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The Best Friend Bargain (Kisses in the Sand #3)

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Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.

The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.
As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is
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Published August 8th 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Friends make the best lovers Stars

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The Best Friend Bargain was a cute best friends to lovers read. Would you do anything to help and protect a friend? Would you married her and claim her baby as your own? Danny was a great hero. He was funny, sexy and very caring. He wasn't perfect he had his moments and his self doubt but those flaws made his character come to life. He felt real. I could relate to him. Liv was sweet, but maybe a little careless in a naive sort of way. She asked a lot of her
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Ana
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
{ARC generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review}


A new installment in Robin Bielman's 'Kisses in the Sand' series. I may have screamed a lot little. My friend was staring at me like I'd sprouted a second head.

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I'd been reading Slash: The Autobiography when I received this ARC. I guess y'all can guess what happened next. See you later Slash, I've got other plans!

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I've been waiting for this for so long. I've been hoping for a third Kisses in the Sand book for awhile. Just when
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Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}



She was under his skin. Had been for weeks if he were honest. He didn’t want these feelings of devotion and attachment, like she belonged to him and no other man would get to touch her ever again. Falling for his best friend, heart and soul, hadn’t been part of their deal.


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I like trying out new authors now and then. Sometimes it actually pays off when I do. I have come across some whose writing styles I seem to connect with. Robin Bielman en
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Jen
3.5 More Than Friends Stars

“You know where I stand on marriage, so if I’m going to break my rule for someone, it’s going to be for my best friend.”


Olivia's in a bit of a jam. After six months in London spent in what she thought was a serious relationship, she finds out the hard way her feelings weren't reciprocated. What's a freshly knocked up and recently dumped woman to do? How about returning home and talking her bff into marrying her? Seems logical.

Danny always figured marriage and children
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Claire Robinson
5 - "We’re in this together." Stars!

I have started the Kisses in the Sand series at the wrong end, by reading book three The Best Friend Bargain first, but it was an absolute joy from start to finish, and can absolutely be read as a standalone.



This isn’t the first book I have read by Robin Bielman, but it is certainly the best book I have read by her (to date), so much so that I need to go back and read the previous two books in this series immediately!

"See something you like..?"

Everything just
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Nicola
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We all have authors who are our perfect fit. Those whose writing style, characterisations and stories work every single time. Robin Bielman is one of a handful of authors who I know I can trust to bring me every element I could possibly need, and want, from a romantic read and she nailed it with The Best Friend Bargain.

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For someone who firmly believes that you can go through life without falling in love with your best friend, I absolutely love this trope; if Danny Ellis was my best friend, I'd be
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Carrie
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Olivia Lincoln had gone overseas and met the man of her dreams, unfortunately for Olivia when she finds out that she's pregnant the dream comes to an end. Olivia comes up with a plan to sort out her situation by returning to the states and proposing to her best friend Danny. Danny had no plans for marriage and a family in his future so can Olivia convince Danny that her scheme will benefit them both?

The Best Friend Bargain was a cute story about a pair of friends who had always been there for on
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Irene
4.5 stars

I'm a huge fan of Robin Bielman's writing and once again she's given us a beautiful, heartwarming read with The Best Friend Bargain.

From the first page I knew this was going to be another winner for me. I connected with both Olivia and Danny. I enjoyed watching their relationship develop from friends to lovers.

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The Best Friend Bargain was a well written, heartfelt friends to lovers story that will bring out all the feels.
I highly recommend this book and the Kisses in the Sand series.

Th
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Ivy Deluca
Full review posted at afterdarkbooklovers.com.

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-Best friends to lovers will always be my fave. I guess it comes down to that paradigm shift. I adore when you get to see characters in a new light and even better, when characters get to see each other in a new light. That “oh poop I want to have the sex with you! scene is so much fun that I can’t resist it. Add in a marriage in name only setup, and just send it on over to my kindle, please.

