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Anticipation (Brothers Ink #2)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  651 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Blue Sullivan knows a player when she sees one. And Eddie Oliveira—charm and sex personified—was born to play. She never wanted him to say goodbye, so for the last ten years she’s ignored the sizzling attraction between them and focused on being the best sidekick a guy could have. Smart girl, right?

Then Blue has a serious accident, and overnight Eddie changes. Suddenly he’
Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published March 25th 2015 by Small Cow Productions Pty Ltd
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♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
4.5 stars!!

***This review may contain mild spoilers for book one***

One of the things I like about Sarah Mayberry is that she writes great unrequited friends-to-lovers love stories . She knows how to capture the longing, the hope, the hurt...everything that makes this trope work.

Anticipation is the second book of Sara Mayberry's Brothers Ink series. This is Eddie and Blue's story. Eddie is Rafel's twin brother. The wild one, the one who can't settle down, the one who like the ladies too much to
Stacey is Sassy
Once upon a time there was a manwhore named Eddie...

I wish I liked this one more, but for me I spent half the time not liking Eddie for being a recovering manwhore and the other half being drowned in angst. Anticipation just didn't have the same feel as the first book in the series, Satisfaction. The characters were very different. Eddie has gotten around. He hasn't had a girlfriend that lasted past the 6 month mark and most of his "relationships" are of the one night variety. Blue is a very sel
Jun 08, 2015 Wendy'sThoughts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarah Mayberry Fans, Sexy Fun Read
3.5 to 4 Friendship Versus Love Stars * * * 1/2
This was the second book of the Brothers Ink series by Sarah Mayberry. I had read the first book, surprised by its depth and decided to read the second asap. I was not disappointed in the story's focus... friends to lovers and the risks it can present. She gave us a couple who had been dear and devoted friends for 10 years, so there was no insta anything.

What we did have were wants, longings and stored intense feelings by Blue, while watching in th
Not for me I guess. Pretty disappointed, since I normally adore Mayberry. But fucking hell, I expect my protagonists to behave as adults, and this was just teenage highschool angsty drama.

"You are my best friend and I don't want to risk it, so I will ignore my own feelings, refuse to talk about this, and suffer in silence angst". My problem with situations like this, especially if BOTH parties think like this, is that it becomes impossible for me to see the actual friendship. If for your ENTIRE
Mar 27, 2015 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just loved it. Great friends to lovers.

Blue and Eddie have been friends for over 10 years. Ten years of denial and want. When a close call shakes their world, they can no longer keep those feelings boxed up.

Beautiful, genuine emotional journey.

Full review below:

Blue and Eddie have been friends for over 10 years. Ten years of working side by side. Ten years of games, laughter and tears. Ten years of denial and want. When a close call shakes their world, they can no longer keep those feelings boxe
Maria Rose
This sexy romance is the story of Blue and Eddie. They've been friends and coworkers for several years, never crossing that line until Blue is recovering from an accident that highlights to both of them the loss that could have happened. Suddenly their playful friend connection has a much deeper meaning and they give in to the sexual attraction that has always simmered between the surface. But though Eddie seems ready to give up his playboy ways for her, will Blue accept these changes or will sh ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Chi-Chi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eddie is great! He is kind and patient and REALLY takes the time to love and understand Blue's fear.
I cheered for them and I was not disappointed!
Blue Sullivan and Eduardo Oliveira (Eddie) have been colleagues and best of friends for more than 10 years. Blue has also been in love with Eddie for all those years, a love that she has kept to herself, her yearning for him something she had tamped down by turning to other places for comfort when necessary. However, nothing prepares Blue for the event that changes her life, a serious accident moments before which Blue is hit with remorse over the fact that she had never come out to Eddie with h ...more
I have one complaint.

(view spoiler)

But I still really enjoyed it.
Mar 26, 2015 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***This is a combined review of books 1 & 2 in Sarah Mayberry’s ‘Brothers Ink’ romance series***

I have a new favourite romance author and her name is Sarah Mayberry. I first discovered her via one of her Harlequin titles ‘Her Best Friend’ which I inhaled in a day, and from there I’ve been reading anything I can get my hands on from this Australian romance author. I have become quite the fangirl, to the point that I flipped out when I met her at the recent Australian Romance Readers Conventio
Camille Flores
Mar 28, 2015 Camille Flores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
4 stars! Love, love, love!

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 it?

I knew something was up between these two. When I first ‘met’ them in book 1, I knew there was chemistry there but at the same time, they really did seem to have a platonic friendship. And in this book, we get to delve in deeper to their relationship!

What worked for me?

This is a frie
Marynea Collina Bautista
I don't know what madness went through me to actually read this book. I love love love friends-to-lovers book, but god -- this book was horrible. I am so pissed right now because our heroine was just a bitch. I understand her past, okay? I know her reluctance to love and be loved. But seriously, if all that back and forth goes on for almost 75% of the book, it gets tiresome. It gets annoying!! It has reached the point when I thought the hero deserves better than her. If I were Maggie (the friend ...more
Roz ~ My Written Romance
This comes to you from the smoldering ruins of my Kindle. I said in a tweet earlier this morning, that when Blue and Eddie got to know each other bibically, my poor e- reader may just combust from the hotness. And it did.

The title says everything - anticipating the best, anticipating the worst, Blue and Eddie's relationship is all about that. The chemistry, in a friend sense and in the sexytimes, was out of control. There was that great sense of fun and humour I love so much about Sarah's writin
May 03, 2015 Limecello rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I really wanted to like this book more. I saw sooo many people saying good things about this book - and how everyone loves Sarah Mayberry. And ... generally I like her books.

