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I liked the all side characters. I also enjoyed the plot and flow of the book.

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Overall a cute quick read! View all 53 comments. V Great review, sweets! V wrote: "Great review, sweets! Had been for weeks if he were honest. I like trying out new authors now and then. Sometimes it actually pays off when I do. I have come across some whose writing styles I seem to connect with. Robin Bielman ended up being one of those authors.

I absolutely LOVE the friends-to-lovers trope and this story ended up being pretty fabulous. I was worried that the schmexy would be luke-warm or that the author would come off skittish while writing the steamy scenes, but let me just say, my panties were thoroughly melted!!! And even though the cover made me think this would be a light and low on the angst read, I am happy to report that my angst needs were very much satisfied as well.

Olivia Lincoln finds herself back home after having lived in England for the past six months. She decided to leave the states after she lost her job which really ended up messing with her head. Liv left without saying a proper goodbye to her best friend, Danny. But now she finds herself in a bit of a pickle and the only one she can turn to is Danny. Heartbroken and disillusioned, Liv turns to the one man who has always been her rock.

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Liv and Danny settle into their new relationship rather easily. A little too easy. It seems they may have always felt something more than friendship for each other but were too scared and maybe just a little too dense to see that true love had been right in front of their eyes for so many years. Liv thought that Danny preferred the life of the player, but deep down Danny had always wanted her but his fears made him keep those feelings at bay.

I have to say that Danny rated high on the swoon-worthy scale for me. Well once the attraction between them becomes impossible to ignore, the steam kicks up a thousand degrees. I was more than pleased with how incredibly schmexy the scenes became and then, BAM , a curveball is thrown and we find ourselves in the midst of some major angst!! You could just call me a smitten kitten with this story after that!!

This was book three in the Kisses In The Sand series, but can be read as a standalone. Each book centers around a different couple and all were in this one as secondary characters. I will definitely be making some time in the near future to read the other books in this series. The Best Friend Bargain is currently available. View all 48 comments.

Jul 09, Jen rated it liked it Shelves: arc-net-galley , contemporary-romance , dual-pov , friends-to-luvahs , half-star-needed , part-of-a-series. After six months in London spent in what she thought was a serious relationship, she finds out the hard way her feelings weren't reciprocated. What's a freshly knocked up and recently dumped woman to do?

How about returning home and talking her bff into marrying her? Seems logical. Danny always figured marriage and children 3. Danny always figured marriage and children weren't a part of his future. Knowing he's slowly going blind made the decision to stay single easy. But when his best friend asks for a favor so she can avoid disappointing her overbearing and judgemental mother, how can he refuse?

He smiled. It doesn't help that the entire beach town soon knows the two are an item. Soon the pretending turns into hot knocking boots action and the besties can't keep their hands off each other. The Best Friend Bargain is a cute, light read and I enjoyed it, for the most part.

I had a hard time buying the sudden sexual tension that seemed to develop overnight after years of best friend times, but I got over that. I admit it took me a good portion of the book to get into the story, but once I did I had a terrific time on Danny and Liv's journey. While this book didn't overwhelm me with happy feels, I enjoyed my time spent reading The Best Friend Bargain. Enough so that I'm planning on checking out the other books in the series. Robin Bielman definitely knows her way around a light hearted romance.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review View all 17 comments. V Amazing review, Jen! I have started the Kisses in the Sand series at the wrong end, by reading book three The Best Friend Bargain first, but it was an absolute joy from start to finish, and can absolutely be read as a standalone.

The highs made me smile and the lows made me tear up, but the balance was perfect. The email communications between them made me smile, the banter between the guys made me chuckle and the author gave this couple an absolutely stellar ending and epilogue. ARC generously provided by the author, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review. View all 21 comments. Jul 08, Nicola rated it it was amazing. We all have authors who are our perfect fit. Those whose writing style, characterisations and stories work every single time.

Robin Bielman is one of a handful of authors who I know I can trust to bring me every element I could possibly need, and want, from a romantic read and she nailed it with The Best Friend Bargain. For someone who firmly believes that you can go through life without falling in love with your best friend, I absolutely love this trope; if Danny Ellis was my best friend, I'd be We all have authors who are our perfect fit. For someone who firmly believes that you can go through life without falling in love with your best friend, I absolutely love this trope; if Danny Ellis was my best friend, I'd be falling head-over-heels in love with him too because he was the complete package.

