Veronica Webber is single again after being in a loveless marriage way past its expiration date. For the first time in a very long time, she feels free and after being burned so badly by love in the past, any thought of romance is the last thing on her mind.
In walks a man from her past, Trevor Allen, a tall, dark, and handsome womanizer who is usually all about the bottom line. For Trevor that bottom line has always been made up of the countless notches on his bedpost. But when he sees Veronica after so many years, he can’t help but be drawn to her and know her again… even if that means being friend-zoned from the start.
As this unlikely pair spends more and more time together, they quickly realize that there might be something between them that goes past “just friends.” But there’s just one tiny detail that makes this situation slightly more complicated… Trevor was Veronica’s ex-husband’s best man at their wedding nine years ago.
So when past mistakes and indiscretions come back to haunt them, will their happily ever after end before it even gets started?
Or will the best man win this time.
I really enjoyed this book. A friends-to-lovers story with a delicious twist, it’s funny, heartfelt, hot and romantic with characters that you can’t help but fall for. Such a fun read, I loved it!
Veronica is fresh from a recent divorce after a very unhappy marriage and she has moved to NYC to get a fresh start. Coming out from under the thumb of her husband and her controlling mother, she is determined to get out and life her life the way she wants. I love Veronica. She’s smart, sensible and infinitely relatable, and from the very first chapter from her POV, I knew she was a kindred spirit…
Typically, “letting my hair down” meant that I would sit in front of the television and binge-watch HGTV for hours at a time. Many a weekend since the divorce had been spent this way. My obsession with Chip and Joanna Gaines had reached epic proportions by now. To the point that I seriously contemplated moving to Waco, Tx before settling on New York.
Trevor is a cocky, arrogant manwhore with a wicked sense of humour. He doesn’t do relationships, and he revels in his business success, his ease with women and his seemingly charmed life. There is a touch of douchery about him, but he totally owns it and I found his frankness, sarcastic wit and unabashed overconfidence hilariously charming.
Let’s be honest, folks, there was no way I was going to find a woman in a bar, defile her to the verge of utter filth, and then all of a sudden be overcome with the urge to want to marry her and make babies. It was never going to happen.
When Veronica bravely heads out for a night on the town, she runs into Trevor. Their eyes lock, there is a spark there, but the twist is – he was the best man at her wedding 9 years ago. But that doesn’t stop them from enjoying an evening out together. They haven’t seen each other in years, and Trevor’s friendship with Veronica’s ex has fallen away, but he’s always had a thing for her. Not wanting to push anything on her but still wanting to be a part of her life, he proposes friendship, and there is lots of banter, fun and innocent flirting as they get to know each other again and grow close.
Since when did I have…Jesus, I could barely bring myself to think it. Since when did I have feelings?
Or a conscience, I guess it what it’s called too. I’m not sure because I’ve never fucking had one before when it came to a woman.
Trevor has never wanted a relationship and Veronica is definitely not ready for one, and even though they both try to keep things strictly friendly, it doesn’t stop the chemistry between them and the simmering attraction that builds with each encounter.
I’ve heard that half the battle was admitting when you had a problem. So here I was admitting that I had a problem, and it was this: I was in over my head with Veronica.
But I’d be damned if I was going to stop.
The romance develops really nicely. It’s easy, fun and sweet and so, so hot – with a perfect balance of deep emotion and mad lust – and as hard as they tried to resist, I loved watching these two fall for each other against the odds.
It was everything: a culmination of a secret yearning for this woman who, for every fucking day we had spent together, every single phone call, every text, had no idea how much she was changing me to be a better man for her.
“All I see is you. All I want is you. All I need is you.”
But their past connection makes their situation a little bit awkward, and then there’s the fact that Trevor has a secret that he hasn’t shared with Veronica – one that could potentially ruin everything.
I loved this book. It’s lots of fun, the romance is gorgeous, and the drama that is there is realistic and not overdone, adding a great edge to the story, and it’s handled really well. The character development is really nicely done, and I fell in love right alongside Trevor and Veronica, and was cheering for them to get their happy ending.
“I swore … that I wouldn’t let you just walk out of my life again. I was prepared to be your friend no matter what, Veronica. But the rest of it, it was there all along. It was waiting for us to meet in another time, another place…and here we are.”
“You’re mine, Veronica…and I’m yours.”
The other highlight of the book for me was the camaraderie between Trevor and his brothers. They are all great guys and their constant teasing was so funny!
“Good luck, and remember that your family only loves you because we have to. Veronica is not your family.”
I love Barbie’s writing, and once again she has delivered a wonderfully entertaining read that kept me hooked from start to finish. I loved Trevor and Veronica, and their story, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from this series.
Advanced Review Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Allen Brothers series
The Wrong Man (#3)
To be released 2017
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About Barbie Bohrman
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Barbie Bohrman dreamed of becoming an author. Long after she had given up, a book club’s prologue contest enticed her to give it one more go. What emerged were the beginnings of her debut novel, Promise Me. Now she’s living her dream and writing stories that entice readers to escape and break away from reality. When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to get through the books on her Kindle (more than a thousand at last count) or watching Lost or Seinfeld. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
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