Series: Hourglass #1
Published by Self-Published on July 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Best friends since birth, Brooke Reid and Savannah Prescott, spend their days working together at top fashion magazine Hourglass, while enjoying all that the Denver nightlife has to offer – but sharing a man – no way.
One of Denver’s most eligible bachelors, Luke Wellington, can have any woman he wants and he knows it. Putting his player skills to the test, he destroys a friendship and makes two women fall in love with him as he sits back and enjoys the best of both worlds.
Brooke Reid is a woman looking for her happily ever after, and the day she literally ran in to him, she thought she’d found it. Charming, charismatic, a true gentleman – what more could she ask for? Things are going perfectly until her best friend struts in the elevator and claimed his lips right in front of her.
Savannah Prescott is interested in one thing, having a good time with every single man Denver has to offer. Being tied down is too much of a bore for her free spirited ways. Or so she thinks, but when her best friend starts dating her Friday night fling, she realizes she may be ready to turn in her game card and settle down into a real relationship.
When both girls come to the realization that they are after the same man, it means all-out war. Best friends until the end, or at least until him.
What an attention grabber! At about two chapters in, I wanted to skip everything and get to the who-what-when at the end – which is a rarity for me. The relationship triangle going on between Brooke, Luke and Savannah was just that captivating.
I wanted to know why such a man like Luke would lead on two amazing but different women and if their life long friendship would survive such a blow. The lies and manipulation were abundant especially on Luke’s part but when the women got into involved and began scheming that’s when things got even more compelling.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I repeatedly said “Don’t do it, Don’t do something you would regret!” while reading this book but of course our creative authors went all out – keeping this story very much interesting.
When I did finally find out the “why” I wasn’t surprised at all since both women were in their own right – spectacular. They seemed to compliment each other well. They were both loyal ( well, up to a certain point), beautiful, sexy, driven and ambitious but this is where their similarities ended. Where Brooke was much more serious especially when it came to relationships Savannah was more playful and looking for a good time.
I particularly enjoyed Savannah’s character since she was more of the go-getter between the two. I appreciated how she was willing to forgo her relationship first so that her best friend could find her happiness. She was also the one who volunteered to do the dirty work when she knew Brooke just couldn’t.
Which brings me to that fantastic “who and what” at the end. After all that Brooke and Savannah have been through besides learning their lesson they each got exactly what they deserved. I have to admit that I was glad I had enough control to not fast forward to the end because that conclusion… was priceless!
I immensely enjoyed this book and despite the fact that I thought that Luke was a total douche in this story I can’t help wanting to read his POV and read how the authors will portray him in the upcoming books.
Finally! I thought to myself, taking Luke’s face between the palms of my hands and laying an earth shattering kiss on him right in the elevator for my best friend to see. “I’ve been dying to introduce you to my…” Releasing Luke’s face I looked to my left and then to my right. “Where in the hell did she go?”
Glancing back at Luke’s panic-stricken face, I tried to figure out why Brooke had bolted. What in the hell is wrong with that woman? Wrapping my arms around Luke’s neck, I kissed his cheek. “You look like you’ve just seen a ghost. What’s wrong?” As he was shaking his head no, I pulled my arms from around his neck and placed them at my side.
“Nothing, today is just really busy. Do you know by chance where her office is?Confused, I scrunched my eyes together. “Who, Brooke?” Luke nodded. “Well of course I do, Luke, that’s my best friend, the one I’ve been dying to introduce you to.”
His face turned white as a sheet. “Shit” he mumbled under his breath.
I stepped out of the elevator on the ninth floor and walked with Luke toward our parking spaces, he was clearly shaken as beads of sweat were now lining his hairline. “Luke, you’re sweating and I’m not even wearing a revealing top, are you sure you’re okay?” He nodded again. What is wrong with everyone today? I’m dealing with Brooke’s disappearing act, and Luke seems to have swallowed his tongue. “You better be because I’m not in the mood for another rain check tonight.”
Winking at him, I hopped into my car and then took off for my photo shoot. I picked up my phone to dial Brooke as I zoomed through traffic. Her cell went straight to voice mail, so I called the office and got the same thing, voice mail. Trying her cell one more time only to be dumped into her voice mail box for the third time, I conceded.
“Brooke, what happened to you in the elevator? I wanted to introduce you to Luke. Isn’t he gorgeous? I’ll be out at a shoot all day, so we’ll have to catch up later. In the meantime, Google Lucas Wellington, his pictures are to die for, but nothing compares to the body under those clothes, and most importantly, his huge you know what! Let’s do a quick dinner tonight, my place. I’ll pick up takeout on the way home, and we’ll have Carl sneak us into your new condo for a tour. We’ll have to wrap up early though; I’m planning on having Luke as my dessert. Love you.”
After I hung up, I cranked my music up as loud as it would go and sang along with Katy Perry and Juicy J, making up my own lyrics to their chart topper, Dark Horse. “Her love is like a drug, Luke was try to hit it and quit it. But Savannah is so dope Luke messed around and got addicted”