Having all of her is the only thing that will satisfy him…
Shawn Griffin and Rachel Cooper have been best friends practically since birth, thanks to their families’ close relationship. But for the past few years, Shawn has been fantasizing about getting his best pal in his bed. When she announces she’s taking a trip to reconnect with an old lover, Shawn knows the time has come to put up or shut up. If she wants to go to New York City, fine. But he’s coming with her.
Rachel doesn’t know what to think of Shawn’s sudden interest. Determined to live life on her own terms, she refuses to fall right in line with her wealthy family’s wish that they get married and have perfect little babies. She just didn’t count on how determined her seemingly laid back — and extremely sexy — best friend would become after setting his sights on what he wants. Her, over and over again.
But when tragedy strikes, Rachel begins to wonder if she’ll lose not only her lover but her best friend too.
Rachel and Shawn have been best friends their entire lives. Their parents are best friends and they grew up together. Shawn has been in love with Rachel for years but she thinks of him only as a friend. She announces that she is going to NY to meet up with her first boyfriend and Shawn follows her – determined to hash out their relationship. Rachel feels that they don’t have a relationship other than friendship because their parents and everyone they know are constantly saying how great they were together.
Normally I love the “friends to lovers” trope. I think that they’re great and really enjoy them. This one, not so much. Well, I take that back, I hated Rachel! Hated her! Shawn pins his heart on his sleeve for her on numerous occasions and gets slapped in the face with her “family wants this so I don’t” issue time and time again. They kiss, she runs. They have hot sweaty monkey sex, she runs. (rinse and repeat) The BS angst Rachel has gets real old real fast and I read the rest of the book thinking she didn’t deserve him. Very few women would be willing to toss away a guy who’s handsome, talented, intelligent, tall, rich, gives great orgasms and is heads over heels in love with her simply because her parents would approve of the relationship.
I thought Shawn was great but a horrible martyr. I think he should have walked away from Rachel years ago and I felt he got the short end of the stick. And the ending??! I hated the ending.
4 stars for the “friends to lovers” trope
4 stars for Shawn
2 stars for annoying Rachel
3.3 stars (rounded down to 3 stars)