Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 18, 2020
This is a fast paced cute story with enough sizzle to keep you wanting more!
The story opens up with the Blanca having quit her business driven job with no real plans for the future when she sees a friend she hasn’t been around for a long time. Having quit, Blanca’s former best friend invites her to move to the suburbs of New York to share an apartment since they are down a roommate. This starts the story of Blanca picking up her life and moving away from New York, but still being a train ride away from her three older brothers (they have their own series) and family.
After a family dinner on Sunday, Blanca boards her train with dire text messages from her brother only to meet a man who carries Tupperware meals that he hands out to the workers and another passenger who sleeps his way home. Ethan and Blanca have a teasing and flirty conversation that makes the both want to know more. And based on the title of the story, you know Ethan is going to be the ex of her revived best friend. Oh, but it gets even more complicated when they show up at work and realize they are writing the opposite side of an issue from their gender perspective.
Ethan is a man who wants more out of life and you slowly learn why as you get to know his family, just a little before Blanca gets the story as well. He’s not really a sharing kind of guy, but you have to get to know him to find out why. The story weaves these two as they overcome being co-workers and Ethan not wanting to cross the line to a work romance that could go bad. Blanca though doesn’t have those issues and really gets kind of annoyed when he keeps putting up road blocks.
Then there is the fact that Ethan dated Blanca’s best friend, but through it all, it is artfully crafted to keep them both in the dark on it until it is a relationship. There were also a lot of side characters. Three guys in an apartment across the hall, to the three gals in another. There was a rooftop to gather, a tattoo shop across the street and a total “Friends” vibe tot the story. Think Ross and Rachel’s breakup when everything comes out. I won’t spoil how they keep it all a secret so long or the details that go into these two falling in love or even how their backstory plays into the emotion.
This isn’t a terribly long story, but I fell in love with the side characters. We meet Blanca’s brothers, but right off, I can’t say they made a great impression on me. Not enough to go read their stories in the other series right now. You can also see one other relationship blooming and who knows where all the others will fall as this series continues. A sneak peek into the next story is included…the bestie’s. Which sounds totally unbelievable and quite fun. This new series has me by my lady balls and I intend to keep reading!
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