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A Friendly Flirtation

(Friends First #3)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  82 reviews
One kiss can change your life...

Allison Hall is fed up with being a social outcast. Even at the tech company where she works for her brother and his best friend, Jared, she's the invisible nerdy girl. What she needs is confidence-and that requires a makeover and dating tips. And she knows just the man to help...

Jared Esterly is shocked when Allison asks for his
ebook, 275 pages
Published February 15th 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Select Contemporary)
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XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Jared and Ali are friends of a sort. Jared is best friends with Ali's brother. Ali is in dire need of a makeover and is desperate enough to ask Jared. He, of course, declines. She tries to make changes on her own and botches the job spectacularly. He takes pity on her and helps her out. In spending time with him, he finds himself more and more attracted to her. Nick, Ali's brother is hyper protective and doesn't like the sparks he's seeing between them. What works for me are the cute little ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Trying to become seen as more than the nerdy/geeky invisible girl, Allison Hall asks her brother's best friend, Jared Esterly (and her boss), to help her with a makeover and some dating tips. Big brother doesn't like finding out that his best friend is "dating" his baby sister and it causes a rift between the best friends and business partners. Allison feels guilty about causing said rift and ends her "friendship" with Jared and resigns from her job. Jared sees Allison on a date with another man ...more
The classic “girl is a nerd”, “guy is her brother’s best friend,”“one favor ignites passion like a Roman Candle as the ugly duckling becomes the beautiful and poised swan,” love story. And. I. Loved. It. Christine Warner has another fun romantic tale to share, so sit back, prepare to be amused, entertained and ready to fight for love and the underdog!

It all started as a favor, A Friendly Flirtation when Allison finally tires of being the classic nerd and wants to have the confidence to expose
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
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Having read the previous book in the series, I was happy to find out that Warner was going to come out with a third book. In A Friendly Flirtation we get to meet Allison Hall, a social outcast who has no sense of fashion or how to get a guy to date her. With her work constantly surrounding her life, she decides to make a change and find herself a date. But first she needs a make over and her brother's best friend Jared is the right
This is the third ‘Friends First’ novel and has the third of the Esterly brothers, Jared, as the male lead. Jared has been best friends with Nick for most of his life, spending a significant proportion of his holiday and weekend time with Nick Hall and his family and now working with him in the business they have co-founded. Nick had a nerdy little sister, Allison, who has grown into a still nerdy geek who works for them. Allison, however, is fed up with being ‘invisible’ and is determined to ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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** I received an advanced readers copy from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

A Friendly Flirtation is your typical contemporary romance where friends of the opposite sex spend time together and realise that there is an attraction and soon it becomes a friends with benefits story. There are many misunderstandings and complications that prevent true feelings from being revealed
In a modern Pygmalion twist, Allison Hall seeks help from her brother’s best friend for an extreme makeover, to very little success. In the bid to be the confident female version of Jared Esterly, Allison takes the mantra 'clothes maketh a (wo)man’ to heart and after a day of major changes to her physical appearance, appears to have taken on a personality transplant as well - from bookish nerd to sexy, flirty woman.

Yet while this started out fun, it ended up agonising and excruciating. It was
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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I've been reading more paranormal books lately, so I decided to take a break and sign-up to review this one.

The book started great and charming. I completely sympathized with Allison's wish to change. It's a terrible feeling to be invisible to everyone's eyes but her change of attitude in the next hour after her makeover was almost unbelievably fast. I get it that it was because of Jared's action but still it was barely two hours, and she's already full of confidence.

What probably annoyed me
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I read this second book in this series and I really, really enjoyed it, so when I saw the third book was coming out, I knew I was going to read it. I really am a fan of Christine Warner's writing style, she just kind of pulls me in and before I know it hours have past and I have devoured the book. Another reason why this book appealed to me so much is that it also has the whole dating your best friends sister
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Friendly Flirtation is the third book in Friends First series by Christine Warner. I had no idea even while I was reading A Friendly Flirtation that it was the third book in a series, so I am can confidently say that each book reads 100% as a standalone. I really enjoyed A Friendly Flirtation; it was well written, had great characters and was a trope that I have really been enjoying lately. In fact, I want to read
Tory Michaels
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My goodness, I certainly seem to be running into the ugly duckling trope lately. Either it's just a fluke or there was a whole slew of them published at around the same time. However, I still enjoyed most of this book.

