Desert Isle Keeper
Falling for His Best Friend
This book was such a surprise! I really wanted to read a friends-to-lovers book, but the first few I found were pretty bland. But in came Katee Robert to knock my socks off with Falling for his Best Friend.
Avery Yeung is feeling the pressure of her biological clock. Her family has a genetic history that killed her mother and left her older sister sterile at a young age, so Avery is determined to have a baby before medical issues make it impossible. She has determined that a sperm donor is the best solution, and happily lets her friends know of her plans.
When he hears the news, her best friend Drew Flannery can’t stand the thought of her having a child with some anonymous donor and offers up his own swimmers to do the job. Avery had been planning to go the turkey-baster route, but Drew has a more personal method in mind.
The chemistry with Avery and Drew sizzles off the page. I believed in their friendship from the word go and I loved seeing them both squirm with how sleeping together will change it. The sex scenes in this are hot and plentiful, as one would expect from the Brazen line of books, but they also have a lot of heart. For Drew, the interactions are really about his affection for Avery, not just sex.
Avery takes a little longer to come around to the idea that her relationship with Drew is permanently changed, and she thinks things will snap back to normal as soon as she is pregnant. Of course, there is no way that is going to happen.
I do think the initial miscommunication between Drew and Avery over the sex vs. sperm bank issue was kind of silly. I mean, Drew lets her drive him all the way to the doctor’s office when he thought he was going to her house to jump into bed. I think real adults would have taken a moment to discuss what was going on. That said, it was a brief misstep that I was totally willing to overlook once Drew decided to show, not tell, how he thought the baby should be conceived
Avery’s Chinese heritage was an aspect of the book that I didn’t expect, but added interesting conflict. Her grandparents are very traditional and disapprove of her plans to have a child out of wedlock. She also has to deal with touchy emotional territory with her sister, who had to have surgery and lost her chances at having a baby. I thought both of these were fairly real depictions of how one’s family might react in this situation. Many families would take issue with their granddaughter deciding to have a sperm donor baby and raise it alone, even if she has a justifiable reason. And dealing with pregnancy when someone you are close to is infertile is something that can cause animosity and jealousy. I really liked how Robert brought in the family elements to round out the story and give Avery more dimension. We also get to see a bit of how Drew’s alcoholic father affected his own ideas about being a parent in his fear over having a child with Avery.
All in all, I think that Robert did an excellent job with building up Drew and Avery’s friendship and families in a believable way. It made me really feel for them once they started to develop deeper feelings.
Falling for his Best Friend combined my love of friends-to-lovers stories, baby tropes, and steamy love scenes into an awesome read. I look forward to reading more by Katee Robert.