Title: My Best Friend’s Ex
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 1 June 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
When I found an eviction notice taped on my apartment door, I had two options: find a comfortable cardboard box to call home, or move in with Tucker Jameson.
Seeing that cardboard makes me feel itchy, I chose the latter. Which shouldn’t be that big of a deal Tucker is one of my good friends. And because he’s still pining after his ex-girlfriend and I’m trying to finish my nursing degree, there is nothing to worry about in the romance department, making my last semester an easy one to conquer.
Boy, was I wrong.
Rules are set, dinners are made, conversations are had, and a shirtless, swoony roommate walks around in nothing but a pair of black briefs, ruining me for every other man.
Before I know it, I turn into a panting, lust-filled woman begging for Tucker to kiss me, touch me, and show me exactly what is hiding under those briefs.
But with great orgasms, comes great consequences.
Tucker might be my friend and roommate but he’s also my best friend’s ex-boyfriend, making him completely off-limits. At least that’s what my brain is telling me, my heart is speaking an entirely different language.
My Best Friend’s Ex is full of colourful characters, awkward and hysterical situations and Meghan Quinn’s trademark observational humour.
We have already encountered Tucker and Emma in Co-Wrecker with Tucker being Sadie’s ex and Emma her best friend (see where the title comes from, lol). Although the stories are standalone it is beneficial to read Co-Wrecker first in order to fully understand the history and baggage the characters carry with them.
Emma and Tucker have grown apart since his split with Sadie, when their paths cross and Emma is in need of a place to stay, Tucker comes to the rescue offering his house as a stop-gap for Emma until she finishes her nursing degree. Spending time together away from their hometown and the lifelong friends they have there makes Emma and Tucker view each other in a new light, the pheromones wafting around them don’t hurt either.
Emma was a completely different person to the one we saw in Co-Wrecker, it is as if being away from her hometown allowed her to shine in her own right and not just live in he friends shadows. It is this confident, caring young woman that Tucker has to become acquainted with rather than the docile, caregiver she is at home.
Emma and Tucker are more alike that I would have expected, especially where their hopes and dreams of a future and family are concerned. My heart hurt for Tucker with his lack of nurturing and his deep need to be loved. However, I did find it difficult to fully support the relationship between Emma and tucker in the beginning because of all of the emotional baggage Tucker refuses to deal with.
The ghosts of relationships past hold Tucker back from reaching for a happy future, even when outside observers can see just how happy Emma makes him. He is stuck in a pit of his own making and only he has the ability to dig himself out of it.
Emma and Tucker bring out the best in each other, unfortunately, their growing feelings for each other leave them confused and conflicted due to Tucker’s belief in his previous relationship with Sadie being the one to hold his happiness. Tucker’s emotional growth through the narrative is impressive. His main lesson is realising that he cannot be dependent on someone for his happiness.
My Best Friend’s Ex shows how a relationship that works is one where it is a partnership, working together to ensure the best for each other rather than one person investing more than the other.
It was great to catch up with all of the characters from Co-Wrecker especially the adorable Andrew ♥