Warm, sweet and funny. Laura Drewry writes the kind of books to snuggle up with on a lazy afternoon.
Brett Hale’s past has shaped him into a serious, precise, safety first, good officer of the law. And even though he seldom smiles or jokes and generally presents an ice-cold façade, that doesn’t mean he can’t be a smart-aleck, crack a joke or has cute and sexy charms. It’s just that no one has ever brought it out.
Ellie Palmer thought she had left her past behind along with her very bad impression of cops and any interaction with them. But her lippy personality and heavy foot on the pedal makes Officer Brett pull her over frequently showing her his by-the-book attitude which irritates Ellie to no end.
Forced into contact by their mutual friends, made to see each other because of Ellie’s somewhat reckless driving and imposed to spend more time together faking a personal relationship by the appearance of a threat from her past. What did they think would happen?
“This thing between you and me wasn’t ever really supposed to happen. It was, like, a happy little accident.”
I really enjoyed both Ellie and Brett’s characters. Ellie’s sass, determination and strength and Brett’s alpha protectiveness and good guy demeanor under the cop guise. Laura Drewry writes endearing characters that feel very real. Their banter was so fun and engaging.
“I thought to myself, Self, should the dipwad be alone tonight or should his super-awesome fake girlfriend share her knowledge of how to get through tough times? So here I am, sharing my knowledge.”
I loved how the mandatory time together let them to get to know one another, see beyond the surface and chip away the walls they had erected. The slow process from animosity to friendship and the slow build to more was an enjoyable sweet torture.
“‘Safe’ is when she knows you’re there for her, not necessarily physically there but ‘there,’ you know? …It’s when you make her laugh at thing that shouldn’t be funny and when you smile at her with that little something you only ever show her.”
As with all of the previous books in this series, Laura also links her pop culture knowledge and to her stories by providing, in this case, great cop show/movie quotes at the beginning of each chapter. And since I’ve read the previous books I it was also great having the gang from those books back and lending their help and support and making the story richer.
Book facts: Accidentally in Love is book 3 in the Friends First series with interconnecting characters but can be read as a standalone. It’s written from both points of view. No cheating. Happy ending.
4 Dudley Do Right stars
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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *