She knew what she wanted. And she was starting to let herself hope that Dean wanted the same thing.
Tired of being thought of as a manwhore by his friends and family, Dean is considering the idea of settling — if only had any idea of how to be in a relationship. Bringing his best friend, Carly, to his cousin’s destination vacation was just supposed to help relieve boredom. But when a fake relationship turns serious, Dean wonders if he could ever be good enough for Carly. Being best friends with and working for Dean has been great for Carly even when she has to suppress a slight crush. When Carly tries to save face with her ex by implying that Dean is her new boyfriend, she figures they can enjoy themselves while on vacation and return to normal once their back home.
A quick, but enjoyable read overall. The fake relationship! I love this trope, so I was happy to see it being used here. I would have liked a little more time spent pretending before things got real, as I always enjoy the tension that creates, but this is also a shorter book, so I get why the author doens’t want to waste time.
Dean’s turning point in his life was nice to see because he didn’t fall into the trap of being the player hero that acts like a jerk. Though he does mess up when it’s time to get serious, overall Dean is a very enjoyable character.
I didn’t really get why Carly’s ex would be at the wedding. It’s stated at one point that it’s just going to be only about 10 people who are really close to the bride and groom. It didn’t really seem like Christie (the bride) and Mike (the ex) were that close, so why was Mike there? This was the only hole in the plot and setup that bothered me.
••• Book Details •••
The Graysons #3 • Romance, Contemporary • SMP Romance • July 11, 2017
Two best friends at a destination wedding in Mexico are forced into a fake relationship; but when one kiss turns into a week-long fling, could this change everything?
Dean Grayson doesn’t do commitment. So when his cousin asks Dean to bring a date to his wedding in Mexico, he asks his best friend, Carly Jensen, to come with him. After a recent break up, Carly’s feeling like she’ll never find love, so a week in Mexico with her best friend-slash-boss is the perfect way to take her mind off things.
As fate would have it, Carly’s ex is also a guest at the wedding…with his new girlfriend. To protect her pride, Carly and Dean decide to fake a relationship for the week. But between the sand, surf, and sharing a bed, these friends turned lovers realize they’re meant for something more.