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- Print Length: 249 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Supervised by Cats (October 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I28JXYU
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sarina wants to have a baby. She's tired of waiting for the right man to come along and while she may have had some thoughts where her best friend Dev is concerned, it's clear they will never be returned. She hires a male escort to help her get back into the dating game, but soon realizes her best bet will be to go the donor route and starts making plans accordingly.
Dev is content with his current on again/off again no strings attached fling with a family friend, Shush. Their East Indian heritage means that arranged marriages are still a cultural norm, but he believes that they have an understanding that their fooling around doesn't mean anything serious. When he finds out that Sarina is 'practice dating' and why, it leads to the realization that the friendship he thought was his rock is crumbling beneath him. Dev needs to man up and be the friend Sarina needs – or realize that this is his one and only chance to take things in a new direction.
There's a lot going on in this story, though most of it does revolve around the relationship between Sarina and Dev. Dev's traditional family and their expectations is a big part of the plot, especially when his younger sister ends up pregnant and isn't sure who the father is. Part and parcel with Sarina's wish for a baby conceived in the not so usual way, it makes for some interesting and emotional discussions as Dev comes to terms with all the things changing around him. He's particularly jealous of the man he knows Sarina is dating (the male escort) though it takes him a while to figure out why, when he's been happily having his own sexual flings without thinking of how Sarina might feel about them. It should be noted that once Sarina and Dev realize something between them is changing, they no longer sleep with anyone else. When they do eventually succumb to the attraction that they've tried for so long to deny, the result is some steamy love scenes though it doesn't immediately lead to a happy ending for them. It takes some time and some communication on both their parts to get over the bumps in the road and end up in the right place to stake out a future together.
Along with the interesting familial relationships (both on Dev's side, and on Sarina's too as her family is equally invested in the thought of her having a child), the workplace relationship of Owen, Reid, Dev and Sarina has hit some bumps as well. Someone is poaching their talented staff, and getting to the bottom of it means exposing some truths of their own. These four have been invested in their company Plus, a software and app development firm, from the very start and they've gone through alot together. They aren't ready to give up their friendship and business success without a fight. I really enjoyed seeing them have their own viewpoints, their unique contributions to the company, and that they were willing to work hard to keep their team together.
The Sidelined series will conclude in January of 2017 with Shotgun Wedding, which will take the three couples from the earlier books in the series and give them a novella to follow up on the happy endings they got in their own standalone stories. I highly recommend the whole series, and look forward to catching up with all the characters!
Now they'll finally get their own HEA....or will they?
Sarina thinks it's time to finally have a baby. She's done everything she ever dreamt of doing professionally...but on the personal side... She hasn't dated in years. Now her 3 best friends and business partners are in serious relationships and she's the only single one. That's why she decides to have a baby via sperm donor.
Only...Dev is not really in a relationship. What Sarina thinks is a serious thing, is just him fooling around with his childhood friend. But he's not interested in her. Just like Sarina is with him, he's secretly very in love with Sarina - only it's so secret that he doesn't know it himself. ☺
But he can't sit and watch his bestie Sarina get impregnated by some catalogue guy!!!
Will it be too late for them???
I really enjoyed this book!!!
Both Dev and Sarina have been in love with the other for over a decade, but they're only now realizing it. They've only ever been the bestest of buddies.
But now it might be too late...
It's so adorable and frustrating to watch the two of them get their sh*t sorted.
We hope all through the book that they will finally get that they're really in love with each other...but grrrr it takes them a long while ☺
And Sarina is not Dev's only problem...there's a huge family thing on his mind too :(
I loved how we have lots of Reid and Owen in this book too.
Reid wants to go Sperm-Shopping for Sarina. ☺
"What is it with you and this need to be the most inappropriate person in the world?"
I just love this group of people!
So many funny moments and frustrating and sad moments.
I just loved it...
It probably should've been 50 pages shorter - Ainslie talks a bit too much here and there. I sometimes wanted to fast forward to wherever people where talking with each other. There were a few too many poetic thoughts - BUT it was still a really great story!!!!
►►► SOLD SHORT was such a beautiful best-friends-to-lovers love story about two people who are finally realizing that their forever-ever-after person has been right there all along.... Run to your nearest amazon to find out if and how Dev & Sarina will get to their HEA!!!
And now Ainslie - give us whatever's next asap! Please ☺
Dev and Sarina are part of the team that started up the Plus company. They've been a success and could easily just live on the gains. Yet they are young and creative and want to expand. However Dev is not so sure that he is entirely needed by the company. It seems to him its Reid and Owen who are more the brains of the company. He doesn't quite see what an asset he is, so when some one tries to poach him he is a little vulnerable.
Sarina is feeling her clock ticking and even though she is just hitting thirty she wants to have a child and she is prepared to go as far as artificial means - much to the horror of Dev. Dev is also dealing with a family situation of his own and within that he really proves his reliability, care and compassion.
It seems that Dev suddenly starts to get so many things wrong to his utter frustration, and also he adds up and jumps to conclusions that aren't correct and drive him further into desperation. There is a push/pull situation that just does not seem to be going anywhere between himself and Sarina. Will they negotiate their way from real friendship to love and being together. Possibly - but first not without a lot of angst.
This book is not quite as engaging as the first two, yet it was a fun read and I enjoyed it. It was great catching up with the rest of the team and to learn a little more about Dev and Sarina and their respective families.
I received a copy of this book from the author.
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