Thursday, August 18, 2016

Blog tour + Giveaway + Review: "The best friend bargain" by Robin Bielman

Author: Robin Bielman
Book 3 in series Kisses in the sand
Main characters: Danny Ellis and Olivia Lincoln


Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.

The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.

As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.

I got the ARC of this lovely story from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and I had sooooo much fun reading this book ;) did I had some small issues with it? sure, but it definitely did not diminish my overall pleasure ;) in fact, I gave it a full 5 stars rating exactly because I enjoyed it as much ;) and don’t be discouraged by the fact, that it’s the third book in a series, because it was my first book ever written by this lovely author (but definitely not the last) and I can assure you that it works perfectly well as a standalone ;)

So now let me tell you a bit more about our main characters ;) Olivia and Danny have been best friends for years… without any hidden feelings on either side I have to add ;) just friends, no funny business… ;) they were very close until Olivia left for London unexpectedly for a few months after some problems… I would be more specific, because it is explained very early in the book, but I have a feeling it actually may be a part of previous story (or stories) so if you plan to read them in order, I don’t want to spoil you anything ;) now she’s back… with an additional little surprise… ;) I’m not sure how big of a spoiler this particular information is, but just in case it's very important, I will be vague and not tell you anything specific ;) she appears out of nowhere, after those few months, in the little town where Danny lives, looking for his help… ;) and his very quick response and agreement on her quite a bit crazy plan is not as surprising as I was afraid it would be, because his situation is also very specific… again, I’m not sure if it was mentioned in the previous stories or not, so I’m just gonna leave out this little detail yet again out of this review so as not to spoil you guys ;) all it takes for them is a moment of flirtation, when he doesn't know that it's her, because of all the cake on her face... ;) yeah, you read it right ;) and I'm not telling anything else about that hilarious little situation ;) and that one spark slowly grows... :) they always had this amazing banter between them, but now, besides all the humor, it's laced with a little something extra... ;) and their interactions are soooo fun to read about :) 

Besides the main couple, there are a few people I need to mention to you :) like I said before, this story can be read as a standalone, but you will be curious about the previous two books after this one :) because both Zane and Sophie, as well as Bryce and Honor, two couples from two previous books make appearances in this story... and those scenes only made me want to read their installments soon :) so I will definitely be going back to read all about them at some point in the future :) they are all friends, which make me believe, that Danny and Olivia apeared in those previous books as well, and I am regretting a little bit not reading about them before... it's not necssary, because you get all the informations and explanations in this book about the important stuff, but I would love to know them even more... :) and it's always fun to observe all the interactions between different characters when you know them better ;)

All in all I had a lot of fun with this book... was the motivation behind Olivia's plan understandable to me? not exactly... ;) but it didn't bother me either :) the writing style was so entertaining that the chapters simply flew by... :) the banter between our main couple, as well as all the different connections and bonds between Olivia, Danny and other characters were great as well... :) I especially loved the e-mails our main couple exchanged quite a few times... ;) this is a new author for me, but based on all the fun I had reading this story and how much I enjoyed her writing style, I will definitely check out her other work... and would advice you to do the same ;) I really liked this book, so if you are a fan of friends-to-lovers stories, if you enjoy entertaining writing style and hilarious characters, then definitely give this book, and this whole series a try ;) it will be worth your time :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author:

When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts all of her story ideas.

She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.

She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch and sign up for her newsletter on her website.

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  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Danny and Olivia's story! I'm so happy you enjoyed the book!! :D

    1. it was my pleasure :) thank you for writing such a great story :)