The Best Friend Bargain (Kisses in the Sand #3) by Robin Bielman

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Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.

The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.
As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.


The Best Friend Bargain was an okay read, but not my favorite. Really there was just one thing that kept me from enjoying it, but it was brought up again and again. Or how it was handled was what I didn't like, so the book as a whole was not so good for me. 

Olivia has gotten into a bit of trouble. She is single and pregnant and that just won't work. Her family is not so good, so she needs to get married or they will not be happy. She has always been best friends with Danny, he has always done anything for her, and she is hoping that he will step up now and help her out again. She knows he doesn't ever want to get married, doesn't want a family or anything, but hopefully he will for her. 

When she comes back and suddenly blurts all that out Danny doesn't quite know what to do. They have only ever been friends, but he does want to help her. Now here is where I didn't like the story so much. *spoiler alert* So Danny doesn't want to get married or have kids or anything because he has a disease that will make him go blind eventually. Now I can see not wanting to pass it on or whatever, having a hard time accepting it, all of that, but the way he spoke about it it was like he wouldn't be able to do anything once he went blind. It bugged me. It really bugged me. It was like he thinks blind people can't do anything. Olivia doesn't care, she knows that it will be fine, maybe a bit harder, at first at least, but it is not the end of the world like Danny thinks. He can learn new ways and get along when he is blind, but he won't even consider it. He doesn't want to be a burden. He doesn't want to do that to someone. I hated how he talked about his illness. He could still have these concerns, still feel the way he does, but go about it slightly different and I wouldn't have minded.  

Now things get a bit difficult when they both start to be attracted to the other. As I said they have only ever been friends, nothing more, but now things are starting to change. If Danny didn't have such a doomsday feeling about his disease, or he would have talked about it a bit differently, then this would have been a cute, light read. Instead I kept getting annoyed with him and how his disease was spoken of. It was alright, but not my favorite. So yeah. If you are looking for a light read this might be a good one for you. It just wasn't for me.

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Rating: ★ ★


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