Part of a series? Yes.
Category/Genre: Adult, contemporary, romance
USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly cranks up the heat for two lifelong friends whose most secret longings come true in every delectable way.
Vivacious and successful, Ava Meyers is living her dream life, except for one thing: Ever since childhood, she’s been in love with her best friend . . . and she’s never admitted it. Back then, Sam Farrow was a damaged young man with a tough past. Now he’s supremely confident, super-sexy, and totally untouchable—until the night when Sam pretends to be Ava’s boyfriend to save her from some unwanted attention. In a moment of weakness, Ava finds out that a long friendship is no match for blistering sexual chemistry.
After years of denying his own feelings, Sam finds that one amazing night with Ava isn’t enough to chase away all the pent-up fantasies. So he proposes they spend a few weeks driving each other wild, exhausting their every desire, and then return to their perfect platonic relationship like nothing ever happened. But Sam’s plan has one fatal flaw: the part where they give each other up. Because the more they let go of their inhibitions, the more they’re tempted to never go back.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Dare to Love series, but it can be read as a standalone. Each book features a different couple.
I really like reading “friends to lovers“ stories and this one really shows how difficult it can be for two friends to deal with their friendship, the sex and their feelings. I enjoy how the author doesn’t forget to show us that Ava and Sam are first friends. While reading, I couldn’t forget their friendship and their fear of ruining everything because they’re exploring each other on a very different level.
That being said, I think some things are a little bit too repetitive even though well written and interesting. In a way, I think everything is more rushing in the end and we don’t see enough of Sam’s hangups. I would have loved to see more of him breaking down sometimes, I would have love to see more anguish somehow. Don’t mind me, I think I was in the mood for more angst when I started reading.
The plot itself is pretty much classic in the genre, but that’s why it works. The chemistry between Ava and Sam is unavoidable and they’ve swept me off. I love their playfulness with each other, their thoughtfulness, their tenderness, their sweet love and the crazy heat between them.
Speaking of the heat…
The author has written some really great sex scenes. They’re intense without being too graphic. They’re also tasteful and yet quite thrilling. And they serve the characterizations and the plot! That’s exactly what I love to see in such books.
The group of friends featured in this book (and series) is great. They all have that little something that make me want to read more, to know more. It’s always nice to read about a tight knit group.
It has taken me a few chapters to really warm up to the characters and the story, but it is a nice read. I enjoy Ava and Sam’s journey and I recommend their story if you’re looking for a “friends to lovers” novel with some heat mixed in.
I will keep this author on my radar and will probably read the other books in the series.
What do you think of Sam?