And when Olivia Lincoln turns up on his doorstep, back from England and needing his support, he's there, despite the fact that he agrees to something he's always said he never wants. He and Olivia were wonderful; they have a natural, easy chemistry, the trust they have in one another is simply beautiful and with the prospect of both needing support in the future, they each have their fears.

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And that made them so relatable; there was something very special about them and their relationship as friends and lovers, and you're completely pulled into their story. Robin always makes me feel with her writing, but she took it to another level with the deeper content within this story which she handled with perfect sensitivity. And the emotion it generated was little unexpected; laughing and sighing happily is pretty much the norm, as are those moments that tug on the old heart-strings, but sitting and crying my eyes out is a new one.

And generally a rare thing from me. Danny and Olivia were given the story they deserved, it was lovely to catch up with the couples featured in the previous books in the series and with the perfect balance of fun, flirt, sexy-time and emotion, it left me with a happy heart. If you're looking for a romance that has it all, including the customary Bielman toe-curling first kiss because believe me, no one writes a first kiss like Robin does , then grab this: you'll not be disappointed.

Copy generously provided by the author for an honest and unbiased opinion. As always, it was my absolute pleasure. View all 10 comments. Can't wait to read this book! Hope you love it too x Jul 29, PM.

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V Awesome review, sweets! Olivia Lincoln had gone overseas and met the man of her dreams, unfortunately for Olivia when she finds out that she's pregnant the dream comes to an end. Olivia comes up with a plan to sort out her situation by returning to the states and proposing to her best friend Danny. Danny had no plans for marriage and a family in his future so can Olivia convince Danny that her scheme will benefit them both? The Best Friend Bargain was a cute story about a pair of friends who had always been there for on Olivia Lincoln had gone overseas and met the man of her dreams, unfortunately for Olivia when she finds out that she's pregnant the dream comes to an end.

The Best Friend Bargain was a cute story about a pair of friends who had always been there for one another that come up with a plan to benefit them both with a side of attraction. Both were likable characters and while their reasons for going on with the plan might not make a lot of sense to some it worked for them and they were able to grow the relationship into something a bit more. During this story parts of it were Olivia and Danny chatting back and forth through messages where they would gather their courage to do the flirting and say the things they couldn't say to each other when together which really fits with today's online society.

I couldn't help but root for a pregnant Olivia to find happiness with someone to love her child too. Overall, a cute romance story not without the obstacles to find a happy ending. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jul 05, Irene rated it it was amazing Shelves: beautiful-cover , entangled-lovestruck , friends-to-lovers , galley-arc , great-series , love-the-cover , love-this-author , love-this-series , romance , arc-by-publisher. From the first page I knew this was going to be another winner for me. I connected with both Olivia and Danny.

I enjoyed watching their relationship develop from friends to lovers. The Best Friend Bargain was a well written, heartfelt friends to lovers story that will bring out all the feels. I highly recommend this book and the Kisses in the Sand series. Thank you Entangled: Lovestruck via Netgalley for the advance copy. View all 4 comments. Full review posted at afterdarkbooklovers. I guess it comes down to that paradigm shift.

I adore when you get to see characters in a new light and even better, when characters get to see each other in a new light. Add in a marriage in name only setup, and just send it on over to my kindle, please. Now, when I started the Full review posted at afterdarkbooklovers. While some of the humor is corntastic puns are cute if not my fave , the texts between Liv and Danny was adorable and a way to connect the characters. The humor was a good way to lighten up their personal angst at the thought of their relationship and the repercussions of crossing the line of friendship into Romancelandia.

I liked it. A sweet, sweet romance for those who love best friends to lovers. Aug 05, Mandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc , friends-to-more. What I really liked about this book was the chemistry between Danny and Liv. They had a really great friendship and it was fun to read as it developed into more. I couldn't wait for something to happen between these two with all the sexual tension that was going on. This was fairly low angst, had a few good steamy scenes and a really sweet romance. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author.

View all 5 comments. Another fantastic read by Robin Bielman!! Her books are just so easy to read and FUN! I've read this series from the start and have loved every book. Because they're written well and without too much fan-fare. Olivia and Danny were really meant to be. You could tell even from the start. They settled into their arrangement very smoothly : and it was laughter and sexy times from then on out! The story delivered on Another fantastic read by Robin Bielman!!

