— BLURB —
It’s no secret I’ve always had a crush on Damon Strickland.
My best friend’s older brother and the center of every single one of my fantasies.
He’s a walking, talking temptation.
That cocky grin and those broad, athletic shoulders.
You know what they say about a man with big hands right?
Growing up, we always tormented one another.
I was the nagging, annoying little girl he hated.
And he was the man-whoring, douchebag I couldn’t seem to get over.
Now as adults he actually came through and helped me land a job at my dream company.
How the hell am I supposed to focus when all I can think about is tearing that tight suit from his tempting body!
What’s even worse?
He forgot to mention he’s my boss.
— MY REVIEW —
This was unexpectedly such an enjoyable, funny read that I couldn’t put down. I took a chance after seeing it as a freebie on Amazon and wanted to read something quick and light in between reads, and it did not disappoint whatsoever! 🙌
If anything, it exceeded expectations. It’s a relatively shorter story than what I would consider a full length novel but it packed a punch full of world-building and backstory between the two main protagonists that sets up their present relationship.
It had a great developing story that was consistent and engaging. A lot of surprisingly LOL moments that had me giggling like a school girl and grinning like a loon!
My Best Friend’s Brother is a hate-to-love romance between two childhood neighbors/ friends. It’s about missed chances, secret crushes, and all around good-humored banter. Jazz’s secret crush on Damon was one that started from childhood, developed deeper into their teens, and going just as strong now that they’re adults.
I love a good banter, do you? These two bantered like stereotypical teenagers who easily made the other embarrassed. It was cute. It hits the feels. It was definitely nostalgic of my teen years 😅
Was there some predictability detected in the storyline? Meh yeah. But honestly, I didn’t care because Damon and Jazz’s love story was probably one of the sweeter stories I’ve read in a while. There was enough light and shade in their relationship that you wouldn’t be so quick to judge it as just another instant hookup despite the length of the book being on the shorter side.
This was an effortless read that kept me captivated. Very relatable subject — I mean who hasn’t had a crush (let alone a secret one) at least once in their lives?! The characters are realistic in their feelings, insecurities, and reactions to certain moments. I know I snort-laughed a time or two whilst reading this, nodding my head and relating.
“I’ve been in love with you since I was five years old, and you tormented me. I had to watch you march in girl after girl.”
I think if you weren’t similar to Jazz, then you knew someone who was. LOL. The person who had the biggest crush on someone. Yet no matter what you said or did, it just seemed like you were not their type.
One main highlight in my opinion was whenever they re-encountered a moment in their past because it shows both their perspectives on it. It’s also evident how much they were always around each other growing up. Jazz may have been Maddie’s best friend, and even with Damon being a few years older, it never stopped all three of them from hanging out with one another.
From first impressions, Damon seemed like the popular, good looking, confident man that Jazz has always seen him as. The guy who only seems to see her as his sister’s annoying friend and nothing more. But as time goes by that’s not necessarily the case.
Damon’s take on certain events is the most intriguing in comparison to Jazz’s, only because from her POV, she openly shared her romantic feelings for him. Whilst with Damon, he’s a little hesitant, gradually opening his feelings throughout time.
Their story is told from both POVs, and it couldn’t have been executed more brilliantly. You know that quote “There are two sides to every story”? — Their life story is a perfect example of it.
“Did I tease you? Yes! Did I pick on you a little? Damn right, I did. But I only did those things because I liked you and didn’t know what to do about it.
Anytime you’ve needed me, where have I been?
I’ve been right here, by your side. Even if you didn’t know it. Even if you didn’t want me to.”
Other than Damon and Jazz’s throwback into their childhood. Another positive I found in this book is the main secondary character, Maddie (who is Damon’s sister, and Jazz’s best friend). She’s just as likable, hilarious, and added depth to Damon and Jazz’s history as it goes back and forth from past to present. She made such an impact that I’m look forward to reading about her story in the next book of this series!
If I had to make an itty-bitty critique however, it would be that it was too short (I would’ve loved a few more chapters). There were a few things that were mentioned but it never went into any further detail. And despite that cover being all half-naked gloriousness… it didn’t really match Damon’s description. I don’t remember reading Damon having any tattoos let alone a entire chest piece… 🤔 If I was judging based on the cover, I would think that there was a bad boy in this story — FYI there so was not! Damon is a complete gentleman!
A nice, lighthearted read that would for sure take your mind off day to day stresses and adulting for at least a few hours. It’s pretty straight forward. There’s no real jaw dropping twists but still leaves you with satisfaction. And I can’t forget the great friendships in this one. Alexis Winter is also a new-to-me author, but after having read this, I’ll be sure to look into more of her work.
My Best Friend’s Brother by Alexis Winter is FREE on Amazon!
(For a limited time only)
Disclaimer: At the time that this review was posted, the book was FREE. Keep in mind depending on when you read this, it may or may not still be the case.
Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo