I’ve been waiting for this couple to get together, and this light, almost sweet, story was worth the wait. I definitely enjoyed the first half a lot more than the second (it was missing the swoon), but it’s a great addition to the series and one of my favorites so far. These two have been raised to “hate” each other, so their relationship seems doomed from the start. But they’re both genuinely good people with plenty of history, so they’ve got a more solid foundation than anyone would’ve anticipated. It’s light and sexy throughout, with minimal angst and just the kind of vibe that I love reading from this writing duo.
Despite being part of a series, this will read as standalone – though this group of friends stick their noses in each other’s business, so reading them in order will enhance the experience. The story follows Seth, a photographer who has tried to distance himself from the family bagel business. Seth gets pulled back in when the bagel shop enters a reality TV competition and their biggest rival is another bagel shop run by the family’s former friends. Back when they were kids, Seth and Evan (heroine) used to be close friends, but twenty years of feuding have made them closer to enemies. When teaming up to win the competition seems like the best option, these two strike up an alliance that shakes things up in a big way.
I’ve really liked Seth throughout the series and was looking forward to reading his story. He’s such a good guy, and he’s seemed to have a crush on Evan for a long, long time. So I was kinda surprised to discover that wasn’t a real element to this story. Yes, he protects her even when they’re not friends, but this is very much missing the swoony element I was looking forward to reading. That’s the reason this otherwise light, fun read doesn’t earn a full 5 stars from me – just when I thought things were going to take a turn for the romantic, they took a turn for the sexual instead. The whole thing is a little light on the emotional connection. It’s still a very solid read and one of my favorites in the series, but I wanted more of a build in intimacy. Seth makes a great hero and I loved the shared history between them, so that means the book was still a winner. I’m looking forward to more of The Rooftop Crew, especially Jax’s story. I received a free copy via Wildfire Marketing and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sexy forbidden-ish romance.
She’s got two strikes against her.
Her name is Erickson and her parents own The Bagel Place.
It wasn’t always that way. When we were nine, we were best friends. But then a feud between our dads ripped their successful business apart—and my best friend was ripped away too.
Our paths were bound to cross again. When both our families vie for the same spot on a Food Channel’s reality show, the producers decide to change the format, aligning us as allies.
In order to get our parents to agree to work together, Evan asks me to pretend to be her boyfriend, but I dare her to up the ante—be my fiancée. Fake fiancée… obviously.
As usual, I didn’t think things through. Turns out our parents have a lot of demands neither one of us expected. And all those demands lead to things feeling more real than fake.
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About the Authors:
Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.