A. F. Zoelle
I went to Las Vegas to marry my fiancée but ended up married to my best man instead. Considering I’m straight, I never imagined I would wake up in bed with a husband. We obviously need to get an annulment to undo our mistake. The only problem is, it turns out my feelings for my best friend Luci aren't quite as platonic as I thought.
What are the odds that my bad idea ends up being the best thing to ever happen to us?
LUCIEN "LUCI" ST. AMOUR
After Rhys and I secretly shared our first kiss as teenagers, I spent years suppressing my confusing feelings for him. But now that he’s my husband, it exposes the truth about the depths of my love for my best friend.
Could I really be lucky enough that he feels the same way about me?
Bet on Love is the first book in the Good Bad Idea series. This novella features a friends to lovers second chance romance. Full of cute sweetness and sexy fun, every story ends with a satisfying HEA and no cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series in order.
Excerpt:Chapter 2: Rhys Huntington
I got flustered by the sight of the sheets dipping low on Luci’s hips, his dark hair falling in front of his handsome face. It was a rare treat for me to see him without his glasses on, but it really wasn’t the right time to appreciate that my best friend was attractive.
When he rubbed his eyes, my stomach lurched at the sight of Olivia's wedding ring of two alternating rows of round and baguette diamonds on his ring finger. He had always hated how feminine his long, slim fingers were, and being nearly the same size as Olivia’s annoyed him almost as much as she resented it. I secretly thought his hands were beautifully elegant like a pianist’s, but the presence of my fiancée’s ring set off my rising panic. “What’s the last thing you remember?”
His bleary gaze focused on me with an effort. “Wait, why are you naked?”
“Why are you naked?” Another surge of foreboding flooded through me as a memory of Luci's hands running down my bare spine to cup my ass flickered in my mind. “Lucien, what the fuck did we do last night?” I had progressed to freaking out, because I only used his full name when I was scared or serious.
Eyebrows drawing together in thought, he answered in a questioning tone, “We were celebrating your marriage?”
I was unprepared for being blindsided by remembering kissing Luci at the altar. To stop everything from spinning out, I pressed my palm my forehead to steady myself. “Please tell me we didn’t do what I think we did.”
His blue eyes were full of confusion as he looked at my wedding band, then lifted his hand to see he was wearing Olivia’s. He squinted at it before fumbling for his glasses on the nightstand. After a long look, his voice trembled when he said, “I don’t think I can.”
About A. F.:
A lifelong storyteller, writing has always been A.F. Zoelle’s greatest passion. When she’s not writing about gorgeous men being sexy and in love, she enjoys procrastinating on her studies and numerous side hustles to indulge in Japanese musical theatre. She looks forward to renouncing her nomadic scholarly life someday soon so she can have Ragdoll cats to come home to instead of just dust bunnies.
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Bet on Love by A.F. Zoelle is the first story in the ‘Good Bad Idea’ series and features prospective groom Rhys Huntington and his BFF and best man, Lucien (Luci) St. Amour. A drunken celebration? of the upcoming nuptials results in them attending a Vegas-style wedding…their own!
This gay romance novella is a light fluffy story with two men who have danced around their attraction to each other until the very last minute. It is somewhat of a “gay for you” story on the part of Rhys, who has gone so far as to get engaged to a woman who seems to be very opposite in personality to his best friend Luci.
I liked the elements of Vegas and the VIP wedding package, and the heat that sizzles between the two main characters once they are finally honest with each other, but I wish I had a better understanding of these men and their backgrounds. The secondary characters are also very two-dimensional and somewhat stereotypical, so it’s hard for me to understand how Rhys even got engaged to the unpleasant woman he jilts, and his other two groomsmen don’t seem to be very likeable either. I also thought the final conflict was a little contrived, and the fallout doesn’t bode well for a stable deepening relationship, especially considering the way communication—both in and out of the bedroom—seems a bit weak. Thankfully, this is a romance, and there is a sweet and satisfying ending.
I think this is a quick sexy story that introduces a new series celebrating love and persistence, and it will be enjoyed by anyone needing a reminder of the importance of valuing those who remain true to us.
A copy of this title was provided for review