Published by Loose Id on February 15th 2011
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Shawn Griffin and Rachel Cooper have been best friends practically since birth, thanks to their families' close relationship. But for the past few years, Shawn has been fantasizing about getting his best pal in his bed. When she announces she's taking a trip to reconnect with an old lover, Shawn knows the time has come to put up or shut up. If she wants to go to New York City, fine. But he's coming with her.
Rachel doesn't know what to think of Shawn's sudden interest. Determined to live life on her own terms, she refuses to fall right in line with her wealthy family's wish that they get married and have perfect little babies. She just didn't count on how determined her seemingly laid back - and extremely sexy - best friend would become after setting his sights on what he wants. Her, over and over again.
But when tragedy strikes, Rachel begins to wonder if she'll lose not only her lover but her best friend too.
Cari Quinn’s writing lifts a typical friends-to-lovers story, though I’m more annoyed with the hero (?) rather than a heroine. Not wanting to tie himself down with her as a teenager but screwed other women instead? Definitely diminishes the power of professions of love. I can certainly understand Rachel’s hesitation and her own insecurities…though their HEA is just too rushed. I wish Shawn had simply fought harder – his efforts to tie Rachel down after she thought of going after an ex simply stank of desperate reaction.