After reading this within days of its release, I can’t believe I never wrote a proper review. Guess that’s what re-reads are for, right? 😉 Two things guaranteed that I was going to love this book before I even opened it to page 1…1) it’s written by one of my favorite authors, Maureen Smith and 2) it’s a friends-to-lovers trope that I can never resist.
Here, we get know Remy Brand and Zandra Kennedy, both of whom we met in Whatever You Like; Remy is Roderick’s twin brother. Zandra has been close to the Brand family since she was seven years old and Remy saved her from some neighborhood bullies. These two friends have remained close through distance and time, but after Remy’s discharge from the Navy SEALs three years ago, there’s been an undercurrent of more-than-friends brewing within their interactions.
The reason I always appreciate friends-to-lovers stories is the shared history the hero/ine have on the road to HEA…Remy and Zandra have been falling in love with each other for decades and didn’t even realize it. Or rather, didn’t want to face it; scared to ruin their friendship if things went awry. Finally, while away in romantic St. Lucia on a family vacation to celebrate his twin brother’s nuptials, Remy decides it’s time to take their friendship to the next level…and ooh boy do they go to the next level!!!
But this book isn’t only about the hot sex in not-so-private locales. Both Remy and Zandra have some demons to conquer from their pasts before they can move forward. There’s a lot of emotion and depth here which makes the HEA so sweet!
This novel is yet another where Ms. Smith shows us that the love is not just between the hero/ine but their family and friends too. It was fun to meet more of the Brand family alluded to in Roderick and Lena’s story. I’m very intrigued by what is simmering between River (Rod and Remy’s younger brother) and Morgan (Lena’s baby sister) so I’m looking forward to their book one day in the future.