Title: Indie and the Brother’s Best Friend
Author: R. Linda
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Editor: Laura Kemmerer
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Being in love with someone who doesn’t love you back sucks.
Being in love with your brother’s best friend sucks even more, because you know it can never happen. How tragic is that?
I’ve been in love with Lincoln Andrews since we were kids and he stuck up for me against my brother and played tea parties with me in the treehouse. I’ve also avoided him for the past year because he broke my heart…more than once.
Now we’ve been thrown together at a tropical resort to celebrate my parents’ second wedding, and things are intense and getting worse, no thanks to an insane plan my friends cooked up to get me my dream man.
No one else even comes close to what Linc means to me. He’s always there for me, but is it because he cares for me too—or only because I’m his best friend’s little sister?
It’s time I find out once and for all…but what if our crazy plan blows up in my face and ruins everything?
R. Linda drinks wine and writes books.
A coffee addicted, tattoo enthusiastic fangirl with a slight obsession for a particular British boy band and solo artist, she is a writer of Contemporary YA/NA Romance and Suspense, sometimes dabbling in Paranormal as well.
Renee lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two sons. When not writing she can often be found reading books to her children and cuddling up with them on the couch to watch their favourite movies.
I smiled at her. It wasn’t a friendly smile. It was sinister. Her eyes widened, and she moved back on the rock, knowing I was coming for her.
“You better lose that dress real quick, Princess. I’d hate for it to get wrecked.” I crept closer. Panic marred her features. She knew all too well that I meant what I said.
“You wouldn’t.” She held her hands out to stop me.
“Come on, you know me better than that. You’re getting in this water. It’s just up to you whether your pretty dress is coming in with you.” I turned my back to her. “You have until the count of three. If you’re not in the water by then, I’m turning around regardless of whether you’re still dressed or not.”
“Linc, I’m not skinny-dipping with you.” Her voice quivered a touch with nerves.
I chuckled. “No one said anything about skinny-dipping, but please don’t let me stop you if you feel inclined to swim naked.” I reached for the waistband of my boxers, and intending to mess with her a little more, I removed them completely. “I might just join you.” I threw my underwear over my shoulder and onto the rock.
I was surely going to hell for this.
“Linc! Oh, my god!” I looked over my shoulder at her to find her face buried in her hands.
“To the count of three, Indie,” I warned one last time.
What was I doing? She was Nate’s sister.
And she had Jack-ass for a boyfriend.
She was completely off limits.
It was silent. I turned to find her standing on the rock, twisting her hands nervously in front of her. Her dress…at her feet.
Lace. White lace. Matching.
I was going to hell.
And I didn’t care. I didn’t care that she was Nate’s sister. I didn’t care that she had a boyfriend. I didn’t care that she was entirely off limits. She was mine. Always had been. And one way or another, I wasn’t leaving this island without getting what I wanted.
Indie has been in love with her brother’s best friend Lincoln/Linc but he says that he only looks at her as a little sister. She has to go with him to her parents’ second wedding, where they will be at a tropical resort. She is desperate for him to notice her before they possibly go their separate ways, so she and her friend Jack decide to pretend to be in a relationship to make him jealous. Hopefully, this plan doesn’t backfire completely and he will finally see her as more than simply his best friend’s little sister.
Linc has been in love with Indie for years, but he is scared of what her parents and brother will think if they start going out with each other. He does not want to ruin his relationship with his best friend, but he loves Indie so much that he doesn’t think that he can wait any longer for her. When she shows up at the tropical resort with a new boyfriend, he doesn’t even know how she has managed to date him for a year without him finding out. Nevertheless, he knows that he has to find a way to get her away from this horrible boyfriend of hers and to where she belongs, with him.
I am really into the falling for the brother’s best friend storyline now. It started with The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window and now I am loving this. My only issue is when the brother tries to get mad at the best friend for liking the sister in the past. If I was a brother, I wouldn’t be hostile towards my best friend who wants to date my sister. Instead, I would want my sister to date someone who I trust. Nevertheless, the brother always has some degree of hostility that is the cause of a major plot point.
I loved Indie, as she never gave up on Linc even after years of pining after him and seemingly receiving nothing. It was sweet to see their relationship grow throughout this story and see how they truly blossomed into love.
Even though irritated me to no end with his “tactics” to try to bring Indie and Linc closer together, it definitely worked, and it helped for their growth as a couple.
Lastly, I am starting to see the link between the stories in the series. Before even reading the short sample at the end, I knew who the next story was going to be about simply by reading the novel, and in a weird way this made me feel special for “figuring it out”. I definitely cannot wait to read the next story, and I hope to follow this series until the end.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5