It’s all fun and games…until someone’s heart is broken.
They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?
Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smoldering firefighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.
Now it’s personal. Colt and Milo are at war, and between Max’s questionable acting methods, an unfortunate trip to jail, and a maniacal fiancée, what could possibly go right?
Both Rebecca and I went into this book completely blind. And with an author like Rachel VanDyken you never know what you’re going to get; “shoot em’ up” bad boys, gut wrenching, or a make you laugh out loud book. Based on the cover and title I wasn’t sure what I was going to get, but I was pleasantly surprised that this would fall into the hilarious category.
Over the last year, RVD has become an automatic one-click for Tracy and me. Right away, it became obvious this was going to be a fun and lighthearted read.
You’re right, from the beginning Milo had me laughing. She is heading home for her brother’s wedding and has to be around Colton, who’s her brother’s best friend and the boy she’s been in love with all of her life. She’s tried to avoid him for the last 4 years while at school because it breaks her heart that all she’s ever been to Colton is his best friend’s little sister.
“I was the little sister he’s never had—and secretly I’d always wanted to be so much more.”
There’s nothing I love more than friends to lovers especially when they are childhood friends. Milo was adorable. I could just feel her pain as she longed for Colton. He was always just out of her reach, or so she thought.
I loved Milo even though she was an absolute train wreck to anyone who came within 10 feet from her. She had a heart of gold, a best friend who we would all love to have, a fun family, and a love for Colton that just wouldn’t go away. But what I loved best was her inner banter!
I wanted to be the ice on his Popsicle, the charm on his bracelet, the milk on his mustache—you get my point!
Of course, with Colton’s point of view, we quickly learn how he truly feels about Milo. I loved having Colton’s point of view. Milo doesn’t know her former best friend as well as she thinks. He’s really struggling to keep his feelings for her under control. Then, things get really wild when Milo’s best friend, Max is added to the mix.
When Max came around and added a little jealously to the mix, the story took on a whole new level! I found myself laughing throughout this whole book at the ridiculousness of the situations that followed these characters.
There are so many laugh out loud moments! Sometimes, they were a little much for my taste. However, I really developed a soft spot for Max and his crazy antics.
“You were kicked out of Boy Scouts.”
“I was too advanced for their curriculum.”
I loved Max also, and knowing his book is going to be next in the series has me so excited. If possible, I think his book will have me laughing even more than this one. The over the top nature of the story is part of what I loved most about it. I have to admit the grandma story went a little far, but I absolutely loved this book. I will definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a light, fun read.
I am certainly looking forward to more Max. I really enjoyed Colton and Milo’s story. In my eyes, RVD cannot write a bad book. She once again delivers a fun and enjoyable read.
Rebecca’s Star Rating
Tracy’s Star Rating
“Aw, sweetie.” Max laughed and pulled me in for a hug. I winced as my pounding head made contact with his chest. “Believe me, if we would have slept together, you would remember, even drunk, you would remember.”
“Confident.” He released me. “So are we upset or are we okay?”
“Partners.” He winked. “For life. You and me, we’re a we.” He lifted the coffee to his lips. “Hey, that rhymed, how badass am I, after getting drunk last night?” He nodded his head. “Sharp as a tack.”
The coffee slid out of the cup and onto his hand.
Lots of cursing followed.
“Yeah.” I took the coffee away. “Sharp as something.”
“So.” Max reached behind him and pulled out my diary. “Curious minds want to know, when you drew that picture of the house you and Colton were going to live in once you got married in front of the queen of England, did you purposefully draw the dog without a tail or were you just confused?”
“Give me that!” I lunged for the pink diary. “How the hell did you find it?”
Max held it above his head and took a sip of coffee. “People always hide interesting stuff under their mattresses, though I had you pinned for more of a signed ’N Sync poster, considering all the stupid hearts around JC Chasez’s face on the torn-up poster in your closet.” The freak had gone in my closet too? “This is just as good. Though I have to admit, I’m a bit disappointed that you chose Prince Harry to walk you down the aisle. Do I mean nothing to you?”
“I had a thing for royalty!” I shouted, my headache making a fierce pounding in my temples.
“Mmm.” Max set his coffee down but kept the diary above his head. “One last question.”
“If I answer, will you give it back so I can burn it?”
“I’ll give it back.” He held up his hand. “But burning this would be a crime. It’s like reality TV only worse, I seriously cried real tears and it wasn’t because the story was sad. Oh, and P.S. It took you five years to spell nightmare right, just thought I’d let you know.”
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com