Saturday, August 16, 2014

{Heather #Review} Contemporary Romance: Tempting Her Best Friend by Gina L. Maxwell

TEMPTING HER BEST FRIEND by Gina L. Maxwell
Genre: Contemporary
Series: What Happens in Vegas #0.5
Format: ebook from author
Length: 144 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck (August 11, 2014)

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…



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REVIEW:

Tempting Her Best Friend heralds the start of a new set of books for Gina L. Maxwell. Fans who fell in love with her Fighting for Love series won’t be disappointed that the first of the What Happens in Vegas novels packs plenty of heat and humor. Gina writes both things really well.

Alyssa Miller is in love with her best friend, Dillon – and has been for years. After yet another disappointing evening of being friend-zoned, she decides to head to Vegas for a weekend romance convention, sure she can blow off some steam (as well as her sexual frustration) with a cover model or two. I enjoyed this as an opening; it was both believable and fun. Although I’ve heard from more than one author that cover models at romance cons are really basically cattle.

What Alyssa doesn’t know is that Dillon returns her feelings of love and frustration. For years he’s kept his hands off her to spare her certain heartbreak. After all, he’s the son of a philanderer, and he’d certainly be no better. But when he hears Alyssa’s plans for a no-strings-attached steamy weekend in Sin City, he decides that no one but himself will make her naughty dreams come true. I loved this set up! The fact that his jealousy prompts him to act, his misplaced chivalry of trying to protect her… I enjoyed it all.

Without posting spoilers, I can tell you that Alyssa’s not in Vegas long before Dillon finds her – and the sparks between them ignite into an inferno. They both know they’ll probably get burned, but with traditional Maxwell fervor, they can’t help themselves. Of course, flames that hot mean someone’s going to get burned, and that’s exactly what happens.

For me, this is where the novel loses one heart. I felt the end of the book was unrealistic, a bit overdone, and dare I say it – clich├ęd. It was also over very quickly – they meet up, they have several passionate encounters, they have harsh words, there’s a chase scene … and then it’s over. I realize this book centers around what happens in Vegas; but for me, I’d have liked to see more character development and conflict, for the story to continue once they got home. It’s why I think I prefer Gina’s Fighting for Love series (at least so far) because those books are longer and are fraught with tension. That’s not to say this book was bad; merely that it could have been fleshed out further. As an aside, I also think the book should be titled Tempting HIS Best Friend, since Dillon was the one with the idea in the first place.

The best aspect of this book for me was a secondary character named Trent. I really hope we see him again – he was delightful and *just* campy enough to make one smile.

Favorite Quote:
“I’m only being honest. And having the kind of chemistry that burns up the sheets and breaks lamps is nothing to be ashamed about.”
Behind him, quiet gasps and what might have been a mutter “Amen” barely registered on his radar.


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