When Joya Bennett wakes up after her brother’s wedding half-naked and lying next to her lifelong crush, she’s mortified. OMG, did she try to jump his bones? Worse, did she succeed? Intending to lay low and housesit for her brother until the embarrassment fades, she sneaks away before he wakes up.
What she didn’t plan on is having company.
Lincoln Fisher doesn’t do relationships, but if he did, his friend’s little sister would be the one to tie him down. Good thing Joya had one too many drinks during the reception or he’d have crossed a line. Her brother would kill him if he found out all the places Linc wanted to kiss the sexy, auburn-haired beauty.
And now they’re stuck in the same house. For two weeks.
She’s off-limits. And he needs to keep it that way, even if the heat building between them is hot enough to blow off the roof…
Each book in the Wedding Favors series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Bridesmaid Blues
Book #2 Random Acts of Marriage
Book #3 Properly Groomed
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A Wedding Favors Romantic Comedy
By Boone Brux, Liz Pelletier
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Joya didn't know what was worse: the pounding in her head caused by the Cosmopolitans she'd indulged in last night, or the blinding sunshine streaming through the window, demanding she haul herself out of bed and start her day.
Everything hurt. Even the soft white sheet lying across her waist felt like sandpaper against her sensitive skin. The throbbing in her ears and at her temples intensified. She'd been a bad bridesmaid, laughing and toasting to any and everything. At one point, she was fairly certain she'd toasted the flower arrangements. And that was after the group at her table had cheered the Seattle Seahawks, Kwanza, and beer cozies.
The thundering headache and drought-level thirst was her punishment.
Unfortunately, she couldn't lie in bed all day, no matter how much she wanted to pull the sheet over her head and sink into a hangover-induced sleep. She reached for the sheet.
Something beside her shifted.
Not something. Some one.
The breath halted in her throat. Only her eyeballs moved, roaming up and down her sleeping companion.
There's a naked man in my bed.
She recognized the smooth tan skin and muscled back instantly, and a small part of her pride shriveled and died.
No, no, no, no. After years of feigning disinterest, of keeping her raging lust in check, and playing the cool sister of the best friend, had she slept with Lincoln Fisher?
All traces of her hangover vanished and her mind raced through the events of last night. Eating, drinking, dancing, then dancing with Linc, flirting, more dancing, flirting and dancing. They'd danced really close.
Damn near indecently close.
Yes, there was a definite possibility she'd slept with the one guy she swore would never touch her.
Linc had been her brother's good friend since elementary school, and once she'd discovered boys, he'd made her life a living hell. Not that he ever knew it. She'd been obsessed, Linc invading her every thought and daydream. Only the fact that he was Kyle's friend — and the endless ribbing she'd get if her brother found out — had kept her from doing anything stupid.
Looks like her streak had come to an end.
Or had it?
She glanced down, noting her teal bra. Without ruffling the sheets, she inched her hand along her body until she connected with her panties. If she still had on her bra and undies, there was a good chance they hadn't done it.
Who could blame her if they had, though? Even now, her fingers itched to trace the honed planes of the muscles on his back, slide down his spine, and cup one of his firm butt cheeks. His black hair lay against the white pillow, and his breathing was deep and quiet. The guy didn't even snore. A corner of the sheet draped strategically across his hip and upper thigh, covering what were no doubt lovely man-parts. Though his face was turned away from her, she could make out his profile. Gorgeous, even after a night of partying.
Having to face him in the blinding light of reality, no doubt looking like a victim of prom night gone wrong, would be something she'd never live down.
As carefully as possible, she slid out from under the sheet, scooped up her dress and blue stilettoes, and headed to the bathroom. The quiet click of the door lock reverberated through the bathroom, making her cringe. Once secured inside, she flipped on the light and flinched.
"Prom night gone wrong" didn't begin to cover the mass destruction staring back at her from the mirror. How many Cosmopolitans had she had, exactly? Her shoulders slumped and she rubbed her temples. At least she'd had fun — maybe?
Risking waking up Linc, she turned on the hot water. Getting rid of the corpse bride look overruled sneaking out undetected. Hopefully, she'd make it back to her room without a chance encounter with any of the other wedding guests — namely the other bridesmaids.
With more vigor than any beauty article advised, she scrubbed her face. The result was fairly successful in removing the mascara and most of the pink from her lips, but her hair was a lost cause. Only hot water and a fistful of heavy conditioner would conquer the matted mess.
