A new small-town best-friend's-older-brother romance from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kaylee Ryan.
I'm out of my depth participating in a blind-date photo shoot. Not only am I meant to act like I'm open for dating, but I'm meant to be sexy and get up close and personal with a complete stranger.
None of the above is me. But I'm a sucker, and my best friend can talk me into anything.
Deacon is the kind of guy my heart could be safe with. But I've been taking care of myself for a long time, and I'm not sure I'm ready to rely on anyone else. Not even the handsome, successful older brother of my best friend.
I never saw her coming. One date with a beautiful stranger, and I'm hooked.
Technically, Ramsey isn't a stranger. She's my little sister's best friend, the same sister who volunteered me because she claims "I'm a workaholic in desperate need of love".
All I know is I can't stop thinking about Ramsey and the way her lips felt against mine. I have to see her again. Good thing I'm an attorney, because convincing her to take a chance on me is going to be the hardest case I've ever pleaded. She's worried about the past repeating itself. What she's yet to figure out is that her fear is unnecessary...never with me.
The sweetest cinnamon roll ever written ♥️
This is my first Kaylee Ryan book, but I was sold just from the blurb & tropes. Best friend’s brother is catnip for me. Throw in some best friend’s female cousin, age gap, & strangers photoshoot, I didn’t stand a chance.
Deacon Setty is a workaholic attorney who needs a break in day to day. He sees no problem, but his family sees his all work & no play lifestyle. That’s why his sister convinced him to do a “strangers” photo shoot.
Ramsey Smithfield is a tortured soul who escaped a life of atrocious expectations to live a happier life with her aunt, uncle, & cousins. She’s happier with them & has been able to come out of her she’ll enough to gain a best friend. One who has convinced her to do a “strangers” photo shoot for her photography business.
I absolutely adored the concept of the strangers photo shoot. It was adorable, steamy, & it allowed these two to see how intense their chemistry truly is. And I love that Palmer was the catalyst who saw how amazing the potential was for her best friend & her brother to be together. The age gap between Deacon & Ramsey made it even hotter. And the way that Deacon made every effort to take care of Ramsey both physically & emotionally during the photo shoot & every day beyond was so swoon worthy. He was absolutely perfect for Ramsey and everything she needed to be able to move on from her past.
Everything about this book made me love it. I loved the relationship between the two main characters. I loved the relationship between Declan, Palmer & all of their other brothers. I loved the relationship between Ramsey, her aunt & uncle, & all of her cousins. And I loved the relationship between Declan & Ramsey’s cousins.
I can honestly say that I can’t wait for more reads in this world.
Jack Maverick & Lexi Mae were such a great duo to provide me with a very pleasant listen. These two are new to me, but they took these characters and owned it.
Swoon insta love
A romantic story, this insta-love romance follows Ramsey and Deacon. There is an element of age gap and brother’s best friend but these are basically non issues after a few mentions of it. The romance is full steam ahead generally and oh so sweet. Ramsey had a difficult family life and I have to admit feels very young in this story. It was likely meant to be as she was sheltered and controlled by her family (who are awful) and escaped before a forced marriage to her aunt’s place. Her aunt and uncle have 9!!! boys so I can see that this will be a long series! (And they all seem so sweet and cool, the ones we met anyway).
Love the characters- they are both so sweet- ultra loving Deacon, who aims to bring Ramsey’s voice to the forefront. A little bit of continued family drama at the end leads to a really low angst story.
The narration featured two narrators that are new to me-Jack Maverick and Lexi Mae. Both were great- very good voices for the characters and a good ability to switch between characters. definitely elevated the story. 🎧AudiobookObsessionReviewer, AudiobookObsession