Falling For His Best Friend

Falling For His Best Friend

by Katee Robert

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Falling For His Best Friend by Katee Robert

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...

Each book in the Out of Uniform series is STANDALONE:
* In Bed with Mr. Wrong
* His to Keep
* Falling for His Best Friend
* His Lover to Protect
* His to Take

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633752740
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Series: Out of Uniform Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 24,833
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa's knee. She discovered romance novels and never looked back. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

http://www.kateerobert.com/

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Falling for His Best Friend

An Out of Uniform Novel


By Katee Robert, Heather Howland

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Katee Robert
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-274-0


CHAPTER 1

Drew Flannery was so goddamn late. He was supposed to meet his best friend, Avery, at Chilly's forty minutes ago. She'd mentioned something about exciting news and now he was fucking up what he expected was her well-planned out delivery.

He ducked into his police cruiser and cursed. The whole thing reeked of alcohol and stale cigarettes, an unnecessary reminder of why he was late. The town drunk, Rusty, had decided today would be a good day to lose his shit and cause a scene at the liquor store. He'd shattered four six-packs before Drew was able to hustle him out, and everyone knew he wouldn't pay for the damage.

Which was why Drew found himself slipping Mr. Christianson two twenties to make up for it.

He threw the cruiser into gear and pulled out of the sheriff department's parking lot. As annoying as he found dealing with Rusty, he had even less tolerance than normal today. This wasn't the first time he'd slipped Mr. Christianson cash for damages. Hell, the first time he'd done it, he'd been fifteen. The money should have gone to feeding his little brother, Ryan, but he'd felt so guilty and embarrassed when his old man knocked over a display of vodka, he'd given it all up.

Christ, he hadn't thought of that in years.

Drew flew home, breaking more than one traffic law as he did, but it was a necessary evil. After the day he'd had, he needed a drink like nobody's business, and that wasn't something he could swing while in his uniform—or his cruiser. Going to be even later, but ... Hell. Avery would understand. He hoped.

Thirty minutes later, he rushed into the parking lot in front of Chilly's. In light of how he'd spent the end of his shift, the bar didn't look as welcoming as it usually did. He'd picked Rusty up from here one too many times, called by one waitress or another, who didn't want to deal with a misbehaving drunk. If Avery wasn't inside, he would have turned around and gone home.

Hell, who was he kidding? He would have gone to her place.

Nothing helped him deal with this kind of shit like spending a few hours with Avery. She'd hand him a beer, make a joke, and brighten his day—a routine they'd started almost twenty years ago. Although back then, the way they'd dealt with the hard parts of life was to sneak off together and get into mischief.

He rubbed a hand over his face. He needed to shake this mood. When they'd talked earlier, she'd sounded kind of strange. Whatever this "exciting" news was, it was obviously important if she refused to spill it over the phone. The last thing she needed was for him to walk in like a ticking time bomb, wound up tight over memories.

The thought got him out of the car and moving to the faded blue door at the entrance. Inside, it was dim and smelled faintly of greasy bar food and a combination of oak and beer, something he'd always identified with Chilly's. The low twanging country music meant Gena was on shift. She loved old school Garth Brooks.

He rounded the corner and caught sight of her. Though he recognized that his brother and sister-in-law—and his new niece—were also at the table, all he saw was his best friend. It was always like this—a full three seconds of drinking her in, from the carelessly graceful way she carried herself to the long dark hair that he couldn't help tugging on whenever he had the chance.

Which was right about when reality kicked him in the face and reminded him that this was Avery, his partner in crime. The one woman on this planet he had no business thinking those kinds of thoughts about.

Even knowing that, just being in the same room as she was loosened something in his chest. He stepped forward, the last hour slipping away, but froze when she turned to say something to Bri and he caught the expression on her face.

She looked ... nervous. Almost scared.

The feel-good moment disappeared in a puff of smoke. She'd needed him, and he'd been off dealing with a drunk.

The story of his goddamn life.

Rationally, he knew he needed a few minutes to get his head on straight, but he cut through the tables to where they sat anyway. "Hey."

If anything, she looked even more nervous at the sight of him. What the hell kind of news was she about to drop on him?

Avery dredged up a smile that didn't look a thing like her normal bright grin. "Hey."

"You're late."

He turned to his brother, grateful for the reprieve from the strange awkwardness that had sprung up between him and Avery. "I got a last minute call."

