Sometimes the one you want is the one you least suspect.... Accountant Samantha Ennis craves order and structure. As the bookkeeper at the boutique advertising agency she owns with her three best friends, it's her job to apply logic to the chaos. When one of those best friends, laid-back Hunter Blair, moves in to share her loft apartment, Sam's carefully organized world is thrown wildly askew. Hunter Blair's been the coolest one in the room since elementary school. Until recently, her biggest worry in the world was which of the girls in her cell phone to call on a Saturday night. But it's not long before Samantha sparks a fire in Hunter that has her questioning her old habits and longing for new ones. Isn't it a bad idea to fall for one of your best friends? Samantha and Hunter are about to find out.
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Fun, funny, and oh-so-sexy - and performed so well
Ohmigosh how I loved this.
First off, I should mention I listened to this on unabridged audio from audible, and there needs to be massive props given to the audio performer, who did exactly that; this book is not read, it is performed. And brilliantly.
I should also mention this is the second in the 'Loft' series, and though you wouldn't necessarily lose anything plot wise were you to listen to them out of order, I do think you should absolutely listen to Kiss the Girl first, as there are a couple of secondary characters in this book that you've met in the previous title, and things are better in order. Just ask Samantha.
Okay, onward to Just Three Words. When we last left our quartet of the awesome women who make up Soho Saavy (the equally awesome boutique advertising firm), things were in a good place. They'd landed a huge client. One of them had become lucky in love. Everything was pretty fantastic, really. The four characters, Brooklyn, Mallory, Samantha, and Hunter, had wormed their way into my heart with their very different methods: Brooklyn with fast driving and whimsy, Mallory with dogged determination and cool logic; Samantha with her nerdy number-crunching love of organization, and Hunter with her live-in-the-moment style. They seemed like a fantastic group of friends who balanced each other out in life as well as work, and I couldn't wait to read more of them and see who might be up next for some love at the hands of Melissa Brayden.
So imagine my surprise when I got two-for-one. See, the potential romance in this book is between the super-sweet (and often super-awkward) Samantha, and... Hunter? Hunter, who has been described as nothing but a player from the get go. Hunter, with the (wonderfully performed) kitten voice of purring doom. Hunter, who is so very unlike Samantha (and vice versa).
So here's the thing. You know at the hands of Brayden, these two are in for a wild (and sexy) ride, full of awkwardness, hilariousness, and emotional surprises for the reader. So much happens to these two characters in the space of this book (as well as things that impact the business as a whole, too) that they never once seem to have a moment to catch their breath. And yet, as always, Brayden makes it all seem effortless, and the pacing never overwhelms. As Samantha and Hunter try to figure out what they feel (and if it's worth risking everything - including their fantastic careers), the rest of the world doesn't slow down for a second, and you get completely sucked in.
Also, for those of you listening to this on audio, I feel it only safe to warn you that if you - like me - listen to audiobooks while doing chores or walking the dog or raking the leaves, that you may earn more than a few stares from bursting out laughing. Much like Rob Byrnes, Melissa Brayden delivers whipcrack moments of humour that take you completely by surprise. And there are some doozies in this book - blind dates, rodent attacks... Don't say I didn't warn you. There were a couple of times I had to drop my rake and just give in to the laughter.
I'm pretty sure my neighbour thinks I'm insane.
This is Brayden at her finest. If you've never tried her, you should. If you have already read other books of hers, but haven't picked this one up yet, allow me to give you the nudge. You won't be sorry.
(Oh, and mad props to Brayden for Samantha's bisexuality, which absolutely sings with authenticity.)