Rebecca has had a crush on her best friend’s father, Jackson Reed, for as long as she can remember. She has always hoped that one day, he’d be her everything—but that could never happen. Besides Rebecca’s friendship with his daughter, he’s so far out of her league.
That all changes when Rebecca is with Jackson helping Bella through her heartache. Together, growing closer, something might just happen. But be careful what you wish for…
Kissing Rebecca was a mistake, fucking Rebecca was an even bigger mistake, and it can’t happen again. But Jackson wants it to happen again. He wants Rebecca. She fires his blood and makes him yearn for things he had thought were far out of his reach.
He’s old enough to be her father, but she doesn’t care. He’s the only one Rebecca wants. When they’re together, they cannot keep their hands off each other, and their secret affair begins.
But Jackson is screwing his daughter’s best friend. Can there ever be hope of a happy ending?
Sam Crescent is passionate about fiction. She loves a good erotic romance and so it only made sense for her to spread her wings and start writing. She began writing in 2009 and finally got that first acceptance in 2011 by Total-E-Bound. She loved creating new characters and delving into the worlds that she creates. When she’s not panicking about a story or arguing with a character, she can be found in her kitchen creating all kinds of havoc. Like her stories the creations in the kitchen can be just as dubious but sometimes things turn out great.
the book is set in parallel with The Enemy's Daughter and story of everyone works out very well. Jackson and Rebecca's relationship is scorching hot in the beginning and caring as it goes on. Jackson helps Rebecca in getting out of her parents thumb and rediscovering her love of cooking for herself and the man she has loved for some times in secret. the epilogue with twins playing and another one on the way makes both stories complete.
I was curious about Rebecca and Jacksom from The Enemy's Daughter. Which is another book you need to add to your TBR, if you haven't read it yet. So, I'm glad that Rebecca and Jackson got their own story to tell. It was sweet to see connection between them becoming stronger with each day. Rebecca's girl crush becoming something much more. And Jackson finding something, he thought he would never have. I loved how Jackson was possessive and loving with Rebecca.
This was really good dirty, sexy and a little taboo story with no dramas.
A More Serious & Interesting Take on the Standard Older Man/Younger Woman Trope...
I have read a LOT of different variations of this romance theme. Whether it is Dad’s best friend, Daughter’s best friend, best friend’s Daughter, best friend’s alien, cyborg, step-daughter, etc.. You name it, I’ve probably read it. And I’ll be honest, after a while, they all sort of blend together and become extremely predictable and formulaic. That’s not to say many of them aren’t interesting; many are not only attention-grabbing but gloriously entertaining and sexy. However, despite how wonderful many of the above are, they all have very similar traits. They usually depict an older man in his forties, a young woman usually between eighteen and twenty-two, and of course the all-time favorite plot point, the young woman is usually an innocent virgin waiting for her knight in shining bad-boy biker helmet or millionaire CEO office chair. So imagine my surprise when I discovered this book, “Daughter’s Best Friend”, by Sam Crescent. A sweet yet far more sophisticated take on the older man/younger woman/connected to somebody close to me and therefore taboo trope.
With this story, Crescent offers something that is a bit more serious, a more realistic story line in a sub-genre often plagued with overblown and silly caricatures. Here we are presented with the tale of Jackson and Rebecca. Jackson is a middle-aged widower, high powered business mogul, and father to Bella (who we were introduced to in the previous book “The Enemy’s Daughter”). And Rebecca, a twenty-five year old chef being controlled by her rich parents demands, unable to live life as she wants to. A young woman who runs to stand by the side of her best friend Bella after an unexpected heartbreak, a heartbreak that finds her in close quarters with Bella’s father Jackson, a man she has secretly lusted after for years.
Unlike previous story worlds this time Crescent gives us a female lead that is far removed from the standard innocent young woman with a crush. Here we are given a strong, more mature woman secure in her own dreams and abilities. It was a refreshing step away from the overdone virginal training of others in this domain and I fully enjoyed watching the relationship between Jackson and Rebecca (sexual and otherwise) unfold in such a way more fitting real life. And unlike the insta-everything stance of some of Crescents other books, this one is a slower burn. It takes its time, allowing all of the events that twist and weave Rebecca and Jackson together to flow over you slowly like warm honey, giving you every ounce of their chemistry’s delicious, fiery sweetness in a pace that will leave you panting for more after every circumstance and event within.
It is a deliciously sexy and heartfelt romance. My only issue with it overall is that it was a bit stunted in places, with some events surrounding Rebecca and Jackson feeling a tad rushed. I would have loved to have seen a longer, more full and methodically paced book better matching the slower burn and thoughtful romance housed within it pages. Additionally, I wasn’t overly thrilled with the lack of closure where Bella’s parents were concerned. After spending so much time weaving their treatment of her throughout her character’s foundation, I was surprised the conclusion of this pivotal relationship was rushed in the end. Overall, this simmering, sexy tale deserved the full gamut of emotional ties to be fulfilled in their entirety. And while I loved the overarching theme of this book, I was left feeling a bit unfulfilled at the end.