Ryan raised his eyebrows, his dark coloring and blue eyes strikingly similar to Drew's own. "Saving a kitten from a tree again?"

"It's not Thursday." Even the ongoing joke about little six-year-old Kristen's adventurous kitten wasn't enough to shake the reminder of what he had been doing. He dropped into the chair next to Avery and raised his hand to get Gena's attention. He needed a goddamn beer. Once she'd motioned to show she'd seen him, he turned back to Avery. "Now, tell me what's going on."

She took a deep breath. "I'm going to have a baby."

* * *

Avery Yeung didn't normally blurt something out and then wish she could take it back, but the shocked silence that descended on the table made her want to do just that. Even baby Lily, the newest addition to the group, stopped her adorable gurgling.

She looked from face to face, her resolve threatening to crumble as the moment stretched on. Even as the thought crossed her mind, she tossed it away. There would be no crumbling and no backing out now that she'd made her choice. It wasn't one she'd made easily, and she wasn't going to back down.

But it would be really nice if someone would say something.

She could practically feel Drew's glare boring a hole in the side of her head, but she refused to look at her best friend. Considering his surly entrance a minute ago, she'd expected his reaction to be ... less than pleased. But it was her decision to make, damn it, and she was tired of waiting for her "someday." Not when each year brought her closer to the big two-eight.

That particular birthday was like a giant sword hanging over the neck of her family. Her mother had been twenty-eight when she was diagnosed with the cancer that eventually took her life. Her sister, Alexis, had been twenty-eight when she received the same diagnosis. There'd been only one option for her sister—a full hysterectomy and several devastating rounds of treatment. Now that they knew Avery had the same genetic flags, she'd be forced to follow the same path if her body betrayed her. And the odds certainly weren't stacked in her favor.

If she wanted to have her own children, it was now or never.

Her friend, Bri, finally spoke up, "Did you just say you're going to have a baby?"

"Yeah. I don't exactly want to get into the dirty details yet, but I wanted you three to be the first to know." She'd wanted her sister to be there, too, but Alexis deserved to hear this one-on-one.

Drew's brother, Ryan, shook his head as if physically discarding the shock. "I guess congratulations are in order. Or am I jumping a few steps ahead?"

"Just a few." She'd already been through the screening process at the fertility clinic and picked out the donor, but there were still several steps left before she would be successfully pregnant.

In vitro fertilization. Such a cold name for the fulfillment of the dream she'd had since she was a kid. Granted, in her dream, she hadn't been a single mother, but she didn't have a choice. Not with the clock in her head tick-tick-ticking along to a really messed up soundtrack that never let her forget how little time she might have left.

"Congratulations?" Drew dragged his hand through his dark, curly hair. "What the hell are we congratulating her for? You're crazy for doing this, Avery. Fucking nuts."

There it was. The objection she'd known he wouldn't be able to hold back for long. Of the two Flannery brothers, Drew had taken his role as protector above and beyond the call of duty. She'd lost count of the guys he'd run off in high school before she'd threatened to knock in his teeth if he didn't stop interfering. She was pretty sure he hadn't stopped—either that or she was such a winner that men had the habit of disappearing after the first couple of dates.

Avery sipped her beer and rotated in her seat to face him, shoring up her courage. She'd really wanted his support—had counted on it, even—but she wasn't going to change her course just because he had a stick shoved up his ass. "It's a good thing I'm not asking your permission, then, isn't it?"

His face went blotchy from anger, and a petty part of her enjoyed the crack in the pretty-boy facade he wore like a badge of honor, the same way he wore his Sheriff's badge. "Have you even thought about this? Or are you just jumping in head first and hoping for the best?"

Of course she'd thought about it. She'd spent the last two years agonizing over this choice, all while hoping that someone would walk into her life so she wouldn't have to make it alone. But she'd been unwaveringly, depressingly single, aside from a few dates that didn't bear talking about. Drew knew that. He was the one she spent most of her weekends with.

"You know why I'm doing this."

Just like that, his expression changed, some of the anger draining away. "Yeah, I do. But don't you think this is a big step?"

"You mean having a baby isn't a decision to be taken lightly?" She pressed her hand to her chest and gave a mock gasp. "That changes everything."

"Smart ass."

Ryan cleared his throat, bringing their attention back across the table. He nudged Bri, and she practically lit up at the contact. Avery took a moment to grin at the knowledge that she was a big part of the reason they were together. She'd had a gut feeling that her friend and Drew's brother would get along like a house on fire, but even she hadn't seen them getting married and having a baby in just outside of a year.

