Dale Stoner loved women, and women seemed to love him right back. He danced around the line that led to seriousness, but any time one woman got too close, he two-stepped back, quick and pretty as you please. He’s fallen in love before and he doesn’t want to go that route again. No woman was ever going to get close to him again.

The only exception is his best friend, Lauren. She’s the only one who really matters. But she’s his friend…and guys don’t sleep with their best friends, do they?

Lauren wasn’t the kind of woman to believe in love at first sight, but then she met Dale. He’s everything she shouldn’t want—a flirt, a woman chaser…and he’s also in love with somebody else.

But one hot, steamy night changes everything…

     This was a rather interesting storyline for sure.  Two neighbors have lived next door to each other for a little over 5 years.  Dale Stoner, a writer and illustrates children’s books and Lauren Spencer a very well-known artist.  While living next to one another have become fast and true friends.  Helping when one is ill, taking in the mail when the other is out of town, or things like that.
     Not to mention there is a one sided love affair that is going on.  Yup!  You heard me one sided.  Dale has no clue that Lauren is madly in love with him and has been since the first day she met him.  She also knows he could never love her since no other person in her life ever has.  Her father left before she knew him but her mom left her in a public place and walked away.  Then she ended up in foster care where they only wanted her for the money.  Or her foster fathers for her 36 double D’s.  He would never love her anyway because he is still in love with a chick from back home who doesn’t love him, Nikki.
     Dale Stoner comes with his own set of hang ups.  He’s in love with a girl not in love with him.  She is in her own love story nightmare.  After years of pining over her he still screwing wannabe look alike that he picks not knowing that is what he is doing.  He picks them to try and recreate what he had, always falling short.  Although Lauren is right in front of him great body, long black hair, 36DD breast, and yet he never really sees her.  Instead he might have two chicks at once or just one but once in a while he ties one on when he gets a note from Nikki’s stepdaughter thanking him for the books he sends her each time he has a new one come out.
     Dale loves Lauren his best friend so much he wants to see her happy.  Once again he fixed her up.  This time on a double date with him and his date.  She’s not happy but agrees.  The guy is a golfing buddy and a record producer.  On the day the guy becomes an octopus.  At the end of the date she says goodnight and rushes home giving him the brush off in Dale’s yard.  When this guy chases her down.  He gets handsie she says no again and he becomes physical then she has to defend herself.  Years of self-defense classes coming in handy.  Dale comes to check on her he sees blood on her and the way she is in the defensive stance and he goes after the guy himself.   Now she is mad at Dale too from the adrenaline rushing through her body and him being the one who fixed her up with this jerk.

     Their standoff last at least a week if not more.  See how they resolve it not too sure it was how I would have liked to have seen it.  Just know alcohol is involved and more forceful sexual content.  Talking in a relationship very important and walking out on those you love during an argument is never builds trust.  Walk to the next room or backyard.  Driving away or flying to another town or state causes more problems than solves.  Only because of the nature of the backgrounds of the characters did I give it the amount of stars I did.  Otherwise the whining would have driven me crazy.  I give this 4 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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