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A Friendly Engagement (Friends First) by [Warner, Christine]
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Length: 298 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"A flirty, opposites-attract story with an unexpected twist. This sexy romp is sure to make you smile!" ~ Tracy March, Award-Winning Author of The Practice Proposal
 
"Christine Warner writes heroes you'll melt for and heroines you want to be friends with..." ~ Kristina Knight - author of the Texas Wishes Series
 
"The Characters were so sweet, Devi is such a funny and free character who embraces life. It was cool to see how she made the stress-ball Omar relax and smile." - The Book Herald
 
"This is a light-hearted romance novel. A good for those who like humorous and funny stories and unique characters." - wrecked_life's review
 
"This is a quick read that is steamy, sensual, sweet, and funny. I enjoyed the story. If you like steamy scenes, then you will enjoy this book." - Book Snuggle
 
"I love when friends become lovers , especially when it's unexpected on both their parts. The plot twist near the end however is what put this book above the rest in its genre." - Catherine
 
"There are no words for how much I love this book. The author's style has a way of transporting the reader, whisking away the real world to leave only the story behind. And this is an amazing story." - Sarah B
 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1398 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select Contemporary (June 23, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 23, 2015
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y7T2YSQ
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are no words for how much I love this book. The author's style has a way of transporting the reader, whisking away the real world to leave only the story behind. And this is an amazing story. From the beginning, it's clear Omar and Devi are meant to be together. Their natural friendship just begs for more, which makes the transition to a relationship superbly organic. Much of the story takes place over a short period of time, but between the characters' shared past and the beautifully portrayed, insanely romantic setting, they couldn't have come together in a better way. This is so, so far from insta-love...it's more like a dawning of something that has been there all along. And in every, EVERY regard, I don't think anyone captures the senses as well as Ms. Warner. Her attention to detail allows the reader to thoroughly experience every moment, but these engaging details don't weigh down the story. Instead they provide a superb backdrop to the delightful crescendo of the relationship between Omar and Devi. This book is absolutely full of lines that are so artistically crafted that I actually savored them, and for that reason alone--for the beauty and subtly of the background--I'm sure I'll revisit this story. I'm thoroughly looking forward to the next book in the series, but in the meantime I liked this one so much that I actually gifted copies to a couple of friends. This is a must-read!
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By Julie on July 7, 2015
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Omar has one priority in life: work. If it doesn't have to do with his business, he wants nothing to do with it. Then comes along the client that wants to know he has a life outside of work and Omar sets out to find himself a fake fiance. He looks no further than his assistant, Devi. Devi really wants no part in this massive deception but after Omar assures her that he will come clean after the client realizes how valuable pairing up with Omar would be, she relents. Neither was ready for what happened next.

I thought that the summary sounded cute on this one and I couldn't wait to dive into it. Honestly, it was ... okay. I didn't really relate in any way with Omar or Devi. They seemed like shallow characters that didn't have anything to them. Omar works hard and loves working hard and works to love work and loves to love work. Got it. But what else? There were these little hints dropped about his background but nothing was ever really fleshed out. I enjoyed his character but I just didn't know him. And I felt the same way about Devi. And then them together ... just didn't seem realistic. For a dude who has his head only focusing on business and it had been that way for forever ... I just don't see him falling for some chick after one day. I mean, come on. Can people fall in love that fast? Sure. But the way that his character was set up, it just didn't seem authentic.

The story was pretty good. Although, there was a moment when things escalated so quickly that I actually wondered if I missed a chapter somewhere. Again, it just didn't seem natural to the flow of the story that was established in the first chapter.

Basically, I felt conflicted about this one. It wasn't my favorite but it wasn't the worst either. I will probably give the author another shot on her next novel because I did enjoy the story line.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
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Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

A Friendly Engagement follows the story of Devi and Omar. Omar is a workaholic. He's lives and breathes work. The last thing he has time for is fun or relationships. He's never had a problem with the way he lives his life until he needs to land a family-oriented client. He's at a loss of how to obtain this client. That is, until his assistant becomes the perfect plan.... Devi is the life of the party. She's always up for a good time and is willing to try anything once. So, Omar comes up with the perfect solution to his problem. Ask Devi to be his fake fiancee. I mean what could possibly go wrong??

A Friendly Engagement was a quick, fun read for me. You can never go wrong with the fake fiancee story-line. I enjoyed the chemistry between Omar and Devi. I found myself asking why it took them so long to open their eyes to each other. Omar and Devi were really cute together and it was fun watching them navigate their "relationship".

There are a few things that didn't quiet work for me. With this story, my biggest problem was the pacing. I would have liked to have seen Omar and Devi's relationship develop a little more. I mean, I understand that they've worked together for a long time, but I feel like their feelings of love developed too soon. Almost like a case of insta-love, but not because they've had a long working relationship. Also, I felt like some of the resolutions were resolved a little too quickly for my taste. Without going into too much detail or spoiling anything, there is some groveling that takes place, but I would have liked to have seen Omar work a little more for Devi's forgiveness. That's just my opinion.

Other than that, I thought this book was an enjoyable read.
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This was my first book by the author and I really enjoyed this story. If you know me you know one of my favorite genres to read is fake relationships that turn into the real deal. This story had the added element of friends to lovers as well. Which is another fav of mine.

Omar was all business and no play, well hardly any play. Devi made sure that Omar saw some lightheartedness and fun in his day to day to day life. She made sure he didn't take himself or life too seriously. However, even with the charm and charismatic Devi in his life, Omar still struggled with find the balance between work and home life. His days were filled with his financial company and so were his nights. Even the reason behind the fake engagement was all for business. But if Devi had her way ( and she often did) she was going to make sure that Omar stopped and smelled the roses once in a while.

Both characters were struggling with past demons and issues that they couldn't let go of. Omar only knew how to work and his main goal was to continue the legacy that his father had started and passed down to him. Debi's issues were more personal and family oriented, however both were a big part of who they were as people.

I really enjoyed watching Omar and Devi fight their growing attraction and need for each other. I think this was of the reasons most people bought their farce of a engagement. The lingering looks, soft touches and sweet words they spoke to each other had everyone just in awe of them. However, all good things must come to an end, and when these two got their expectation date, things got a little .... Sticky to say the least. I will defiantly read more from Thai author. I enjoyed her writing style, her wit and how she spun a tale so lovely it left me all smiles.
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