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The Bangover

(The Bangover #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,029 ratings  ·  241 reviews
Note to Self --Do NOT bang your best guy friend in the limo on the way to the swanky Vegas hotel.

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

If only Colin and I hadn't drunk so much whiskey, if only I'd kept that red bikini in my suitcase, if only his evil ex-girlfriend hadn't come sniffing around making me feel territorial and protective.

Not that my bad b
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Self Taught Ninja
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Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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 c
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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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 secretly ye
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 blood was pumpin
3.75 what happens in Vegas...stars!

There are some parts of this book that I'd love to give 4 stars to and other eye-rolling parts a 3 or 2.5. Bordering on the ridiculous, this was an entertaining friends-to-lovers story.

Colin and Kirby have been the best of friends since middle school. One drunken night they agree to be friends-with-benefits during a trip to Vegas to help Colin break his song-writing block and Kirby after her last relationship and long "dry spell."

The banter back and forth was
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This book was odd? I didn't hate it by any means, but it definitely was not what I was expecting. I had planned to read a very different type of book, and this was just weird. There wasn't enough focus on the actual love story; it took a lot of things for granted. Nevertheless, it was still cute at times. I was not the biggest fan though.

And I'm out.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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 ano
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.
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.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was just magically delicious!! Fantastic friends to lovers romance!!

I was listening to this while working. Oh my, did I blush a lot. Love scenes and sexual arousal are so much dirtier when they're read out loud. And Lili and Jason were...are fantastic narrators!! So good!

Colin and Kirby have been best friends since he joined her school. Colin was a musical prodigy who became a rock star. A rock god. Awkward teen years blossomed into hot, hot, hot. Kirby (or as Colin has nicknamed her Larry
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 discussion leads to a reality t
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 the saddle a
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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 HAPPENING" moments. All of whi
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
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These two just gave me all the feels 🥰
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Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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,
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I really was looking forward to this book. I was expecting this book to be more of a romcom than anything else. Interestingly, it wasn't. There was humor there but there was also some mystery.

I loved certain parts of this but struggled with a large portion of the book. The over the top dramatics, trying to keep track of some of the crazy, and the unusual main character names (Every time I read the name Larry for the girl it took me out of the story), made it difficult for me to stay fo
April   ♥"LOS" ♥
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.
Jill M
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hot-sexy-men
OMG this was my first Lili Valente book and it was beyond any expectations I had. It was a little funny with intense chemistry and lots of action, drama and hotness. This book was amazing and Jason Clarke and Lil Valente were outstanding and made this story so much better. They were a perfect match and perfect for this story. I mean Jason’s voice is smooth honey and I could listen to him read anything. Lili’s voice was sweet and cute and the perfect Kirby.
Kimberley C.
DNF 58%. Not for me.
Lori R.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
TBH I have no idea when I started reading this book but I'm guestimating 1/17 ... it's loaded on a device I don't normally use so I only read this book when others weren't ~working/around...

I also wasn't so into it at first.
It starts cute but gets RIGHT into the physical relationship - while it's still weird.
Because they're best friends, but Colin immediately acts like a lover - which ... is fine other than they're all "this is just fucking not a romance" so it's kinda ... not CREEPY but.
Judy Miracle
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
Omg! Why did I wait so long to read this book? I absolutely loved the friends to lover aspect. Colin and Kirby have been friends for a long time. She is a successful author and he's a rock star!

Is it true what they say... What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Will these two realize not only to themselves but to one another that they are in love with each other? Having been friends for 13+ years and counting will it all blow back in their face. Or are they meant to be each other's forever?

Lili gi
Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
The Bangover is Lili Valente's newest hilarious best friends to lovers romance. I have read every word Lili has ever written and she never fails to entertain me with the laughs, the tears, the heat and the fun! I especially loved this story of two best friends falling for each other. Colin the sexy rockstar, Kirby the quirky writer. They seem like opposites on paper, but they have been through a lot in their friendship. It's been purely hands off until some whiskey and a spontaneous trip to Vega ...more
Cee Cee Houston
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 for Kirby and
Jolene St Germain Triggs
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tiera McMillian
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
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