Short and STEAMY, this friends to lovers romance flies by. It’s got tons of the author’s signature banter, and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of buildup to the steamy scenes – especially given the title. This one’s got all of the tension and “will they/won’t they” moments that make for a great friends to lovers romance. But I’ll be honest and say that this was on track to be a 5-star read for me… until I realized how short it is. It’s not the length itself but the number of scenes focused on the friend group that make the romance feel like an afterthought. While I loved getting to know all of the couples from the series better, the result is that this felt like a well done novella – with a very surface level relationship. I liked it a lot, read it in one sitting, but it flew by at such a rapid pace that I wanted to settle in a little bit more.
The story follows Ransom and Teagan, two people who hang out with the same group of friends. They’re the last singles standing and are starting to feel the pressure to couple up, but both have been hurt before. These two prefer to be the “good time” guy and gal, keeping things casual and not getting wrapped up in feelings. But when a charity auction leads Teagan to bid on a date with Ransom, those walls come crumbling down. One steamy night together leads to those pesky feelings, and they both have to figure out what to do about that.
I always know that I can rely on Blakely for a light, steamy read, and this is exactly that. The focus is definitely on the attraction (with some seriously great chemistry), but there’s more to it as well. Though all of her books are standalones, this one felt the most reliant on the other books in the series. We’ve come to know these characters – as well as the others who play supporting roles – throughout the series, and this is the culmination of that journey. I do wish that more of the focus had been on Ransom and Teagan because I thought they were really good together. A “full” book with them would’ve been great to read. But if you’re looking for something light and refreshing with plenty of steam, this will do the trick nicely. I received a free copy via Candi Kane PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this friends to lovers romance.
A sexy new friends-to-lovers standalone!
Let me list the reasons why dating the sexy, charming pro hockey star is a bad idea:
1. He’s one of my closest friends
2. All our friends are friends
3. The wounds I’ve got from past relationships go deep. And so do his.
We’re both devoutly single — it’s just safer for the heart that way. But there’s no reason not to bid on the gorgeous, clever athlete at the charity auction this weekend. If I win, it’ll be a “friendsdate.”
And I do win.
I win him big.
And all night long.
The trouble is . . . what happens in the morning?
Thanks For Last Night is a standalone romance in The Guy Who Got Away series. The other titles are Dear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend and The What If Guy.