Allison - Totally and completely a geek with very limited knowledge of how to any of the traditional "make me girly looking" procedures. I totally heart her for that. If my mother hadn't been a Mary Kay consultant who left me with some lingering memories of how to do things
Allison Hall is tired of being overlooked in any capacity other than strictly business. She knows she is the geek girl with poor taste in clothes and lack of pizzazz, she also knows she needs help. After trying to get her brother to help with her makeover ends in an epic fail, she turns to her brothers best friend and her boss, Jared Esterly.

Jared doesn't think their is anything wrong with Allison, but after turning her down initially on her revamp plea, he intervenes when her own attempt ends
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy for an honest review. This will in no way impact my review.

Another book in one of my favourite themes, the hero loving the best friend's sister. I have read so many books with this theme and none has disappointed me so far. This book too, made me fall in love with Allison and Jared. I loved Allison's makeover and Jared's reaction to it.But there was one point which irked me. It was Allison suddenly feeling too confident. It was too sudden. It could have been built up to it
In all actuality I give this book a 3.5 stars but rounded it up.
This one is not so complicated. Allison is kind of nerdy and wants to change that.
So, she asks Jared, her brothers business partner and best friend to help. He is wonderful in the sense that he tells her she really doesn't need it but helps her out any ways. Of course an attraction is formed and let's just say her brother is not at all happy.
I liked the story but would have liked just more details regarding Jared and Nick's
Bette Hansen
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A witty tale of a woman trying to break her "nerdy girl" persona and become the woman she wants to be. When she asks her brother's best friend and business partner Jared for help he turns her down not wanting to risk his relationship and business. After her solo attempt to change fails miserably Jared can't help but come to her rescue. As the experiment progresses feelings quickly change but is the relationship worth the rath of big brother??

Absolutely a book I would recommend to everyone.
Pragati Chaudhari
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a woman. A woman who is unhappy about her life and decides to take control of the situation. That is the idea that really draws me into the story. How many of us have the courage to admit to ourselves that we aren’t happy with the way we are? That we need to make some changes? Not many. Most of us live in denial about how we live in our sad, monotonous lives, doing the same thing day in, day out and never once admitting to ourselves that this is not what we want.

Well, Allison
Elizabeth Neal
Allison is tired of being invisible and she has a plan. The catch? Jared, the person she feels is best equipped to help her accomplish her goals, is Jared, her brother, Nick's, best friend and business partner. Therefore, he's also essentially one of her bosses.

Now Allison knows she can't ask her protective older brother, Nick, for help because, of course, in his eyes she's perfect as is. But Allison is done with being overlooked and knows the only way to accomplish her goal is with a makeover.
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Shirley Frances
3.25 stars

Allison is ready for a change and is hoping that her brother's best friend helps her in her transition. But when he refuses, she decides to to do it on her own. Failing spectacularly doesn't necessarily deter her from continuing her quest, but now that Jared is willing to help she feels confident in her decision.

Jared didn't always notice Allison, but he's always admired her smarts and her quirkiness. So when she comes at him with the plan a plan to help her get her foot in the dating
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Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A liked this book but not as much as I like A friendly arrangement. I think that is because I didn’t really have any type of like or dislike for Allison in this. Don’t get me wrong she is a good character. We see the girl who doesn’t think she is pretty or has confidence in herself go from perceived to be only geek to swan with oodles of confidence. She wrangles her brother’s best friend to help her. And help he does.