-A bit of serious with this sweet. Now, when I started the
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Mandy
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, friends-to-more
4.5
Very sweet friends to lovers story. What I really liked about this book was the chemistry between Danny and Liv. They had a really great friendship and it was fun to read as it developed into more. I couldn't wait for something to happen between these two with all the sexual tension that was going on. This was fairly low angst, had a few good steamy scenes and a really sweet romance. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author.
Jessica Alcazar
Another fantastic read by Robin Bielman!! Her books are just so easy to read and FUN!

I've read this series from the start and have loved every book. Because they're written well and without too much fan-fare. lol There's good laughter and sexy times all mixed into a low angst high heart story!

Olivia and Danny were really meant to be. You could tell even from the start. They settled into their arrangement very smoothly :) and it was laughter and sexy times from then on out! The story delivered on
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Samanthe Beck
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Robin Bielman is one of my auto-buy authors, and I’m a huge fan of her Kisses in the Sand series, but due to a personal bias, I wasn’t prepared to love The Best Friend Bargain even more than the first two books in this series.

But I did.

I adored this story. Danny and Liv are my new favorite couple. Why?

To answer, I have to start with why I figured I wouldn’t connect with this story as much as the others. It’s that pesky personal bias I mentioned. The Best Friend Bargain is, at heart, a friends
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Stacee
Jul 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars?

The BFF to more trope is one of my favorites, so I was pretty excited just from the title.

I liked Olivia and Danny well enough. They seem to have a decent friendship, but there was definitely a spark missing. I didn't see any sort of chemistry between them. And there was mention of them being friends for 15+ years, but it was all tell and no show.

I was a bit disappointed to find out that the main motivation was that Olivia needs a husband because her mother won't approve of her pregnan
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
The Best Friend Bargain is a sweet and sexy book that sucks you in and gives you the major feels. A light and easy read, the book is loaded with hot anticipation and innuendo that begs for completion. While the theme is somewhat typical, the writer has taken it over the top with in depth emotion that you connect with and embrace.

With wonderful detail and hot as hell writing, you can just envision that steamy first kiss, that touching, trembling embrace, the scorching look as the eye travels up h
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Elaine
This is a sweet friends to lovers romance with lots of twists and turns en route to their happy ever after. Though this is the third book in the series, it is a standalone and you really don’t need to read the earlier two to appreciate this one - though you may well be tempted to go back to read them as this is so good!

Olivia and Danny had been best friends throughout their childhood after Danny saved her from some mean kids. She’s hung around with Danny, Bryce and Zane, as one of the boys ever
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Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I've really enjoyed Robin Bielman's Kisses In the Sand series but The Best Friend Bargain simply did not work for me on many levels. I never felt like I got to know the characters very well and while they claimed to be great friends for over 15 years it seemed like there was something missing in their friendship, and I hate it when adults can't or won't stand up to their parents.

Upfront I want to say that I felt like the heroine Olivia was a
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Elena
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
arc for an honest review
Have you ever started a book and you just keep turn the pages and when you finish you want to hug the book and you have a smile on your face? Well, this story made me want to do just that and feel like that.
Olivia has always been best friends with Danny. When she faces an unexpected pregnacy with a man that doesn't want a baby, she asks her best friend to help her. The problem is Danny doesn't want marriage or kids not because he is not a good guy but because he faces s
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Maria Rose
This review is also posted at All About Romance: http://allaboutromance.com/book-revie...

The Best Friend Bargain is the third story in Robin Bielman’s Kisses in the Sand series. I read and enjoyed the first two books, in which Danny and Olivia (Liv) were introduced as secondary characters and best friends. While still published by Entangled Publishing, the series has gone through an imprint switch, and is now part of their current Lovestruck line, defined on their website as “flirty contemporary
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Paula  Phillips
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

