Review: Restrained Desires by Katherine McIntyre (Rehoboth Pact #3)

Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by Hot Tree Publishing via Other Worlds Ink.

Restrained Desires is the third and final book in the F/F contemporary romance Rehoboth Pact trilogy from Katherine McIntyre, and this go-around, we've got ourselves a falling-for-your-best-friend's-sibling (or falling-for-your-sibling's-best-friend) story. Chelsea Moore is officially divorced and she's definitely NOT crying over it. Her ex-husband was not exactly liked by those nearest and dearest to her. Now, she's ready to let loose and feel free to explore a side of her that she was shamed for by her ex. And then she offers herself up as a fake girlfriend to her older sister's best friend, Kyle Walker, after learning how awkward it is that Kyle's parents claim to accept her being a lesbian but keep pushing her to try dating a man to see if she changes her mind. But Chelsea is straight and Kyle's had feelings for her for quite some time. The problem may not be convincing Kyle's parents that they're a couple; it's Kyle convincing herself this can never be real.

Talk about ending this trilogy on a high! I enjoyed the first book, Confined Desires, which also served as my introduction to Katherine McIntyre's writing, and liked the second one, Opposed Desires, but this third one I adored. I liked the dynamic between Chelsea and Kyle, and the development of their relationship from friends to lovers felt natural, which I know sounds a wee bit ironic considering theirs was a fake girlfriend-girlfriend thing. The exploration of kink brought with more heat, but it also highlighted the connection these two shared. This was a story--and this series as a whole--was about self-discovery, true love, friendship and chosen family, and I loved getting to know Kyle and Chelsea better. I'm giving Restrained Desires five stars.

Date Read: 10 May 2022

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