Jared is a character I loved however. I love how he always saw Allison as
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sort of have mixed feelings about this one. I wanted it to be so much more than what we got because I thought the potential was there for a great story, but I just didn't feel it. The characters seemed distant to me and I thought they would have had more of a connection before they started in with Jared showing Allison all the ropes of dating. Overall, this one wasn't bad, I had just hoped for more I guess. I still give it a strong 4 stars.

Allison is looking to break out of her nerdy girl ways
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Allison Hall is desperate to shake her social outcast status, and decides that a makeover is in order to win herself a man. She has no idea where to begin, but knows the perfect person to help her accomplish her mission... her brother's handsome best friend Jared. Jared is good with the ladies, and knows exactly what men like, so Allison figures he can help her out, but Jared has his reservations and ultimately turns her down. So, she turns to her friend Colleen and asks her to help her out, but ...more
Gigi staub
Allison Hall is fed up with being a social outcast. Even at the tech company where she works for her brother and his best friend, Jared, she's the invisible nerdy girl. What she needs is confidence—and that requires a makeover and dating tips. And she knows just the man to help…

Jared Esterly is shocked when Allison asks for his assistance and turns her down, knowing that her brother—his business partner and best friend, Nick—would kill him if he dated her, even if it is just for practice. But
April Symes
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Beautiful story of how a woman realized she wanted to be more than the “girl next door” or the “nerdy girl”. Allison Hall wanted love and she wanted happiness so she went after it the best way she knew how. She asks her brother for help but that so didn’t go over well so then she turned to her brother’s best friend Jared for help since he was handsome and did extremely well with woman, thinking he could help turn her around and get her on the right path. Of course he said no at first but he ...more
Katrina Berry
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

A Friendly Flirtation by Christine Warner is Book 3 of the Friends First Series. While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Having liked what I had seen of the cover, as well as the book description, I requested the book for review. Nerdy girls need love too and Allison Hall is no exception.

While this was fast and fun to read, and I did enjoy some giggles along the way, I was left feeling that certain areas were
I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

This was my first book by Christine Warner (and therefore obviously the first one I have read in this series), I felt that this book worked well as a stand-alone although clearly there was some back story from the previous books which may have enhanced my reading of this book.

Allison is a girl-nerd, she works for her brother and his best friend as some kind of computer programming person and,
Cara Ross
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I dived into this book after being intrigued by the blurb and I am extremely glad I did, as it brightened up my very snowy weekend, more than I expected.
So the story is about a former playboy and his best friends little sister whom has labeled herself the queen of the nerds. Allison Hall is tired of being overlooked and blending in with the wallpaper, so finally gets up the courage to ask her brother for help, when Nate turns her down, she goes to his best friend Jared…but then he turns her
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allison Hall, or Al, as she is referred to through most of the book, is your typical wall flower type of nerdy girl next door. She desperately wants more out of her life and is turned down by her overprotective brother Nick to help her become more than just a dependable employee at his firm. The only other man she can possibly trust is Nick’s business partner and lifelong friend, Jared Esterly. Jared is taken back at the idea of Allison wanting him to consider crossing the line of his friendship ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Friendly Flirtation takes a couple of my favorite tropes-friends to lovers and brother's best friend-and puts them together, then adds in a nice dash of sexual tension for good measure. When all is said and done, what you get is a really good story with strong characters that keeps you interested and maybe just a little bit frustrated.

I really liked Jared's character, he comes across as the perfect guy-a player ready to leave that kind of lifestyle behind who is self-assured (and even a bit
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Friendly Flirtation" by Christine Warner. This is a heartwarming story that made me laugh and cry and cheer on our Hero and heroine. Allison is a smart, independent woman. However, she feels she's lacking in the social area of her life. She enlists Jared, her brother's best friend and known playboy, to help her improve in that are of her life. Jared reluctantly agrees. However, time together only proves that maybe there is more to them than friendship. I could relate to Allison - she longs to ...more
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Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmitic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about

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Friends First (3 books)
  • A Friendly Engagement (Friends First, #1)
  • A Friendly Arrangement (Friends First, #2)