A friends-to-lovers romance…
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Runaway Bride
I didn’t mean to. It just happened. I swear it. One minute, I was walking down the aisle, and the next, I was in Bora Bora with my bestie, Archer Scott. But this honeymoon isn’t in Vegas, and the feelings and naked parts we discovered aren’t going to stay there.
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: In love with my best friend
I always thought I would have time to get closer to Bayleigh. That was until I was checking the Yes box on the RSVP for her wedding. One minute, she’s about to begin her life with Mr. Not Me, and the next, I’m dancing on a bar in a grass skirt. Fortunately, I’m a “grab the bull by the horns” kind of guy, so I go with it.
Running Towards Love
READY TO RUN, the first book in the Sunnyville series from the ladies writing as Jennifer Rebecca, is a sweet and sexy friends to lovers small town romance read. There is plenty of Southern charm, family shenanigans, and some not-so-slow burn in this easily readable book.
It's pretty rare that I take the time to read new-to-me authors in the romance world these days, because it sometimes feels like literally EVERYONE has decided to write a book. That being said, I do like to mix it up a little from time to time, and READY TO RUN proved to be a good choice.
I like the familiarity that is part of the friends to lovers trope, because everyone is pretty much a known quantity. That Bayleigh and Archer have seen each other in a much more than 'friends only' light for forever is kind of a secret, but apparently only to them, since their loving, supportive, and very colorful families are more than ready for them to open their eyes. The 'will they/won't they' energy is real, and makes for some fun times while they get themselves sorted out.
This was a fun and fairly quick read, and I am invested enough in Sunnyville to be looking forward to what's coming next for this bunch. In the meantime, be sure to add READY TO RUN to your summer TBR, and enjoy. ❤️
YA Best Friends Romance
Archer never saw his best friend Bayleigh in a romantic light until she got engaged, ran away at the altar when she realized her fiancé was cheating on her, and they had to share a bed on the honeymoon trip she ropes him into taking with her. There was a lot of swearing, sex talk, and ridiculous moments in this book. I was thinking that Archer wasn’t very mature for someone who went though all that education to be a veterinarian, but I’m sure he’s much more professional on the job. There was a huge lack of communication in this book. They are attracted to each other and act on it, but then feel like other would rather forget it happened and don’t talk about it. At one point Archer is kissing another woman thinking he doesn’t have a chance with Bayleigh when he could just stop making so many assumptions and talk to her. I loved Archer’s lovable rescue dachshunds. His sister is just as off the wall as Archer and Bayleigh at times and made me shake my head and chuckle.
This book was very funny. There are also places where it is heartbreaking—like much of chapter one with Archer’s feelings. I really liked both points of view—it was pretty important to this story. He and Bayleigh hurt each other by having a hard time talking about what is going on. I definitely felt Archer’s a lot more than Bayleigh’s. I really enjoyed this story so much.
I received a free copy of this book.