Your best friend. Obviously.
Sephy King’s worked flat-out to make her new lingerie business a success, only there’s a tiny snag – the marketing photos for the launch party are a disaster.
Luke Jackson will help her, won’t he? They just need to strip off, model gorgeous, sexy underwear together and take more photos! So what if the stunning body he’s been hiding makes Sephy’s eyes pop out? And when he holds her, she suddenly wishes they were in her bedroom…alone? He’s her best friend.
Then Luke asks Sephy for a return favour: to pose as his fake fiancée to get his parents temporarily off his back. It’s a risky strategy – but she’s sure she can pull it off.
Until he kisses her…
Rating: 3 Stars
I felt like I started this book at a disadvantage. I didn’t know the characters or situations but was dropped into everything while it was already happening, and no explanations were forthcoming. This feeling continued through the book when incidents from the past and character traits were referred to, as though I already had full knowledge of any backstory. Specifically, a letter the main character, Sephy, received from her father was referenced a lot although the full content was never divulged, and Sephy’s reluctance to get married didn’t seem very reasonable as I never knew the reasons, and she seemed a bit irrational about it all, especially given how lovely Luke was to her.
Because I felt as though I had information missing, I didn’t connect to the characters as I’d hoped, because the blurb really drew me in, and I didn’t really buy into Luke and Sephy’s chemistry as it seemed to come from nowhere. I later found out that this is a book (possibly number 3) in a series, although the blurb and cover didn’t mention those, and I can only conclude that it would have been better for me to have read the books in order so that I had access to all of the backstory and any slow build to lay the groundwork for this friends to lovers storyline.
I think the majority of the story was set in Britain, and I definitely spotted some Brit-specific words but, for the most part, when the characters spoke to each other, they sounded American. I enjoy both British and American books but like to have a good sense of setting rather than somewhere in the general mid-Atlantic.
While I believe I would have enjoyed this book a lot more had I read it in order with the rest of the series, and would definitely recommend other readers start at the beginning, I wouldn’t read back because I didn’t always like her family in this one. There was one scene later in the book where they seemed entirely unreasonable. But, again, maybe hat is a continuation of previous fraught relationships. The ending to ‘It’s In His Kiss’, though, was a satisfying one, and Luke really came into his own in the last 15%. I am also left with an interest in where Sephy and Luke go from here.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.