How do you date your best friend’s sister? Easy.
Step one: Pretend you want her to set you up with someone else. That will bring the two of you closer.
Step two: Go on date with lots of random women, proceed to get stupid drunk and talk about your best friend’s sister, thus gaining the courage to finally make a move.
Step three: Randomly show up at her apartment and confess your love. Women love that, right?
It all seemed so simple. A fool-proof three step process that will guarantee the love of you life to fall madly in love with you.
At least–that’s what I thought was going to happen. But my attempts to win over Julia Westin backfired in more ways than I can count. The thing about Julia? She’s smart–really smart–and her wicked gaze cuts through all the charm I’ve tried slinging her way. She’s not interested in games, my gifts, or my stories. She might want me too; but she’s not giving in that easy…
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I always enjoy Meghan Quinn’s romantic comedies – she crafts entertaining stories with quirky and unique characters whose hijinks, one-liners, and swoon worthy moments never fail to make me laugh and give me the feels. In Quinn’s newest release, The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister, the hero, Bram Scott, and the heroine, Julia Westin, couldn’t be more different, but I think that’s what
makes a relationship between them possible because even if they seem incompatible on paper and maybe even after Bram completes Julia’s dating program, the fact that they’ve secretly crushed on each other since their college days and that Bram is clearly ready to find love as long as it’s with Julia gives them more than a fighting chance.
But there are quite a few variables that Bram and Julia must contend with in order to get their happily ever after and one of the biggest issues is how Julia views the man who Bram is as well as who he was in college…oh, and the little issue of Bram being Julia’s brother’s best friend.
Bram is definitely an interesting hero. I love the fact that he doesn’t take himself too seriously and while sometimes he’s a bit over-the-top, he does him regardless of the situation, which illustrates just how secure he is with himself; in fact, it’s that attribute that makes things beyond entertaining when he has to endure Julia’s questionnaires and protocols in order to complete her dating program and the intimate discussions he has to have with Julia. And Bram definitely uses their meetings to his advantage, even when Julia wants to ring his neck.
The flashbacks to Bram’s college days and his interactions with Julia allow readers to see that he’s a different man in present-day…not he just needs to prove that to Julia.
I have to admit that it took me a bit to figure Julia out – she’s definitely a quirky, intelligent, and independent woman but I feel like she holds too much inside and overthinks every situation and while that’s a good thing when it comes to her business, her own personal life seems to suffer, which makes the fact that she’s a matchmaker a bit more complicated.
I absolutely adored the Bromance between Bram, Rath, and Roark. The bond this trio of friends share is as entertaining as it is endearing. They give each other shit but also have each other’s back and they understand one another even more than I think they even realized.
The one relationship that I would have liked to see more of is Julia and Rath’s brother/sister bond. There were quite a few comments made about how close they are and how Rath protects her, but I wanted to see it through their own perspectives in order to truly capture just how much they lean on each other.
The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister is another great read by Meghan Quinn, and I am crossing my fingers that she’ll give her readers Rath and Roark’s stories sometime in the near future.
4.5 Poison Apples
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.