Not So Happily Ever After

Not So Happily Ever After

by Christina Phillips

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Two years ago, I accidentally, yeah maybe on purpose, crossed that line with my best friend and it ruined everything. I haven't seen him much since.

But now he’s standing at my door.

Same lumberjack build. Same dark hair that begs my fingers to run through it. And then he gives me that half smile, and I know I’m about to agree to do something I’m going to regret.

I’ve got to spend two months with him now… and that’s not the worst part.

Each book in the British Bad Boys series is STANDALONE:
* Cinderella and the Geek
* Once Upon A Player
* Not So Happily Ever After

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640637023
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/19/2018
Series: British Bad Boys , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 396,955
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit, who now lives in Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She writes on the sizzling side of naughty, and loves bringing her heroes to their knees (her heroines enjoy this, too)

She loves good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes, although not necessarily in that order. She’s also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. As in all things, they are not wrong. Sign up for her newsletter at

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I open the front door, ready to mock my best friend Brooklyn for turning up early for once. We'd planned to meet at the Portobello Road market in half an hour and spend the morning checking out the vintage jewelry, but the words lock in my throat as Will Hamilton gives me his bone-melting, knee- knocking smile.

"Hey, Mac." His smoldering voice wraps around me like a velvet caress, setting off flutters in places that have no right fluttering. At least, not when it comes to Will, the guy I've known for most of my life, and who just so happens to be my brother Lucas's best friend.

His close-cropped dark hair is a lot shorter than it used to be, and his deep brown eyes are still as annoyingly seductive as ever. I attempt to find fault with the stubble that darkens his jaw, but no such luck, as it's sexy as hell and twice as addictive.

Against my better judgment, my gaze slides south. The rugby shirt he's wearing is completely ordinary, but somehow it manages to enhance the rock-hard muscles of his spectacular chest.

It's not spectacular.

Yes, it is.

For goodness sake stop drooling, Mac.

"Hi." Frantically, I try to figure out why he's here. But I don't have a clue, when he knows Lucas is in Madrid.

A wary expression flashes over his face. "Didn't Lucas phone you?"

"No." Should I invite him in? I pull the door open a little wider, and after giving me a doubtful glance, he steps into the hall. "What's my brother done now?"

"Nothing. He asked me to pick you up."

Even my sarcastically wired brain can't come up with an instant response to that. My blank gaze clearly tells him I don't have the faintest idea what he's talking about.

"Atomic Fire was in a bus crash," he adds. "We need to go see them."

"Ah, shit." Atomic Fire is the hottest boy band, and Lucas and their manager are good friends. I first met them nearly a year ago, when they were one of the warm-up bands at a huge charity concert. They were the hit of the night, and Atomic Fire took off like a rocket.

They're also the headline act for the charity event I've spent half the year organizing. My stomach churns, and I steel myself for bad news. "Are they hurt?"

"Just a few bruises, but Jake broke his leg." Relief rushes through me that it's not more serious. Not that broken bones are any fun, but at least they're fixable. And it could've been a lot worse. Jake Myers is the lead singer — at least he didn't damage his voice. "Surprised you didn't know about it. It's all over social media."

"I haven't been online today." Now that I know the boys are out of danger, my brain races ahead. Four years ago, Lucas and his teammate, Jax, set up the Rainbow Star Foundation to help grant wishes to sick kids and raise money for children's charities, and every year I've organized the Christmas fundraiser. Since Will's also involved in the charity, him turning up on my doorstep now makes more sense. Except it doesn't. Because there's still three months until Christmas, which should give Jake enough time to recover.

Unless there're some complications we don't know about? God, I hope not.

I've no idea why my brother thought it was a good idea to send his best friend to let me know instead of a text message, but there must be a reason. "What's the problem?"

"Jake's convinced his career's over. And that includes pulling out of the fundraiser. He's not listening to the other guys in the band."

Pulling out?

I don't even want to think about it. And not just because of the logistics of trying to rejuggle everything. Atomic Fire's fans will be gutted.

"We're missing something here. Jake broke his leg. Why does he think his career's over?"

"I don't know. Lucas said the only one Jake'll talk to about it is you."

"All right."

He raises his eyebrows in mock shock at my response. "Thought you were going to shoot the messenger. I would've bet on it."

