Monday, August 7, 2017

New Release: So Good by Nicola Rendell + Review

So Good

by Nicola Rendell


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On the roof of a house outside Truelove, Maine, master carpenter Max Doyle looks down through a skylight and sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. She’s naked, she’s gorgeous, and everything about her is perfect, down to the ball-busting tattoo of a rose that wraps around her hip. But it isn’t just any woman making his knees buckle. It’s his best friend, Rosie Madden. And as he stands there, mesmerized and precariously close to toppling off the roof, he knows he’ll never, ever be able to look at her the same way again.

Rosie can’t help but notice that Max is suddenly acting very strange—lots of long stares, totally tongue-tied, and not at all like the slightly cocky hunk she’s proud to call her best friend. She can’t figure it out, until later that night when Max rescues her from the world’s worst date, challenges her to a game of pool, and shows her just exactly what she’s got him thinking about. Repeatedly.

But life is complicated. Rosie’s cat, Julia Caesar, wants to eat Max’s dog Cupcake for an afternoon snack. A dream job threatens to pull them apart. And another glance through the skylight changes everything, one more time. Yet try as they might, they can’t go back to being just friends, because falling in love with the one you’ve always adored?

It feels so good.


4-4.25 stars

This is a good book! This is Max and Rosie's friends to lovers romance. Max and Rosie have been best friends for years. Rosie's grandmother recently died, leaving her a crumbling old house to fix up. Her illustrating of children's books work has dried up and Rosie has no money to keep afloat. So Max, a contractor and house builder, has been helping her rebuild. One day, Max is pretty much struck, when he begins to see Rosie in a different light and realizes he is actually in love with her. He wants to act on his feelings for her right away and he does, which has Rosie running scared, afraid to ruin their friendship. But once she knows Max's feelings, she can't help but realize that she feels the same way. They soon realize that they've been in love for years. But with a falling down house, a newly adopted rescue dog, an inherited grumpy cat, and a dream job on the line, they have a lot to deal with before they can have their happy ever after. 

I loved so much about this book. I loved Max and Rosie. They were an awesome match and it was so obvious that they adored each other and always had. They have an amazing connection and chemistry. (Holy Sexy times in Home Depot!). They had a very sweet, funny and sexy love. I loved the pet and home renovation aspects and the 90's references (Cucumber melon body spray!) too. This is a friends to lovers romance, which can be a tricky balance for me. I was satisfied with the way it was done in this case. Max and Rosie were best friends since middle school. Even though they dated other people very casually, it was obvious they were both really in love with each other but had no clue. There is no real description of their past romantic histories and no OW/OM drama. They were both afraid to ruin what they had with each other, but once that can of worms was opened, there was no going back. It obvious that they were meant to be together, that no one else ever mattered to either on of them, and that they had always loved each other. 

I love Nicola Rendell's books. I have loved everything she has read so much. This is a good book, but it is not quite as good as my other favorites by her, in my opinion. There was just a few things that kept it from rating it higher. I didn't love the plot device that kept the couple apart near the end of the book. This plot device just seemed silly and unnecessary. I also needed more closure. The ending conflict felt rushed and I needed more discussion between the couple in conclusion. Max's POV was really good at showing in his internal thoughts how much he adored Rosie. I just needed to see him telling her that. I wanted a more drawn out resolution and more detail in the epilogue. So those things kept me from rating the book higher, still I did love the story in general. 

Overall, this was a very sweet, funny and sexy book. I really enjoyed Max and Rosie's love story, even if I didn't love the end. I can definitely see potential for other books in this series and look forward to those too. Nicola Rendell is still one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to read more books from her in the future!

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Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She is at an unnamed Ivy and prefers to remain mostly anonymous for professional reasons. She has a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from schools that shall not be named here. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. She realizes that her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady and she’s totally okay with that. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is from Taos, New Mexico.

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