Okay, she could do this. All she needed was to find her purse and she was out of there. She slipped into the dress but opted to carry the shoes. It would make her getaway a lot faster.
The thunk of the door unlocking sounded louder than before and made her tense. She counted to ten and then eased the door open. Relief washed through her. He hadn't moved, the sheet still barely covering him and his breathing even.
A few steps out of the bathroom, she stopped for one last glorious ogle. Damn that man for being crazy hot. She gave herself a mental shake and tiptoed into the living room of his suite. Her purse sat next to the console table on the floor, as if she couldn't be bothered to get it onto the table last night. After a quick check inside, she found her room key and slipped into the hall, breathing a sigh of relief when the door finally shut behind her.
That had been close — too close. Maybe nothing much had happened between them. Maybe he'd been as drunk as she had been. Maybe he wouldn't remember anything past their dirty version of the Chicken Dance.
One could only hope.CHAPTER 2
When he heard the quiet click of the suite door closing, Linc chanced opening his eyes. She'd left. That really hadn't surprised him, but on some level he'd hoped they would finish what they'd started last night.
Linc groaned and rubbed his face. He really should get a medal for restraint. When she'd peeled off her gown and stood in the middle of his bedroom in those tiny blue panties, push-up bra, and heels, wanting to dance some more, it had taken all his willpower and the restraint of his noble ancestors not to scoop her up and haul her to bed.
There were some lines a person didn't cross, though. His friend's drunk little sister being one of them.
The girl he'd always thought of as a sister had morphed into a freakishly perfect goddess. All that smooth pale skin, long legs, and thick auburn hair made it impossible to reconcile her with good old Joya — practically one of the guys. That girl was gone, burned away by the seductress from last night, the woman who had nearly driven him past the point of no return.
He tossed back the sheet and sat up. Unfortunately, it didn't appear he'd tempted her to the same extent, or she wouldn't have made a stealthy escape. Normally, he might be offended, but this was for the best. He didn't do relationships, and even if he did, Kyle wouldn't hesitate to take him out if Linc so much as touched Joya without a wedding ring in his pocket. Probably even if he did.
Nope. She was as off-limits as they came.
But last night ... she'd been incredible. They'd danced and flirted and touched more in a few hours than they had all the years they'd known each other. It had been nice — very nice — but it didn't change the fact that she was the wrong person at the wrong time. Or that Kyle would kill him.
Sometimes he wondered whether there would ever be a right person at the right time. Maybe it was the wedding and the fact that his other friends were headed into serious relationships, but over the past month he'd been thinking about his future in terms of more adulting and less bacheloring. He'd sold his bachelor condo and was set on purchasing a house.
There was no rush to settle down — no wife and kids for him any time soon — but when he did make that move, he hoped it'd be with someone like Joya. Smart, ambitious, funny, beautiful, and she didn't take his shit — which made her even hotter.
The image of her standing in the middle of his hotel room, half naked and dancing to a song she hummed, flashed through his mind, making him hard.
He'd never get that image out of his head. Ever.
He groaned, stretched, and walked to the wall of windows to stare out over Seattle. He could — and probably should — avoid her. The problem was they were two pieces of a larger group, and their friends would no doubt wonder why he suddenly wanted nothing to do with the sweet, auburn-haired beauty. But if he got within a mile of her, they'd see right through him.
He moved away from the window. From the way she'd crept away this morning, she was probably thinking of a million ways to hide from him, too. It was all for the best. His life was chaotic right now, with the opening of a new restaurant and basically being homeless until he found a new house. Even if he wanted a relationship, he didn't have time to romance a woman.
Maybe once he got settled, he'd test the waters again. Until then he'd lay low at Kyle and Roxy's house.CHAPTER 3
Joya closed the wide door to the iguana's enclosure and latched it. "All right, Dash, enjoy those delicious lizard treats while I unpack, and then we'll share a little quality time on the couch. How about that?" The four-foot reptile stared through the glass, unblinking.
After adjusting the heat lamp to shine directly on the log, she left the room — Dash's bedroom to be exact. Roxy had had the iguana since she was ten, and he was her baby. Few people were entrusted with the care and feeding of the gigantic reptile when Roxy went out of town, and frankly Joya didn't blame her.