If she were going to be honest, all the good things happening for them were part of the reason she'd decided to take this step for herself. Maybe it was selfish to want a baby so desperately, but holding Lily felt so terribly right, as if a piece had settled into place inside her. She couldn't miss out on this chance just because she wasn't in a committed relationship—or any relationship at all.

Bri shared a glance with Ryan and shifted, twining a strand of her long, dark hair around a finger. "We really are happy for you. We're here anytime you need us."

"Yeah, like for Popsicles and Jell-O." Ryan grinned. "Bri couldn't get enough of those during her first trimester."

"I'm going to cross my fingers that I'm not laid up for months with morning sickness like she was." Avery laughed and finished off her beer. "But I'm not going to lie —I'm pretty damn relieved you all aren't passing out from shock and screaming about how this is all a big mistake. Drew excepted, of course."

He actually growled, though the tone was so low she didn't think anyone else heard. "Just because I'm the only one who sees reason doesn't mean I'm an ass."

"Yes, it does," all three of them chorused.

* * *

Drew ordered another round on the excuse of celebrating, but the truth was he just really needed a fucking drink. Avery was planning on getting knocked up? He couldn't wrap his mind around it. Yeah, she'd talked about having kids more and more over the last few years, but he'd always kind of thought she felt the same way he did about children —those things were much better in theory than in reality.

Apparently not.

He must have zoned out of the conversation, because the next thing he knew, Ryan sent him a sly look and asked, "So, Avery, who's the lucky guy you're going to knock boots with?"

Knock boots? What the fuck was wrong with his brother? Drew clenched his jaw and started looking for the waitress. Shots. He needed multiple shots of tequila or whiskey or something right now.

Bri's blue eyes went wide behind her cat-eye glasses. "Are you really going to do it that way? With someone we know?"

He couldn't begin to say why, but the thought of Avery having a baby with some douchebag from town made Drew want to shoot something. He knew better than anyone what kind of skeletons the people in Wellingford had in their closets. Most weren't crazy or dangerous, but that didn't mean he wanted Avery procreating with one of them. "You can't do that."

Avery frowned, a hint of challenge in her black eyes. "Says who?"

"Yeah, Drew—says who?" Ryan draped his arm over the back of the booth, and shot him a shit-eating grin. "Making a child is a very serious and profound experience."

The bastard. He was just trying to piss Drew off. "Exactly my point."

Bri snorted. "It's just what comes after that's less magical." As if on cue, Lily gurgled in a freakishly wet manner.

"Got it." His brother lifted the baby from her car seat, tossed a towel over his shoulder, and started patting her back. "She's been gassy for days. It's making all of us miserable."

"Not exactly the homecoming you wanted." Bri pulled out a giant diaper bag and rummaged through it.

"Honey, any homecoming involving you is exactly what I wanted."

His little brother looked at his new wife with such love in his eyes that it damn near made Drew's teeth ache—even though this outcome was exactly what he'd wanted when he and Avery had set them up on a blind date.

He turned back to Avery. She was dressed the same as always, in her faded jeans and white T-shirt, with her straight black hair pulled back into a ponytail. He knew half a dozen guys off the top of his head who would give their left hand for a chance to date her. Having watched her grow from a gangly, awkward kid he used to tease into a stone cold stunner, he could see what got them all worked up. But they weren't talking about a date. They were talking about the rest of her life. "Avery, you can't do this."

"You keep saying that, and I keep hearing absolutely no legitimate reason why I can't. So say what you need to say, Flannery, or shut it."

"Well ..." Shit. What the hell could he say? That the thought of her with another guy made him want to spit bullets? He caught the waitress's gaze and held up four fingers. Gena nodded, her blond hair bobbing around her face, and disappeared behind the bar. By the time Drew focused back on the table, Ryan was running his mouth again.

"Seriously, though, if you don't want to with someone at town, I'm still in contact with Jacks, even though he's a civilian now. I know for a fact last time he was here, all he could talk about was how impressed he was with your virtual driving skills."

Avery laughed again. "Now I know you're exaggerating. He whooped my ass in Mario Kart."

