Best Friends with the Billionaire

Colleen Kwan
Best Friends with the Billionaire
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Entangled Publishing
Release Date
April 2016
Book 2 of The Rochesters
Contemporary Romance

When an innocent deal between friends turns sinful...

Cassie Cooper has never been the kind of girl noticed for her looks. But around billionaire Kirk Rochester, her best friend from college, Cassie wishes she could turn just one head—his. So when Kirk asks her to be his pretend girlfriend to thwart another woman's unwanted advances, Cassie embraces the opportunity to prove to him that she does have a feminine side.

Disillusioned by a rough marriage that had an even rougher end, Kirk values friendship more than romance. He's always had a good thing going with Cassie. But he can't ignore how sexy she is now playing the role of his girlfriend, and soon he's fighting a dangerous attraction to her. Even though their time between the sheets is scorching hot, he refuses to take it beyond " friends with benefits." He's learned the hard way that loving someone is the first step to destroying his heart, and he won't risk losing the best person in his life by falling in love with her.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Apr 30, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
130 people found the following review helpful
BEST FRIENDS WITH THE BILLIONAIRE is a wonderful friends-to-lovers romance you don't want to miss!

Cassie is best friends with billionaire Kirk Rochester since her college days, and though she's in love with him, he's always treated her as one of the guys. Until situation calls for a fake girlfriend, and Kirk starts seeing her in a new light. However, will their friendship survive the changing status of their relationship?

I love this book! In the first page, the author drops us right in the middle of Cassie's dilemma--her growing feelings for Kirk while trying to hide this from him. While we can see clearly that they are best friends--from their dialogue, interaction and shared memories--we also see instances when Cassie's and then Kirk's growing attraction creates complications in the changing landscape of their relationship. The story's written in alternating third person points of view, which I feel enhances the reading experience for the reader. The story's nothing that hasn't been done before, but the author's superb writing skills raised this story a notch above the rest, ensuring that the reader feels every tingle, every angst, every anticipatory moment with the characters.

That said, I do have some complaints about the ending, which caused me to deduct a star off my rating. I thought the ending too pat, all the i's are dotted and t's crossed, which I thought is a bit unrealistic. Real life doesn't work that way. For me, as long as the main characters got their HEA, the rest doesn't have to be tied with a bow. (The rest may be a bit spoilery, though I try not to give too much details, but you may want to skip the rest of this paragraph, if you don't want to be spoiled.) I'm referring to two things: first is the deal with Hank Parnell, and the second is Cassie's relationship with her mom. With regard to Hank Parnell, what Kirk did in the boardroom makes no sense, especially since he worked so hard for the deal. Even if he had the realization that some things are worth more than work and that there will be other deals in the future, his actions and words didn't make sense. No self-respecting businessman would do that, even if he is gaga over his lady. And his conversation with Shawna later on didn't help at all. With regard to Cassie, first, I have to applaud how the author showed Cassie's changing relationship with her sister. That one was done well, and her sister's defense of her later on was believable. For her mom, however, that came right out of the blue and just made me roll my eyes. Based on her character's depiction, I would've thought she'd be more interested in placating/catering to the billionaire.

Aside from these two minor points, the book is a wonderful romantic story with all the feels. If you love friends-to-lovers trope, you won't want to miss this.
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