN in here who mentions that people using condoms come in pregnant all the time. Love that! Condoms are great for disease prevention, but it’s always great to be reminded there are other more proven birth control methods. Education. It’s a lovely thing.

The Upshot

Book Review


Book Recommendations

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Book ReviewFriends to lovers, best friends little sister romance that warms both your heart and girlie parts.

The illustrated cover threw me at first. I was halfway expecting another “clean” romance, a category some love for reasons that escape me. But, a good friend told me that Tessa Bailey does the sexy scenes better than any other, so I had to give it a try.  My conclusion? Indeed, she does them well.

In Fix It Up, Georgie is the youngest of three. She’s been the annoying kid sister, the forgotten child, the one who grew up having to act out and resorted to comedy to get any attention. Travis spent loads of time in Georgie’s home with his best friend, her big brother. He goes on to baseball stardom in the majors, but then an injury ends his career prematurely. He returns home depressed and lost. Enter Georgie, the girl who has harbored a secret crush almost her whole, to kick his ass back into the land of the living.

It’s not really clear why Georgie didn’t break out of her clown shell in college. It seems a vibrant, attractive girl would thrive in a college setting and that she’d definitely find some girlfriends to make her lose the salvation army store baggie clothes she’s worn her whole life. But, for some reason, she returns to her hometown of Port Jefferson after college, a stone’s throw away from Manhattan, the exact same insecure kid playing clown to garner attention.

The whole story shows how having someone in your corner can make all the difference. Georgie finds her way out of the thrift store clothes and into form fitting, flattering clothes. She gets serious about her party entertainment business. And Travis finds a new way to make a life in baseball.

It’s a small town HEA that feels more fitting in middle America than in the suburbs of Manhattan, but with a little reality suspension, you can accept the small town vision even though it’s on massively overpopulated Long Island, New York. And, I suppose, there are townships on Long Island that folks always seem to return to, after time away. If I had grown up in this idyllic town, I’d probably want to come back home too.

And Georgie and Travis’s sweet love story is one I’ll remember for a long time to come.

The Upshot

Book Review



Book Recommendations

Just This Once by Mira Lyn Kelly

Just This OnceJust This Once Book Review

Friends to lovers romance of the very best kind.   And, can we take a moment to appreciate the cover?  It’s rare that a cover captures the likeness of the characters so well.  I can see the personalities of Sean and Molly.  I read this book back in 2018 and it’s stayed with me, and when someone reads as many romance books as I do, that’s saying something.

Molly’s older brother is Sean’s best friend.  They’ve known each other for ages.  Sean comes from an affluent family with high aspirations.  He dates women based on academic pedigree, hence the reason Molly’s never made it on his radar.  She’s crushed on him, but she’s the little kid sister who doesn’t AT ALL meet the criteria he’s formed for his ideal mate.  And they’re best buds, so she knows all about his criteria.

The chemistry between these two is off the charts.  When they end up living together, they can’t help but give in ‘just this once’.   Yeah, it’s a light hearted romance, but I just love these two.

This book is #3 in the Wedding Date Series.  I’ve read all of the books in this series and do recommend them.  But for me, Just This Once is the “empire of the series”.  I’ve read most of Mira Lyn Kelly‘s books and eagerly await her next release, The Dirty Secret, due out “mid-2019”.   That one is a part of the Back to You series, which I super enjoyed as well.


Book Review