The story delivered on sizzle and sass and emotion as always. Robin has been a go-to author for me for a while and will continue to be so Copy provided for blog tour Los personajes son sumamente planos al igual que la historia completa. Para leer entre otras historias o cuando no sabes que leer. Aug 07, Samanthe Beck rated it it was amazing.

But I did. I adored this story. Danny and Liv are my new favorite couple. Call me hard-hearted but I find the whole set-up mildly pathetic. She avoids the stereotypes, and delivers a real friends-to-lovers story that drew me in instead of forcing me to cut one character serious slack right at the outset. I respected Danny and Liv, and their motivations to take their relationship beyond the friend zone. I lived their doubts as they worried about the impact their decision would have on their relationship, because they honestly were best friends, not two people in a ridiculously unbalanced pseudo-friendship.

Too many laugh out loud moments to count, loads of chemistry, real stakes, and deep emotions. I also loved the chance to check in with Bryce, Honor, Sophie and Zane. The Best Friend Bargain was the perfect end to a perfect series! Jul 13, Stacee rated it did not like it Shelves: netgalley , read-in The BFF to more trope is one of my favorites, so I was pretty excited just from the title. I liked Olivia and Danny well enough.


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They seem to have a decent friendship, but there was definitely a spark missing. I didn't see any sort of chemistry between them. I was a bit disappointed to find out that the main motivation was that Olivia needs a husband because her mother won't approve of her pregnan 1. I was a bit disappointed to find out that the main motivation was that Olivia needs a husband because her mother won't approve of her pregnancy.

The drama and push and pull that followed got really old really quick. I guess I just mostly felt lost in this story. There was never a backstory or explanation of the connection to pretty much any character introduced. Perhaps if I would have read the other books in the series. From the reviews that are already up, I'm in the minority. Sadly I missed the amazing things that everyone else saw.

View 1 comment. Aug 04, Chris C - A Midlife Wife rated it really liked it Shelves: adult-romance , chick-lit , ebooks , entangled-publishing , reviews , romance. The Best Friend Bargain is a sweet and sexy book that sucks you in and gives you the major feels.

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A light and easy read, the book is loaded with hot anticipation and innuendo that begs for completion. While the theme is somewhat typical, the writer has taken it over the top with in depth emotion that you connect with and embrace. With wonderful detail and hot as hell writing, you can just envision that steamy first kiss, that touching, trembling embrace, the scorching look as the eye travels up h The Best Friend Bargain is a sweet and sexy book that sucks you in and gives you the major feels.

With wonderful detail and hot as hell writing, you can just envision that steamy first kiss, that touching, trembling embrace, the scorching look as the eye travels up his and her bodies. And if that is not enough, the author have given us characters that you actually like and work perfectly together! Danny is a caring, generous soul that you just fall for — sigh. For a sexy and delightful read that sucks you in, you have to check out this book. One of a series, but a complete stand alone, you will fall for the writing style of Robin Bielman!

Aug 06, Elaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: adult , authors-to-look-out-for , contemporary , contemporary-romance , friends-to-lovers , romance , series , ya. This is a sweet friends to lovers romance with lots of twists and turns en route to their happy ever after. Olivia and Danny had been best friends throughout their childhood after Danny saved her from some mean kids. Will he agree to help her? Can they overcome their fears of spoiling their friendship to find romance together? Can he learn to face the future without sight but with hope? They already love and trust each other as best friends but attraction is developing dramatically.

Should they resist temptation? As they start to reveal their feelings online to each other, will they dare to do so face to face? A great friends to lovers romance with well developed characters and a roller coaster ride plot packed with twists and turns to keep the reader enthralled. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I never felt like I got to know the characters very well and while they claimed to be great friends for over 15 years it seemed like there was something missing in their friendship, and I hate it when adults can't or won't stand up to their parents. Upfront I want to say that I felt like the heroine Olivia was a bit immature, a whole lot selfish and someone who ran from her problems rather than dealing with them.

She was fired from her job, so she ran to London no idea why because we are never told that where she meets a man gets pregnant by him and when he want nothing to do with her or the baby she runs home to ask her best friend to marry her so her judgmental mother won't be mad at her and just a hint, she runs again when things get tough.

I think I would have really liked Danny had we gotten to know him better but as it was he was a bit one dimensional. He gave up a lucrative career as a sports agent to start a custom furniture building business that is getting a lot of attention from celebrity designers. Danny has a rare disease in which he will slowly loose his eyesight and eventually be blind and thus he has decided to never marry or have children. Then Olivia turns up pregnant and before he knows it; he's going to be her pretend husband and the father of her child. I get that they were supposedly best friends that would do anything for one another and honestly Danny was very noble in jumping in to help Olivia but for me he did so too easily.