"Good job you didn't, then." The words are out before I even know it, and a warm glow fills my chest. I can hardly remember the last time we had a normal conversation — the way we used to, before things went sideways.

There's still something I don't get. "Why did Lucas phone you and not me?"

He shrugs as though it's no big deal, but I get the strange feeling he's embarrassed by my question. Which is intriguing.

"You know what he's like. He doesn't want you seeing Jake alone."

I know my brother thinks Jake has a crush on me, and a few months ago he was a little pissed off at the way the rock star behaved with me. But hell, I can handle boys like him.

Will, not so much.

"Wait." I cross my arms and try not to glare at him, because it's not his fault. "Are you supposed to be my bodyguard or something?"

"Trust me. It wasn't my idea. We both know you can wind Jake around your little finger without even trying. I'm just doing a favor for a mate."

I'm not sure I like him assuming that about me, but it's not like he's being a dick. He's just helping out Lucas. And while I don't need a bodyguard, it's not worth starting a fight about.

I don't want to fight with him anymore.

"Okay, fine." I flap my hand at him for emphasis, in the hope that'll stop me from analyzing my accidental thought. Except it's true. I wish we were friends again. But since we can't turn back time, that's never going to happen.

Time to move on, Mac. I'll be twenty-two in a few weeks. I have to get over Will. Might as well start now.

Pretend he's just another random friend of Lucas's.

I give him what I hope is a friendly — but not too friendly — smile. "Your car or mine?"

* * *


I'd expected Mac to be pissed off when I turned up this morning, but she didn't even give me a hard time over Lucas asking me to be her unofficial bodyguard. And what's with the question? She never gives up the driving seat voluntarily, and I'm not just talking about cars. But since she asked ... "Mine."

"Sure." She gives me a smile that knocks me speechless. "I'll just grab my bag."

I give an inarticulate grunt, which is all I can manage, as she picks up her keys from the Edwardian hall table before pulling her phone from her pocket and sending a text.

Her black hair's in a plait that falls over her shoulder, there's a gorgeous blush on her cheeks, and long, multi-colored earrings dangle from her ears.

Stop staring at her. But her deep blue eyes have always done stupid things to me.

"Ready?" She breezes by me, and I steel myself against the faint scent that lingers in the air, and I follow her outside.

As she locks the house, I open the passenger door for her. Growing up, I spent half my life here, and Lucas was more like the brother I never had than a best friend, and even his twin Harry accepted me right from the start.

She gives me a smile of thanks as she gets in the car. I shut the door, get in my side, and she fans her long skirt over the car seat before fastening the belt. She glances up and catches me watching her, but instead of an annoyed glare, she just gives me another smile.

"You okay?" I start the engine and pull into the road. For the last couple of years things have been weird between us, but ever since she opened the door, it's like we dropped into an alternate reality.

"I'm fine. How are you?"

Are we having this conversation? Anyone would think we hardly know each other. "Feeling old."

"Not surprised. Twenty-six is pushing it."

Déjà vu shivers through me, and I shoot her another glance. It's been ages since she used that mocking tone on me. I've missed this. "Where were you last week? I thought you'd be at Lucas's." He threw a big party in Madrid for my birthday and invited everyone we knew. Even Harry and Alice were there, and while Harry's great, he's also the most antisocial git I've ever met.

"Oh, university related stuff."

"How's that going?" Considering we used to be such good friends, this is something I should know. But I don't have a clue, except for the fact she's starting her third year at Oxford next month.

"Good," she says, but there's a strange, high pitch in her voice that scrapes along my nerves. "Really good. Yep."

Obviously, she doesn't want to talk about it. For some reason, I can't let it go. "Still in the top five percent?" I toss her a grin. It's an academic question. Pun intended. She was always top of her year at school, without even trying.

"Mm-hm." She sounds like she's swallowed a frog. "Maybe not quite the top five percent."

"Tough course, huh?"

"You could say that."

What isn't she telling me?

What the fuck am I thinking? If she doesn't want to talk about Uni, it's none of my business. Besides, there's something I've wanted to ask her for ages, but never got the chance. "Are you still doing your art?"

Funny, before she took the Oxford route, I thought she'd do something with her art, even though it was always an unspoken given in her family that she'd follow in her late mother's academic footsteps.

