On the roof of a house outside Truelove, Maine, master carpenter Max Doyle looks down through a skylight and sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. She’s naked, she’s gorgeous, and everything about her is perfect, down to the ball-busting tattoo of a rose that wraps around her hip. But it isn’t just any woman making his knees buckle. It’s his best friend, Rosie Madden. And as he stands there, mesmerized and precariously close to toppling off the roof, he knows he’ll never, ever be able to look at her the same way again.
Rosie can’t help but notice that Max is suddenly acting very strange—lots of long stares, totally tongue-tied, and not at all like the slightly cocky hunk she’s proud to call her best friend. She can’t figure it out, until later that night when Max rescues her from the world’s worst date, challenges her to a game of pool, and shows her just exactly what she’s got him thinking about. Repeatedly.
But life is complicated. Rosie’s cat, Julia Caesar, wants to eat Max’s dog Cupcake for an afternoon snack. A dream job threatens to pull them apart. And another glance through the skylight changes everything, one more time. Yet try as they might, they can’t go back to being just friends, because falling in love with the one you’ve always adored?
It feels so good.
If you’ve been following my reviews for awhile now then you’ll know that “friends to lovers” is one of my all-time favorite story tropes! Right from the first scene I was in love with Max and Rosie and I could hardly put this story down and ended up reading the majority of the book in the car…something that I don’t normally do because I have extreme motion sickness, but this is one of those stories worth the feeling of sickness.
I must admit that being the ultimate COVER WH*RE that I am that it was what initially captured my attention and why I immediately jumped at the opportunity to read and review this book even though I have never read a Nicola Rendell ever (totally hoping to redeem that real soon). This is one of those stories that will stick with you long after you finish it and will defiantly be one of the stories that I will be rereading again soon.
I absolutely adored Max and Rosie’s story from start to finish and loved how original the storyline was from the hot and sexy scenes to the character development to the “feud” between Julia Caesar and Cupcake. There was never a dull moment in this entire story and I cannot wait to see what the next book in this series has to hold!
About Nicola Rendell
Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She is at an unnamed Ivy and prefers to remain mostly anonymous for professional reasons. She has a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from schools that shall not be named here. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. She realizes that her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady and she’s totally okay with that. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is from Taos, New Mexico.