Book 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.

Thank you to The Book Vixen for sending me a free copy of this book!  I was a little scared when I saw the front of this book: I didn't like the cover much (I thought it looked kind of cheesy) and I wasn't sure what a Harlequin Super Romance was.  Does a super romance have more romantic scenes?  I really didn't know, and I guess I still don't, except that this was a fun, light-hearted read that I enjoyed.  There were surprisingly few romantic scenes in the book, although there was lots of tension and build-up.  The building up of a relationship is my favorite part, so I really liked that about Her Best Friend.  There was also a nice plot, something that it seems many romances lack.  I enjoyed this book a lot while I was reading it---it's not the kind of book that will stay with me forever but it was fun while it lasted. 
Just One Gripe:
The phrase "his/her/my best friend" was over-used. 

The Best Thing About This Book:
The romantic tension and happy ending.

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Setting/Imagery: 3/5
Originality: 3/5
Ending: 4/5
Total Score:  16/25


  1. I love stories about falling for your best friend. . . I have elements of that in the (YA) story I am writing now. I also love your rating system. Some sites just give the stars and it seems so hard to tell what led them to that score. The way you break it down is so helpful!
    Great review :-)

  2. I have to say I would have been a little nervous about this one as well based on that cover. Why must the Harlequin covers be so silly sometimes? Especially when there's a good story hiding behind it! The relationship buildup is my favorite part of a romance as well, so I might give this one a try:) Nice review!

  3. This sounds good. I love books with lots of sexual tension :)

  4. Great review as usual! I'm usually wary of romance books because they're either too graphic for my liking, or they're just bland and sounds like this had a nice balance :)

  5. I love Harlequin's on vacation! :) They are so great and fluffy.

  6. I can't believe you beat me at reading this! I like the whole fall in love with your best friend premise so this should be a good and enjoyable read :)

  7. Going to have to find a HQ book that will grab you and I promise no tacky cover!

    I'll just have to send it anonymously and then....


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