At the thought of Luke Jackson, the blond guy who'd come to visit Ryan last time he was home on leave, Drew almost growled again. The man had been all charm and smiles and had kept Avery tied up in conversation for the majority of the party at Chilly's. The fact that Jacks had had his knee blown out and replaced with an implant barely seemed to slow him down, though it had been severe enough for him to be honorably discharged from the pararescuers. Avery'd made an offhand comment about his impressive man-titties—really, who said man-titties—a few days later, which only cemented Drew's hatred. Had she seen his chest up close and personal? She hadn't mentioned that they'd seen each other again, let alone to play Wii. It made him wonder what else she left out ...

Shit, he so wasn't going there.

"Those are some pretty fantastic genetics." Something came into her tone, something almost dreamy. "He'd make me a cute baby."

He couldn't do this. He couldn't sit here and listen to them talk about men like they were nothing but breeding stock. Especially not that one. Couldn't Avery see that the guy had a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas? He'd never be one to step up and help her with this baby shit. Hell, she'd be lucky if she heard from him again after the whole process. Process. What a clean way of talking about their knocking boots. "Jesus."


(Continues...)

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Falling For His Best Friend (Entangled Brazen) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
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JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Avery and Drew are the very best of friends who hide their attraction for one another out of fear of losing that friendship. Of course when Avery decides that she is going to have a baby via IVF, Drew can't stand the thought of her having another man's child. As they work on having a baby, their relationship gets complicated by their feelings for each other as well as her grandparents' expectations of her. It's an emotional as well as fun and sexy read. Can't wait until we get Avery's sister Alexis' story, she definitely deserves a HEA. Recommended to fans of friends to lovers romance. ARC via NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hot love story with twist and turns with the ultimate ending. My question is after all the hype of having a baby the story ends with out knowing she has the baby and knowing about her health!
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chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Avery wanted to have a baby. Her biological clock just went on alarm earlier than expected. Her family’s medical history suggests that if she wanted to have a baby, she needs to do it now before it’s too late. Now her overprotective and hot best friend was volunteering to be her donor. There was no way Drew Flannery would never allow his best friend Avery to have an anonymous donor. He might not be ready to become a father, not to mention he did not have the “model dad” growing up, but there’s no stopping him in doing what’s best for Avery. Only if they did it the natural way. Will it mean they’d be crossing that line? Or it’s just sex after all? These two have that bond they shared since childhood. They have been through tough times individually, and have been there for each other. The sex might be explosive and orgasmic regardless of the place, but the real question is would it be enough to start a relationship? When the doubt sets in and the past came to haunt, will they be able to survive it? Falling in love with your best friend could be the best thing that could happened to you – but first, someone has to take that risk. I love the relationship that they have, and how they took care of each other. I can understand the predicament Drew was in, although I was really thankful that his younger brother came to the rescue and knock some senses into her. Romantic, steamy and a great short read. It’s a classic tale that never gets old.
niterayvyn More than 1 year ago
omg ive been waiting for this book forever. you coudl see the sparks fly between drew and avery in every book. averys biological clock is ticking thanks to cancer that runs in her family and she is dead set on having a baby. enter the best friend and he wont let her get a sperm donor no way no how if anyones gonna give up the baby juice he is. theyve been friends for so long that its like bam when they finally realize their feelings for each other and everything changes. avery also feels guilty because of her sister and boy will her story be a whooper of one. ms robert does it again with an awesome addition to the series. =arc given by publisher for honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast easy and fun read. Love this series.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
I’m a big fan of the friends to lovers trope, and Katee Roberts delivered that and much more in this story. Not only has she woven in a history between Avery and Drew that is so believable and real that you can feel the connection between the two, she has also brought Avery’s medical issues and her family’s biases into play which added additional depth and realness to the story. It was so much fun watching Avery and Drew cross the line from friends to lovers. Their chemistry was explosive, and once they cross that line you can tell once will never be enough for either of them. It was also frustrating watching them both struggle with taking that step, and even though I understood some of Drew’s reservations, I still wanted to shake him a bit and tell him to follow his heart. The secondary characters were great. Catching up with Bri and Ryan was fun and I especially loved Avery’s sister Alexis and can’t wait to see where her story takes us.  This was a quick read that had a great balance between the steam and the story. The characters were relatable ,the plot was believable, and this is one I would definitely recommend! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was interasting, and odd. I believe this is a read for uoung adults.