This went against everything he had planned and I'm sorry but I just think there would have been a bid more discussion and conflict. Olivia in the meantime is still pining for the jerk that left her, sending mixed signals to Danny and worrying about what her Mother will think when she should be thinking about what she's doing to her best friend or I don't know how about owning up to your responsibilities and figuring out how to take care of yourself and your child without asking your best friend to change his entire life? While I appreciate a good friends to lovers romance, The Best Friend Bargain was not one that worked for me.

A selfish heroine, a pushover hero and not enough romance left me feeling uninspired. Review copy provided for an honest review. Jun 21, Elena rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-books. Well, this story made me want to do just that and feel like that. Olivia has always been best friends with Danny. When she faces an unexpected pregnacy with a man that doesn't want a baby, she asks her best friend to help her.

The problem is Danny doesn't want marriage or kids not because he is not a good guy but because he faces s arc for an honest review Have you ever started a book and you just keep turn the pages and when you finish you want to hug the book and you have a smile on your face? The problem is Danny doesn't want marriage or kids not because he is not a good guy but because he faces some problems and he is scared for his future. Olivia is a woman scared, but determined to make a life for her and her baby.

I loved her determination and that she was solid throughout the book. As for Danny, what can I say about him? He is so sweet, caring, a true best friend but also a good man. You just understand his fears and how much he truly wants to be a family with Liv but he does always what he thinks it is best for her. I loved so much the funny emails between them and how much the baby united them.

There were some tender scenes concerning the pregnancy that makes you love them as a couple. We also get to see more about the characters from her previous books and I cannot not comment how sweet Zane was with his little girl. So cute Robin has poored her heart in this book and you can see her personality as an author and as a person through the sweet words and the funny comments of her characters. I loved also her sensitivy and the respect she showed to Danny's problem.

I think this series gets better and better and cannot wait to see more characters of this world to have their love stories. Jul 06, Maria Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-star-reads , friends-to-lovers , fully-reviewed-books , marriage-of-convenience , sexy-as-all-get-out , single-parent-romance. I read and enjoyed the first two books, in which Danny and Olivia Liv were introduced as secondary characters and best friends.

Some have been great, others not so hot. I put this one squarely in the middle. Danny and Liv have been friends since they were teenagers growing up in the small beach community of White Strands. Liv was previously fired from a corporate job through no fault of her own and ended up spending eight months in Europe licking her wounds and having a heated affair. When she ended up pregnant, the father disavowed responsibility and Liv has come home to have her baby — and she has a plan.

But Liv thinks she can persuade him to marry her and help her raise her child. And the feeling is mutual. But will becoming lovers ruin their longtime friendship or put them on the path to a happy ever after? This story has all the hallmarks of a stereotypical small town romance.

There are the local best friends who are there to prod the couple towards each other. Obviously Danny is pretty clear hero material. These scenes are poignant and make it clear that Danny is determined not to be a helpless burden in the future. Liv is a sweet and generous woman. While her pregnancy was unplanned, she is excited and understandably nervous about raising a child, but fully prepared to do her best.

Her own relationship with her mother is tenuous at best and she wants to do better than that with her own child. They are a bit bland, and the attempt at sexting seems to come very quickly and out of the blue in the middle of an innocuous conversation. Their conversations in person are a lot more believable. Their physical attraction goes with the territory of being two attractive people spending more time together and envisioning a shared future. Their love scenes are again, a little on the predictable side, but enjoyable and well written. With friends to lovers and marriage of convenience tropes, The Best Friend Bargain delivers a solid, easy read.

Note: a copy of this story was provided by the author for review. Aug 25, Paula Phillips rated it really liked it. Oliva aka Liv and Danny have always been the best of friends, even growing up despite Olivia hanging around Danny and his friends - it was always Danny she was closest too.

The two were inseparable, that was until she stuffed up her career and decided the only way was to jump across the ditch to the UK and start fresh. She left without a goodbye and was gone for six months and loved living in London, she even met a great guy called Will and all was going perfectly until the bombshell dropped tha Oliva aka Liv and Danny have always been the best of friends, even growing up despite Olivia hanging around Danny and his friends - it was always Danny she was closest too.