"Not really. It's just a hobby, and I don't get a lot of free time now."

"But there's always time to party, right?" I sling her a smile, but her answering one is strained, as though the party scene isn't as great as she's always made out.

"Definitely," she says, but it's like it's an automatic reflex, the expected answer to a question she's been asked countless times over the last couple of years.

Am I losing it, or what? Why am I analyzing every bloody thing she says? She loves partying. Her first year seemed to consist of nothing but.

I can't shift the feeling that I'm missing something obvious, though.

It's not far from Notting Hill to the top London hospital where Jake and the boys are being treated. It's a different one than was "accidentally" leaked to the press, so there are no panic-struck fans around, and after I park we make our way to the entrance. Mac's scrolling through Atomic Fire's social feed on her phone. "Bloody hell. It says here Jake's throat is crushed." She looks at me. "I thought he broke his leg."

"I wouldn't believe anything that's online."

"I guess." She sounds doubtful. "But it makes sense if Jake thinks his career's over, though, doesn't it?"

"Baz isn't an idiot." Baz is their manager, and he's well on the ball. "If it was that bad he would've called their insurers, not Lucas."

"True," she concedes. "I just can't help thinking there must be something we don't know, for Jake to be in such a state."

I hold open the entrance door for her. Although her concern makes me question if Lucas forgot to tell me something vital, the urge to make her smile is strong. "Maybe he just wants to see you again."

She gives a dramatic groan and shakes her head. "I can think of easier ways that don't include having to break a major bone."

"Yeah, well, you know Jake. He likes to make an impact."

This time she smiles, and it's damn hard not to bump my shoulder against hers the way I used to. Don't push your luck, Will.

We make our way to the private wing, where a couple of beefy private security guards lurk. They take our details and attempt to confiscate our phones before muttering into their headsets, all the while eyeing us as though we're a couple of spies for the paparazzi.

Baz appears halfway along the corridor, and we're allowed through — phones, too. He gives Mac a hug and nods at me.

"How is everyone?" she says. "Lucas wasn't very clear on the details."

"The others were discharged this morning. So was Rafe, but he's still trying to talk Jake round."

"Not having much luck, then?" It's rhetorical, since if Rafe had managed to change his younger brother's mind, there would've been no need for Mac to turn up. She's worked so hard on pulling this year's fundraiser together, and securing Atomic Fire, just before their first single hit the top of the charts, was a stroke of genius. It can't fall apart at this late stage.

Baz grunts. "He got it into his head he needs to see Mac. For Christ's sake, just tell him he looks fucking fantastic, will you?"

"He did just break a leg, didn't he?" She sounds worried and I take a step toward her. Not sure why. I hope she didn't notice.

"Yeah." Baz opens a door, and we follow him into the room. Rafe's standing with his back to the window, his bandaged arms folded across his chest, and he gives us a nod in greeting. Jake's on the bed, his left leg plastered, and in a pulley, and —

Is that a bath towel wrapped around his head?

"Jake, thank God you're okay." Mac goes over to the bed and takes his hand. His other hand is clutching the towel across his face, so only his eyes are visible. I shift my weight from one foot to the other and have no idea what to say. What's happened to his fucking head?

"It's all over, Mac." His voice is muffled, and I glance at his brother and catch him gritting his teeth and glaring at the ceiling. What's that all about? I know Jake can be melodramatic, but the poor bugger looks wrecked. "I can't face anyone like this."

"You're doing great." Her tone is soothing, and it shouldn't surprise me. After all, this is what she's working toward. Being a doctor, reassuring patients. This side of her has never struck me before, even though she's as outgoing as Lucas. Maybe she wants to be hands-on when she's got her degree, instead of going into research like her mum did, as I've always assumed she would.

"I look like Frankenstein's monster."

"You're getting the best care, Jake. Your leg will be as good as new before you know it."

Jake clutches her harder, and I step toward the bed. Not because she can't take care of herself, or that I gave my word to Lucas to watch out for her. It's because I have this crazy need to give her moral support.

Like she needs that from me, of all people?

Doesn't matter. I brought her here. I'm responsible. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.



What's wrong with his face? All I can see are Jake's panicked eyes staring at me.

