When a lonely teacher teams up with a handsome bartender for some outrageous acts, they both get more than they bargained for…
Learning her ex-husband is going to be a father, Quinn Adams is determined to have a baby of her own—without the partnership of a man. But her sister and friends believe she needs to focus on herself first, and step out of her comfort zone by completing a list of adventures. Challenge number one is to go on five dates within two weeks. After a few disastrous attempts, Quinn’s ready to give up—until sexy bartender Ryan O’Leary offers his assistance.
Ryan has always been the dependable one in his family, often at his expense. But lately, he’s been longing for a life—and a woman—of his own. The woman he has in mind is Quinn. Though it seems all she wants is friendship, Ryan can’t ignore the explosive chemistry he feels between them. In the hopes of becoming closer, Ryan offers to help out with Quinn’s list. But when she asks him for a serious favor, he’s afraid it will jeopardize his chance to become more than friends.
The friends-to-lovers trope is probably one of my top 3 favourites. There’s something really lovely in following the story of two people who realise that they feel something more than simple friendship. Some books get it wrong (unrealistic friendship, no chemistry).
More Than This, I am happy to say, is not one of those books.
The gradual movement from friends to lovers is fantastic. It’s also nice to see it being the guy who has the unrequited feelings. Quinn and Ryan seemed to be well-developed characters, and the supporting cast, including Indy and Griffin, were funny and interesting. There were some pretty amusing moments in More Than This, particularly the Blue Smoke episode. Not too sure I’d stay awake after a few of them (there’s a recipe at the end of the book if you’re interested).
There were a few things that I would have liked to see from this story. I would have liked the ending to be a little less rushed, and some resolution to the bar rapist storyline would have been good. However, these may make more sense in future books. These two issues did not affect my enjoyment of the book.
I continued at the end to read the excerpt from Shannyn Schroeder’s next story (which sounds great by the way) and a Kid Rock song that was referred to in the excerpt was playing on the radio at the café I was sitting in. Had to laugh.
My rating: 4 out of 5.
Release Date: 3 January 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Kensington Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.