First of all, he required a lot of attention to make sure he never got too hot or too cold. Secondly, most people were freaked out by the lizard. Sure, he was a little off-putting at first glance, but Dash was a sweetheart once he warmed up to a person. She'd been taking care of him since Roxy and Kyle started dating, and Joya could honestly say she loved the scaly pet.
As she wandered down the hall toward the living room, a car door slammed. It sounded as if it came from ... the driveway? Crossing the room, she pulled back the curtains.
"Shit." She let the fabric drop but stood frozen in place. "What is he doing here?"
After last night, Linc was the last person she'd expected or wanted to see. Her plan had been to hide out at Roxy and Kyle's, hang with Dash, and work. That was it. Her mind raced. Obviously, this had to do with last night and what may or may not have happened between them.
So not a conversation she wanted to have.
She stepped onto the wide porch and closed the door behind her. A little flutter lit off in her stomach at the sight of him climbing out of his car. Damn him for being so good-looking with his Mediterranean hotness genetically honed to trigger any woman's lust button.
Inching to the top step, she mustered her calm. "Hey there."
When he saw her, his brow pinched together. "Hey." His hand remained on the car door handle. "What are you doing here?"
"I guess I could ask you the same thing."
"Kyle said I could stay here until I find a new house." He frowned. "Didn't he tell you?"
The flutter in her stomach tightened. Her brother was renowned for forgetting to relay important information, but this was a pretty major detail to leave out. "No, he didn't. Why would you stay here?" She descended a step, standing in the middle of the entrance and blocking any attempt he might make to enter. "You have a house."
"Had a house." He moved around to the passenger side of the car. "I sold it. Kyle said I could stay here while I house hunt."
"Why don't you stay at one of Price's hotels?" She took another step down and widened her stance. "I'm sure he'd put you up, you know, doing a solid for a friend and all."
"Can't." He pulled open the door. "They don't allow pets at the hotel."
She pointed at the mangiest looking animal she'd ever seen, sitting stoically in Linc's front seat. "What is that?"
"That is Chester." Linc scowled at her. "He's a dog."
"When did you get a dog?"
"Last month." He patted his leg and Chester jumped down from the car. "He's a rescue."
Some of her tension melted into a soppy puddle of sentimentality. Gorgeous and an animal lover — those were serious male superpowers.
"He's ..." She struggled for the right words. Cute was the opposite of what this dog was. His fur reminded her of brown wire, shooting straight out in all directions, and he looked like he'd been in several fights, having had his ass handed to him every time. "... sweet."
"'Interesting' is a better word." Linc shut the car door and sauntered toward her. Chester followed, walking so close to him that the dog's ear touched Linc's ankle. "He's got a few quirks, but he just needs some love and attention."
"That's really great." She smiled at the dog and then at Linc. His blue eyes gleamed at her, his expression expectant. Her good mood evaporated and her mouth drew into a thin line. "But you don't want to stay here." She couldn't handle him bringing a parade of women to the house. Among other things.
"Yeah, I do." Though he didn't try to move past her, his constricted stare was spiked with challenge. "Is there a problem?"
No problem other than the fact that I may or may not have slept with you last night, and I want to jump you again. "It's just that I'm staying here, too, taking care of Dash."
His eyes widened and a smile tugged at the corners of his mouth. "You are?"
"Yeah, and you know Dash. How temperamental he is," she said lamely. "I think Chester would upset him. He's never been around other animals."
"He's in a cage, right?" he asked
"Yeah, but —"
"No problem, then." He angled to move past her. "I'll keep Chester with me, and Dash can hang out in his cage."
"If I kept him in the cage the whole two weeks, Roxy would go ballistic." She spun and followed him up the steps. "You know she loves him like her own child. He has to be free to roam the house."
"We can put him on a schedule. We'll figure it out."
"Are you sure there isn't somewhere else you can stay?" She paused, then added, "For everybody's sake."
He pivoted to face her, a lazy grin curling his mouth. "Is this about last night?"
"No." It was totally about last night and whether she should be embarrassed or relieved. "Why would you think this was about last night? Nothing happened ... right?"
"You don't remember?"
Mortified, she shook her head.
He closed the distance between them to a couple of inches and stroked his finger along her jaw. "Now that's a shame."
All the saliva in her mouth dried up and her breath hovered in her throat as his azure gaze caressed her face. He smelled like an autumn harvest and minty toothpaste, with a dash of cinnamon thrown into the mix. If lust had a smell, it would be Lincoln.
