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Accidentally in Love

(Friends First #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  769 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery will love Laura Drewry’s warm and humorous new Friends First romance, a sexy romp about a good cop and a bad girl playing hard to get.

Ellie Palmer and cops don’t mix, and getting pulled over by Officer Brett Hale — again — doesn’t help. Neither does being forced to take a safe-driving course with him. Brett’s by-the-book attitude
ebook, 298 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Loveswept
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Warm, sweet and funny. Laura Drewry writes the kind of books to snuggle up with on a lazy afternoon.

Brett Hale’s past has shaped him into a serious, precise, safety first, good officer of the law. And even though he seldom smiles or jokes and generally presents an ice-cold façade, that doesn’t mean he can’t be a smart-aleck, crack a joke or has cute and sexy charms. It’s just that no one has ever brought it out.

Ellie Palmer thought she had left her past behind along with her very bad
Lady Heather
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contemporary romance, amazing H/h

(An arc was generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Publication date: June 16, 2015

5 Wonderfully written stars!


I love this author's story-telling and voice!
Her characters are great and her writing is wonderful.

This is the third book I've read by this author (also the third book in this series), and each one of her stories gets better and better!

In this series the main characters start out as friends and to their utter amazement their soul-mates
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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4.25 stars

Ellie has had a really bad experience with the cops so she holds a grudge against all police officers. It doesn't help that she is constantly getting pulled over by Officer Brett Hale. Brett is a follow the rules type of guy. Ellie gives him a hard time but when she is in a situation where she needs his help, she finally gets to see there's a lot more to him than just looking good in a police uniform. I really enjoyed several things about this story. Ellie and Brett really don't like
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
An easy read that allows the reader to like both Ellie and Brett. Ellie can't stand Brett but only because of his profession. Brett doesn't like how Ellie doesn't like him. The two end up as unlikely allies when a problem from Ellie's past comes knocking at her door. There's a sassy heroine, a duty driven and tender hearted hero, and a happy ending.

There isn't much to dislike about this story so it receives a solid 4 star rating from me. It didn't blow me away or make me have screaming fits,
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite in the series even though I love the way Laura Drewry writes. It is kind of old school sweet and comfy romance with a lot of humor and emotion.
Can be read a s standalone.

Also I would like to point out if you are fans of friends to lovers troupe I would call only book one truly that, book two was more of friends with benefits and this one enemies to lovers...just to clear out name of the series.

Either way...
Happy reading!
Tina ( As Told By Tina )
In Spanish there is a quote that says something along the lines of whatever you don’t like you end up having in your household. For instance, my grandma hates tattoos but my brother and I have them. Accidentally in love definitely reminded me of that quote for the simple fact that Elle hated cops because when she needed them the most there was nothing they could do for her. She couldn’t trust them, she would rather deal with things by herself then to call cops and never in her wildest dreams did ...more
5 Stars

Enemies to lovers? Check.
Cop falling for girl he constantly pulls over for speeding? Check.
Smart-mouthed girl hates cop? Check.
Cop must go undercover as her new boyfriend... just icing on the cake!

I loved this the second time around!

Original review from 2015 below:

4.5 Dudley Do Right Stars

A great enemies-to-lovers story, with some of the best dialogue I've read in a long while. Laura Drewry sets up the scene brilliantly and lets the dialogue just roll of the character's tongues. It
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars

Accidentally in Love is the book I’ve needed for a while now. There was none of that instant attraction where most of the story centers around the main couple just having sex and not much time actually getting to know each other, which seem to me the theme lately in a lot of the books I’ve been picking up. So it was a nice change to read something different for me, where the characters spend actual time together and don’t just hop into bed together right away. So this was the perfect
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The Friends First series keeps getting better and better, loved Accidentally in Love.

Loved the characters and storyline, Laura Drewry has once again given her readers a wonderful and enjoyable storyline with believable and relatable characters that will make their way into your heart.