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
Avery Yueng is ready for a baby no matter how crazy it sounds. As her 28th birthday drifts closer to her she realizes if she wants to be a mother, now is the time. Just a few short years away from 28, Avery wants to have a baby while the dream is still possible. The first thing on her list is to pick a suitable donor for her baby. Sheriff Drew Flannery is Avery's best friend and has always been wildly attractive to her, but never crossed the line since he knew he wouldn't be the man who was able to give her a happy ending and her friendship was more important than losing her. When Avery announces her baby making plans he knows that there is no way he can let Avery choose an unknown donor especially when he can help her.  As Avery and Drew cross over the line and the boundary between friends and lovers finds itself on shaky ground, will Avery and Drew's friendship be able to survive the fire or will this permanently ruin the friendships they've had for as long as they can remember? Falling for His Best Friend is sexy and steamy. Full of romance, friendship, and baby making, Falling for His Best Friend is the perfect read for a lazy day, because once you read the first page, you will not be able to put this book down. Katee Robert's characters Avery and Drew are so realistic and down to earth with this connection that screams 'PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER'. Drew is your rugged manly man while Avery is a girl who isn't afraid to have a guy best friend and would rather be dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, playing Mario Kart. I love their personalities and their friendship.  While their friendship is obviously treasured, I enjoyed seeing the two make the transition into more while pretending it was all for the sake of making a baby. In each other they find not only a best friend but a lover.  I honestly could go on all day about my love for this book, but I will just leave it with this... Falling for His Best Friend is FIVE 'FALLING-IN-LOVE' STARS! 
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
Avery and Drew have been best friend's forever. They have seen each other through thick and thin. Now a test of their friendship is cooking. Avery wants to have a baby before she has to have the same surgery done as her mother and sister. Drew as expected is none too happy with the news especially when he thinks she is going to find some random man to fulfill her wish. Drew knows there is no other way then for him to be the baby daddy. Can Avery and Drew still remain best friends through all of this? The chemistry between the two is burning hot. What happens once feelings start to develop? Will it put strain on them? Add in Avery's very traditional grandparents throws another kink into their plans. Will Drew get over his father's past in order to have a future with Avery?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this series, or maybe I just really like the characters. This is the story of Drew & Avery, the two who are "just best friends" through the other stories. You could see it in the other books & wonder when that would finally happen. Drew is the town sheriff and Avery owns her own business, an antique store. Her family is Chinese but her mother was American, so this is the pivot point for her issues. Drew comes from a family where his mother died when he was 5 & his brother was 3. His father turned into an alcoholic because he couldn't deal with his wife's death. Drew was the person who took care of his brother & looked after their father when he was drunk. Drew & Avery have been best friends from early childhood & both secretly love each other although they deny it because Avery has always known she had to marry an Asian man to satisfy her grandparents. The story is built on the friendship that has resulted from their unfortunate childhoods. Avery is under a lot of pressure because her mother died from cancer , her sister had to have a hysterectomy for the same reason, & Avery is left with being the only one to have. A child to carry on the bloodline (with an Asian man of course, anyone else is unacceptable). When Avery breaks the news that she's decided to have a baby because she can't wait any longer for Mr. Right to show up, Drew has a melt down. The story proceeds from there on and what a story it is! There were times when I wanted to jump in the book & slap Drew silly. Thankfully Ms Roberts writes some sense into him and it turns around. Underneath it all Drew has the characteristics of my dream man (sigh). If you like romance you will love this book. This is a standalone book but it helps to know the background so I encourage you to read the first two books, they were also very good. Now if we can a happy ending for Avery's sister...the ending of this story could very well be the prequel to her story. Here's hoping!
