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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Best Friends, Secret Lovers

A Review by Diane

Best Friends, Secret Lovers 
Jessica Lemmon

Four hot, sizzling secret Stars!
Hmmmm…..Bachelor Pact……that brings up all kinds of thoughts as to what a group of bachelors might make a pact on.  Is it to meet up in so many years to see where they are all at?  Is it something they all agree to do at some point in their lives, like bungee jump?  Or is it something really stupid……like to never get married?  Well, Jessica Lemmon brings us her next book series starting with Book #1 entitled Best Friends, Secret Lovers (The Bachelor Pact), and explores some of the stupid agreements that adult men can make and then find it difficult to adhere to (thank God!). 

This book introduces us to four friends that go way back to college days…..Flynn, Gage, Reid and the only woman, Sabrina.   Now these people are all old enough to know better about making stupid pacts, especially since they are in their late 30’s or so.  But sometimes people have a hard time growing up.  Flynn and Sabrina are the friends that have secretly or unconsciously had an attraction to each other that up until now has not had the right “timing” for either to act upon.  Circumstances have now placed them together and suddenly the sparks start to fly, the sexual attraction is too hot to deny, and the underlying love is too much to ignore.

Flynn and Sabrina start a “friends with benefits” relationship when Sabrina needs to move in with Flynn to escape plumbing issues in her apartment, but it quickly turns into more……so much more.  But then that stupid pact gets in the way and starts to derail things shortly after these two secretly start to think there is more to this relationship than what they keep telling themselves.   Thankfully, the other members of this “pact” at least pony up some decent guidance to our friends and get them headed in the right direction.
A quick and easy read (I believe it is only about 200 pages or so), you can read this book in a short amount of time.

Now I’m going to go out on a limb here and say something that has been bothering me for a bit.  I’ve noticed, and maybe it is just me, that since Ms. Lemmon has moved to Harlequin, her books have gotten more into the “quick and easy read” category.  Fun banter, light and easy sexual tension, hot and steamy at times, etc. and that’s okay.  Everyone needs a “quick and easy read” from time to time… included.  But I’m missing the depth that her characters used to have.  The ones that made me laugh, cry, grip my heart because of the angst our characters were displaying, re-read over and over some sections because so much was written into one scene, like The Billionaire Bachelor (one of my all-time favorites and the standard to which all marriage of convenience books are compared to), The Billionaire Next Door (the scene at the end of that book when it is explained to Tag from his best friend’s wife as to what he is doing wrong is priceless) and Arm Candy (Davis and Grace are the best enemies to lovers story I have ever read). 

Will I stop reading Ms. Lemmon…..nope…..not on your life.  But I do kinda miss those types of characters and the in-depth development of them and hope someday we/she can return to them. 

A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

Jessica is a social media junkie who loves to hear from readers.

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