Ellie and Brett's story had me laughing from the first page, I knew I was going to enjoy seeing these two get together. I loved seeing them come from enemies to friends to lovers.
I just couldn't put this
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Any time I see a book or author being compared to Jill Shalvis I'm intrigued. So far, there haven't been any that really come close. Until now.

Love love love Ellie and Brett. They're so different in so many ways and it's delightful seeing them struggle with their feelings. She outspoken and snarky and he's straight laced and quiet. They bring out something in each other and I loved the chemistry and UST.

I'll admit that the stalker premise is a little played out, but I thought it was done well. I
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC graciously provided by NetGalley.

This is book sassy, fun, very engaging and sexy! Loved the MC's and look forward to more from this author.

Cassie Mae
Jun 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
Gah, this cover!!!

This one is definitely on my up-next shelf.
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My thoughts/feelings while reading - lots of quotes included (May have spoilers) :) -

0% Hoping to start this book tomorrow morning on the way to work :) Looking forward to seeing Ellie getting her HEA :D

3% “What happened to you in Toronto was bizarre, but you can’t keep comparing him to those other cops.
??? I'm so curious!?

5% The whole thing seemed a little sketchy to Brett
Me too :/ I kinda get why Ellie doesn't like cops! Especially if there's more to it n they didn't do anything!

Kathie (katmom)
Happy Release Week!

This is the third book in the Friends First Series. It can be read as a stand alone. But I loved the first two books, Plain Jayne and Prima Donna. The characters from those books are in this one, too.

As I read the first page of this book, I remembered one of the reasons I give this author's a FIVE BOOKMARK rating: The flow is so well done. She doesn't use flowery prose. As an editor, there isn't one thing I'd change. Her writing pulls me in and immediately immerses me in the
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick


This was my first book from author Laura Drewry and I will definitely be checking out more from her in the future. Right off the bat I found myself not only hooked but I was able to connect with the story and the characters. I loved the banter between Ellie and Brett. In fact, there were a few times that I found myself chuckling at these two.

Ellie is a ball buster and she's got sass and I loved her humor. She's witty and some of the things
Bette Hansen
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this latest installment in the Friends First series. This author has a great way of telling a story and keeping your interest all the way through the book. In this one we have Ellie Palmer, who moved to town to start over and get away from her past. Unfortunately her past has found her. The only person who can really help her is her nemesis Officer Brett Hale. She really has no problem with Brett, other than he's a cop and she doesn't trust cops. Ever! And this particular one seems to take ...more
Connie N.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

#3 in the Friends First romance series

Very fun. This book covered all the bases. It was a bit of a police procedural as we followed the case against Ellie's stalker. And there are warm friendship parts where we revisit friends from previous books in this series. And the romantic scenes are hot! The characters are the best part of this story. Ellie has a leadfoot when driving her car, and Brett is unfortunately the
This is the first book I've read in the series and I never felt like I was at a disadvantage by skipping the first two. If anything, I now want to go back and read those stories. Each of the characters were very likable with their different personalities. Their chemistry as a group added a lot to the overall story.

Ellie and Brett are definitely opposites and it's a slow build as they come to terms with their feelings for each other. They have a lot of chemistry- either the physical or fighting
Heather andrews
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brett he's the kind of man who follows the rules and takes action even when not warranted, "she barely had the door open before he pushed past her. “No, please, come on in.” Ignoring her , he did a quick search downstairs , including the closets and outside the back door." His girl doesn't know how to drive, "just take the damn exit . . . signal first . . . slow to thirty . . . slow to thirty . . . slow to—” Brett braced both hands against the dashboard as she took the exit. “Jeezus." Staring at ...more
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great development. Characters are unique and interesting. The interaction is cute and the plot flows well. The internal conflict doesn't get lost in the action. Ellie and Brett pair up very nicely. It's a slow build but it's sweet and tasteful. Worth picking up if you want that feel-good love. Don't expect it to be too explicit.
it was light, easy and sweet romance. there was little bir suspence also.
4.5 Constable Hale stars

***ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley in Exchange for and Honest Review.***

I don't know how she does it, but Laura Drewry is able to get a great storyline and make it way better than we ever thought! This series is amazing and I don't know how she's gonna keep up with my expectation because, from where I stand, it can't get any better!

