Earlier this year, I read (and really enjoyed) this first book in Hazel Kelly’s Roommates series. I was in a bit of a reading slump – far too many ARCs in a row, and I should know better than to do that to myself by now – so I picked up what sounded like a light, fluffy, cute romance. If there’s one romance trope I never get sick of, it’s friends to lovers. And that’s what we’ve got here.
Sure, it’s called My Best Friend’s Brother, but Shane is just as much Andi’s friend as his sister Izzy is. The three grew up together and were always close, but Shane and Andi drifted apart as she started dating some questionable guys. But after a run-in with an abusive boyfriend, Andi can’t think of a better (or safer) place to go than Shane’s house, and soon Shane’s wondering why he’s always stood back and watched Andi date these awful guys when he should have stepped in to protect her.
Feelings that have been kept secret for years come to the forefront as Shane helps Andi get out of her horrible relationship and start rebuilding her confidence. What follows is, in my opinion, a really cute story of two friends finding their way back to each other and accepting that they’ve always felt a bit more than friendly.
The book really focuses primarily on Shane and Andi, but I loved some of the secondary characters. Andi’s roommate, Stephanie, was a great addition to the book. And although Izzy didn’t play a huge role in the story, I liked that she was a fully developed character who really seemed to have Shane and Andi’s best interests in mind.
I loved the dialogue, especially between Shane and Andi, and I thought that overall, the writing was just really snappy and clever. I am really coming to enjoy Hazel Kelly’s books, and I will certainly be looking out for number three in this series!
Final rating: ★★★★☆