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The Bangover

(The Bangover #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,001 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Dear Self—Do not pass Go, do not bang your oldest friend in the limo on the way to the swanky Vegas hotel. Just get back on the plane, fly home, and forget you almost had co-ed naked best buddy time time with the one man who is completely off limits.

I give myself very good advice.
Too bad I suck at taking it.

Not that Colin Donovan, my bad boy rock s
273 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Self Taught Ninja
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Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
With special thanks to Teri.

Ignore the blurb: whoever wrote it was drunk. Or high. Me on the other hand - I read the book from start to finish while remaining sober, so I know what I am talking about.

Two main heroes - Colin and Kirby - were friends since high school; just friends: with no benefits that is. Colin grew up to be a frontman of a popular rock(?) band and Kirby became a successful horror writer. Considering the fact they were in Maine I always wanted to say, "Stephen King, you sure changed!"
Carmen Rae
I really went into this book expecting a short, hot, funny bit of fluff. You know the kind, a hundred to two hundred pages of steaming hot fluff that makes you laugh. And although I got that I also got a fair bit of storyline that I wasn't expecting.

I thought Colin and Kirby were going to bang each other's brains out as friends with benefits, realise they were in live with each other. A bit of drama when they both think the other doesn't love them that way then maybe a Vegas wedding. Loads of
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Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rom-com with all the feels!

I loved, loved, loved this best friends to lovers story! Colin and Kirby had been the best of friends since they were teenagers. You know the kind. Confide everything, got your back always, pick up right where you left off kind of once in a lifetime friends. So when Colin was struggling with a problem, Kirby was right there to help him work through it. Little did they know, where that would lead them both, though honestly? One half of this duo may have been
Acheron Lover
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was set up amazingly. Not only did the story flow correctly, but there was no confusion on the storyline. Some authors establish the villain in the middle making the plotline difficult to follow but this author established the misgivings before trouble started. The relationship between Colin and Kirby is that of best friends who are crossing the line not knowing what is going to happen in the future, as a reader I can feel how much they value their relationship with one anothe
Laz the Sailor
The deepest of friends-to-lovers is the lifelong friend who has been there for you since forever. The title implied lots of sex, and the banter promised lots of sex, and when they got around to it, the sex was hot. But for the remaining 2/3 of the book, there was none.

Some light angst, crazy exes, and some other quirky side characters kept me entertained. But I feel I was a bit misled.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3,7 Stars (Yes I was really in doubt about how to rate this book)

Holy moly this book was hot!! It was filled with steam and tension almost from the beginning of this book!

It says this book is a Rom-com but it wasn't that funny for me it was more a romantic suspension for me since it was filled with treats and so many people who wanted to hurt the couple. But I can easily see it was also written in a way it never got heavy so even though it all I never got that feeling where my bloo
I started out really really liking this, but it took a turn into weirds-ville and got a little OTT with the exes and drama. I will check out more from this author, I liked the silliness and the smexiness, but I wish there had been more relationship development and less...other stuffs.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m beginning to think that Colin and Kirby's vacay to Vegas is a bad idea. Apparently "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" doesn’t apply to a rock star and best seller horror writer who are friends deciding to explore benefits. This started out sweet and humorous, took a turn past a comedy of errors and then ran headlong into all kinds of mystery, intrigue and suspense. It snuck in from left field and latched on to my throat, never turning me loose so that I read it in one sitting, in spite o ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this story since I finished Friends with Bang-i-fits. I loved this story. One of my favorite tropes – friends to lovers and it was done so well. Kirby and Colin have been friends since high school and they have been fighting their attraction to each other since then. Like a true friend that she is, Kirby decided to go to Vegas to help Colin out with a little problem that he had. Little did they know, that trip would be so much more than her offering help. It was so much f ...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This book is SO damn funny and is a friends to lovers story with such a comedy of errors along with a little mystery thrown in.

Kirby otherwise known as Larry to her best friend Colin is a horror writer and agrees to go to Vegas with her friend in order to help him get over his writers block before he abstains from sex until he can write a new album for his band. However their drunken discuss
Lexi Cubbins
Lili introduces us to a new world of fun, hotness, and unexpected suspense. And I'm digging it!

Kirby and Colin have been best friends for 15 years. She's a bestselling horror author, he's a hot shot rockstar. An unlikely pair, but it works. They have been there for each other through their troubled teenage years and formed an unbreakable bond.
Well, as for now, Colin's muse has seemed to left him and he's unable to write songs for his band's new album and Kirby hasn't gotten back in
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Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best friends to lovers stories I have read in a while. This couple had so much chemistry and you could really "feel" the friendship between them, but when the lines blur they both realize that being best friends makes for the perfect couple. ~Jen

So. Damn. Funny!!! This book, from the start, had me laughing and chuckling and just enjoying it so much I didn't put it down. There's some mystery. There's some "oh heelllll no" moments. And there's some "WTF IS HAPPEN
Alex in Spades
I was not expecting this story. I mean I've read the synopsis, but it's not giving you even a glimpse into the crazy, funny and really sexy story that is the Bangover. It was a real rollercoaster of action, emotions, and humor - one plot twist after another. It was a delicious friends to lovers story with really great characters, and one adorable, but deadly cat called Murder. I had such a great time listening to the audio version. Jason Clarke was (as always) amazing, and I also really enjoyed ...more
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Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it

Lili Valente writes some truly entertaining romantic comedies, and I’ve enjoyed each one that I’ve picked up. From her hockey romcoms to her small towns romances, she consistently turns out enjoyable stories rooted in fun and original plots with sweet, sexy romances.