"It's not my leg." His voice is hushed, and an uneasy shiver skates over my arms. It's not that I'm squeamish — how ridiculous would that be for someone going into medicine? But obviously, there's more going on here than a broken leg. I just can't figure out why Baz didn't tell Lucas. Or Will and me when we arrived, if it comes to that.

"Let me take a look." I'm surprised how calm I sound. "I'm sure it's not as bad as you think."

I hope.

Will hovers beside me, and by his grim expression, he's expecting the worst. But no matter how bad Jake's injuries are, they'll be bandaged. I have the insane urge to reassure Will of this, but then I come to my senses.

"Jesus, Jake," Rafe grinds out, but when Will and I look at him, he hunches his shoulders, scowls, and turns to glare out the window.

Jake takes a shuddering breath, and his fingers clench around the towel before he slowly tugs it off his face. It's like watching a climactic scene in a movie, and I can't help holding my breath. He's obsessively proud of his pretty boy looks, but despite the derision slung at Atomic Fire from some sections of the media, he has an amazing voice, and their original work is bloody brilliant. Scarred or not, the band could go nuclear — as long as Jake's voice isn't damaged.

The towel drops to his shoulders. I blink, disbelieving, and Will leans in so close his breath brushes my cheek. Whoa. Too distracting. I edge away before all my good intentions to treat him like any other of my brother's friends turn rogue.

"Huh." He straightens, and his voice snaps me back to the present. What am I doing thinking about him, anyway? I shove the hypnotic scent of his cologne to the back of my mind, ignore the treacherous surge of animal lust from my libido, and concentrate on Jake.

There's a massive bruise along his cheekbone, and a couple of cuts mar his otherwise unblemished skin. Despite myself, I lean closer to examine them. They don't even have stitches.

This is what the big emergency is about? I fight to keep my thoughts from showing. He's only eighteen.

I was only eighteen during my gap year, when I volunteered for three months in a village in Africa. We got worse cuts than this on a daily basis just by living.

"I know. It's hard to even look at." He grabs his towel and pins it to his face again. I resist the urge to glance at his brother. At least now I understand Rafe's frustration.

"I've seen worse," Will states.

I shoot him a glance, secretly impressed by how reassuring he sounds. "It doesn't look too bad at all," I add, with what I hope is an encouraging smile.

"That's right," Will agrees. "You look fucking fantastic."

Hold on. Wasn't that my line? Our gazes clash, and he gives me an apologetic half shrug, which for some insane reason makes me want to laugh.

"What if I'm scarred for life?" Jake clenches the towel, and it's far harder than it should be to drag my attention from Will.

Remember why you're here. Too many kids will be disappointed if I can't persuade Jake to change his mind.

"You know what?" I sit on the edge of the bed and wait until he gives me his full attention. "Girls think scars are so sexy. Bad boy dangerous."