She left without a goodbye and was gone for six months and loved living in London, she even met a great guy called Will and all was going perfectly until the bombshell dropped that she was pregnant with Will's child. Of course he gave her an ultimatum which lead to her jumping ship and heading back home and straight into Danny's life.

Olivia grew up without a father and her mother blamed her for him leaving and she doesn't want to repeat the same mistake and make her child feel that way ever , so she has an idea - to ask Danny to marry her and become the father of her child, so that it doesn't grow up fatherless. The idea is perfect Olivia thinks as Danny has always made it clear due to his illness , he doesn't want to get married or have children of his own as he would never burden someone with the future of having his illness impacting their lives.

Can Olivia and Danny make this work as best friends or will other repressed feelings start to appear as of course we know how horny men and pregnant women can be? I also have to admit I loved Olivia's craving of honey and the honeyed bacon sounded delish.


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  • One of the things that I loved about The Best Friend Bargain was the fact that the author didn't rush into the whole "I love you" scenes and had the story building up to this point as reality is when in this situation that you have been friends with someone for so long - you often don't want to ruin the friendship by trying a relationship as the backlash can be worst. Another personal favourite of The Best Friend Bargain was Olivia's background as a handwriting analyst as I have always been fascinated with this pyschology and craft.

    Jul 26, Bette Hansen rated it really liked it. This is a fun lighthearted story that's perfect for a lazy afternoon read. Olivia Lincoln finds herself in a bit of a situation. After finding out she's pregnant and telling the father, she discovers he's not exactly the great guy she thought he was. He wants nothing to do with the child or her if she decides to keep it. So she's back home and looking to her best friend Danny for help. Not wanting to face the disapproval of her mother she wants Danny to marry her. Since he's never planning on fa This is a fun lighthearted story that's perfect for a lazy afternoon read.

    Since he's never planning on falling in love and getting married this shouldn't be too big of a favor to ask. The book is very well written and we get some glimpses of the couples from the prior books in the series which is always fun. Danny and Olivia are an interesting pair and while I loved Danny, Olivia at times drove me a bit crazy. Overall though, an enjoyable read and a book I would definitely recommend.

    Jul 17, Carol-Ann rated it it was amazing. I'm a big fan of Robin writing style and humour loved this best-friends to lover's story! I loved the characters of Olivia Lincoln and her Best friend Danny loved there humour and chemistry together and relationship! I've loved this series and wouldn't of missed a book or story! Jul 27, A rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc , robin-bielman , kisses-in-the-sand , contemporary.

    I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Olivia Lincoln has returned from London pregnant, her English boyfriend Will wanted a 'fun' relationship and babies didn't feature in his plans, she also lost her job as a graphologist handwriting analyst after a new hire turned out to be a fraudster because of course EVERYONE relies solely on the handwriting analyst when hiring staff.

    Her mother has always regretted giving birth to Olivia ou I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Her mother has always regretted giving birth to Olivia out of wedlock, and has become ultra-conservative as a result, and Olivia can not bear to break the fragile relationship they have by disappointing her again.


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    • So she comes up with a plan to ask her best friend Danny to marry her. Danny has a degenerative eye condition that is slowly blinding him and, as a result, has vowed never to marry or father children and inflict his coming disabilities on a wife or perhaps give his child the same condition. Although this is the third in the series I found it easy to read as a stand-alone novel. Before Olivia has a chance to ask Danny matters are escalated when Danny's landlady informs him she is moving to Miami but wants to sell the house to a family. Before she knows it Olivia has informed them both that she and Danny are having a baby and getting married.

      Although Danny and Olivia agree that they will enter into a friends-only marriage, soon each of them realise they are having inappropriate feelings for each other. I really enjoyed this book as Olivia and Danny remain friends whilst falling in love. Olivia's pregnancy craving for honey on literally everything was also pretty funny. I had two niggles: 1. Sometimes it felt as if the book was a series of snapshots of Danny and Olivia with no interconnection.

      There would be an event eg Thanksgiving dinner and then the next chapter would begin days or weeks later. Danny and Olivia would argue, then the next chapter would begin days or weeks later. And so on. The ending was too OTT and unrealistic - it was a bit Pretty Woman significant gesture which was out of kilter with the low-key of the preceding book. Overall, this was my first book by Robin Bielman and I enjoyed it. I will certainly look out for more books by this author. Bumped for release day.

