Series & Title: Kisses in the Sand, Book 3: The Best Friend Bargain
Author: Robin Bielman
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Lovestruck
Release Date: August 8, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Entangled Publishing via NetGalley
Reviewed For: IndieSage PR
Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.
The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.
As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.
Each book in the Kissed in the Sand series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Friends to lovers is a trope I don't think I'll ever tire of. There's that longing, that wanting to be more than friends, the angst of always being passed up for someone else, the hurt of not being able to say what's truly on one's heart.
That's not really this story though.
Danny and Olivia's friendship really is just friendship. There isn't a one-sided facet to it at all. Neither secretly wants the other. Neither silently waits in the wings in hopes the other will eventually see them. Nope.
Danny and Olivia love each other as friends. They support and protect one another as friends. The place they could create together if they ever married would be amazing because they had this incredible friendship to keep them grounded.
But could they actually make that jump without ruining their friendship in the process?
Million dollar question and it stayed there throughout this entire story.
The journey from friends to lovers wasn't easy for either of them. Olivia was trying desperately to save face in front of a mother who regretted having a child (Olivia) out of wedlock. Unless Olivia and Danny married, Olivia was going to repeat her mother's history. Danny's demon wasn't a disapproving parent but a disease that would eventually rob him of his sight. It was a fate he didn't want to pass on to children of his own.
Working through those issues took a lot of handling and the process couldn't be rushed. They had to admit them then deal with them. Their friendship helped in ways I didn't think possible as they struggled together. Ms. Bielman did a great job of having them grow into love that was firmly rooted in friendship. And that love wasn't friend-like at all by the end. It was the honest to goodness, you are my everything, you make my world so much better, kind of love. It really was.
When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts all of her story ideas.
She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.
She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers.