Review: So Good by Nicola Rendell

August 09, 2017

So Good by Nicola Rendell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Standalone - Alpha Dogs #1
Release - August 7, 2017
Genre - Friends-to-lovers RomCom
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 4.5 out of 5
Length - 320 pages

On the roof of a house outside Truelove, Maine, master carpenter Max Doyle looks down through a skylight and sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. She’s naked, she’s gorgeous, and everything about her is perfect, down to the ball-busting tattoo of a rose that wraps around her hip. But it isn’t just any woman making his knees buckle. It’s his best friend, Rosie Madden. And as he stands there, mesmerized and precariously close to toppling off the roof, he knows he’ll never, ever be able to look at her the same way again.

Rosie can’t help but notice that Max is suddenly acting very strange—lots of long stares, totally tongue-tied, and not at all like the slightly cocky hunk she’s proud to call her best friend. She can’t figure it out, until later that night when Max rescues her from the world’s worst date, challenges her to a game of pool, and shows her just exactly what she’s got him thinking about. Repeatedly.

But life is complicated. Rosie’s cat, Julia Caesar, wants to eat Max’s dog Cupcake for an afternoon snack. A dream job threatens to pull them apart. And another glance through the skylight changes everything, one more time. Yet try as they might, they can’t go back to being just friends, because falling in love with the one you’ve always adored?

It feels so good.

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🐾🐾 5 "Who can resist this man and his love for Cupcake?" stars!! 🐾🐾

Max and Rosie have been best friends for more than two decades. They have always been there for each other and are the kind of friends who can predict what the other is thinking and can finish each other’s sentences. Where there is Max, you will more than likely find Rosie. They have never crossed the line. Ever. However, lines get blurred when Max is up on Rosie’s roof doing repairs and spots her naked through the skylight. That image is burned into his brain and absolutely nothing is going to get it out. Now he’s got to get Rosie on the same page.

🐾 “She is the most beautiful woman in the world.” 🐾

🐾 “She was perfect even when she made mistakes. Tips of her toes. Freckles on her nose.” 🐾

I loved how these two were already in love with each other without even knowing it. Every time they recalled an event from the past, they realized that the feelings were always there, buried under friendship. Whether they were slyly checking the other out or stepping up to encourage the other to test their limits, their attraction and chemistry seemed to be obvious to everyone but themselves.

🐾 “... I couldn’t resist one last kiss on her cheek -- one last sweet, perfect kiss, on the perfect face of the perfect woman. She smelled like heaven. She was heaven, in the flesh.” 🐾

Max was so incredibly alpha and yet there were so many moments that exposed his soft underbelly and made me love him that much more. I wasn’t the hugest fan of Rosie’s for the first half of the book, but I was definitely on board with this woman for the rest of the story. These two shared a friendship to be envied and their inevitable love was the stuff of dreams. Between the funny moments with their cat and dog, the sentiment and nostalgia from the past and the moments that made them pause in the present, and even the extremely hot and steamy times, this story couldn’t help itself by being immensely entertaining. As the first full-length novel I’ve read from this author, I’ve gotta say it was SO GOOD!!

P.S. Will there be a story for Fletcher, their best friend? I’d love to see him get a happy ending too!

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