The Bangover is a best-friends-to-lovers romance between Colin, a rock star, and Kirby, a horror novelist. Colin and Kirby head off to Vegas on a temporary friends-with-benefits sex-cation, complete with the heroine’s cat,/>The
April   ♥"LOS" ♥
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lili Valente is (in my opinion) the queen of friends to lovers rom-coms! Her books never let me down when it come to great characters with lovable qualities and steamy interactions.
Kirby and Colin have been best friends since childhood and fame and success hasn't done anything to pull them apart so a little "friends with benefits" should hurt anyone...right?
And with that thought in mind so begins the crazy, sexy and at times dangerous adventure in Vegas.
Lori R.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
I absolutely loved this!
A best friends to lovers with all the feels I need.
It was entertaining, it was sexy AF, and it was fun!
The audiobook was excellent!! The narrators were perfect!
Kimberley C.
DNF 58%. Not for me.
Cee Cee Houston
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks for that Lili, I now have Toto’s song stuck on repeat in my head.
The Bangover is a laugh-out-loud, sweet and sexy story featuring two longtime best friends, horror novelist Kirby Lawrence a.k.a Larry and rock star Colin Donovan. They’ve known each other since being freshman students in high school. Colin was the geeky kid that sassy, confident Kirby took under her wing.
Colin is the sexy, soulful and hot lead singer for his band, Lips On Fire. He’s always been there fo
Tiera McMillian
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: oct-2019
2.5-3 stars. So I actually enjoyed this story. Picked up the Audio off Audible and the narration was decent. I'm not sure that the dual narration really clicked well for me but all in all it wasn't too much of a big deal. I actually was turned on to this book by catching the preview in a different book.

I have to say that for the most part the preview was my favorite part of the book. After that the awkward friends with benefits thing they had going on for most of the book didn't really do it fo
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This book starts out FAST y'all! There is no build up at all in this one - these two besties get right to it in the first chapter of the story and the wild roller coaster ride that this book is gets going from there.

Life-long friends and quirky people Colin (rockstar) and Kirby (bestselling horror author) drunkenly decide to 'scratch and itch' together and to add Vegas to the mix to boot - what could go wrong, right?? This story is a cute, dual POV friends to friend with benefits to
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when two best friends decide to move their friendship to the next level and be "friends with benefits"? Lots of laughs, hot sexy times, some surprise feelings, and a mystery to solve.

When Kirby and Colin have a little too much to drink one night they wind up taking a week long trip to Vegas to "bang". These two have been best friends since high school and seen and heard it all except they have never crossed this line. Can their friendship survive this and where will it take them
Jolene St Germain Triggs
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I swear, I have read some great books lately, but this one is a standout. This laugh out loud romantic comedy is SO classic friends to lovers, and I enjoyed every heart warming twist and turn, from Kirby's awkward weirdness to Colin's dirty talk. I swear I even felt for the 'villains' of this twisted tale. Not enough to say they didn't deserve what was coming to them, I just mean this author captured and conveyed the realness and humanity in all they characters, even the not main ones. Once I st ...more
Sharon Jones
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction book blog.
This is how a best friends to lovers book should be written. Outstandingly funny, but not ridiculously so, I found that when I had a laugh out loud moment it felt natural and not the author just trying to make the book funnier than it should be.
Colin & Kirby may have started to change their relationship status due to a few too many whiskey's, and going to Vegas seemed like a great idea at the time. I liked how Kirby tried to se
Kaci Stewart
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
So. Damn. Funny!!! This book, from the start, had me laughing and chuckling and just enjoying it so much I didnt putit down. There's some mystery. There's some "oh heelllll no" moments. And there's some "WTF IS HAPPENING" moments. All of which I enjoyed immensely. If you want a story that will put you through the ringer emotionally while simultaneously giving you whiplash (in a good way lol) from the shenanigans that ensue, then this is the book for you. Kirby and Colin and amazing characters. T ...more
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Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

This is a story of best friends falling for each other that had me hooked from the start. It had me feeling all the emotions that are possible. This is a rom-com that even throws in a little suspense and keeps the reader on their toes.

Colin and Kirby have been friends for years and I love how the author showcased their friendship first. Friends that fall in love is one of my
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5-stars! Such a fun read!
Reese Ryan
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny, sexy, and suspenseful.

I was hooked from the very beginning. Loved the story and characters. Super hot love scenes. And I adored their friendship.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sometimes the funny and the silly work. Others you feel like you are watching a SNL skit. Unfortunately, this was the latter for me.

I am not able to recommend this title.
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