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2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This book is #3 in the British Bad Boys series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. It is not necessary to read these in order, but it is enjoyable. Mackenzie AKA "Mack" is still reeling for her feelings for her brother's best friend - when he appears at her door. They are to help a mutual friend, and not ruin the careful truce that has been declared. Can that actually work? Will is not sure what to do or say. He really wants a future with the girl that is just out of his reach. He also wants a future where he gets to choose. Maybe the strength will come by standing by the side of the woman who can make it all happen. This was a great story. I loved the banter with these two. I really love this trope and hope to see more. The book has all sorts of heat and sparks between this couple. The pace moves along well. I enjoy this series and hope to see more. ***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review only.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, I wasn't sure how much I would like it. But I was hooked and kept reading, needing to know what kept Mac and Will apart as well as what would bring them together. I loved their easy friendship and how they admitted to one another how much they missed it. They had such a great chemistry and support for one another. Their sneaking around was pretty hot and their moments when almost caught were humorous. I truly enjoyed how they finally opened up their secrets to one another and they felt relief and right. Their story was cute and funny in some situations. I was glad I finished it and am wanting to read the first books in the series, just to get to know Mac's brother's a little more. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
MarijaL More than 1 year ago
I didn't had any difficulties reading this book, I even couldn't put down. It is first book for me by this author and even it is third book in this series it can be read as a standalone. The story about Will and Mackenzie made me laugh when I was reading their banters but there is something deeper...All in all it is a lovely reading material and this is not my last one by Christina Phillips
MalkaShayna More than 1 year ago
I received a free, advanced copy of this book from This is my unbiased and voluntary review. It is a delightful story about a second chance with a friend to lover. And despite the title, they do get their HEA. I have not read the previous books in the series, so read this as a stand alone. Mackenzie has two older twin brothers, Harry, a geek and Lucas, a professional athlete. Her mother was a reward winning physician, who expected Mac to follow in her footsteps, since she was the only one of the children who showed any interests in science. However, her real love is her art, which delegated to a hobby, after she made a death bed promise to her mother. Will Hamilton is Lucas's best friend. Growing up, Mac also was very close friends with Will. Will, also had a similar experience, in that after his father died, he promised to help his mother with the family business, a bank, while he is really interested in building an outdoor adventure business with his friends. Meanwhile, Lucas and a team mate set up the Rainbow Star Foundation, similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Both Mac and Will are helping with major fundraiser. All of this is background from the other books, that I was able to glean from the narrative the author provided. Right after Will's father died, his girl friend broke up with him because she didn't do family, after which he decided the single life was for him. But two years ago, at the Christmas Gala, Mac and Will kissed under the mistletoe, and they didn't stop with a kiss. But a misunderstanding the next day, left them both hurt and no longer in the friend zone. This year, Lucas needs both of their help handling the immature lead singer of the band they have booked. They are both eager to get back their friend, but can them keep things in the friend zone, when their hearts yearn for something more? I enjoyed reading this book, as I love second chances. While I was first confused by all the characters, the author, skillfully woven into the narrative, the characters, their nature and relationships. I would go back and read the previous books, after enjoying this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually, these I'm in love with my best friend books are all sappy this one wasn't. Yes, they slept together once. But they had grown up in each other's lives him being her brothers best friend. But when they decided to be friends with benefits for a few weeks the heat is there stronger than ever, But both of them are living there lives for their families and not for themselves, Without the other being honest with them they would be living the lives their families wanted not them. In the end, it is funny, look at love and life and it works.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
What a treat the read this one! I absolutely loved Will and Mac. Will was a rare treat in the story realm of book boyfriends. Great read that flows from start to finish. Mac's home from Uni on vacation and isn't doing well in school. She's not into it. When her brothers best friend Will comes to the door with an order from her brother to take her to see someone who brother doesn't trust, Mac's a little overwhelmed. She and Will were really close when something happened between them after the one time they slept together a couple years ago. Since then things haven't been the same. Mac's hurt and she and Will just tolerate each other, thankfully since she away she doesn't see much of him. Her brother is in Spain. Her other brother is around, he's the quiet one. The plot line is great and the backstory slides nicely along with both characters having to make some important life choices. Vague right? Good! You have to read it to find out. You'll love Mac and Will. A must read. arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
