Ever read a book that you know isn’t bad, but you just don’t love it? That’s where I’m at with this one. After reading the first book in this series of interconnected standalones, I was intrigued enough to check out this story. But it sort of just felt like an endless loop of one or two-page sex scenes that left me more bored than anything. I’d take two 15-page steamy scenes over fifteen two-page scenes any day of the week, because the repetition is neither sexy nor does it do anything to advance the story. So while there’s some good stuff going on in this story and I loved the forced proximity/shared history elements, I really just didn’t care about the relationship at all.
The story follows Kendall and Ryan (not to be mistaken for the author of that name), two people who have been bickering acquaintances for much of their lives. Ryan’s sister is Kendall’s best friend, so they’ve known the basics about each other for years. And while that’s led to Kendall having a bit of a crush on Ryan, he just thinks of her as a spoiled princess. When they find themselves stuck in a cabin together during a snowstorm, they’re left with nothing but time on their hands to work out their differences – one way or another.
Since it’s a divisive topic, it’s important to note that this series takes place in a world with COVID. That was both the best and worst part of the first book in this series, but it’s a minor element here. Essentially, this one takes place after the vaccine has been widely dispersed, and Ryan is a doctor who has done nothing but work since the start of the pandemic. Neither of those are the focus here (unlike the first book), but they are mentioned repeatedly.
For me, this just didn’t hit the mark. Ryan doesn’t think very highly of Kendall when they begin their time together, so having them spend like 50% of the story in bed leads me to question why his opinion would change, other than being happy that she volunteers. There are miscommunications and sex instead of speaking along the way, so it never felt like more than lust. And over the top lust at that. There’s also a subplot involving Ryan’s ex that doesn’t do the story any favors, so any hope this had of receiving a higher rating from me was completely extinguished. Any of these elements on their own wouldn’t have been an issue, but the combination left me feeling very disconnected from the story. I’m sure many fans of this writing duo will still enjoy this one, but I can’t say that it was a winner for me. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this very steamy romance.
What happens when the biggest blizzard of the year hits and you’re trapped in a cabin with your best friend’s brother? You take every opportunity to spend time together and make him fall in love with you.
The Best of Us is a best friend’s brother, opposites attract, and snowed-in together standalone romance.
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About the Author:
Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies & overpriced coffee. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. Happily ever afters guaranteed! View our full reading order here: http://bit.ly/2qgCqTu
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