Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Falling for Her Brother's Best Friend by Noelle Adams

Title: Falling for Her Brother's Best Friend
Author: Noelle Adams
Genre/Age: Romance/Adult
Series: Tea for Two Series (Book One)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
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SynopsisAfter too many bad decisions in romance, Emma is going on a man-fast. For the next six months, she's fasting from men. No sex. No dating. No soulful gazes. No fond memories of her first crush. She's going to spend the time focusing on her career, getting in touch with herself, and helping her two best friends with the launch of their new tea room. No men.

And that includes her brother's best friend, Noah Hart, who has just returned to their hometown.

She doesn't want Noah anyway. He might be even hotter than he was before, but he's not a nice guy anymore. He's made a fortune by acting ruthless in business, and the last thing he's looking for is small-town domestic life. He doesn't even want to be in town again, but a sick grandmother guilted him into it. Then he has nerve to not even recognize Emma when he sees her again. Maybe it's been seven years, but a decent guy would remember his best friend's little sister.

Noah is not a decent guy. Anyway, Emma is on a man-fast. And she doesn't want Noah.

At all.

Fifteen years ago, three girls were thrown together because their brothers were best friends. Now they're all grown up, and their brothers are grown up too. The Tea for Two series tells their stories.


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

When you have to date a few jerks to find your Prince Charming...

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Emma is excited to assist her best friends in opening their new tea shop. Everything is going according to plan. That is, until she learns that her childhood crush is coming back to town for a visit just after she's sworn off men altogether. Worse, he shows up early and though she's thrilled when he flirts with her, she's crushed to realize it's only because he doesn't know who she is. Bummer.

Noah is surprised to learn that the gorgeous woman in the airport bar is the same little girl he used to tease. His best friend's little sister isn't so little anymore. And his body's response to her presence every time he sees her is becoming hard to ignore. He wants her, even though he knows it's not a good idea. She seems to want him, too, making it even tougher to avoid the inevitable.

Unfortunately, Noah's instinct to run away from commitment rears its ugly head. He isn't good for Emma and he'd rather break her heart now than do it later on. Emma knows she shouldn't expect anything serious from Noah but that doesn't stop her heart from longing for something she may never be able to have. And Emma isn't he only person that Noah is running from, either.

This was a quick and easy read that I really enjoyed. I love forbidden love themed stories and this is obviously one with a girl in love with her brother's best friend. Just from the title alone, I knew this was going to be a good story. It's nice to read about characters with a history suddenly seeing each other in a different light. It's heartwarming and entirely believable.

Emma was a nice character with a history of dating jerks. She's sworn off all men but even though she says she's serious, her fast goes right out the window when she sees Noah. It's adorable to see the effect this one guy has on her. I liked the fact that she behaved realistically. She had her doubts but allowed herself to get caught up in the passion of the moment.

Noah had some issues to work through. Watching him try to ignore his attraction to Emma was cute and so was his streak of jealousy, too. I liked his character quite a bit and I thought he was a good match for Emma. I do wish there had been a reconciliation shown between him and Patrick. It felt like a missing piece of the puzzle.

The romance was sweet with moments of steam. The story turned more intense for the last quarter and I thought it had a nice ending. The secondary characters were entertaining and I love the entire friendship dynamic within the group. I'm curious to see how Ginny and Ryan will get along because I predict their story will come next. It will be a second chance story, another favorite theme of mine!

In closing...
One couple down. Two to go! 4.5 suns!