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Barclay Publicity / NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. If there's one trope that I can't abide, it's insta-love, and this book is about as far from that as you can get. Avery and Drew have been friends since childhood and have only ever been friends. All that changes when Avery announces she's going to have a baby. I won't go into more detail than that because that's what the synopsis is for. What I can tell you is that this book is a corker! It's hot, it's funny, it's sad, it's poignant AND it's very well-written with believable characters, whether you like them or not. I really hope that there will be another book in this series that gives us Avery's sister's story. Alexis has her own heartache to deal with and I really hope she gets her HEA. Thoroughly enjoyable contemporary romance that I would have no hesitation in recommending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in the series a few months ago. I didn’t really love nor did I hate it. It was the same with this book. I was really excited for Avery and Drew’s book. After what they did in the first book, well I thought that these two were a pretty perfect couple. Now I’m not saying that I didn’t like the book, because I did. I was just expecting for me to like it more after reading book one and reading the synopsis for this book. It had a few hot scenes, but I need more from the characters. I love that you get to see the previous couple in the book. And after reading this book, I’m really excited to read the next book in the series, which is Avery’s sister Alexis. One thing that I did not like was towards the end of the book. The reason Drew breaks up their little deal. I personal thought it was stupid. You know if there is something wrong with the parents then there is 99.9% chance that the characters are going to use that excuse. Well Drew did. And I didn’t like it. This is a quick hot read about best friends to lovers. If you’re into that sort of thing give this book a try. I’m really excited for Alexis’s book. Happy Reading!
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Avery Yeung doesn't have time to go through the whole process --- find a man, fall in love, get pregnant --- the way it usually happens. Two close relatives have been visited by cancer, and her doctor tells her she could be next on the list. Before that can happen, she wants a baby of her own. But where do you go for support when you're planning to be a single parent and your family is so traditional they'll probably shun you for the rest of your life if you go ahead with your plans? Simple. Avery turns to her best friend ... who just happens to be a guy. Drew Flannery, sheriff, has been Avery's friend since childhood. There's always been attraction, but neither has ever made a move, content to keep their friendship platonic. Now, though, with Avery threatening to get herself knocked up with just any donor, Drew's seeing red, and determined to convince her that it would be better if she actually knew the baby's father. But it could take a lot of convincing on his part ...  Entangled Publishing's Brazen imprint presents the erotic romance FALLING FOR HIS BEST FRIEND by New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert. (Check out my review of Robert's novel Protecting Fate here.) The beauty of this story is in its plausibility. Who among us hasn't been shaken by a brush with cancer, whether personally or vicariously through a loved one? Who hasn't felt the desperation that comes when we sense that time might be running out and we still haven't achieved a cherished life goal ... and aren't sure we'll be able to do so in time? Avery is a beautiful young woman, devoted to her family even when their pragmatic traditions clash with her desires, committed to her friendship with Drew, willing to take a huge risk to accomplish her goals. It's easy not only to cheer for her but also to empathize with her situation. For all her strength and pluck, she's also authentic and vulnerable, making her an even more likable heroine. Drew, for his part, manages to be both honorable and very, very bad, in a very good way. The sex between he and Avery reads as though they've been denying their mutual attraction for a long, long time, and now that they've turned on the faucet full strength, there's no turning back. Prepare for some of the hottest love scenes in a long while. Still, there's nothing devious about Drew's motives. He wants what's best for Avery, and to do everything possible not to jeopardize his friendship with her. Their easy interactions with one another, especially early in the book, read almost like a close brother-sister relationship, until they each finally decide to be honest about their attraction to the other. Nothing like a boiling hot romance to add to your collection! # # # Author: Katee Robert Title: FALLING FOR HIS BEST FRIEND Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen) ISBN: 978-1-63375-274-0 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak.  If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first In Bed with Mr. Wrong (Out of Uniform, #1) His to Keep (Out of Uniform, #1.5) This is Avery and Drew’s story. Avery is planning to have a baby but Drew is determined to be the father.  She is not just going to have anyone’s baby she will have his.  It will also not happen in a doctor’s office.  They will do it his way.  With all the sparks that are flying it should happen right away.  But with baby making comes a whole new set of feelings.  Are they ready for those feelings?  Are they willing to fight for a relationship?  Or is even the friendship going to be gone before it’s all said and done?   I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.  I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.
sj9642 More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed Avery and Drew’s story in Falling for His Best Friend. This book was funny, romantic and wicked hot!! I loved that they were friends first. These types of stories are so much more real than ‘I love you at first sight’ books. Avery knew what she wanted and wasn’t going to let anything get in her way of getting it. She’s a great match to Drew, even though she was kind of clueless for a hella long time. Drew is great. I about love him to death. I think their chemistry was off the hook and holy cow was it wicked hot!! I liked that I didn’t know that this was a book #2 in a series. Series are great, but even better when you don’t feel lost reading out of order. Great writing, easy to read and awesomely hot!! Fantastic to the author, keep up the great work :)
LizJosette More than 1 year ago
