BLOG REVIEW: Her Bestie's Older Brother by Kate Gilead

****4-stars
SPOILER-y Plot:

21yo recent-college-dropout-due-to-finances heroine (h) planned on asking her best friend's (BFF's) 38yo brother, construction-owner Hero (H), for a job at his company but decided not to, after their hot 1st kiss at his parents' patio. She's had a long crush on him & even chose her ex-BF coz he looked like H

The last time she saw H was 3 years ago & thought the attraction was only 1-sided. But now he's clearly flirting back with her & kissed her but they were interrupted by the party people going outside too. She thought he left since his car was no longer at his parents' driveway by morning & tried to not be too disappointed at H's fleeting interest in her. But he was back in a few minutes & sweetly but hotly kissed her to continue where they left off last night. He told her how beautiful she's become & how strongly she impacts him. She awkwardly let him know that she's thought he was hot for years & they made out again with H touching her breasts but had to move away, when they heard his sister approaching. When her sister told him re: h's interest in getting a job at his company, she saw his eyes look hurt & harden & tried to explain that her interest in him had nothing to do with her getting a job with him but he became very distant & told her to send her resume to him & then just left. She couldn't call him to explain yet since she promised to go shopping with his sister. 

After he picks them up from their car accident & before h was about to leave his sister's house for her apt, she finally braved telling H in front of his sister that she didn't want him to think that she was only glad to see him last night coz she needed a better job & briefly told him about quitting school due to lack of finances. H was concerned about her quitting school & believed her story so told her to give him her phone # so they can talk more that week. Yet he still had a reserved look & didn't call or text her for days. By Friday night, h got depressed at his lack of contact & thought he must still think she's a gold-digger & has lost interest in her. On her way back home with wine she bought from nearby store, he came by to see her. He apologized for not calling her but that he wanted to talk to her in person, when she asked him why he didn't call. They talked about how long they've liked each other, with H confessing that he was glad she moved away when she was 18 coz she would've been too much of a temptation for him. They hotly smex bareback with no sexual-history/safety discussion. Then, H discussed why it took him awhile to contact h, needing the time to sort the change in their r/s from friends to lovers. She clarifies about her financial situation & changing her mind about working for H once they kissed. H offered her his asst job & that it'll be hard work. He also told her to shared their r/s news to their parents coz he didn't want to sneak around but h wanted to wait since it's new so H understood & said they'll keep it private for a month & her working with him will ease their romance news esp to her parents. They spend the night talking about their interests with H asking her about her beliefs about things & her thoughtful answers seem to please him. 

In next month, they get busy working together while practically living together. She's more exhausted & its her BFF that figured out she's likely pregnant. The pregnancy tests confirms it with h in shock since she was taking birth control but not during the 1st weekend they smexxed. H was quite when they told him &, at his sister's encouragement, told H that he's been in love with her for years but thought it could never be so never showed it or pursued her. She told him she loved him back with his sister very happy about their relationship, having known for years that both were in love with each other but didn't know it about the other. They told their shocked parents with H informing them that he loved h & was happy to have a family soon. Epilogue...8 months later, they're living together with their wedding 3 months after baby's born & h with 1 more semester of college left. H&h get it on constantly with always horny preggo h. 3 days later, she gives birth to a boy. HEA.

* 92 pgs
* good solid romance writing
* average emotionality
* average-good S chem & sorta explicit S scenes with romance
* good romance development with focus on how their romance stabilized their 1st few weeks of being together & working together
* likable characters with h portrayed as younger yet willing to learn & grow & be a partner to H
* liked responsible & honorable & mature H who was considerate with her feelings & introspective & open at discussing his feelings & opinions to h yet can be playful & sexy alpha too with his getting turned on when h called him “daddy” & some dirty talk
* liked H's sister/h's BFF too in her positive & encouraging peppy attitude & support of their romance
* liked how their parents were brought into the story w/o distracting from their romance
* sweet developing romance
* h had 1 lover/BF before H. H sexual history consisted of some casual dates & 1 single-mom GF, which didn't work out before his romance with h.

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