Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Her Best Friend (More Than Friends #1) by Sarah Mayberry

What's a girl to do when she's secretly in love with a friend and he's married to someone else? She gets over it. That's what Amy Parker has done. Rather than lose her best bud Quinn Whitfield with an ill-timed, crazy confession of affection, she's taken the smart route. She's eased away from him. Just enough to get past the unrequited bits. And you know, it's working. 

Until the day Quinn announces he's now single. That's right. He's single. And he wants to hang out. With her. Get reconnected the way they used to be. 
Oh, this is so not good for Amy's equilibrium. Daily doses of Quinn remind her of everything she loves about him. But if he's free...and she's free...well, maybe the time has come for one of those crazy confessions. 

Rating: 3 stars
Okay so here's the beef:
I keep complaining about how the HQN books are not 'real' enough. Well, I've been pwned cuz they don't get any more real than this. And that's a problem.
1- When things get too real in books, you feel like it's happening to you.
2- Any woman who has ever been in a relationship, even one-sided one, will be upset when her guy has been/is involved with someone else.
3- I didn't feel any chemistry between the H/h...And I'm a great appreciator of friends-to-lovers but because it dragged so long, I still kept thinking of them as  friends more than lovers.
4- These books have (sort of) the same theme but here's why I love them more:
a) Crazy for you (Jennifer Crusie): The H married the h's sister but the icky and jealousy factors are much-reduced by the time-lapse: It's been 16(if I rem correctly) years since the hero was last married so you don't feel like the old relationship's that heavy, involved and emotional. Plus, the hero realized right after he got back from the honey moon that he'd made a mistake but kept quiet about it to preserve the friendship. That's the guy feeling something. We women don't get that emotionally attached to the story when that happens apart from saying: 

The heroine felt something too but she just didn't pay attention to why she felt happier with the hero until the story starts.
b) Waking Up (Amanda Carpenter): Again, a story with unrequited love but no third friend to interrupt the flow. 
I think generally (for me, at least), friends to lovers stories work only if it's initiated by the guy....if its from the girl, it hits too close to home. I don't wanna get upset over some non-existent person... 
One more thing, I kept wanting to remember, why I don't usually like Super-romances and Silhouette and it's because: they're too long! It starts to grate on me :(

If you want to add it on goodreads, here's the link: Her Best Friend

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