Fifteen years ago, three girls were thrown together because their brothers were best friends. Now they’re all grown up, and their brothers are grown up too. The Tea for Two series tells their stories. Fans of contemporary women’s fiction will become engrossed in this new series by New York Times Bestselling Author, Noelle Adams.
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Tea for Two book #1
by Noelle Adams
Release Date: June 7, 2017
Publisher: Noelle Adams
Word Count: 47K
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Tropes: Brother’s Best Friend
Price: $0.99 preorder; $2.99 regular
After too many bad decisions in romance, Emma is going on a man-fast. For the next six months, she’s fasting from men. No sex. No dating. No soulful gazes. No fond memories of her first crush. She’s going to spend the time focusing on her career, getting in touch with herself, and helping her two best friends with the launch of their new tea room. No men.
And that includes her brother’s best friend, Noah Hart, who has just returned to their hometown.
She doesn’t want Noah anyway. He might be even hotter than he was before, but he’s not a nice guy anymore. He’s made a fortune by acting ruthless in business, and the last thing he’s looking for is small-town domestic life. He doesn’t even want to be in town again, but a sick grandmother guilted him into it. Then he has nerve to not even recognize Emma when he sees her again. Maybe it’s been seven years, but a decent guy would remember his best friend’s little sister.
Noah is not a decent guy. Anyway, Emma is on a man-fast. And she doesn’t want Noah.
She waited to see if Noah would complain about her walking home alone at night, but he didn’t. He just said, “I’ll walk with you.”
She started to object—automatically but for no particular reason—but she stopped the words from coming out. There was no reason he couldn’t walk a couple of blocks with her. He would probably insist on it, even if she tried to object.
“Okay,” she said. “Thanks.”
They didn’t speak as they walked down the sidewalk and crossed the street to her building. But she was intensely aware of Noah’s presence beside her. It felt so strong, so masculine, so… man.
Why the hell did she always seem to want him so much?
She should know better by now.
She was feeling strangely shy when they reached the front entrance to her building, and she turned to face him, dropping her eyes. “Thanks again.”
“No problem.” There was that husky note in his voice, the one she really liked.
She didn’t dare to look up at him. “I could have made it on my own, you know.”
“I know that.” God, just the sound of his voice sent shivers up and down her spine.
“No matter what you think, I’m not a little girl anymore.”
She had no idea why she was saying this. She was just rambling, too nervous to think through the words that were coming out of her mouth. And she was seriously having to hold herself back from reaching out toward him, taking hold his shirt and pulling him closer.
He smelled so incredibly good. Not anything as strong as aftershave, but something warm and expensive.
She wanted to smell him even more.
She wanted to feel him.
She wanted to taste him.
She wanted to…
He reached out and tilted up her face so she was looking at him. “I know you’re not a little girl, Emma.”
He’d called her Emma.
“You do?” she whispered, the world shuddering in front of her eyes.
“Damn it, Emma,” he rasped thickly, raising his other arm so he was holding her face in both hands. “Surely you know I’m seeing you as anything but a little girl.”
She was trembling now, and there was absolutely no way she could hold herself back. He was holding her face like she was precious, and the look in his eyes…
So filled with heat and hunger. She’d never seen anything like it.
She grabbed onto his shirt like she’d always wanted to and drew him even nearer, and then he was finally, finally kissing her.
Naturally, she was kissing him back.
Excerpt from FALLING FOR HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND
Copyright © 2017 Noelle Adams
(There might be some kinda, minor, maybe spoilers included – but nothing too big.)
I love the friends to lovers and the best friend’s sibling story-lines and Adams does a great job of giving readers a satisfying romance using them. I love the idea that Emma had a crush on Noah for all these years and that it grows into something even more now that they are grown. It’s not easy to be such a close knit group of siblings and friends so it isn’t something that they can take lightly. Any issues will have long reaching consequences.
Which is a lot of the drama of the book. Noah was devastated by his father’s abandonment as a child and that’s influenced a lot of his life – from his romantic relationships to his career. When he’s finally tempted to delve into something deeper, but with Emma being his sister’s best friend and Emma’s brother being his best friend … what happens if he screws it up?
**Kinda, sorta spoiler**
And here’s where I have just a little bit of a problem because I just didn’t get the supportive, best friend vibe from the girls. Noah’s sister brings up his history of running and it causes Noah to have second thoughts. But then when they are all together as a group a few days later and Emma is going to go home and the only other person leaving is Noah, his sister is all blase about him taking her home. She knows how they feel about each other and has already caused trouble between them and … she just waves and sends them on their way. Not the best friend treatment that I would expect. Plus, she’s his sister but she seems all conflict and no help when it comes to his iissues. So while they hang out together a lot, I felt the boys were more committed than the girls.
But, while I didn’t feel the friendships like I expected, Adams does delivery well on the romance between Noah and Emma. I feel where he’s coming from & I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other as adults and start to have real feelings for one another. The conflict was wrapped up nicely all around, producing a good HEA ending.
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.
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