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Her Best Friend What's a girl to do when she's secretly in love with a friend and he's married to someone else She gets over it That's what Amy Parker has done Rather than lose her best bud uinn Whitfield with an ill timed crazy confession of affection she's taken the smart route She's eased away from him Just enough to get past the unreuited bits And you know it's working Until the day uinn announces he's now single That's right He's single And he wants to hang out With her Get reconnected the way they used to be Oh this is so not good for Amy's euilibrium Daily doses of uinn remind her of everything she loves about him But if he's freeand she's freewell maybe the time has come for one of those crazy confessions 45 starsYet another gem from Sarah Mayberry This is exactly the type of contemporary I love It isn't flashy or dazzly It doesn't have Navy SEALs jumping out of planes and stalkers behind every door It is a good relationship drama that hits on a lot of themes unreuited love the value of friendship and betrayal and trustThe set up of the story is very well done Amy and uinn grew up together practically from the crib They were always the best of friends Then Lisa came along and the three of them became the three musketeers teenagers who did everything together Amy fell in love with uinn when they were 14 years old but it was Lisa who was the bold one and got his attention It was Lisa with whom he moved from a platonic relationship into a boyfriend girlfriend relationship throughout high school and college And it was Lisa that he married with Amy standing up for both of them as their 'Best Person' But Amy never fell out of love with him and she subsumed her pain under a mask of happiness She still loved both her best friends but it was hard for her to be with them so over time she slowly through careful neglect removed herself from their lifeBut uinn is back and he and Lisa are divorcing SO now whatThis is a great premise and it is the type of a plot that I just adore It is a story that a good writer can wring a lot out of and a reader can sit back and sink into As in another book of hers I read The Best Laid Plans Mayberry executes this story brilliantly Amy and uinn don't just fall into each other While Amy has always been hyper aware of uinn uinn is allowed to slowly become aware of Amy as someone other than just 'Ames' his best friend And Lisa although she is the architect of her marriage's downfall isn't made into an out and out villain She is portrayed as someone who really didn't know what they wanted and screwed up seriously Mayberry also allows the three of them continue to negotiate the fluid lines of their friendship outside of the romance As uinn reflects on his divorce he mourns the loss of Lisa his friend and much as the loss of Lisa his wife Amy as much as she is disappointed in Lisa for hurting uinn doesn't choose sides in their marriage problems knowing that that is a boundary she can't cross And in a master stroke the thing that prevents uinn and Amy from getting together right away even when uinn finally acknowledges that he is attracted to her is his fear of losing her as a friend as well This isn't a contrived obstacle but a very valid consideration he needs to make before he embarks on changing the tenor of their relationship He's already lost that with Lisa he was terrified of losing it with AmyAnd I was also glad to see that when Amy reflects on how different their lives would have been had she been the bold one and made the move at the age of 14 instead of Lisa uinn doesn't go there He acknowledges that things may have been different but he was in love with Lisa even though he no longer is This is the type of nuance and adult storytelling that makes the contemporary novel my favorite subgenre but issadly not found very often I knock off half a star because the ending felt rushed I know this is because of the book length constraints in the Superromance line but I can't help but lament how much richer the story would have been if it had another 100 200 pagesHighly recommend I try to be stingy with my five stars but I wavered between a four and a five for a few minutes before I decided that it's perfect for what it is a category contemporary that makes you smile with your whole faceAmy Parker and uinn Whitfield have been friends so long that there's a photo of them sharing the same teething ring as babies They grew up together played together and were two peas in a pod until the double whammy of puberty and a new girl named Lisa went and changed everything Though the three hung together as the Three Musketeers uinn and Lisa eventually married with Amy serving as Best Person at their wedding and moved from their small town near Melbourne to attend law school in SydneyThroughout all this Amy has harbored an unreuited love for uinn that she never declared Nearing 30 she decides it's time to stop pining for what will never be and slowly cuts contact with uinn and Lisa For the past 18 months she's ignored calls and emails hoping distance might help her move on Unfortunately she's also missed that Lisa's been carrying on an affair and that they're currently going through a divorce So in his hometown to help Amy realize her dream of owning and renovating the historic cinema in town uinn reconnects with Amy and wants to regain what they once had leaving her torn between keeping the status uo or risking it all to chance a romantic relationship with himWhat I loved most about this novel what how well Mayberry handled their relationship She makes their friendship clear through their actions their casual banter remembered food preferences shared memories rather than just telling us they were friends and skipping to the lust resisting She spends the time to establish their friendship for the reader to see before truly pressing the romantic angle As a result I could easily feel their angst and confusion along with them and grin and sigh when it all comes togetherI enjoyed the companion plot about buying and renovating the theater It was an opportunity to show the two of them working together to make a dream happen but not in a particularly heavy handed manner either The task suits them well Amy's working to preserve something she's loved for her whole life and uinn seeing in it a chance to escape the city life that is increasingly alien to him The evil competing developer was a bit two dimensional but not absurdly so After reading a recent journal article about how most business managers are sociopathic perhaps he wasn't all that far fetched I certainly have had clients with his mannerI also really liked that uinn's ex and their childhood friend Lisa is thoroughly human Yes she's a manipulative bitch in some ways but she was sympathetic in others There's no Disney style reconciliation for the three but the book does a great job of not demonizing her She and uinn just couldn't make it work both regret that it couldn't and that's that RefreshingI'd recommend this to anyone who likes their romance fairly sweet loves to see friends become lovers and wants to close a book wearing a big goofy grin Complete waste of time and money I don't care as much about the money but I wish I could get the three hours of my life back Maybe I'm just weird but I didn't find anything about the writing extraordinary as so many readers here have indicated I thought the writing was mediocre at best There was no story development other than the constant longing by the heroine for the hero and the constant longing by the hero for his wife I never got how or why the hero decides to stay with the heroine Certainly it was NOT because he fell in love with her because there was never any indication of that whatsoever in this book At best the heroine was second best and a choice of last resort for the hero's battered pride He knew he would lose her friendship if they didn't proceed to something and he knew he could not forgive his wife for her betrayal so he settled for the heroine because what the hell else was there to do She loved him after all go with the path of least resistance view spoilerHello almost at the very end of the book right before the hero is about to go to the heroine he feels the emotional pull and shared history with his wife as he is embracing her hide spoiler Very good category romance about two lovely people who grew up next door to each other all their lives This is the first Superromance of SM's that I have read She usually does the Harleuin Blaze line instead I hope that she does Superromances because I liked how the focus was on the story and the characters versus the rather forced mental lusting in the SM Blaze that I readMy primary beef with Best Friend Romances is that most authors TELL me that the HH are BFs not SHOW me Not so here The HH are both 30 years of age in the story the hero is waiting for his divorce to finalize after a yr of separation from his soon to be ex and I definitely got the feeling the HH will always love each other and be each other's BFs no matter what comes their way when I finished the book I also liked how the soon to be ex who is obviously a selfish manipulative woman isn't totally villainized despite the horrible things she did

  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Her Best Friend
  • Sarah Mayberry
  • English
  • 04 July 2015
  • 9780373783717

About the Author: Sarah Mayberry

Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne Australia and is the middle of three children From the time that she first “stole” paper from kindergarten and stapled it together to make “books” Sarah has always wanted to be a writer In line with this ambition on graduation from high school she completed a bachelor of arts degree majoring in professional writing then sat down to write a book When ins

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