Ellie and Constable Hale (that's how I'm gonna call him because, let's face it, it sounds hot hot hot in my mind) are great
Shirley Frances
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ellie's past experiences with cops have left her weary of them. It's just her luck that a cop resides among her group of friends--and he's the very one that's always stopping when for speeding.

Brett Hale is not looking forward to having Ellie in his safe-driving class. But Brett's the type of guy that does what needs to be done so he will endure the Ellie's attitude towards him if he has to. He has always noticed her, but now that circumstances have thrown them together, he can't seem to stop
Local good boy cop meets smart ass rule breaker in the next installment of the Friends First series. This was not only my first book from Drewry, it was also the first one I picked up from the series. I just really love starting them in the middle. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm really happy I read it.

Ellie just can't catch a break. She has a bit of a lead foot when it comes to driving, and when she's pulled over again, she realizes that her license has been suspended. This is the last
Camille Flores
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.

Why did I want to read this book?

I’ve been following Laura’s Friends Friends series since I fell in love with Plain Jayne, which is the first book. I’ve come to really care for all these characters and of course, I can’t wait to read each of their stories.

What worked for me?

Laura Drewry is back in business. While I did enjoy her
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original review can be found at

**I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Accidentally in Love is the third book in the Friends First series but can be read as a stand alone. I had the opportunity to read Plain Jayne but did not get the chance to read Prima Donna (#2) before reading this one. It didn't impact my enjoyment at all but remembering all of the wonderful and
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Even though it is written in plain black letter, it didn’t come to me that it was a book following Plain Jayne after I read the first chapter… Duh…
When I finally realized it, I was so excited *dancing like a crazy girl* I really like the first installment of this series, didn’t read the second one, and I am on board for the third one… Don’t know if it is a smart move, but will see ;)

Such a page turner! Finish it in on day. I really like how tension/feelings develop in this book to explode at
Monica Cullip
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Accidentally In Love

This story was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley.

There is nothing better, to me anyway, than reading a book and realizing “hey” I recognize these characters. This was the third in a series, something that I did not realize at the beginning but as soon as I knew I had read one other, I settled myself in for a great read as I remembered how much I had liked the first one and now of course I needed to get the one in between too.

Ellie Palmer has a new
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ellie Palmer doesn't get along with the police. Not only is she the queen of speeding tickets, but whenever she's needed help from the police, she's been let down. So she's not too thrilled when Officer Brett Hale pulls her over to tell her she's going 20 km/hr over the posted speed limit, and also that her license has been suspended. Now, not only does she have to take a remedial driving course, but she also has to find a new way to get around. Thanks, Brett.

Ellie and Brett have been in the
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received this book from Random House-Loveswept through NetGalley for an honest review.**

Ellie hates cops with a passion so when she continues to get pulled over by Officer Brett Hale, it is never a fun time. Brett doesn’t make it any better by having to take her license away. Ellie is forced to take a safe driving course and of course Brett is the only person in her area to teach the class. Other than having the same friends there is another issue that arises that fore Brett and Ellie to
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USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry writes fun and sexy contemporary romances filled with heartfelt emotion and characters readers can relate to.

When she’s not writing, she likes reading, watching Marvel movies with her boys, Pinning recipes she'll never make, and cheering for the Yankees. Laura lives in southwest British Columbia with her husband, three sons, two dogs, a turtle, a handful

Other books in the series

Friends First (4 books)
  • Plain Jayne (Friends First, #1)
  • Prima Donna (Friends First, #2)
  • How Forever Feels (Friends First, #4)