Bro Code

Kendall Ryan
Bro Code
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Release Date
May 2018
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

From New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a flirty new standalone about falling for your older brother's best friend.

There's pretty much only one rule when you're a guy.

Don't be a douche.

Turns out, the fastest way to break that rule is to fall for your best friend's sister.

Ava's brilliant, sharp-tongued, gorgeous, and five years younger than me.

She's the sexual equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she's dangerous. And completely off-limits.

Falling for her could ruin everything.

Yet I can't seem to stop, even when her company is threatened by a lawsuit, and my promotion hinges on representing the opposing client—and winning.

I can't see a way out of this mess that doesn't end in a broken friendship, a broken heart, or a ruined career.

I may have broken the bro code when I fell for Ava. But do I have the balls to handle what comes next?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
May 08, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
52 people found the following review helpful
5 forbidden love stars for BRO CODE!

Barrett Wilson is headed home to Indiana for the first time in years, but it's not his house he's going to. Barrett will be staying with his BFF Nick's family instead, including his sister Ava. Ava's had the hugest crush on Barrett since they were kids, and when she sees him again, the years melt away and she's left dumbstruck. After a series of unfortunate incidents, the two find they're desperately drawn to one another. Even though Barrett's self-control and staunch insistence on sticking to the bro code is driving Ava insane. Determined to obliterate his reserves, the two finally play hide the salami and there's no turning back. But Barrett's building his dream career in Chicago, and Ava's now running her family's factory in Indiana, the town depending on her for their livelihoods. It's never going to work with their situation...right?

I don't know how Ms. Ryan consistently creates characters that make me want to crawl into the book and become BFF's with them, but she does, and I love every minute of it! How yummy is Barrett? My gawd, I want to eat that man up. He's smart, sweet, sexy, protective, loyal and, er, well-endowed. He's endlessly patient and in control, which just makes Ava want to help him lose it over and over. Witness:

She's the sexual equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she's dangerous.

It's true, Ava threatens everything he's worked so hard for, but he simply can't stay away from her. Their love story is so sweet and so sexy that I had to fan myself a few times to cool down. Another hit from the talented Ms. Ryan!

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; some condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
May 19, 2018
52 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes I forget how satisfying it can be to read a straightforward, mutual-want-with-lust story, big brother's sister or not.

In truth, I don't understand the ‘bro code' that's laid out like the holy grail in romance—why shouldn't the brother's best friend or the best friend's brother or some other permutation like this be off-limits, particularly he's a decent guy? The only reason I can see this being frowned upon is if the man in question is a degenerate, senseless moron, in which case, merely reflects badly on the person who's laid out the code in the first place, for even calling said moron a friend.

But that's the only gripe I have for Kendall Ryan's ‘Bro Code'. Bewildered as I was by all the sneaking around, Barrett felt like a decent protagonist who had a tiny bit of admiration for his best friend's sister, who wants him back. Despite their divergent lives, the development of their relationship from awkward door greeting to the bed seemed believable as well, with a level-headed heroine who did seem to know what she was doing despite being 5 years younger. (This age difference doesn't even register on my scale)

The clichéd big penis business (condom have to be mail ordered because normal ones won't fit) that made the book more porn-y however, made me wince. Playing to the bigger is better stereotype, this was probably one of those times that wasn't necessary—I didn't need convincing about Barrett's ding dong and Ava's waxing lyrical over it.

In all, a decent easy read, low on the angst, perfect for a lazy afternoon.
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