If you’ve not read the first book in this series, I highly recommend that you do. 1 – because it’s good and 2 – because that book has many of the back stories for what transpires here. I was really looking forward to this book after reading Em and Mick’s story and their requisite best friends Ashley and Rory.
Ashley Richards is in her early to mid-forties and a realtor. She’s a good realtor and has sacrificed much of her personal life to be one. She used to go out with boys in their 20s before meeting Rory. One of the less talked about aspects of Ashley is that she’s a former beauty queen. She’s the perfect sales person really, because she’s got the looks, poise and brains for the job. But even with all that, there was something about her I didn’t really like. To be honest, I don’t know if it was her character or just the story that I didn’t find appealing. The thing is – she’s a good person, a nice person, a good friend, a good employee, a good daughter, and a good sister, but even with all that, there was just something that didn’t vibe with me.
Then there’s Rory; he’s mid 40s and has his own very successful business. He and Ashley have a few things in common actually – they both date people in their 20s, like karaoke, enjoy drinking until drunk, enjoy a good sexing and have best friends who are married to each other. Their relationship actually runs parallel to Em and Mick’s – it’s just that they didn’t tell anyone that they’re having sex and really, that’s all they were doing – having sex.
There were some ups and downs that were fun to read. Ashley’s ex-fiancé coming to work at the same company she works was a nice change from Ashley and Rory’s sexy times. Then there were her brothers and father who are all civil servants and slightly overprotective even though she’s the oldest… And Em and Mick’ extending their family… There’s Em’s ex-fiance’s baby mama, too – quite a bit of secondary storylines.
There’s a scene I found especially touching; it’s Rory’s birthday and he’s suffering. We found out in book 1 that Rory’s twin sister was Mick’s wife. So with every birthday, it’s a fresh wound that his other half isn’t there, and I felt for him I really did. But Rory didn’t give Ashley a chance to help him through that time, because he never told her it was his birthday so she didn’t understand why he was sad, but they had sex and that sufficed. There was quite a bit – where one person’s going through something and they chose to deal with it and not involve or share with the other person. For people who aren’t in their 20s anymore, heck even their 30s, Rory and Ashley were absolutely not interested in having someone to call your own. To each his own.
It’s very hard for me to root for these two as a couple when they don’t seem to have an interest in being a couple. I questioned myself a lot on my obligations as a reader and what I should infer versus what I actually read on paper (or ebook, you know what I mean). Unfortunately, the HEA didn’t feel right to me – way too easy and convenient and Ashley didn’t convince me of her HEA and I’d already given up on Rory a while back.
I’ll skip the rest of the series, as I’m done with the tats and the sailor mouth chicks.
Happy Reading Folks!
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The Best Ever
by Josie Kerr
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Publisher: Hot Words and Cold Coffee, LLC