REVIEW: Her Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry


What's a girl to do when she's secretly in love with a friend and he's married to someone else? She gets over it. That's what Amy Parker has done. Rather than lose her best bud Quinn Whitfield with an ill-timed, crazy confession of affection, she's taken the smart route. She's eased away from him. Just enough to get past the unrequited bits. And you know, it's working.

Until the day Quinn announces he's now single. That's right. He's single. And he wants to hang out. With her. Get reconnected the way they used to be.

Oh, this is so not good for Amy's equilibrium. Daily doses of Quinn remind her of everything she loves about him. But if he's free…and she's free…well, maybe the time has come for one of those crazy confessions.

Title: Her Best Friend
Author: Sarah Mayberry
Format: paperback, 246 pages
Genre: contemporary romance
Source: review copy
Published: April 2010 by Harlequin Superromance
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Find the author online: website

Why I Read this Book: I love reading romance – everything from contemporary to paranormal to romantic suspense. From time to time I enjoy reading realistic romance novels. As much as I love my vampires and werewolves, sometimes I need a taste of reality. And a love story about two people who go from friends to lovers fits the bill just nicely.

What I Liked: Amy and Quinn’s story is tangible. Her Best Friend is a novel from Harlequin’s Superromance line, a line in which they describe:

If you want to read about believable characters and their journey to happy-ever-after, then Harlequin Superromance is the series for you.

Why yes, I do like reading about believable characters who get a HEA. And this, my dear Watson, is what drew me in. Our two main characters, Amy and Quinn, grew up next door to each other. They were the best of friends, two peas in a pod if you will, all through their adolescence. Then Lisa moved into town and the three of them became the three musketeers. But when Quinn and Lisa started dating, Amy felt more like a third wheel. Quinn and Lisa eventually married, forcing Amy to stash her more-than-friendship feelings for Quinn away. Dilemma, dilemma.

Speaking of dilemma, there’s another rock in Amy’s shoe; A man who is trying to prevent Amy from fulfilling her lifelong dream: to buy and revitalize a grand theatre her great grandfather once owned.

A romance story wouldn’t be interesting if one of the main characters didn’t have at least a dilemma or two, now would it. There’s years of feelings that Amy has kept bottled up. Then there’s a conflict which brings Amy quite the opportunity. Then a conflict that threatens this opportunity.

What I Didn’t Like: It kind of bugs me when characters don’t speak up about their feelings. Amy was 14 when she first started having feelings for Quinn but never gave him a clue. Quinn himself had thought about Amy as more than a friend a few times himself but never acted on any of it either.

Overall Impression: There wasn’t anything that really put me off about this book but there wasn’t anything that blew me away about it either. Her Best Friend was rather predictable in that I pretty much knew how things were going to end up. It was the finding out how everyone gets there that makes Her Best Friend an enjoyable read.

Her Best Friend is a sweet love story. It’s not heavy on love scenes; it’s more about getting to that point. If you’re looking for a light read for your afternoon, this book is it.

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  1. Nice review, sounds like a Harlequin should sound like, sweet and fluffy and easy

  2. I want to read this. It sounds so cute.

  3. I have this is on my TBR pile and I got sent 5 of them by Harlequin to pass I'm on their feedback team.

    I wish just once they'd do a focus on their spicier Blaze line...those books are really good.

  4. I enjoyed this one too. It was predictable, but sometimes it's nice not to have tons of surprises. I also liked the buildup of the romance.


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