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    Anticipation

    Anticipation is a fast paced, emotional friends to lovers journey. Eddie and Blue have been friends for 10 years. Eddie is not a settling down, relationship type guy, and Blue is a good friend. Despite having been attracted to Eddie from the start, Blue has managed to bury those feelings deep. Everything comes boiling to the surface after an accident though... Blue has been through a lot in her life and I really felt for her. I liked how she recognized the value of her friendship with Eddie and pulled back to re-evaluate. She doesn't push Eddie or try for something she knows won't work. No matter how she feels, she doesn't want to ruin their friendship. It was interesting to see Blue work through this and where this actually took their relationship. Especially when Eddie realizes what they might be able to have together. The tables are suddenly turned and Eddie is the pursuer. Blue tries so hard to resist him and her feelings...but Eddie is not giving up easily. I liked how Sarah pulls us into Eddie and Blue's life, slowly letting us get to know them better. The feelings between Blue and Eddie are explored very well. The angst of the relationship and the conflicting feelings can strongly be felt. These feelings were appropriate for the plot line and character growth. The chemistry between Eddie and Blue is definitely there and I liked how neither of them is quick to give in to it, because they value their friendship so much. Anticipation is the second book in the Brothers Ink series by Sarah Mayberry, but can easily be read as a stand alone. The secondary characters blend in well with the plot of Anticipation, without leaving you wondering what happened before. I'd recommend Anticipation to romance readers who like a friends to lovers story.
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    Worth the Wait!

    This sexy romance is the story of Blue and Eddie. They've been friends and coworkers for several years, never crossing that line until Blue is recovering from an accident that highlights to both of them the loss that could have happened. Suddenly their playful friend connection has a much deeper meaning and they give in to the sexual attraction that has always simmered between the surface. But though Eddie seems ready to give up his playboy ways for her, will Blue accept these changes or will she let love slip through her fingers? I loved this story! Truthfully I've been "anticipating" it (sorry, couldn't help myself) since reading Satisfaction which featured Eddie's twin brother Rafe and being introduced to the characters of Eddie and Blue. It was obvious then that they had a connection and it's been worth the wait to get their story. I appreciated that the accident mentioned in the blurb happened at the beginning of the story so that you weren't left on tenterhooks waiting for it to happen. It does, and leads to the profound realization for both of them of what almost happened and makes them both aware of each other in a new way. After secretly being attracted to Eddie for so long and pushing that attraction down deep inside, having him pay attention to her now suddenly doesn't feel the same to Blue anymore and she struggles with this feeling. Having grown up in the foster system she's learned that love is bad news (and won't even admit to herself the love she feels for her friends, never mind her deeper feelings for Eddie) and wants no part of its painful reality. Blue is friendly and outgoing but keeps her heart well protected, never really giving a man a chance to get to it. She's perfectly willing to have sex with a guy, but never lets it get any deeper. Eddie is a playboy, a fun man to be around, a loyal and true friend to those around him, Blue included. But her accident subsequently makes him realize how much he's taken for granted with her. When they finally connect on an intimate level, he's blown away by his feelings for her even as she shuts down the idea of a real relationship. Friends with benefits - okay, so long as it stays a secret. The sexual chemistry between them is sizzling and the love scenes were hot and steamy. I really loved how patient Eddie was with Blue as they navigate this new phase in their relationship, realizing that if he wants a future with her, it's going to be at her pace. The friendships and family connections in this story are equally as important as the main romance and I enjoyed the camaraderie and banter between them. The twin connection between Rafe and Eddie is strong and meaningful. Blue doesn't make friends easily but the friendships that she does make are important to her. From the start of the story I was hooked and I found it a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read. I hope to see more of these characters in the future! 5 stars.
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    Friends to Lovers

    Blue has had a rough time growing up, her parents died when she was young and she was in and out of foster homes growing up. Eddie is a player, never keeps his girls around very long. Blue and Eddie have been friends for many years, after Blue is injured, Eddie takes care of her and more feeling develop. Blue has always had deeper feelings for Eddie but does not want to ruin their friendship. Can Eddie get Blue to believe in him. This is the second book in the series, I did not read the first one yet, but it is now on my kindle to read. Loved the growth of these characters, from friends to lovers. I received this book from the author for an honest review.
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