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Review: Tempting Her Best Friend by Gina L. Maxwell

Tempting Her Best Friend

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A satisfying contemporary romance from Entangled’s Lovestruck imprint…

Alyssa Miller is tired of waiting for her next-door neighbor to see her as more than just his best friend. Ready to let off some steam, she heads to Las Vegas for a romance book convention where, if she’s lucky, she’ll get down and dirty with one of the sexy cover models.

Dillon Alexander doesn’t do commitment—especially not where his best friend is concerned. She deserves a man who can give her the world, not damaged goods. But when he realizes Alyssa intends to have a one-night stand on her vacation, he hauls ass after her to make sure he’s the one to scratch her itch.

Neither of them expects their explosive chemistry to burn hotter than the lights on the strip, but with a little help from Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, a flamboyant matchmaker, and TSA, what happens in Vegas might not stay in Vegas…

I have to admit to a bias – I have a thing for “friends to lovers” romances…and I married my best friend, too. 😉 So this book is right up my alley!

This was a really cute story! I like both Alyssa and Dillon quite a bit – and both of them came across as well thought out characters. There’s not a lot of additional depth to this story – it’s all laid out for you in both the title and the blurb – but it’s a lot of fun and I really enjoyed watching Alyssa and Dillon pair up.

I enjoyed watching Dillon and Alyssa find their way to each other BUT…I have this thing against pining. Alyssa pined for Dillon in silence much too long (in my opinion) so the opening chapter was a small struggle for me. Dillon – while adorable – was a bit of the stereotypical romance hero: he’s unwilling to try to love because being a player is just in his blood. O_O Ooooookay. It was quite ridiculous – for me – for both of them to have such strong feelings but never even hinted it to each other.

But anyway.

It’s a quick and fun ride, that’s for sure. Sadly, we don’t get to spend a lot of time at the romance conference – most of the action takes place in the hotel room as the couple are screwing each others’ brains out. Which was hot, BTW. I also enjoyed the character Trent and the entire ending starting with Trent running into Alyssa. It was just a little strange, just a little unbelievable and a lot of fun.

What I did NOT enjoy was the entire scene directly prior to Alyssa meeting up with Trent at the end. Alyssa and Dillon’s actions and reactions…didn’t quite strike true in the face of their relationship. The epilogue was adorable as well. It also fit a lot better than the Big Mis.

So…it’s cute, it’s fun and it’s the friends to lovers trope. It’s only $0.99 so…recommended if you like that trope!

2014 Book Purchases: July

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

Wooooohoooo! I have a balance left over! Sorta. 😀

 
 
Half-RealBook: Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds
Author: Jesper Juul
Cost: $9.86
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 10-Jul-2014
Notes: Purchased for an online class – Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative
 
 
Quag KeepBook: Quag Keep
Author: Andre Norton
Cost: $0.15
Format: hardback
Date Purchased: 17-Jul-2014
Notes: Andre Norton Collection
 
 
Return to Quag KeepBook: Return to Quag Keep
Author: Andre Norton
Cost: $3.78
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 17-Jul-2014
Notes: Andre Norton Collection
 
 
Hot Alpha SEALsBook: Hot Alpha SEALs: Military Romance Megaset
Author: Various
Cost: $0.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 22-Jul-2014
Notes: Anthology (Reviews)
 
 
Still Life with StringsBook: Still Life with Strings
Author: L.H. Cosway
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 24-Jul-2014
Notes: I loved the other book I read by her and this was on sale!
 
 
Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual SurrenderBook: Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender
Author: Various
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 25-Jul-2014
Notes: There’s a Joey W. Hill book in here. O_O (Reviews)
 
 
Magic BreaksBook: Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7)
Author: Ilona Andrews
Cost: $19.23
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 29-jul-2014
Notes: This book was preordered in Jan 2014. Due to the long lead time I am not counting this amount in the monthly total but I will include it in the yearly total.

 
 

 
 

 
 

July 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 7
Total Amount Spent: $35.19
Malazan/Kate Daniels Books Purchased: 1
(M/KD) Amount Spent: $19.23
(O) Amount Spent: $15.96
Potential Sales Abandoned: 1
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0.99
July Budget Available (not including Malazan/Kate Daniels purchases): $4.04

2014 Book Purchases: June

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

02-Jun-2014 Update: Sooo…. I totally busted my budget already! I found a new author – Julie James – and I completely blew my budget on the rest of the books in the FBI/US Attorney series. My goal now is to stop buying books for the rest of the (very long month).

