Series: Dare to Love Book #2
Author: Mira Lyn Kelly
Blurb: 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.
Thoughts: I’m a sucker for the friends-to-lover theme, and this one is a simply an amazingly well done one. Ava has always been in love with Sam, but Sam has never seen her as anything more than a kid sister….well, mostly anyway. However, when they attend a party together with the express intention of acting like a ‘real’ couple to get a potential stalker to leave Ava alone once and for all, things become a little too real. The more things heat up, the more they don’t want things to ever end….but will the heat between them ruin the friendship they have? Or will the friendship make their sparks burn brighter and for longer than they ever thought possible?
I really enjoyed not just the sweetness of this story, but also the depths and the complexities behind it. Usually these are sweet and simple troupes, but this one had a lot of depth to it that made it really different and one that stands out for me among the usual friends-to-lover themed books. While I have read one other book by this author (her free Harlequin KISS title Waking Up Married), I have not read the previous one in this series. However, this one was easily read as a stand-alone. After reading this one though, I look forward to reading not only the previous one, but many more of her titles! Loved it.