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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: Seducing Her Brother's Best Friend by Noelle Adams / @NoelleAdams3

Series & Title: Tea for Two, Book 3: Seducing Her Brother's Best Friend
Author: Noelle Adams
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Publisher: Noelle Adams
Release Date: January 10, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
eBook Provided By: Purchased from Amazon

After too many years being overlooked by men, Carol is ready to take action. She wants a man, and she knows which man she wants. Her brother’s best friend, Patrick Stevenson.

Patrick is funny and brainy and the sexiest man she’s ever known, but he has never looked at her as anything except his friend’s little sister. That’s going to change.

Carol isn’t good at flirting. Or seduction. Or anything that requires putting herself out there. But she’s going to make sure Patrick sees her as a desirable woman—and one he wants for more than one night—even if it turns her whole world upside down. He already likes her a lot. He just needs to open his eyes to how good they’d be together.

After all, how stubborn can he be?

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Have you ever met someone so stubborn and so semi-oblivious you just want to hit 'em with a bat? Like, repeatedly?

That was me with Patrick.

He's a great guy, don't get me wrong. Smart and funny and loyal. But he has no clue how to read someone. None. Oh, and he overthinks a lot. About everything. Which is really, really, really frustrating. Because there were so many times in this story that he didn't need to. He just needed to feel, to let his heart guide him, to trust that what he felt with Carol was right and meant to be.

His reluctance to do any of that almost cost him her. What a mess that would've been!

Carol is determined. Who doesn't love a single-minded woman? I gave her credit for sticking it out as long as possible, for hoping so hard for a future with Patrick, but... Damn. She was wrecked. Every let down, every thoughtless word and action, every killed moment she experienced completely wrecked her. I'm not talking a constant watering pot, though she was that. I'm talking you could see her hope for a future with Patrick just disappear little by little throughout the story.

It was so hard to read.

It was so hard to not cry with her.

It was so hard to hold onto hope when hers was crumbling to the ground.

I know I've read Ms. Adams stories before, but I can't remember any of them leaving me a mess like this one. I was hopeful, happy, elated, lost, crushed, broken, angry, bitter... God, I was everything Carol was. And that, all of that, made this an amazing story.

This story is straight-forward. You know who's going after who. It isn't a mystery. It's getting to that happy ending that kept me turning the pages because I wanted to know! I wanted to see Carol happy. I wanted Patrick to wake up. I wanted it all. I just had to go through a myriad of emotions and situations to get it.

Well written, Ms. Adams. You kept me on the edge of my seat and somewhere between wanting it all and calling it quits with this story. I'd read it again just to experience it all over again.

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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