08-Jun-2014 Update: Soooo, I bought another book: All You Need Is Kill. It’s the book that the movie Edge of Tomorrow is based on. I enjoyed the movie so… don’t judge me

13-Jun-2014 Update: Ok, so I have a purchasing problem. I recognize this. O_o

 
 
Something About YouBook: Something About You (FBI/US Attorney #1)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $7.13
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
A Lot like LoveBook: A Lot Like Love (FBI/US Attorney #2)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $3.99
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
About That NightBook: About That Night (FBI/US Attorney #3)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $6.41
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
Love IrresistiblyBook: Love Irresistibly (FBI/US Attorney #4)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $4.00
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
All You Need Is KillBook: All You Need Is Kill
Author: Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Cost: $8.46
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 08-Jun-2014
Notes: The movie Edge of Tomorrow was adapted from this book
 
 
Kowalski Series Bundle 1Book: Kowalski Series Bundle 1
Author: Shannon Stacey
Cost: $4.61
Format: eBook Omnibus
Date Purchased: 13-Jun-2014
Notes: Contains the full length novels: Exclusively Yours, Undeniably Yours & Yours To Keep
 
 
All Through the NightBook: All Through the Night
Author: Connie Brockway
Cost: $3.49
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 13-Jun-2014
Notes: I have no will power. AND no shame.
 
 
Conan the BarbarianBook: Conan the Barbarian
Author: Robert E. Howard
Cost: $10.00
Format: Trade Paperback, Omnibus (includes 10 stories)
Date Purchased: 27-Jun-2014
Notes: I have no willpower.
 
 
Rumble TumbleBook: Rumble Tumble
Author: Joe R. Lansdale
Cost: $0.50
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 27-Jun-2014
Notes: No Comment
 
 
Code: VeronicaBook: Code: Veronica (Resident Evil #6)
Author: S.D. Perry
Cost: $0.50
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 27-Jun-2014
Notes: No comment [series completion still in progress: 2/6]
 
 

 
 

June 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 10
Total Amount Spent: $49.09
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $49.09
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0.00
June Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): -($29.09)

2014 Book Purchases: April

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better.

I already feel that I’ve spent too much money on books this month – Sad, aren’t I? 🙂

I’m going to have to try harder. But I’m nervous about April because it is my birth month. I always find a way to indulge myself in April…

01-May-2014 Update: Yaaaay! I managed not to go over my $20 budget!!! 😀

Wind-Gone-MadBook: Wind Gone Mad
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Cost: $2.99
Format: Paperback
Date Purchased: 02-Apr-2014
Notes: Shits & Giggles, plus that cover! O_o

 

 

The Phoenix EndangeredBook: The Phoenix Endangered (The Enduring Flame #2)
Author: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
Cost: $4.50
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 02-Apr-2014
Notes: Second in a series
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2014 Book Purchases: March

Welp, February was a total bust – I went over my budget by $50+!

I hope that I’ll exhibit more impulse control throughout March. *fingers crossed*

I’ve decided (11-Mar-2014) that it would be in my best interest to just allow all purchases of the Malazan series. My OCD will not be ok until I own the first 10 books…at least. So while I will count the Malazan purchases in the total amount spent in a month, I will NOT count the Malazan purchases towards my monthly $20 per month book budget limit. Cause I’ve already busted that bubble.

I have given some consideration into upping my book budget by $10.00 a month in order to get a handle on going overbudget. But…that’s almost like cheating (or Fed. Gov’t style math). The truth is – I need to get a handle on my spending by not buying so many books! 😦 So, I have decided to give it another month at $20.00.

 
 
Reaper's GaleBook: Reaper’s Gale
Author: Steven Erikson
Cost: $15.54
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 03-Mar-2014
Notes: 7th in series (5/10)
 
 
The RookBook: The Rook (The Checquy Files #1)
Author: Daniel O’Malley
Cost: $7.82
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 09-Mar-2014
Notes: It’s been on the wishlist for some time… First in a series
 
 
The Wizard of OzBook: The Wizard Of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Cost: $3.54
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 08-Mar-2014
Notes: For April buddy read
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2014 Book Purchases: February (totally busted)

Well, it looks as if I totally busted my book budget this month. I can’t accept the blame, I blame Flights of Fantasy and my public library system. THEY [FoF] are the ones who forced me to read Gardens of the Moon and THEY [my library system] are the ones who somehow don’t have even a single copy of the damn Malazan Book of the Fallen series in the whole system!! So each book borrow is coming from out of the area (same state, different county systems) meaning they all take a month or more to arrive!

So there’s no way the blame falls on me. ^.^
 
 
Howl's Moving CastleBook: Howl’s Moving Castle
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Cost: $6.47
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 04-Feb-2014
Notes: First in a series
 

 
Dark Lord of DerkholmBook: Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm #1)
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Cost: $4.15
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 07-Feb-2014
Notes: First in a series but I own book 2
 
 
Ice CrownBook: Ice Crown
Author: Andre Norton
Cost: $4.94
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased: 12-Feb-2014
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