A BABY BETWEEN FRIENDS - Kathy Douglass
Harlequin Special Edition
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: B+
REVIEW: In A BABY BETWEEN FRIENDS, author Kathy Douglass explores the aftermath of the tried and true romance trope, the fake relationship. The heroine, Joni Danielson and hero, Lex Devin engage in a ruse meant to show Joni’s cheating ex-fiancé and his wife, who happens to be Joni’s two-faced sorority sister that she has moved on, and found a new love, namely Lex. Joni and Lex prove to be very convincing, but the best friends pretending to be lovers hit a roadblock that neither of them expected.
Joni Danielson, The Director of the Sweet Briar youth center and Alexander “Lex” Devlin, the Mayor of Sweet Briar, have been best friends for five years. We were first introduced to them in HOW TO STEAL THE LAWMAN’S HEART, the author’s first contribution to this series. They are two very likable characters whose relationship is one to be envied. What could possibly happen to cause Joni to avoid Lex and bring a halt to their lovely friendship? I’m sorry, but I can’t reveal that here. No spoilers. However, I will say that for Joni, it’s a definite dealbreaker. We painstakingly follow the protagonists as Lex untiringly seeks to rebuild their relationship throughout the majority of the book. It’s a slow process prompted by Joni’s reluctance to renew their friendship. Lex also has to overcome a devastating and poignant issue from his past that caused him to flee New York and take up residence in Sweet Briar.
I liked this story, but the storyline dragged somewhat as it gradually moved from a possibility of reuniting the protagonists to hurt feelings and remorse, and Lex’s determination to make things right again. The HEA is more like a relief that Joni and Lex finally got it together.
A BABY BETWEEN FRIENDS is a sweet story that I recommend for your reading pleasure. It is also a fine addition to the Sweet Briar Sweethearts series. Enjoy!
17th August 2019 | email@example.com