      Aug 09, Suze Lavender rated it it was amazing. Olivia is pregnant , but the father doesn't want to have anything to do with the baby. She returns home and has a plan. She's going to ask her best friend Danny to marry her. The opportunity to suggest an engagement arises almost immediately after she arrives at his home and Danny doesn't mind going along with Olivia's plans.

      Only they're best friends and not lovers. Danny doesn't want to commit to one person. He has his reasons, but they're difficult to remember whenever he's spending time with Olivia is pregnant , but the father doesn't want to have anything to do with the baby. He has his reasons, but they're difficult to remember whenever he's spending time with Olivia. She doesn't want to lose his friendship, so tries to keep her distance. The attraction is growing though, but giving in might destroy what they have together. What should they do, take the risk to lose everything they hold so dear, with the idea they might gain something even more precious instead, or play it safe and go back to the way they used to be?

      The Best Friend Bargain is a wonderful romantic story. I enjoyed reading about Olivia and Danny from the start. There are plenty of sparks between them and they have a very special bond. Olivia is a beautiful woman inside and out. She's strong, resilient and kind. I immediately loved reading about her. Danny is a gentleman who does everything for his best friend. He's generous, giving and adorable. I loved him from the start as well. The warm friendship they have is radiating off the pages and it immediately felt exactly right. There's something that makes Danny stay away from love and reading about it was heartbreaking.

      I loved Robin Bielman's sensitive way of writing about the most serious aspect of this story. She's perfectly captured the way many people in similar situations will feel and she describes it with a lot of compassion. I liked both the emotional and the romantic aspects of this book, they combine really well. I had a smile on my face when I was reading a happy scene and was sad when something didn't go right for the main characters. I loved this sweet romantic book and will definitely read more books by Robin Bielman.

      Robin Bielman is one of my favorite authors because she has this ability to write characters who worm their way into your heart. Olivia and Danny are no different. Every girl should be so lucky to have a best friend like Danny Ellis. Olivia and Danny have been best friends for fifteen years. They have celebrated ups and downs with each other. You know that, right? Olivia and Danny are like two sides to a coin. They go together like peanut butter and jelly.

      I loved the playfulness between Danny and Olivia, from goofy knock, knock jokes to middle of the night emails, to watching their romance blossom and grow. All the characters in this series are simply amazing. The Best Friend Bargain is a standalone read with the previous couples making appearances. I didn't enjoy this one as much as I expected to. Normally I loved friends to lovers romances, but I couldn't get into this one. I thought Olivia came across as a very selfish and self centered person.

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      She completely disappears out of her best friend's life for 6 six months and then shows up out of the blue, pregnant, and wanting him to marry her so s 2. She completely disappears out of her best friend's life for 6 six months and then shows up out of the blue, pregnant, and wanting him to marry her so she doesn't have to go through it alone. Apparently it's completely acceptable for her to ask him to put his dating life and sexual needs on hold permanently and help her raise another man's child because god forbid she deal with her own consequences of her actions.

      Then for over half of the book she is STILL thinking about her ex that dropped her when she told him she was pregnant. I didn't dislike Danny but he just seemed way too quick to do anything Olivia requested. It was not believable at all, in my opinion. What guy is going to agree to a sexless marriage and the raise another man's child just to "help her out"? Of course they do fall into bed together eventually but I didn't feel the spark between the two of them that led to love.

      Danny's repetitive freak outs over his eye condition got a bit old too. I didn't like how the story jumped in time a lot. There were a few times in the story when they just had a very important talk or argument and then it jumps ahead a few weeks. All opinions are my own.

      Aug 07, Annamaria rated it really liked it. Four Great Stars! Olivia comes back from being overseas pregnant from a man whom she thought was the man of her dreams. When she returns home she has a plan, get her best friend Danny to marry her and claim the baby is his. Danny does not believe in marriage or family, but can he refuse Olivia's request for marriage? What will happen between Danny and Olivia? Will they end up having a happily ever after or will everything go up in smoke?

      This was a great story about two friends who eventually be Four Great Stars! This was a great story about two friends who eventually become lovers. The chemistry between Danny and Olivia was sweet and the author did a great job developing it. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and felt it was well written. This is the first book by Ms. Bielman that I have read and I will definitely be looking for more.

      This is the third book in the Kisses in the Sand Series but can be read as a stand alone novel. I recommend this book! I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. Do you think this failure was inevitable? Are there just too many structural forces working against the teenagers? There is no voice-over or even dialogue, yet he clearly articulates what feels like an entire conversation about defeat and despair.

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