From New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a flirty new standalone about falling for your older brother’s best friend.

There’s pretty much only one rule when you’re a guy.

Don’t be a douche.

Turns out, the fastest way to break that rule is to fall for your best friend’s sister.

Ava’s brilliant, sharp-tongued, gorgeous, and five years younger than me.

She’s the sexual equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. And completely off-limits.

Falling for her could ruin everything.

Yet I can’t seem to stop, even when her company is threatened by a lawsuit, and my promotion hinges on representing the opposing client—and winning.

I can’t see a way out of this mess that doesn’t end in a broken friendship, a broken heart, or a ruined career.

I may have broken the bro code when I fell for Ava. But do I have the balls to handle what comes next?

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Kendall Ryan takes on the forbidden trope of best friend’s little sister in her newest release, BRO CODE, and while Barrett Wilson is all about keeping to the code, when an older, brilliant, feisty, and beautiful Ava Saunders re-enters his life, her off-limits status becomes a bit more problematic, especially when Ava’s boldness lays things out for Barrett in a way that cannot be misinterpreted…Ava wants Barrett, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to act on the feelings she’s always had for him because the sexual tension that surrounds them is just too overwhelming to deny.

One reason I adore stories that bring a guy’s best friend and his sister together is because readers are there from the beginning, watching the guy and the girl do everything in their power to remain only friends because giving into the attraction would spell trouble for all three of their relationships, while still knowing that the line is going to be crossed and there’s really no way of stopping it from happening, which means that at the will they or won’t they question as it applies to Barrett and Ava dramatically plays out, readers get to hear the characters’ internal struggles and become aware of their true feelings for the person they are not supposed to want.

Ava is a very relatable heroine whose sharp and witty tongue makes her one of my favorite Kendall Ryan female leads. Ava is all about learning new things and is passionate about an array of topics. I love that she wants to run her father’s company and she wants to do it in a way that will make him proud but also put her own spin on it. She’s driven to succeed, not just at her job but in life as well and that’s why it’s a bit exasperating the way Barrett handles his feelings for her sometimes because it’s obvious she is one heck of an amazing package and he should be beyond excited that she wants him as much as he wants her.

The Bro Code between friends definitely makes sense, especially when it comes to a younger sister, but once they reach a certain age, I don’t see it as a douchey move to consider if something could work between two people who have always crushed on each other, and it’s that idea that frustrated me when it came to some of Barrett’s actions. I get that there’s a lot on the line for him in terms of his career, his relationship with the entire Saunders family, and his best friend status with Ava’s brother, Nick, but there’s a reason that Barrett is so close to the family and so if his feelings for Ava are genuine, there should be no stopping him from acting on them and building something that just might be the best thing for both of them.

Ava and Barrett’s story is full of hilarious moments, sexual tension, and witty exchanges, and while I did want to kick Barrett in the rear end sometimes, there’s not much drama involved in the story line; it’s more just waiting for Barrett to shut his brain off long enough to realize just how much he wants Ava, Bro Code be damned!

4 Poison Apples

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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