Thursday, May 21, 2015

Falling for His Best Friend (Out of Uniform #2) by Katee Robert: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:

He's going above and beyond the call of duty...


Avery Yeung's biological clock just went off early. Thanks to her family's medical history, she's running out of time to get knocked up. And the only guy within donating distance? Her overprotective-and irritatingly hot-best friend. So clearly she needs an anonymous donor...

Anonymous donor? Over Sheriff Drew Flannery's dead body. While daddyhood will never be in the cards for a man with his past, Drew won't let Avery shop for a "popsicle pop." He'll do what's right for his best friend by doing his best friend. But only if they do it properly. But there's nothing "proper" about it. Between the bed, the kitchen counter, and against his squad car, Avery and Drew are having the hottest sex ever. They can't get enough of it-or each other. And without knowing it, they've crossed the one line that could ruin their friendship forever...


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Excerpt:

All she had to do was pick up the phone and make the call.

Well, she refused to be a coward, and there was never a better time than now. She dialed, hating herself for holding her breath, and nearly hung up in a panic when he answered,

“Flannery.”

Her nervous energy got away from her, and words popped out of her mouth before she could think better of them. “Morning! Just calling with your daily sex status report.”

A heartbeat, and then he laughed. “Okay, I’ll bite. How’d I do?”

“Oh, you know, just fine.”

“Fine?” A car door slammed somewhere in the distance.

“Sweetheart, that was a far sight better than ‘fine.’”

She was going to get through this with sheer bravado. The only other option was to sit down and talk about their feelings, which so wasn’t on the menu if Avery had anything to say about it. A little more relaxed now, she settled onto the rocking chair and propped her feet on the chest. “It was a solid six.”

“That’s so cute when you mix up your numbers. Yesterday was a ten.”

She paused, pretending to consider. “Oh, no, definitely not a ten. I would have noticed if Sam Elliott or Sean Connery showed up.”

“You have seriously questionable taste.”

“I do not. I have excellent taste. Those voices…” She sighed, putting a little extra breathiness into it. “Actually, I’m adding Benedict Cumberbatch to that list. He’d be a ten.”

“No. Absolutely not. I draw the line at being outranked by a man with better cheekbones than most women. He is not attractive.”

“Don’t be jealous that you can’t make women come just by talking to them.”

“Two words—phone sex.”

Her laugh died. After what they’d just done, she didn’t like the reminder that he’d rocked other women’s worlds, but she’d better get used to it. This was Drew, and he’d never had a problem with the ladies. “Kudos to you, then.”

His tone shifted, the playfulness disappearing. “What are you doing for lunch?”

You. No, wait, she couldn’t say that. She still didn’t know where they stood. She couldn’t just assume they were going to keep having sex because they were joking about yesterday.

Avery twisted her hair. “I hadn’t decided.”

“I’ll make it easy on you—my place, noon.”

The growl in his voice made her shiver, but she forced a laugh. “Are we going to walk twenty paces and have a shootout?”

“If by shootout, you mean you’re going to come screaming my name, then yes.”


About the Author:

New York Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author

Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse, writing speculative romance and YA horror.

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Review by Yvette:

Friends-to-lovers is quite possibly my favorite romantic scenario to read about because of the potential of making something great even more amazing. In Katee Robert's Falling for his Best Friend, protagonists, Avery Yeung and Drew Flannery, are best friends who have tampered down their attraction to each other in favor of preserving theirs years-long friendship but the chemistry zinging back and forth between them was too palpable to ignore. Once their attraction has an outlet after having been quashed at the risk of their friendship, the result is wild and unrestrained and unbelievably sexy. Whether Avery and Drew were playfully trash-talking each other over video games or whether they were acting out a particularly erotic fantasy involving Drew in his Sheriff's uniform, the two have a fun, flirty repartee within their friendship that seamlessly translates to their romantic relationship.

What I enjoyed the most about Falling for His Best Friend was the established history between Drew and Avery, whose connection was obvious through every shared memory and through their knowledge of each other's inner workings. They've been there for each other through the ups and downs so they've both seen sides of each other that no one else has, which you really get a sense of the more you get to know them. I always prefer the characters’ backstories to be thoroughly developed so getting glimpses into Drew’s childhood and learning Avery’s familial dynamics helped to provide insight into where their characters were coming from. Romance aside, it’s the friendship between Drew and Avery that gave the narrative that added bit of spark and put a smile on my face.

I usually make a point to read every book I can from Entangled Brazen but what keeps me coming back to Katee Robert is her consistent ability to write a captivating story. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that her books are fan-your-face steamy and Falling for His Best Friend is no exception. Every intimate encounter between Drew and Avery is all-consuming and passionate – frenzied in a way that you could feel their obvious need to be in each other’s arms. Whatever issues arose from the narrative, their physical intimacy was not one of them. These characters may not have been perfect but they were perfect for each other, which, at the end of the book, is what made Avery and Drew’s romance so memorable.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 Stars

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