The night we met in the dimly lit bar, she looked like a brunette bombshell, and I wanted to learn her deepest secrets. With sun-kissed skin and soulful bedroom eyes, she was pure temptation, and I was mesmerized.
As one drink led to two, I craved more of her playful banter and taunting lips. Resisting her wasn’t an option, and we quickly became a desperate mess of tangled limbs and hot kisses. She tasted like the sweetest sin, but I was no saint.
Once we caught our breaths, and it became obvious that meeting her wasn’t a coincidence, everything changed. Now I must deny her at all costs.
Friends. It’s all we can ever be.
After years of lying to myself and keeping her at a distance, I want to pull her close. Sophie’s on my mind more than ever as my instincts to protect her take over. Regardless of my attempts to help, she pushes me away and makes it clear she doesn’t need me.
I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe, to show her I’m the good guy, but one night takes a tragic turn for the worse when her boyfriend and I start throwing punches.
And ends when I’m arrested for his murder.
This is a friends-to-lovers roommate romance filled with drama, suspense, & of course, plenty of angsty slow burn goodness you’ve come to expect in a Kennedy Fox book!
New Adult | Romance | Contemporary
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during blog tour with Wildfire Marketing Solutions in exchange for an honest review***
Oh how I love a good angsty romance romance, though “Friends to Lovers” not entirely my thing, I was feeling that synopsis comrades, I mean, how could you not? I am a diehard slow burn romance junkie and when it comes to Kennedy Fox, you know I am all hands on deck!
I have said it before and I will obviously be saying it again, I am not a huge fan of “Friends to Lovers” tropes, but honestly I really don’t think this is really that trope, truthfully, they did attempt this semblance of a friendship but really it was Sophie trying to be a friend while Mason was basically a bully. I wanted to adore Mason, I loved his alpha persona in the beginning, he was rugged, unmanned personality that screamed for broody untamed swoon worthy chemistry, but really I was hit with this gorilla banging on his chest peeing on his territory attitude most of the dynamic build up. It had this feel of Hunter if you get my drift, like let me keep Sophie at this distance by being a turd towards her but really I want to protect her. It almost gave me whiplash with how he countered Sophie.
They formed a bond that has only grown, and I’m jealous as hell of it. I pushed her away all the time, pretending our bathroom hookup never happened, and have been kicking my own ass for it.
And while on the topic of Sophie, I just cannot understand her mannerism, her personality and honestly, I am downright confused about her mindset. Obviously without giving away spoilers, but we know that she was clearly in an abusive relationship, I love reading these types of plots, I love the emotions that come with these things but this for me felt rushed. Such a powerful and heart wrenching plot dynamic and I felt like I would have connected with Sophie so hard, speaking as someone who has been in that position, but it just fell flat. I understand the growth process, the back and forth, how they developed it, but for me, again it was less appealing as I had first hoped. Then speaking towards how she reacted then grows – to me it is seemed awkward. After everything she went through she seemed more accepting, more naive than she did before and this just threw me for a loop, sealing the deal of how much I could not connect, nor comprehend her character’s personality.
With all of this, you must be thinking, what did I actually enjoy? I will say this, their chemistry, though at times felt strange, it was really good. It pulled you in, and setting aside my personal irk factors on the characters themselves making myself really understand what the authors were trying to convey, I can say that I enjoyed their romance build up. When they were in the same room, bickering and arguing there was definitely a connection that was intriguing. I really loved seeing them together. They brought out the better sides of one another. The push and pull, and right at the beginning, that scene you KNEW HAPPENED but never got glimpses until now, well worth it.
So what are you saying? You want to make it official? Change my status on Facebook or something?
I suppose you could argue that this one took a leap that just frankly did not live up to my expectations. To be fair, I did like the characters. I liked their banter, their bickering between themselves. I enjoyed getting glimpses of the past, which is always a super fun twist to my reading heart. But I do think that at a certain point, I was more so skim reading Truly Mine rather than simply reading to enjoy. I was really excited about this duet because the synopsis truly grips you in the heartstrings unfortunately for me there were points of too much rushed aspects to the plot, the romance and chemistry was there but still had a lack luster build up and simply put, the ending, though an interesting cliffhanger, the plot development sent me in a tizzy of confusion. It was such an exaggerated setting that honestly I don’t know if I should embrace the creativity or cringe at the over use of these types of scenarios.
I do look forward to reading Truly Yours, I want to see it blow me away, fingers crossed! I want to love these characters and as a huge fan of Kennedy Fox, I know they will deliver, again fingers crossed. I just think as much as I wanted this duet to connect with me it did not but will continue on hoping to see that change and I am definitely looking forward to seeing Maddie’s Duet too.
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I knew within moments of meeting Mason Holt that he would change my life forever.
I just didn’t realize how much.
As my world spirals out of control, he continues to stay by my side, protecting and taking care of me. Being just friends is all he’s been able to offer, that is until both of our lives are threatened. Now that our relationship is blossoming into something more, I can’t be what he needs even if I wished I could.
Bad timing strikes again.
When I think we can finally be together, someone threatens to tear us apart. I’m not the same girl Mason met three years ago, but I’m determined to fight for what I’ve always wanted—him.
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