Before she could reply, he turned toward the front door and walked inside, Chester trotting alongside him. Damn it, he'd breached her barricade with no more than a steamy look. "Weak," she muttered.
As she sifted through her options it became clear they were limited. She couldn't leave Dash. There was no way Linc would care for him, considering he made it clear on many gatherings he didn't even like being in the same room as the lizard.
And it wasn't as if she could kick Linc out. This was Kyle's house, and if he'd given his friend permission to stay, then she didn't have a leg to stand on. It appeared the two of them would be sharing a house for at least the next two weeks.
She tried to ignore the ripple of excitement humming through her.
Get it together.
She sighed. Clearly, she had no willpower or self-preservation when it came to him. He was trouble on so many levels, but even as she mentally ticked off all the reasons why she needed to come up with a plan to get him out of the house, a tiny part of her, no doubt the stupidest part of her psyche, was excited by the idea of them staying together.
No. Nothing is going to happen. He doesn't do relationships, and you don't do flings with your brother's friends.
Until she could come up with a better option, she'd just have to avoid him.
Two weeks wasn't that long.
* * *
When Kyle had agreed to let Linc crash at his house, he hadn't mentioned Joya. Maybe he hadn't known she'd be there. No, he definitely hadn't known, otherwise he wouldn't have allowed him to stay.
With those thoughts running through his head, he tossed his suitcase onto the bed and unzipped it. The house was big, but there was no way they wouldn't run into each other. Was the humming and dancing half naked thing the norm for her, or should he expect to see her bundled head to foot in a fluffy robe?
Even fluffy robes could be removed.
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This was just a fun read- one that makes a bad week better. Properly Groomed is the 3rd book in the Wedding Favors series but can be read as a stand alone. The author writes a lighthearted story that just makes you smile. And there is some sexy time which makes the book even more entertaining. I am looking forward to reading the other 2 books in the series! I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
I've got to admit that I had a lot of fun reading this book. I mean, who doesn't love the forbidden brother's best friend angle? Anyhoo, it was a great light-hearted romance with just the right amount of heat to keep it interesting. Now despite the fact that their relationship developed at mock-speed after years of denial from both sides, I'll admit that their relationship entirely worked for me. Sure I would have loved a bit more development there at the end, but I'll still admit that enjoyed it. I think the only thing that I didn't like was the name Joya, I kept changing it to Georgia in my head, but other than that this book was an all-around entertaining read I think most will enjoy.
Joya has had a crush on her brother's best friend for years. She is staying at her brother's house after his wedding. Turns out he told he's friend Linc he could stay there too. So they will be both be in the same place for two weeks. Read how this turns out. Cute story.
Joya woke up and everything hurt from too many cosmopolitans the night before at her brother and good friends Rory’s wedding. Joya Joya had been a bridesmaid and the thundering headache and awful thirst was her punishment fro over indulging. But unfortunately joya had to get up and could not just sleep her hangover away. Then she realized there was a naked man in bed with her. Joya then realized who it was by his tan skin and muscled back. I t was Lincoln/Linc her brother’s best friend she had raging lust for this man for a long time Yet she thought she showed the world she could care less about her brother’s friend Linc. Joya still had her bra and underwear on but couldn’t remember if anything had happened. She was also in Linc’s suite and she hurriedly left to go back to her own room. Linc then opened his eyes once Joya had left. Linc wasn’t surprised Joya had left but he had hoped that they would have finished what they had started last night. Joya had been too drunk and Linc would not take advantage of her. But Linc would never just think of Joya as Kyle's little sister ever again or almost like just one of the guys as last night Joya had become a beautiful woman to Linc. Linc had almost got to the point of no return but had had somehow managed to stop. Linc had started to think about a future as an adult not just a bachelor. Linc had even sold his bachelor condo and was staying at Kyle’s until he found a house to buy. Also staying at Kyle's he could stay away from the enticing Joya or so Linc thought. But Joya was also staying at the house to take care of her friend and sister in law’s four foot lizard that Rory had been raising and taking care of since Rory was ten. Maybe Linc and Joya wouldn’t see much of each other…. I absolutely adored this story. It was a fast and just sweet read also a romantic love story. I loved how Joya thought no one knew how she had crushed on Linc for a long time but others did see it. I also liked the fact Linc was already thinking of settling down before he ever slept with Joya and started to care. I also loved how Rory had meddled in her friends lives and decided to set them up into couples and it eventually worked for the couples including Linc and Joya. i loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.
