Title: The Best Friend Bargain
Series: Kisses in the Sand #3
Author: Robin Bielman
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Publication Date: 8 Aug 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
I have to say this is a really weird situation for the basis of the story. Olivia is a lovely character but more than a little impulsive; she jumps straight into situations without much thought as to the consequences. Jumping on a plane to London following the disastrous demise of her career, only to have to return home six months later when the relationship she has romanticised doesn’t meet her expectations when she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant.
Olivia has a lot of issues surrounding her relationship with her mother, never quite meeting the standards she was set, Olivia convinces herself that her best friend, Danny, will back her plan to convince people they are in a relationship together and that the baby is in fact, his; in order for her to maintain some sort of relationship with her mother. Friends from a young age, they never expected the sparks to fly between them when they co-habit. I did have the feeling that their relationship was a long time coming, it was inevitable no matter how much they previously tried to deny it.
Friends from a young age, they never expected the sparks to fly between them when they co-habit. I did have the feeling that their relationship was a long time coming, it was inevitable no matter how much they previously tried to deny it.
Danny has his own issues, centering around his deteriorating eyesight; he does not want to place himself as a burden to anyone. His view of his life was quite heartbreaking.
Despite the unease I felt at the situation, I adored the characters and the relationship within The Best Friend Bargain. Both Danny and Olivia grow and change through the story, embracing the happiness they have found together.
The characters from the previous stories in the series also make an appearance, although it is not necessary to read the series in order to appreciate The Best Friend Bargain.
The Best Friend Bargain is a relatively short story but utterly jam packed.