Review: So Good by Nicola Rendell (Alpha Dogs #1)

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Ardent PRose in exchange for an honest review.

I felt an embarrassed hot blush creep up on my cheeks. I mean, what thirty-four-year-old woman sleeps with a stuffed animal, for God’s sake?
“Do you think it’s silly?” I asked, glancing down at Peter.
“I think everything about you is perfect, down to this rabbit,” he said and tucked it in next to me. “There.” He leaned over to kiss me as he reached across me to turn off the light.       

Maxwell Benjamin Doyle and Rose Marie Madden have been best friends for what feels like forever. They know each other inside and out. But then Max gets to know Rosie in a way neither one of them expected when he spies her through her skylight just as she's getting undressed. He knows he should look away...but he can't. This is, after all, the woman he's closest to--the same one he named his boat after. If he's being honest, Rosie is the only woman he's ever truly wanted and needed. Not that she has any clue, of course. As far as she's concerned, Max is her lifelong best friend. Her feelings for him are purely platonic. So what if she notices how hot he looks without his shirt on while he's busy hammering away...and working wood...on her house. Cough. Their friendship means too much to them both for either one of them to even contemplate risking losing it should lines ever be crossed. Which means Rosie's going to have to keep her legs crossed. For, like, ever. But then Max has his own fingers crossed because maybe the time's come for him to finally go after what he wants, and that's forever with his Rosie.

Sweet, sexy, and silly in all the best possible ways, Nicola Rendell's novels--well, at least the three, including this new one, that I've read so far--have the kind of literary deliciousness that perfectly sates my unabashedly voracious appetite when it comes to romantic comedies. Someone hand her a crown already because she's one of the very few that merges wit and humor with all that fabulous romance and sex and keeps it all wonderfully balanced. With So Good, the first in her all-new Alpha Dogs series, she gives fans and readers a friends-to-lovers story but she takes a route that's unexpected but do you hear me complaining. No way. It felt like I was driving down the road at a fast clip yet I was still getting to immerse myself by taking in all the scenery because I didn't want to miss out on anything. Did that make sense? Maybe not, but it made sense in my cluttered head and that's what counts. Let me put it to you this way: I read this book and it was as if time had passed by really quickly because of the fast pace of the story, but not once did I even feel as if something was missing because it felt complete. Better? Yep, I think so.

What wasn't to like about this novel? From Rendell's flawless writing to Max and Rosie plus Julia Caesar and Cupcake, I was smitten. Goodness, but Max was so endearing, what with his honest-to-goodness love for his best friend, his protectiveness over Cupcake, and his affection for his other closest friend Fletcher (and Cupcake's canine crush on Fletcher's dog, Captain). There wasn't a mean bone in the guy's body (and hello, what a body it was, thanks to Rendell's gift for vivid description matching my own vivid imagination), and the fact that he loved his girl, cared for her dictatorial cat, and fawned over a Chihuahua mix that he selflessly rescued from drowning guaranteed he'd be at the top of my list for book boyfriend. And Rosie wasn't some helpless female waiting for some guy to swoop in and make her life all better. She was independent and she had dreams for herself. Did she need a nudge? Yes, but it was more of Max encouraging her to set aside her doubts and apprehensions than anything else. And that final chapter? GAH! Absolute le sigh moment. So Good was SO frickin' good. Five-plus stars! ♥

Release Date: 07 August 2017

Date Read: 06 August 2017

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