I also liked parts of this book - but the main issue, I didn't.
Blue was ... a bitch - and I get that and embrace it - she's supposed to be a bitch. She's a little tough chick that had a horrible past and has mostly overcome it. (Only not really ... not at all.)

That was even ok. I get just ... making it through each day.

4.5 stars.

BEST FRIENDS TO LOVERS TROPE!!!!! If you know me, you know that that's my faaaavorite trope in the whole wide world, and this was soooooo good. I was super into Blue and Eddie from start to finish and I really did love their emotional journey.

Although, here comes my one little complaint: I wish there was more of the ending, if that makes sense. I wanted to actually get to see them navigate life as a couple. I also could have done with a slightly longer resolution to their issues, I fe
This is one of those books that I really enjoyed, but I feel like was just a tick or two off from being AMAZING. Like, I am really into the overall story of how fear has played a part in Blue's life because I can relate to that a lot. And I liked that it held her back for TEN YEARS because that's so real and not a time span I've encountered much in fiction.

But . . . gosh, I don't even know. I know I wanted more insight into Eddie's feelings earlier on. And then maybe just more of them being clos
Joana Lima
too much whinning... after a certain moment I just wanted to slap Blue to stay in character...
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 19, 2015 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Sexy book aptly titled!! The tension was so well done!

Review coming
Hemavathy DM Suppiah
Holy shit, I felt so hot and turned on reading this.
Apr 12, 2015 Venessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 22, 2017 Magi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sarah-mayberry
I was very undesicive about this book. the 3/4 of the book was very good but the last quarter Blue was so annoying :-/... so I give it 3 stars
Mar 17, 2015 Prachi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blue Sullivan and Eddie Oliveira have been best friends since Eddie went in to get his first tattoo in the parlor where Blue worked at the time. Now, years later they work together in Brothers Ink, co - owned by Rafe and Eddie. Or the Brazilian Hotties as I like to think of them.

Blue has probably been always in love with Eddie but she values their friendship too much to risk jeopardising it. Having grown up in a foster care system she knows the value and the importance of family and that's exact
Apr 02, 2015 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mf
Yet another unbelievably awesome book from the master (or mistress) of romance. Brilliant friends to lovers trope. Ms. Mayberry does that so well!! Just a word - I would not read this as a standalone. Much more meaningful if you read Satisfaction first. That book introduces you to the characters and gives you some background. I have to say that I had some doubts in the beginning of the book. I didn't like Blue that much in Satisfaction and I definitely didn't like her much as I started this book ...more
Apr 03, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anticipation is a fast paced, emotional friends to lovers journey. Eddie and Blue have been friends for 10 years. Eddie is not a settling down, relationship type guy, and Blue is a good friend. Despite having been attracted to Eddie from the start, Blue has managed to bury those feelings deep. Everything comes boiling to the surface after an accident though...

Blue has been through a lot in her life and I really felt for her. I liked how she recognized the value of her friendship with Eddie and p
I bought this after reading the first in the series which was only a 3 star read for me. I wasn't expecting or hoping this would be better. I've been in a book funk lately and just hoping for decent reads in the "mindless" category and this one delivered for me!

Quick Rundown: Chick has been in love with Dude, her best friend for YEARS. And she's afraid of losing him if that changes. Chick has got issues-- from childhood issues. And Dude has been flitting through relationships without much though
Jun 24, 2015 Brendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft-yellow
It was definitely not as hot as the first one, guess Satisfaction beats Anticipation, right?
So this one focus about the rebel twin and his best friend, in other words a f*cking gorgeous sexy brazilian guy , who- of course is a womanizer- and his sexy best friend that is determined to never EVER get involved with him no matter how much she wants him.
It has such loveky quotes that are actually a good idea to be considered as a new tatto.
love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not
Kerry Croucier
Mar 31, 2015 Kerry Croucier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blue and Eddie have been best friends for 10 years. Unfortunately, Blue has loved Eddie for just as long, and watching him as he flits through women, never sticking for long, just reinforces her belief that she would rather have his friendship than nothing.
When Blue is nearly killed in an accident, Eddie is shaken to the core. Blue has always been there for him, and he is determined to make up for his neglect. Combined with Blue's realizations that she could have died without ever having explore
I must confess, I hate stories where 10 years are wasted. It's a hard sell for me... wasted youth and all that. Why can't it just be a few years before the characters come to their senses? Why do I keep reading these stories? So I am probably a wee bit biased in my take on the story. Plus I skimmed a lot of it.
Anyways, Blue has an epiphany after a near death experience about her true feelings for Eddie. Eddie however does not. But he is starting to get a clue. He's a man-ho and except for the s
Denise Stout
**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion**

Blue is put-together on the outside, but in the inside, she's a fragile person who lost her parents at a very young age. Growing up in foster care, she learned to have a hard edge and to not get too emotionally attached to anyone--friends or a lover. Physical relationships she can handle, and she does! She's great at her job, but she never truly lets herself go. Eddie's been her friend for years, and she's tired of his parade of women. After
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I haven't read the first book in this series yet, but it didn't make any difference. I wasn't lost and I was able to get into the story right away.
Blue had a rough childhood. Her parents died when she was only six, and she spent the rest of her childhood being shuffled between foster families and group homes. She has put up a protective barrier to prevent herself from getting too close to anyone else.
Eddie works with Blue, and he has a hist
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Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. From the time that she first “stole” paper from kindergarten and stapled it together to make “books,” Sarah has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, on graduation from high school she completed a bachelor of arts degree majoring in professional writing, then sat down to write a book. When ins ...more
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