That cover is deceptively cute – this book is a quick and steamy treat that features a decidedly NSFW storyline involving *ahem* toy parties. The blurb implies that this is a light and sexy best friend’s little sister romance (it is), but it forgets to mention the dirty stuff, lol. I had Siri reading this aloud to me while I was working, and let’s just say that things got inappropriate for the workplace pretty quickly. That being said, the story is a low angst, fun read with a classic bad boy/good girl pairing and a shared history that makes this quick read a little bit richer. I didn’t LOVE it, but it made for a nice, easy read with both heat and heart.
The story follows Brody, the quintessential bad boy who is tired of being used and discarded. While Brody was all too happy to fulfill women’s bad boy fantasies in the past, he’s older now – and ready for more. But no one plans a future with the good time guy, and that’s made Brody question his self-worth. So when his best friend’s little sister, Rachel, returns home temporarily, Brody knows better than to cross any lines. Rachel has always had her life all mapped out, and that surely doesn’t involve a guy like Brody. As the two reconnect and get to know each other as adults, they discover that the line between bad and good might be a little grayer than expected.
This was a short and sexy read with plenty of humor and lighthearted moments. I wasn’t anticipating the toy party storyline, but it certainly livened things up and made these two look at each other in a whole new light. The best part of the book, for me, was Brody. I love a bad boy redeemed, and he is a big softie. This playboy is broken-hearted and looking for love, and he was such a good guy throughout. I haven’t read the first book in the series yet, but that was not an issue – there were a few references to the first couple and events that took place previously, but nothing that interfered with my enjoyment. This was a low angst, high sexiness read that was solid throughout. It was a little too surface level to really grip me, but I don’t have any major complaints – I’d definitely consider checking out another book in the series. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this light and easy romance.
His best friend’s sister is rocking his boat. In the best way possible.
Brody: What’s a bad boy doing hosting a book club on his boat? Excellent question. All I can tell you is, it’s not going well. I forgot the bug wipes, the extra TP, and the hand sanitizer, we’re out of wine, and… well, I may have made some people angry, if the reviews are any indication. The only way to dig myself out of this hole is to redeem myself by offering the best girls’ nights out in town.
Enter my best friend’s sister. I’ve gone out of my way to avoid Rachel, since despite her good-girl rep, I can’t seem to get her out of my head. Now she’s in my boat… and if I don’t watch myself, soon she’ll be in my bed. Things are going surprisingly well between us… but I know myself, and I’m not this guy. I’m the guy you want for fantasy fulfillment, not the guy you want for forever.
But what if I need this time to be different?
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes contemporary romance with heat, heart, and humor. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and you can often find her scribbling in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head.
Serena’s books have earned many honors, including a RITA finalist spot, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, Apple Books Best Book of the Month, and Amazon Best Book of the Year for Romance.
When not writing, Serena loves to spend time with her college-sweetheart husband and two hilarious kiddos—all of whom are incredibly tolerant not just of Serena’s imaginary friends but also of how often she changes her hobbies and how passionately she embraces the new ones. These days, it’s stand-up paddle boarding, board-gaming, meditation, and long walks with good friends.
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