Properly Groomed Was a light quick read.A love story Between Joya and her brother best friend Lincoln. I like it that it easy with interesting plot and interesting characters with some steamy scenes. Both Joya and Linc are likable and easy to love. Their love story begins at Joya’s brother wedding and ends with them living together for two weeks. Two very hot weeks. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
One of the things I love about series like these is you don't have to read the previous books. Each one can be read as a stand alone. I honestly love stories where you crush on your sibling's friend. It adds a forbidden element because you're pretty sure your sibling isn't going to react well to the fact that you like their friend. My one pet peeve is that the friend doesn't notice you until you've grown up, while you've been pining over them for years. Linc and Joya are freaking awesome when they're forced to stay in the same place while Joya's brother and wife are on their honeymoon. I love that Linc teases her, and she teases back some of the time. Mostly she's just kind of freaked out that Linc is showing an interest in her. Both of them have careers that could potentially decrease the time they can see each other. The sex scenes are HOT! I love the chemistry between the two and the emotion even when they kind of try to deny that there are feelings involved. Overall, I enjoyed this story. The opening chapter is awesome and makes you want to turn the page to find out how they are going to get over the awkward. It's a quick read and can easily be read in a few hours.
Received an ARC for voluntary review for netgalley. It was a really cute story. Lincoln and Joya were perfect for each other, the chemistry was great. Joya has always had a crush on Lincoln, her brothers best friend, but he was a commitment Phobe. Until Joya that he, he simply could not get her out of his mind. While both of them were house sitting, they fell in love, or he did, she always loved him. It was nice to read about them giving each other a chance and ending up together.
Joya Bennett woke up on the wrong side—of someone else’s bed. To make matters worse, it wasn’t even her own bed. Her brother’s wedding led to excessive partying and an entanglement with his best friend, on whom she has endured a long-standing crush. Lincoln Fisher is a confirmed bachelor, enduring his lust for his best friend’s little sister at a distance. Waking up the morning after his friend’s wedding in bed with the little sister is bad enough. But now, he’s staying at his friend’s house while the wedded couple are on their honeymoon—along with Joya. Lust plus difficult working hours leads to an array of impossible problems. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but won’t be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style, pace, and knack for snarky dialogue/situations made this a thoroughly enjoyable read. I found the primary characters engaging and the romance tastefully hot. The plot flowed flawlessly while the author unfolded the trials little by little and in a way that kept my attention. Five stars for a book well-written and a job well done.
Three and a half stars. Joya Bennett wakes up after her brother’s wedding, lying next to Lincoln Fisher, the best man and her brother's best friend. She has had a crush on him for ages but now she's blown all that. As she sneaks away doing the walk of shame she plans to avoid Linc for as long as humanly possible - only to discover that the two of them will be sharing her brother's house for two weeks: she is babysitting her sister-in-law's iguana, Dash, and he is temporarily homeless while looking for a new house. Despite the embarrassing circumstances, Joya and Linc find themselves settling into a strange sort of domesticity - but can it last past the two weeks? Is Linc able to commit to a relationship? Will Joya's potential new job make their relationship impossible? What will Joya's brother think about this hook-up? Can a restaurateur ever be in a relationship with a woman who's culinary expertise ends at PB&J sandwiches? This was fun. Low on angst and easy to read. I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
when joya bennett wakes up next to lincoln fisher the morning after her brother's wedding in properly groomed, she panics and runs away hoping that he'll awaken none the wiser to her absence. she doesn't expect to see him again. but she's wrong about that, and wrong about him forgetting. a few short hours later, they've both temporarily moved into her brother's home, and staying away from the man who she has pined for is going to prove impossible. especially since he's decided that he's done enough pining himself and the time for seeing where things can go between them is now. joya and lincoln both have jobs that force them to keep off hours. she's the producer for the local morning show and he runs a restaurant. at first it seems like their hours will keep them apart, but they start to spend their days together in ways that feel so right. so when joya is offered the opportunity to do the evening news, a promotion that will change up her hours to a more normal 9 to 5 kind of day, it feels like a huge stumbling block in their relationship. playing house the way they are gives them the chance to see what a relationship between them will look like before they admit the truth to the world, as well as joya's protective older brother. joya and lincoln have a ton of chemistry and the time they spend together, especially given how domestic it all is, allows them to see the upside to a committed future. it lets us see how their relationship deepens and grows in a way that's really nice. i really enjoyed this one. **properly groomed will publish on january 9, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (lovestruck) in exchange for my honest review.
