A FRIENDLY FLIRTATION
Friends First #3
Releasing February 15th, 2016
Allison Hall is fed up with being a social outcast. Even at the tech company where she works for her brother and his best friend, Jared, she's the invisible nerdy girl. What she needs is confidence—and that requires a makeover and dating tips. And she knows just the man to help…
Jared Esterly is shocked when Allison asks for his assistance and turns her down, knowing that her brother—his business partner and best friend, Nick—would kill him if he dated her, even if it is just for practice. But when Al’s attempt to make changes on her own fails spectacularly, Jared reluctantly steps in. Things heat up quickly, and soon lessons move from the salon to the bedroom.
When overprotective big-brother Nick discovers Jared is dating Allison, their friendship and business partnership sour. Allison, consumed by guilt, must make a choice: stay with Jared, even though that means ruining his friendship with Nick and possibly his career, or leave the one man who sets her on fire.
A Friendly Flirtation is a sweet story about a nerdy girl who wants to break out of her shell and be the one everyone remembers, instead of the wall flower she is now. She asks her brother to help her, but he refuses, therefore setting her up to ask his best friend, Jared.
I enjoyed the storyline, and I loved getting to know Allison and watch her transform into the woman she wants to be. Jared was sweet and patient when it came to helping Allison with tips and tricks to make her more confident in the dating world, but when it came time to recommend dates, he couldn't do it because he had developed feelings for Allison. This, of course, sets them up for the friends to lovers storyline that isn't really sweet, but not too steamy. It's middle of the road, partly because it felt like the link between Jared and Allison was lackluster and missing a strong base. That said, I still finished the book in one day and thought the writing was excellent, but the romance left me aching for more. Another point I enjoyed is that it wasn't the story of Allison pining after Jared for years. This was a new romantic interest for both of them. If you love a true friends to lovers then A Friendly Flirtation is worth reading.
I give A Friendly Flirtation
Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, three laptops (she might have a slight addiction, or maybe it’s a fear of one imploding from overuse) and a much loved assortment of furry friends.
Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy heroines.
A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and her website at christine-warner.com.