Title: 4 Hints You Love Your Best Friend
Series: Bower Boys #4
Author: Kelly Siskind
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Tropes: Friends to Lovers/Forced Proximity/Roommates
Release Date: July 26, 2023
A rule follower gets stuck living with the off-limits woman he’s always wanted in this small-town romance that sizzles with slow-burn heat.
Jolene Daniels is my best friend. Sorry…was. She was my best friend a lifetime and ten years of witness protection ago. Now that I’ve returned to my hometown, Jolene and I are once again hanging out.
I do not fantasize about the time we fell asleep in the tree house we built, and I woke up with her tucked against my aching chest. I don’t replay the days we raced through the woods, nothing but carefree adventure and laughter filling the air.
Nope. We’re just old pals, and I’m thrilled to have her back in my life. Of course, I notice how stunning she is, but it’s fine.
Until her apartment floods and she temporarily moves into my place. In the room beside mine. Nothing but a thin wall between us. She also walks around in flimsy tank tops. Zero bra.
Did I mention she’s my brother’s ex and he’s looking to rekindle their romance?
Good thing Jolene Daniels and I are nothing but the best of friends.
4 Hints You Love Your Best Friend is a cute friends-to-lovers-oops-now-we’re-roommates-too-bad-your-brother-dated-her-first-and-might-not-be-over-her story. Told in dual first person POVs (though there’s *way* more Callahan POV chapters than Jolene), there were more than a few moments here that had me LOLing. Ms Siskind definitely has a way with cute banter and amusing internal dialog, and I am here for it.
I did get a bit aggravated with Cal, though–his heavy-handed, Wizard of Oz-like I-know-what’s-best-for-everyone-and-I’m-going-to-make-sure-it-happens-from-behind-this-curtain schtick is more than a little OTT–I get why he did it while in WITSEC, but when he was back in his hometown, maybe talking to people once in a while would be a good idea? Leting them ultimately make their own choices? Fortunately, he (finally!) figures out the error of his ways–though before that point, his “inside woman” did gain my grudging respect. And made me LOL a few times too 😉
Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes, though, so chances were good going in I was going to enjoy this one. Cal and Jo did not disappoint, and their journey to HEA had just the right amount of slow burn and angst with a side helping of OMG, talk to each other, already! 😉 I loved watching Jolene grow closer to Larkin as the book continued–obviously, when you fall in love with your best friend you’re going to need a new bestie on the side to dish on your relationship with–and now OMG Ms Siskind has me all but panting now for Larkin and Jake’s book.
Is it November yet? 😉
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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About the author:
Kelly Siskind lives in charming northern Ontario. When she’s not out hiking or skiing, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She loves singing while driving, looks awful in yellow, and is known for spilling wine at parties. Sign up for Kelly’s newsletter at www.kellysiskind.com and never miss a giveaway, a free bonus scene, or the latest news on her books. And connect with her on Twitter and Instagram (@kellysiskind) or on Facebook and TikTok (@authorkellysiskind).
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