Friends First # 3
By: Laura Drewry
Releasing June 16, 2015
Fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery will love Laura Drewry’s warm and humorous new Friends First romance, a sexy romp about a good cop and a bad girl playing hard to get.
Ellie Palmer and cops don’t mix, and getting pulled over by Officer Brett Hale—again—doesn’t help. Neither does being forced to take a safe-driving course with him. Brett’s by-the-book attitude leaves Ellie ice-cold, and his rock-hard body won’t change that. Still, the more time she spends with the guy, the more she finds herself warming up to his unexpected charms.
Even though Brett comes off like a boy scout, Ellie has sparked something he wants badly enough to get him to rethink his past mistakes. But when her ex shows up, Brett makes it his mission to keep Ellie safe in the here and now. His gut tells him the guy’s trouble, and Ellie must agree, because she doesn’t complain when Brett pulls her close. To keep her safe, though, he’ll have to choose between breaking her heart . . . and breaking the rules.
This is the third book in the Friends First Series. It can be read as a stand alone. But I loved the first two books, Plain Jayne and Prima Donna. The characters from those books are in this one, too.
As I read the first page of this book, I remembered one of the reasons I give this author's a FIVE BOOKMARK rating: The flow is so well done. She doesn't use flowery prose. As an editor, there isn't one thing I'd change. Her writing pulls me in and immediately immerses me in the story. She pulls my heartstrings and then she makes me laugh. She gives me a great HEA with all the feels necessary.
Yep. All that.
We start with Ellie getting another ticket from Officer Brett. We don't know how many this makes, but it's a LOT...and he takes her license, too. You know that saying about love and hate being two sides to the same coin? Well, Ellie is pretty sure she is coming up on hate for this law officer. Mind you, she has deserved every ticket she's been given, which just ticks her off more.
For his part, Brett Hale is a by the book guy. He's not targeting her, he just catches her speeding all the time. He wonders how they are going to work together on the slow pitch team he's just joined, but her honesty dovetails nicely with his drive.
One of the reasons they strike sparks off each other is because she was pretty much done badly by other officers when she was jailed for drug charges; jailed even though she was innocent. When Ellie's creepy ex shows up, it irks her that she has to depend on Brett for protection while the police try and catch him.
Their relationship grows and changes, and it was a joy to read. Add in the laughs brought about by a visit from her mother and this book definitely goes on the TO READ AGAIN shelf!
With this one, the four women we've come to know, Jayne, Regan, Ellie, and Maya are once again a delight to read about. The next book puts Maya in the lead, and I can hardly wait to read her journey to an HEA.
I highly recommend this book! I hope you enjoy it, too!
*Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, for the opportunity to read this book
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/03/accidentally-in-love-friends-first-3-by.html
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/143634-friends-first
Laura Drewry had been scribbling things for years before she decided to seriously sit down and write. After spending eight years in the Canadian north, Laura now lives back home in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, three sons, a turtle named Sheldon, and an extremely energetic German shepherd. She loves old tattered books, good movies, country music, and the New York Yankees.
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