Oliva aka Liv and Danny have always been the best of friends, even growing up despite Olivia hanging around Danny and his friends - it was always Danny she was closest too. The two were inseparable, that was until she stuffed up her career and decided the only way was to jump across the ditch to the UK and start fresh. She left without a goodbye and was gone for six months and loved living in London, she even met a great guy called Will and all was going perfectly until the bombshell dropped tha
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Bette Hansen
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a fun lighthearted story that's perfect for a lazy afternoon read. Olivia Lincoln finds herself in a bit of a situation. After finding out she's pregnant and telling the father, she discovers he's not exactly the great guy she thought he was. He wants nothing to do with the child or her if she decides to keep it. So she's back home and looking to her best friend Danny for help. Not wanting to face the disapproval of her mother she wants Danny to marry her. Since he's never planning on fa ...more
Carol-Ann
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Robin writing style and humour loved this best-friends to lover's story ! I loved the characters of Olivia Lincoln and her Best friend Danny loved there humour and chemistry together and relationship! I've loved this series and wouldn't of missed a book or story !
A
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :)

I was thinking how to rate this book, but after sleeping on it, I decided on 5 stars :) yeah, there were some small issues I had with it, but ultimately, the writing style was so phenomenal that I just had to give it a full 5 stars :) I've had so much fun reading this story, and now of courseI have to add the rest of this series, as well as some other books written by this lovely author to my tbr #BookMountain ;) fu
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Alison
I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Olivia Lincoln has returned from London pregnant, her English boyfriend Will wanted a 'fun' relationship and babies didn't feature in his plans, she also lost her job as a graphologist (handwriting analyst) after a new hire turned out to be a fraudster (because of course EVERYONE relies solely on the handwriting analyst when hiring staff). Her mother has always regretted giving birth to Olivia ou
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Suze Lavender
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Olivia is pregnant , but the father doesn't want to have anything to do with the baby. She returns home and has a plan. She's going to ask her best friend Danny to marry her. The opportunity to suggest an engagement arises almost immediately after she arrives at his home and Danny doesn't mind going along with Olivia's plans. Only they're best friends and not lovers. Danny doesn't want to commit to one person. He has his reasons, but they're difficult to remember whenever he's spending time with ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
As I set down to write this review, I know there are no words to fully convey how good The Best Friend Bargain is. Robin Bielman is one of my favorite authors because she has this ability to write characters who worm their way into your heart. Olivia and Danny are no different. Every girl should be so lucky to have a best friend like Danny Ellis. He’s sweet, kind, funny, compassionate, and sexy. If it’s good, it’s him.

Olivia and Danny have been best friends for fifteen years. They have celebrat
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Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
2.5 rounded up to 3 stars.

I didn't enjoy this one as much as I expected to. Normally I loved friends to lovers romances, but I couldn't get into this one. Judging by the ratings/reviews on Goodreads, I am in the minority so don't let my review turn you off of it completely.

I thought Olivia came across as a very selfish and self centered person. She completely disappears out of her best friend's life for 6 six months and then shows up out of the blue, pregnant, and wanting him to marry her so s
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Annamaria
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Four Great Stars! Olivia comes back from being overseas pregnant from a man whom she thought was the man of her dreams. When she returns home she has a plan, get her best friend Danny to marry her and claim the baby is his. Danny does not believe in marriage or family, but can he refuse Olivia's request for marriage? What will happen between Danny and Olivia? Will they end up having a happily ever after or will everything go up in smoke? This was a great story about two friends who eventually be ...more
Heather andrews
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I really liked Danny he was such a sweet talker, "Danny followed her into the kitchen. “You know I do my best persuading without words.” Danny was just so sweet, and caring that you couldn't help but love him.
Prerana
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: worth-re-reading
Frickin' cutest thing ever. Gosh. So adorable. So frickin' adorable. Loved it. Absolutely.

First rating: four stars.
Second rating: five stars.
Angela
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very cute friends to lovers story. Danny is happy living the bachelor life style but when his best friend Olivia blurts out they are married and expecting a baby. Danny’s well planned out bachelorhood goes up in flames. Olivia need Danny to agree to marry her because she’s hoping to save face with her mom. What neither one counts on is for their agreement to get complicated with feelings, passion, and noisy people in their small town. This story is cute, sweet, and some tough situatio ...more
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When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.

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