Whiskey River businessman Zack Banister has had his eye on Laurel Lewis for years, even though she’s always been off-limits. The timing has never been right between them, but now that they’re both free, Zack is determined to convince Laurel that he’s the perfect man for her. 

The last thing Laurel needs is a white knight. She’s a single mom and knows she can only rely on herself. But the thought of a fling with Zack is a different matter—and far too tempting to resist. 

Then reality crashes in and Laurel faces hard decisions. And Zack will do anything to convince her to take a risk on him for their happy ever after. 

Titles in the Devil’s Rock at Whiskey River series include:  Rebel Pilot, Texas Doctor – His Best Friend’s Sister – No Ordinary Texas Billionaire

Title:  His Best Friend’s Sister
Series:  Devil’s Rock at Whiskey River #2
Author:  Eve Gaddy
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 16, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

His Best Friend’s Sister is a fun, flirty and, at times, frustrating romance.  It was very easy to fall under Zack’s spell.  He’s a good man who has cared about Laurel, his friend Travis’ sister, for years ever since their high school days.  He didn’t make a move back then because of that whole ” bros don’t date their best friend’s sister” code.  But now that Laurel is free of her jerk of an ex-husband, Zack’s determined to have her and those adorable kids in his life.  Now comes convincing Laurel that she can trust him.

Laurel’s life didn’t turn out quite as she expected.  Instead of that happy family, she got an ex-husband who is pretty much worthless.  Two pretty amazing children make up for that sad fact, but she’s still now a divorced, single parent with no intentions of ever trusting in a man again.

I enjoyed Laurel and Zach’s romance, but must admit that I was completely on Zach’s side in this story.  Laurel takes her mistrust of her own judgement in good men too far, to the point of exasperation for me.  She has a man that most women would turn cartwheels for wanting her for herself, loving her just as she is… and she hesitates, turns him down even though she’d admit that she does love him but cannot trust that he loves her.  I really wanted to step into the story and give her a stern talking to… but characters never listen to me.  I did enjoy this story, but Laurel wasn’t my favorite heroine because of her actions.  Just because I couldn’t really connect with a character doesn’t mean that you should pass this story  by.  I would definitely recommend His Best Friend’s Sister to any Contemporary Romance reader… and leave your decision about Laurel up to you.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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