Single mom Maura Callahan never anticipated that at age 29 she’d be living with her mom in the suburbs, raising her young daughter, Chloe, and working a job that pays the bills but not much else. Her daughter is worth the struggle– and she still has her best friend Aidan, who makes her laugh, keeps her on her toes, and provides the oh-so-toned shoulder to cry on when necessary.

Aidan McKinnon, exec at a high profile social media company in the heart of Dublin, has longed to change his bestie status with Maura for years, but it seems Maura’s relegated him permanently to the friend zone. Still, she and Chloe are his world. But when Chloe’s father shows up out of the blue and demands shared custody when he’s never once met the little girl, Aidan sees a way to finally have what he secretly wants most while ensuring Maura and Chloe’s safety… and the diamond ring is just the beginning.

Will Aidan’s fiercely protective, knight in shining armor proposal of convenience end up starting the love of a lifetime?

Titles in The McKinnon Brothers series include:  All I Want For Christmas – A Doctor’s Love – Marrying His Best Friend

Title:  Marrying His Best Friend
Series:  The McKinnon Brothers #3
Author:  Jennifer Gracen
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 16, 2016
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

Friends to lovers is always an interesting story plot, especially when one half of the couple truly never, ever had a clue as to how much they had always been loved.  Maura and Aidan had been best friends for years, he was godfather to her daughter, the one man she could depend on for a shoulder to lean on or a good laugh when needed.  Yet when her abusive ex reappears in her life demanding joint custody of the daughter he never acknowledged, Maura is faced with a possibly dangerous situation.  Aidan has the perfect solution, but with his plan comes even more surprises, emotions and life changes than Maura ever thought she’d have to face.  It’s possible to have it all, to be safe with the one who loves you – but is it fair to grab onto that with both hands unless you’re certain that you can love them back just as fiercely.  Only time, and Maura’s heart can answer that question.

I enjoyed Marrying His Best Friend.  Usually it’s the woman who has loved from afar for a long time, it was a refreshing slant to view this situation from the man’s side.  We have a truly nasty piece of work to loathe, a darling little girl who will steal your heart, a woman with more questions than answers and a man who will do anything for the woman he’s always loved, even risk their friendship for a chance at a far different future.

If you enjoy friends to lovers romances then this one is perfect for you.  I’d recommend this one to any Romance reader who enjoys a good story, likable characters and possibilities.

*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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