Danielle Cross has spent her whole life running from breakups and troubles. She’s never stayed in the same place for long…until now.
The moment she walks through the doors of Logan Dawson’s bar, there’s an attraction between them neither can deny.
And when Danielle needs a date to her sister’s wedding, Logan is the man for the job. A cheap trick to fool her family is a small price to pay for a weekend in paradise.
Playing pretend is easy. The hard part? Trying to convince yourself the feelings are only fake.
Romance | New Adult | Contemporary
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy through author group in exchange for an honest review***
Well well well, what do we have here? A ‘Best Friends to Lovers’ trope? How could I? Easy, it is Emily Goodwin. Emily absolutely slays me with her writing style and finally back in the world of Dawson’s family tree, I loved every minute of it. I cannot and will not say it enough, Cheap Trick was the romance I needed this month in my life. Everything from the romance, to the drama, heck the characters – I loved it all.
I’ll have a mimosa. But can I get vodka instead of champagne, and then hold the orange juice – Make it a double, please.
That is right, I loved Danielle. I loved her personality, her presence, how she carried herself – just everything about her was both empowering and relatable. I enjoyed how she was with herself, she understood she had absolutely no clue how to be an adult, what she was doing or whenever or where she would go next, but she knew she was looking for something. I liked it about her. Yes, it might seem fickle, but she never once settled for anything less that happiness in herself.
And not only did I absolutely adore Danielle, I loved Logan. But does that surprise anyone? Nope. I tend to always love the male leads, I can’t help it. Give me swoon worthy man meat any day of the week and I will melt from my seat in five minutes tops, Logan is definitely scrumptious. Logan was amazingly sweet. Between the teasing of Owen, telling him to make a move while Logan wanting to keep Danielle as a friend was just enduring. He didn’t want to force her into a relationship knowing, and believing that is that she needed. I liked how he was a human. I felt he was never forceful, he was kind and sweet and really protective over Danielle.
But that chemistry? Please and thank you because Danielle and Logan had it all…I cannot say it enough as to how much I loved their dynamic. they flowed easily together as friends and when they finally pushed that limit, they realized how fierce their passion for one another really engulfed them. They simply had this this infectious, very flirty type tug of war with their emotions.
Fireworks. All I see is fireworks. Waves crash against the shore, spraying our legs with water. A big one could sweep us out to see, and I don;t think I’d notice. Because Logan Dawson is kissing me. The second his lips touched mine, I knew we weren’t acting anymore.
This is what I like to actually see in these types of tropes, because yeah ‘Best Friends to Lovers’ is definitely my least favorite because it always irks me how someone goes from saying oh him purdy, lemme break a piece of that now. But what did Goodwin do differently? She actually had two characters who were definitely attracted to one another from the start and it just beautifully cascaded. The circumstances of being friend-zoned was mostly due to Danielle’s insecurities of settling down as well as Logan and this played on both their personalities. They had a great connection as friends, they joked in sexual subtleties that was lite and friendly while also having each others back.
I also really enjoyed the drama of Cheap Trick. It was believable at the very least. I liked how the family drama really held Danielle down, just her baggage of that situation really aided on the support and chemistry between her and Logan. I felt her sister was a horrid human being, how her family treated Danielle really disgusted me and yet was so believable because this is how some people are, the woman shaming was just powerfully written. I loved that angle a lot, it really highlighted that vapid, narcissistic woman growth we see in today’s society that is just shake your head worthy.
Overall, what else can I say? I loved Cheap Trick, and honestly for anyone who knows me know that is saying something. I loath ‘Best Friends to Lovers’ tropes, I say it repeatedly so when I find a good one I will be known to scream it to the ends of the world. I cannot get over the dynamic between Logan and Danielle, the chemistry was there, heck it was always there and the build up was down right delicious. Drama spectacular, the feels – oh man I am still feeling the tugs on my heart for this one. Just phenomenal, but at this point should I be surprised that Emily Goodwin is amazing?
Now, I just need Owen. I just, ugh, I need him. And I need Dean. The more and more I see Kara, just the absolute more I loathe her. I need her gone and Dean to find someone knew, better. GONE I TELL YOU EMILY.