3.75 Stars I liked this book but it wasn’t my favorite of the series. At times I found the story long winded and slightly dragged out. I was rooting for Rebecca and Jackson to get their happily ever after. I liked them as a couple but I would’ve liked a bit more of a spark between them. The present that Jackson bought Rebecca had me swooning. From that moment, Jackson wormed his way into my heart. Although slow at first, this book was easy to devour in one sitting and I was left feeling satisfied. My favorite part of this book is the epilogue/five year’s later part. I liked seeing what happened between them and what was going on. The storyline for this book is easy to follow and an enjoyable read.
Rebecca has had a crush on her best friend Bella’s father for years. She always hoped that Jackson Reed would notice her as more than his daughter’s best friend. When Rebecca stays with Bella and Jackson over Christmas, Jackson and Rebecca grow close. After getting hot and steamy on his desk, Jackson forbids it from happening again. Jackson Reed is attracted to Rebecca. Because of her age and the fact she is his daughter’s best friend, he knows nothing more can happen between them. When Jackson fails to stop thinking about Rebecca they come to an agreement of becoming friends with benefits. The more time they spend together, their feelings grow deeper. Will Jackson and Rebecca progress from friends with benefits to a relationship? How will Bella react to Rebecca and her father’s relationship?
I loved this story. I felt in this story we got to know more about the couple. But probably because we got to know this couple in the previous book.
Rebecca had a crush on her best friends father since they were young, but never thought anything would happen. But now it felt like maybe things were changing between them. Jackson can't believe that he is attracted to his daughter's best friend. And now it feels like maybe he found something that he really wants and willing to fight for.
Definitely loved this one a lot. Loved Jackson and his whole alpha OTT personality.
Every time I read a Sam Crescent book I am never disappointed. Ever. With this book she has actually surpassed my expectations !! This is a beautifully written novel. I loved it from beginning to end. I could not put it down !!! I love Jackson and adore Rebecca !!! Sam's writing is hot and sexy with just the right amount of awww to pull your heartstrings and leave you smiling long after the last page.
This story is a 3.5 rating for me. The story was good, but a little boring. There was not a climatic situation or anything unpredictable at all. Several areas were long winded, even a little repetitive, and I actually fell asleep while reading this story in bed two nights in a row. I want something that will keep me up, not put me to sleep.
If you are looking for a soft romance with an older man and a woman half his age that is all gooey goodness, then this is the story for you!
The moment you encounter this kind of title you gonna think "oh, not so interesting,more on erotic moment for sure" because that was my first impression until i started reading it then i realised there were something more to it than a weird title. You will learned a lot and can pick some lesson about life that controlled by someone else even a family like parents. It doesn't matter who you fell in love with as long as that person knows your dream, respect you and support you all the way.
I put this book off for forever! I was really turned off by the FMC’s obsession with her best friends dad since she was a child. It wasn’t gross just not interesting to me. But I’m glad I finally got through it. It was a nicely done short spicy story of two people falling from lust to love. It was mature and not ridiculous like so many of these short insta romance books can be. But do Alaric and Bella have a book?🤷🏻♀️. Enjoy.
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**
When you desire the one person you shouldn't...
Rebecca isn't living the life she wants. Her parents have somehow smothered her dream of owning a restaurant by forcing her to run her business their way. Her love life is nonexistent because the one person she wants to be with is essentially forbidden to her. It's her best friend's father and she's sure that he still sees her as a little girl so nothing will ever happen between them.
Jackson knows Rebecca isn't a girl anymore. He's watched her grow into a gorgeous young woman and he's tried to convince himself he shouldn't want her this way. He is an accomplished businessman with an adult daughter and dating her friend would be frowned upon by most of the people in their lives. Yet, he's about to cross the line anyway.
A kiss in the kitchen turns into a full-blown secret romance, hidden from everyone. As the pair get closer, they begin to realize their feelings run deeper than just a lustful crush. The couple will have to decide how to let the cat out of the bag because they can't hide their relationship forever if they stand a chance at having a future together.
I have a thing for the forbidden love trope but I have to say that I haven't read many books with the daughter or son's best friend theme. The hidden love affair in this novella was steamy, to say the least. Our couple can't keep their hands off each other and their passion is evident from the first scene. It's a nicely written erotica with well-rounded characters.
I expected this to be a dirty read and it definitely was, but there was also an emotional side to the story that I hadn't anticipated. Rebecca has some serious issues in her life that she needs to work out and Jackson seems to give her the confidence she needs to make some tough decisions. They were good for each other.
The age difference didn't bother me, but if you aren't a fan of older men with younger women, this isn't the book for you. That much should be clear from the title alone. There is a little bit of dishonesty happening here, which goes hand-in-hand with the forbidden love theme, but there is a happy ending.
In closing... I am absolutely open to reading more of this author's work. Four suns!