Forbidden love. Best friend and his best friend's little sister. What's not to love? Waking up on the wrong side of your brother's best friend's bed could prove to be the best thing to ever happen or the worst. The story starts off with a bang, and leaves you wondering what is become of the situation Joya found herself in. Properly Groomed was such a cute story! I loved the witty banter between Joya and Linc. Rate 4Their chemistry was smoking hot and steamy! It's well-written and always kept me hanging onto every word they said. This is my first book by Boone Brux and it won't be the last! Her writing captivates you. Before you know, you've read the whole book in one sitting!
Interested in a light-hearted romance with characters you quickly care about who behave like mature people not riddled with angst or emotional tantrums and respond to situations rationally? This, me dears, is that book. Well written and plotted, Properly Groomed was a pleasure to read. I liked both Joya and Linc whose chemistry made the book sizzle. Plus, I am always a fan of romances where the woman or man’s long-lived crush comes to fruition. Add in an iguana (yes, this is the very first time I’ve read a book with a pet iguana and that in itself was interesting!) and a lovable rescue dog and for this reader the deal was sealed. Like the unique pet iguana, I was intrigued by Joya’s job as a local news producer as that isn’t an occupation one comes across too often in romance novels. You could easily describe this as a story about two people who have known each other for years playing house and finding that while they have passion, they also have companionship, which can never be overrated. It can easily overcome the objections of a highly protective big brother. While it’s the third book in a series, it was perfect as a standalone novel, unlike many which claim to be. This one didn’t fling a bunch of previous characters at you and expect you to love them unconditionally. It did, however, make me want to read the previous two books, which I hope are just as good as this one. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This was a cute book with likeable characters, oved the storylineI highly recommend it.
I absolutely loved this story! This is book 3 in the Wedding Favors Series, but I read it as a standalone and didn't feel like i was missing anything by doing so. Joya Bennett wakes up to her crush and brothers best friend in bed the morning after her brothers wedding. She can't remember if she actually had sex with him, due to being drunk the night before. Lincoln Fisher isn't a relationship type of guy, although lately he's starting to want to change that. If their was anyone to do that with, Joya would be her. Only problem is Joya is his best friends baby sister. Joya and Linc get stuck watching her brothers house while he's on his honeymoon. Throw in a crazy dog and needy reptile, some steamy heat, teasing, and you have yourself a raging fire. I 100 percent recommend this awesome read! ****I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy.**** Laura Redmon Cutting Muse Blog Review
Properly Groomed by Boone Brux is a cute and sweet brother's friend to lovers romance. This is Joya Bennett and Lincoln "Linc" Fisher's story. Joya has had a crush on Linc for a long time. Linc is her brother's best friend who doesn't do relationships. Linc is attracted to Joya but her brother has warned him that she is off-limits. Things worked to where they both end up staying in the same house for two weeks? Will they be able to ignore the chemistry between? This is a cute, sweet, and steamy brother's friend to lovers romance. FYI, includes mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
3 stars! I love a friends turned romance novel. I really love when it is brother's best friend and brother's little sister. This type of book is my favorite type. So Properly Groomed was my idea of a fun and quick read. Joya has always had a thing for Linc. So, when she gets drunk and ends up in bed with Linc, things start to look up for her. Things really heat up with Linc and Joya end up both staying at her brother's place for 2 weeks. Both have a reason to stay there, but not for the reason's you would think. What could happen in 2 weeks ?? Linc is the typical bad boy who never wants to settle down and Joya is so in love with him, she sees this as a perfect opportunity to make something happen. This was a sweet story. No real drama or excitement. Just a cute little story about 2 people who were destined to be together.
This was a cute novella about Joya and her brothers best friend, Linc. They've resisted their attraction for years but when they are thrown together for two weeks in the same house, all bets are off. It you want something light, fun and a bit of spice to read, this fits the bill. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Boone Brux went with the obvious approach. Properly Groomed is a theme every romance reader is familiar with, but still can't get enough of. The exotic animal and the unusual dog were a nice touch. Comfort, laughter and happily every after are all there for me to enjoy in Ms. Brux's stories.