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Series: Daring Divorcees #3
Published by Entangled: August on October 14, 2019
Cover Design: Bree Archer
Cover Photographer: FXQuadro/Shutterstock
Format: Digital, Paperback
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Friends-to-Lovers
Source: Entangled Publishing
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Evelyn is a woman who has everything--a successful career as a TV producer, and her best friend—sexy firefighter Owen Hanson—who looks mighty fine as her plus-one to awards dinners and backyard picnics. But something is missing and it’s not just the sex.
Owen Hanson is living the dream—a Chicago firefighter who volunteers at a youth center on the Southside and he’s got his best friend Evelyn—who knows him better than anyone. When Evelyn starts hinting about wanting something more, Owen panics.
Sex changes everything but taking their relationship to the next level surpasses even their wildest dreams. Until Evelyn’s ex-husband shows up and could make even the most perfect couple crash and burn...
Each book in the Daring Divorcees series is STANDALONE:
* One Night with a Millionaire
* My Best Friend’s Ex
* My Forever Plus-One
Adult Contemporary Romance, Friends-to-Lovers
Third Person, dual-POV
This is book #3 of the Daring Divorcee series, but it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read previous books and I have understood completely.
They had all been divorced for years, and they had come together as friends based on the idea of moving on with their lives after divorce.
Addictiveness: 4.5/5 This was an easy one-sitting read for me. I loved the development of the story with perfect pace and character growth. As addictive as pizza!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Characters were multidimensional with lots of interesting layers to them. They were very easy to love.
Owen was hot, hardworking, a wonderful friend, caring, appreciative of women, not afraid to let women shine, accepted his mistakes and tried to learn from them. What can I say… ALMOST PERFECT! Yes, he had baggage, he did have his stupid moments, but his amazing moments were so many, that it was impossible not to fall in love with him. He did learn from his mistakes and his personal growth was beautiful to read.
Evelyn was beautiful, smart, career oriented, great friend, amazing girlfriend, loving and caring. Again, she did had baggage from her past and it took her a while to really notice how heavy it was. But she had personal growth along the story and she was the ALMOST PERFECT heroine.
The entire group of divorcees is very interesting with a few still on the single group. I haven’t read Tess and Trevor’s book, but I will go back in the series to read. I’m really hoping that Gabe and Nina become a couple.
Villains.. antagonists… I guess Evelyn ex could be an antagonist, but the biggest villain of the story was their baggage. The hold of their past on their choices, their fear of repeating the same mistakes was their worst enemy.
I must say that it is really hard for me to completely love both hero and heroine of the story, but Ms. Schroeder knows how to build her characters because they were both mature, complex , full characters.
All characters were easy to love, connect and understand!!!
Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This book cover is perfect for this book. I can see Owen and Evelyn. Him with his firefighter clothes and she with her producer clothes. The subtitle gives us extra material to create the story and the title is PERFECT! I also love the use of colors and font for it. I would easily buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!
Freshness: 3.5/5 I love how refreshing this story was. This is a contemporary romance about a group of divorcees trying to start over. It is not very different from what is out there, but it is so well written that it doesn’t really matter how many book like this is out there. As fresh as mint tea!
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 4/5 Great opening for an amazing ending. This story is very believable and it felt completely real. The conflict was well written and also very believable. The dialogues were very crafty and the slow burn growth of the relationship worked really well for the story. The subplot and twists were the usual, but well written. High level of enjoyment!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 4.5/5 Not every romance that I can say the couple are soul mates, but these two they truly were. They have been friends for several years and they had better relationships than lots of married couples. They not only completed each other, but they enhanced each others best qualities. Their passion was sort of a slow burn, but from the beginning we could feel the tension. When it finally burned it was an explosion. Passionate love!
Writing Style: 5/5 Amazing characters with superb dialogues. Simple plot, but very believable. Very emotional romance with beautiful love moments and great smut scenes. The writing of a wordsmith!
Because we do have to be picky…
Freshness: It is hard to create a completely unique friends-to-lovers story inside the contemporary romance genre. But I don’t even think is needed. It only has to be well written and for that Ms. Schroeder is a master.
They were always each other’s plus-one. They never considered coming with anyone else.
This was my first read from the author and I have to say I’m in love. It was so easy to read at the same time so emotional. Such a simple love story, but with all complexities that a true romance has.
I can’t wait for Nina and Gabe’s book, I think that is going to be a crazy, wild pairing. ( I don’t really know they are the next book, this is just my wishful thinking)
32.5/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)
Addictiveness: 4.5 Character: 5 Cover: 5 Freshness: 3.5 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5
Action 1/5 Angst 2/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 3/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? Definitely! For anyone and everyone that enjoys a true love story!!!
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes! I’m certain I will.
Would I read more from the author? I’m looking forward to.