As with any book by Sara Ney, this has a light, fun feel with great banter and dialogue that draws you into the story. There are more laugh out loud funny moments than I can count, and I could definitely feel the chemistry between these two build over time. My only issue with it? The hero. Our hero is so afraid of opening his heart to love again that he starts a ridiculous(ly funny) society of bachelors, and refuses to see what’s in front of him for waaaaaaay longer than I would’ve liked. This remained in the 5-star range for me until the final few chapters, but the resolution wasn’t as satisfying as I would’ve hoped.
The story follows Brooks, an architect who usually has casual relationships but recently had his heart broken by the only woman he’s opened up to. This leads him to make the questionable decision to start up a society of bachelors with his friends, where they ante up their most prized possessions and vow not to get serious about any one woman. When Brooks gets to know his neighbor, Abbott, things start to change and he finds himself spending more time with her than he should – even if it is platonically. They’ve put each other into the friend zone, but attraction still sizzles between them.
I’ve read and loved many books by Sara Ney in the past, so I was definitely looking forward to this new series, and it didn’t disappoint. Ney writes great dialogue and that was really the shining star here. I also loved the slow burn and how these two became friends first, though I wish the connection had felt a little deeper. I have trouble believing that they’re in love, and Brooks’ actions towards the end were cringeworthy. Not enough to ruin my enjoyment, but they definitely tarnished the book. I’m very curious to see where Ney will go with this series next – we were given a few breadcrumbs, but only time will tell. I’ll continue the series without hesitation. I received an ARC via Wildfire Marketing Solutions and am voluntarily leaving a review of this funny book.
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
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