Author: Lily Kate
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 30, 2018
I know how things look from the outside. I’m rich. I’m a successful surgeon. I’m handsome. I should have women lining up from here to New Jersey clawing for space in my bed, but there’s one huge catch.
I’m f*cking awkward.
Every time I get a date, I spoil it. Asked if she’s pregnant? Check. Forgot her name? Check. Bought a meat lover’s pizza for my vegan girlfriend? Check, check, check.
This is why my best friend, romance fanatic Allie Jenkins, has declared that she’s swooping in to save the day. She’s prepared a list of required reading straight from The Ripped Bodice, and I’m supposed to take notes, learn from the best, and put that shit into action. After all, practice makes perfect, right?
Jack and Allie are friends. Best friends. And, as we learned in When Harry Met Sally, in order for men and women to be just friends, well, it doesn't happen. One of them is going to be attracted to the other.
That's just how these things work.
Jack has convinced himself he's awkward. That he's an awful date and that he's hopeless when it comes to women. He can't figure out why he has the amazing relationship he has with Allie but can't find it with anyone else. The answer is that none of the other women are the best friend he's in love with.
This was my first title by Lily Kate, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was a pleasure to read. The story was balanced. There wasn't too much time spent on the build up to the romance, but there was enough to let the reader know how they felt about one another and the strength of their friendship.
I also liked Allie. I liked how genuinely she wanted Jack to be happy, even though she believes he's not intetested in her.
Jack is charming. Yes, he's a little bit of a geek, but he's nowhere near as awkward as he thinks he is...he just needs the right woman and all is just fine.
I also liked how the author handled the shift from friends to lovers, the inevitable questions, the wondering where the other stands the morning after, the awkward moments, the time spent changing how you see someone who has always been there, but in a different way.
The writing, the characters and the dialogue are all strong. The book flows well and is just as believable when they switch to lovers as it is when they were friends.
I enjoyed this title overall, and I recommend it. I'm looking forward to reading other titles by this author.
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