Published by Heat Heart and Humor books on January 30, 2018
Genres: New Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Author
I know how things look from the outside. I’m rich. I’m a successful surgeon. I’m handsome. I should have women lining up from here to New Jersey clawing for space in my bed, but there’s one huge catch.
I’m f*cking awkward.
Every time I get a date, I spoil it. Asked if she’s pregnant? Check. Forgot her name? Check. Bought a meat lover’s pizza for my vegan girlfriend? Check, check, check.
This is why my best friend, romance fanatic Allie Jenkins, has declared that she’s swooping in to save the day. She’s prepared a list of required reading straight from The Ripped Bodice, and I’m supposed to take notes, learn from the best, and put that shit into action. After all, practice makes perfect, right?
Awkward is a standalone romance by author Lily Kate. I have read one of Lily Kate’s other books, and I really enjoyed it, so when I saw this best friends romance about an awkward doctor, I knew I had to read it. Awkward is kind of my thing. Plus, I really do enjoy best friends romances. Awkward was a really fun read. Great for fans of funny slow burn romances with lots of mishaps and plenty of heart.
Awkward is the story of Dr. Jack Darcy and his best friend Allie. I loved watching Allie and jack together. Allie is trying to help Jack become less awkward around new women, so he can find his match. But of course both Jack and Allie have feelings for each other and they haven’t acted on them because they are oblivious to the other one. If I am honest with myself, this is my least favorite set up for a best friends romance trope, because most of the time it is so obvious. I feel like the characters would have to know how the other felt. So while Awkward did have a fair bit of obliviousness between Jack and Allie, it didn’t bug me much because the story line of this novel was so much fun. I devoured this book in one afternoon!
My favorite part about Awkward was how good of friends Jack and Allie actually are. They have a genuine connection. I love that they have chinese food every Sunday and that they know each other so well. Awkward’s premise is that Allie is trying to set Jack up with women and help coach him on being less awkward on dates. And there are a few dates that Jack goes on, but a large part of the story is the in between times where Jack and Allie are hanging out, which I really loved. It was pretty much all about them. Lily Kate has a very easy writing style in her books. They feel conversational and fun. She also has a knack for writing humor. I have really enjoyed both of her books. They put me in a great mood and the romance is always really satisfying. I can’t wait to read more from Lily.
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