Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: My Brother's Best Friend by Hazel Kelly

Title: My Brother's Best Friend
Author: Hazel Kelly
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/NA
Series: Soulmates Series (Book Six)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisMargot Roberts has loved Landon Bishop for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, so has the rest of her family, which has made it impossible for her to break out of the friend zone.

Until now.


He wasn’t just the best man at my brother’s wedding. 

He was the best man, period. 

I knew it deep in my bones the first day I met him. 

Well, maybe not the first day. I was only six, after all, and he was just a boy. 

But even then, his presence made me feel both firmly grounded and like I was walking on air. 

It was a curious feeling to have, especially as a kid. 

As I got older, my cravings for his company intensified, and I began aching not only for his attention, but for his touch. 

Too bad I could never tell if he felt the same. 

There was only one thing I knew for sure, which was that his loyalty to my brother knew no bounds. And for good reason. 

But I didn’t care about that. Not like I cared about him. 

Because I loved Landon Bishop at first sight…long before he became my brother’s best friend.

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

When your true love is right under your nose all along...

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Margot is happy that her brother has found someone to love and is getting married. But she has known for years who she belonged with. None other than her brother's best friend, Landon. For most of their childhood, she's been the annoying little sister who tagged along and tried to get Landon's attention. Even when Margot was older, Landon had refused her advances. It was a line he wasn't willing to cross. But she's determined to try again.

Landon is happy to help Margot get an internship at his marketing firm. Sure, being coworkers will make it difficult for them to explore their long-suppressed feelings for each other. That won't stop them though. When the opportunity arises, the pair take advantage. And even though being together is everything they'd hoped for, problems still exist. Their jobs and friendships are on the line and if they truly want to be together, some big changes have to be made and secrets have to be told.

I think it's Hazel Kelly's plan to write a story for every one of my favorite themes. We've had the boy next door, a first love, the stepbrother, the best friend's brother (not to be confused with this one!), and the last book was sort of a love-from-afar relationship that turned into more. With the brother's best friend rounding out the sixth book of the series, I wonder where we'll go next. Maybe an enemy-to-lovers, perhaps? Just putting the idea out there...

This was such a great book!

I knew it would be because the teaser left me foaming at the mouth to get ahold of the rest of the story. Then when I got it, I had to fit it into one of the busiest weeks of this year. I somehow managed to do it and read this baby in less than five hours. No joke. It was that good. I was sucked in from the first page and along for the ride.

Luke is still my favorite guy in this series but Landon is running in a tight second place. I loved Landon's loyalty to Margot. When their relationship was challenged, I had faith in him. Some authors like to toss in conflict that's unnecessary and sometimes downright ridiculous. But Hazel Kelly lets the story flow on its own and challenges land where they may. It never feels forced or contrived. I never have to worry if the story will be believable and fulfilling.

One thing I found unique about this story was the workplace. While Margot was young and new to the workforce, Landon was a little older and a bit more experienced. Their working together in a professional environment made me forget Margot's age at times. It almost left new adult territory, where most of the other books of this series are. I think adults of all age brackets can enjoy this one. The romance sizzled. The forbidden love factor made everything feel a little naughtier. It was a great story!

In closing...
Book number six and this series still hasn't run out of steam. I sure hope there's more to come! Five suns!

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