WOW! What a charming and stunning story about friends to lovers. When I first read the blurb about this book, I knew I would like it but once I read it, I loved it! Avery and Drew are phenomenally and perfectly matched. The fact that they've been friends for as long as time, they know all about each other's ways, likes, wishes. And once Avery dropped the bomb about wanting a baby, I loved how Drew took action and propositioned her. Their chemistry is electric and radiates off the pages. This was such a good book that I recommend it to anyone looking for a lovely story of love, friendship, loyalty and realizing sensual desires.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a woman, Avery Yeung, whose mother died of cancer. Her sister had to have a complete hysterectomy because of cancer and now she has been diagnosed as having the same genetic marker for the that same cancer and they've all had it by the time they were 28 years old. She's 27. She decides to have a baby with a sperm donor before the choice is taken away from her.  The only problem is that her best friend since they were seven years old, Drew Flannery, wants to be the sperm donor and he wants to do it the old-fashioned way. Can the friendship withstand the whirlwind affair they're about to embark on for the sake of getting her pregnant? Fabulous story! These two friends have an amazing relationship. I found myself smiling constantly and sometimes laughing out loud at their crazy antics. Watching Avery sister try to be happy for her was heart-wrenching. Avery's grandparents are cruel and unfeeling. All they care about is extending the Yeung line and the proper role of a wife. It's a good thing her father supports her in whatever makes her happy. I love how this author can touch on the tragedy of cancer and at the same time show us the loving, sexy and very humorous relationship between the characters in this story, without lessening the impact of the disease. Bravo!  I can't wait to read more from this fantastic author. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
ReesesSH More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of Falling For His Best-Friend for an honest review. Avery has found out that she has the markings for cancer and when she turns twenty-eight she won’t be able to have children. Now she’s decided that if she wants to have her own baby she needs to take destiny into her own hands. She’s found a donor and plans on having a baby very soon. When her best friend Drew finds out Avery is planning on having a baby with a stranger, Drew decides to be Avery’s baby daddy. When sex becomes so much more Drew and Avery both come clean so they can have their happily ever after. I liked this book. Avery and Drew were adorable and realistic characters. Drew is afraid he’ll turn into his alcoholic dad if he loses Avery, and Avery is afraid that Drew’s past with women will make their relationship impossible. I really enjoyed the character growth and the sexy scenes that Katee Roberts always accepts at.  I cannot wait until the next book in this series.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Falling for His Best Friend was a good read. The storyline was sweet, fun and romantic.  I liked both Avery and Drew, they both made me laugh, you just can't help but fall in love with them both. The Out of Uniform series by Katee Robert has been a very entertaining read, looking forward to reading more from this talented author.
APB524 More than 1 year ago
What happens when your best friend is 1)of the opposite sex and totally hot, 2)knows all your secrets and fears, and 3)is the one person who makes you feel completely whole? Well in Falling for His Best Friend, Katee Robert shows us just what happens to Drew Flannery when he realizes that his best friend Avery Yeung is the answer to every question he’s ever had. What a great ride this story was for me! I always love Katee’s writing. Her stories are just real and grounded and they just make me feel good, and this new one is no exception! We first met Avery and Drew when they set up her friend Bri and Drew’s brother Ryan in the first Out of Uniform book, In Bed with Mr. Wrong; so if you’ve read it you know that the two of them are masters of coming up with a scheme. But their story is less about a scheme and more about what happens when two people that are the best at just being friends, find out they could be even better at being everything. Avery is wanting to have a baby before her chance to do so is taken from her, but when Drew discovers that she’s going to use a sperm donor he freaks because the idea of Avery having an anonymous man’s baby just doesn’t work for him. Avery is freaked both by his reaction and his offer, though initially she doesn’t realize he actually wants to go about it the old-fashioned way; which I admit was pretty funny. So when these two finally start down the path to ‘make a baby’ they are both rocked by how good the chemistry and the sex is between them. As much as they want to believe it’s ‘just sex’, both are having feelings and figuring out how good being together really feels. It’s also scary because Drew has demons and fears that are keeping him from fully going all in, and Avery is scared to let herself admit how she really feels because if they lose each other can either of them survive? I just enjoyed every minute of this read! It’s a good pace and a good balance of humor, sexy chemistry and heart. Great job Miss Katee!! Can’t wait for more! A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a review.
mkendallauthorMK More than 1 year ago
I had hoped these two would get together. This was a wonderful read from start to finish and a total page turner. As someone who has experienced the emotional roller coaster of probably not having children the subject matter hit close to home for me but it was dealt with in a wonderful manner. A definite must read especially for those who are Katee Robert fans.