It’s no secret that I love Vivian Arend’s books so it will come as no surprise when I say that I devoured this secret friends with benefits to lovers story in no time at all. It was everything that I have come to expect from Ms. Arend. It was a fun, quick read with just the right balance of sweet, smexy, drama and humor to keep things interesting and a cast of characters that I wanted to hang out with longer, even when I wanted to smack some sense into them at times.
Nicole drove me batshitcrazy in the beginging with how she went about ‘changing’ her life. I got it. She wanted more than just a f*ck buddy. She wanted the emotional and intellectual side of it with the possibility of it turning into the white picket fence with kids scenario, but I actually cringed at what she was doing. Thankfully she comes to realize that her plan isn’t working and once she does, she comes alive and we get to see the bright, sassy and outspoken woman she really is.
While I may have had an issue or two with Nicole, I adored Troy from the start, even before finding out what his ‘secrets’ were. He’s charming, sweet, has a good head on his shoulders and loves his family. When his ‘secrets’ do come to light I adored him even more because he really is so much more than anyone gives him credit for and though it bothers him that the people around him, whether they are family, long time friends or just the people in the town in general, don’t really see him, he let’s it slide because he knows what his worth is and as long as those he loves are happy, he’s happy.
The way their relationship progressed from being secret friends with benefits (for six months!!!) to dating and beyond was done really well. Nothing felt rushed as they both attempted, and failed, at not being together and finally came to the conclusion that they were perfect for each other. The sexual chemistry between them was smokin’ hot and I loved how even though they’ve been friends for years they realized that there were things they didn’t know about each other and took the time to dig deeper.
And as always, I loved catching up with the Thompson clan, which is a lot less strain on the brain than trying to get caught up with the Coleman’s (Six Pack Ranch series) and spending some time with the Nicole’s family. There were times when I wanted to smack some of them, but it was fun to find out what was going on with them and a glimpse of what the future holds for them all.
~ ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review ~
He’s the golden boy with a secret past
When Nicole Adams abruptly cancels their secret fling, Troy Thompson is stunned. The sex between them is sizzling, but she’s ready to move on—find a reliable guy, settle down, pop out a few babies. The thought of Nic in another man’s arms is maddening. And while her agenda freaks him out, Troy knows there’s no one in town nearly good enough for her. No one, that is, except him.
She’s his redemption and his future
Nicole doesn’t regret her sexual romp with Troy, but when he insists on taking the next step with her—marriage and parenthood—she figures he’s out of his mind. Troy? Husband and daddy material? Oh, he’s sexy beyond belief, with the ability to melt her panties with a single command, but the man’s not known for being responsible. Trying for forever with Mr. Frivolous? Everyone thinks it’s a fool’s game.
Everyone except Troy, who’s determined to make Nicole see the real him under the shiny exterior.
Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.
Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.