Not So Happily Ever After is a great friends to lovers and second chance romance story. Both Will and Mac have been dealt rough hands in life. Loss, love and misunderstandings have altered both of their lives. Mac made her mom a promise before she passed unexpectedly and is miserable with following through. Will is the only one who seems to notice. Will is in a similar boat with his mother after his father passes away. Will is so supportive and whether he realizes it or not deep down he's not a player. Mac I would have liked to seen more of her as a friend and sister but the focus was her and Will 100% not much else. She's totally likable though just would have liked to see a tiny bit more of her personality. If you're looking for a friends to lovers/second chance romance with two broken souls searching for redemption I recommend reading Not So Happily Ever After.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--NOT SO HAPPILY EVER AFTER is the third instalment in Christina Phillips’ contemporary, adult BRITISH BAD BOYS romance series. This is investment banker Will Hamilton, and med student/artist Mackenzie Carter’s story line. NOT SO HAPPILY EVER AFTER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual first person perspectives (Mackenzie and Will) NOT SO HAPPILY EVER AFTER follows the friends to lovers, best friend’s little sister / friends with benefits relationship between investment banker Will Hamilton, and med student/artist Mackenzie Carter. Two years earlier Mackenzie Carter crossed the line with her brother’s best friend Will Hamilton, and in the resulting aftermath Mackenzie lost her best friend and the man that she loved when Will didn’t show up for her gallery showing. Fast forward two years wherein Mackenzie, now about to enter her third year at med school, struggles with her future direction including her ongoing attraction to the man that broke her heart. Enter Will Hamilton, Lucas Carter’s best friend, and the man with whom Mackenzie had fallen in love. What ensues is the friends to lovers, best friend’s little sister / friends with benefits relationship between Lucas and Mackenzie, and the potential fall-out as our couple keep secret their forbidden affair, as Mackenzie prepares to return to university, leaving a heart broken Will behind. A promise to her dying mother meant Mackenzie Carter’s career had all but been procured by a university scholarship, but our heroine’s heart was destined for something else . Two years without her best friend, and the love of her life, pulled Mackenzie away from her art, and head long into her studies, studies she had no desire to continue or proceed. Will Hamilton has no idea why Mackenzie Carter pushed him away two years earlier but family obligations prevented Will from looking too closely, obligations that tied our hero to a job he no longer enjoyed. The relationship between Will and Mackenzie is one of second chances, of a sorts, between former best friends who spent one glorious night together but the aftermath destroyed any hopes for a future. Mackenzie has never stopped loving the man who broke her heart but miscommunication, secrets, and family commitment meant Will and Mackenzie went their separate ways. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The world building follows several paths –from boy band melt-downs, to the lack of communication between parent and child, and the misunderstanding between former best friends. The multi-troped relationship between Will and Mackenzie has out couple treading a fine-line between secrets and lies, secrets they fear will break their family’s hearts. NOT SO HAPPILY EVER AFTER is a story of family and friendships; secrets and lies; second chances, and startling revelations. The premise is engaging and energetic; the romance is emotional and encouraging; the characters are sexy and spirited. NOT SO HAPPILY EVER AFTER has a little bit of everything including romance and love; heart break and grief; humor and fun. I did have a small issue with the numerous thoughts and ‘asides’-we spend an inordinate amount of time inside the characters’ heads.
SherriBabb More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I loved it. It was such a sweet romantic story about two people that had a one night stand and things really did not end the way either of them wanted. Now they come face to face again and old feelings come back. Mac tries really hard to keep her distance but Will makes it very hard. Before you know it they end up in bed together again. I just loved this book. The bantering between Mac and Will was priceless. I loved how hard both of them tried to keep their feelings at bay. How they both fought so hard against what we as the reader new was what they both wanted. This was a really great read and it kept me entertained from beginning to end. I am looking forward to reading another book by this author. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book in the British Bad Boys series but it can absolutely be read as a stand alone. This one is about Will and Mackenzie. These 2 grew up together and were always friends until one night changed everything. But when they spend time together again, they both find that they still miss each other's friendship among other things. But can they move beyond misunderstandings and be more than friends? Or will this end everything once and for all. I truly liked this book. It's lighthearted and an easy read. I just had a little bit of trouble connecting with the characters themselves. They seemed a little too angsty to me. Mac and Will both have parent issues but neither feel they can stand up for themselves and do what needs to be done to be happy. Even though both of their families seem like people who would want them to be happy more than wanting them to do what they expect. There are definitely some hot parts to it! The book itself is good, the writing is great, for me it was just the characters I had an issue with. That being said, it still managed to make me like it and I went back to get the books about her brother's because they also sound good and the writing (and the story itself) made it worth it to me.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable return to London and this fun cast of character with this being Will and Mackenzie's story. While this is the third book in the British Bad Boys series it is easily read as a standalone. Will and Mackenzie are great characters and I chuckled throughout the book at their sexy banter. Will and Mac have some history to get past but once they do their relationship really begins to change. Will this just be a friends with benefits fling or will it turn into a whole lot more? You'll want to grab a copy of this one and find out. I definitely recommend it.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It drew me right in from the very first page. Mac is the girl whose brother is Will's best friend. Mac and Will have always been good friends, until they had a one night stand that ruined everything and they've avoided each other ever since. When circumstances throw them back together, they realize how much they've missed their friendship. However, it's hard to just be friends when the attraction is still there.... The characters were engaging and flawed enough to feel real. While their tale is predictable, the way it was told was entertaining kept me hooked until this last page. If you enjoy a friends to lovers romance, you will love this book. Additionally, I loved that the characters from the prior books in the series made an appearance. However, while this is part of a series, this is a stand alone novel. Put this one at the top of your TBR list.