Author: CR Guiliano
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Every day has been a struggle for Brynn Davidson since his mother’s death. He dropped out of college to care for his sisters, but his father’s grief and rage-filled abuse is taking its toll. While he wishes for a better life, Brynn sees no way out, since he can’t leave his sisters behind. What little hope he finds comes from his best friend, Leila, who repeatedly offers to report his father, but is his rock. Then she surprises him with news that her brother is back in town. Brynn’s former crush, Adric, left town cursing Brynn’s name. Now, he offers to support Brynn in any decision that will get Brynn out of his horrible situation. But Brynn doesn’t know if he’s ready for his best friend’s brother.
Combine Second chance romance with the older brother of your best friend and you have a sweetly awkward love story in the making. That is exactly the scenario facing Brynn in My Best Friend’s Brother by CR Guiliano.
Brynn lives for this little sisters. He once was on his way to greatness in college and living his life, then one day his mother died. He had to return home and shield his sisters from their increasingly erratic father. Not only did his plans take a hit, his self-image is damaged each time he puts himself in the way of his father’s fists to save his sisters. He doesn’t realize how brave that makes him. He doesn’t realize he has any choices. With the help of his best friend since childhood, Leila, he does what needs to be done to make sure his sisters are safe, including putting his love life on the back burner.
Enter Adric, Brynn’s one-time crush and Leila’s big brother. Years ago Adric left town to escape feelings he didn’t think he should be having. Back in town and a successful lawyer, he offers his help to Brynn. He wants whatever Brynn will give him, but mostly, he wants his heart.
The love story is a bit rushed, and the conflict is resolved in an almost “too” convenient way. I would like to have seen a bit more fallout from that resolution. It almost made the relationship between Brynn and Adric seem forced or unhealthy. I am, however, going to suspend my disbelief and just go with sweet. Adric wanted Brynn and offered him the world, or at least a small piece of it.
Short and sweet, is the best way to describe this tale.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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