Cait’s Review of “Never Marry Your Brother’s Best Friend” by Lauren Landish

By: Cait Marie


Opposites attract?
In theory, maybe.
In reality, doubtful.

When my brother’s best friend asks me to fake marry him to secure a business deal he desperately needs, I laugh in his face. Me help Carter Harrington? That’s split-your-pants, rip-roaring hilarious. I don’t even like him.

Besides, no one would believe I’m Carter’s wife. It’s ridiculous.

He’s tall, blond, and attention-grabbing gorgeous. I’m short, curvy, awkward… and usually invisible.
He’s never met someone he couldn’t charm. I can barely talk to friends, much less strangers.
He’s a workaholic that lives and breathes money and business. I prefer to lose myself in my art.

Believability factor of us as a couple? Zero.

But when he puts his hand on my thigh, pulls me to his side possessively, and whispers dirty things in my ear that make me go liquid, all the reasons why we shouldn’t be together start to fade away.
And when we’re forced to share a bed to keep up the charade, this fake marriage begins to feel real.
Dangerously real.

What’s a girl to do when the man she can’t stand starts to feel like her husband?


I saw a video on either Instagram or Facebook about this book months ago, before the release, and knew I needed it right away. As soon as it released, I downloaded it, but then life got chaotic, so it took me a bit to finish. That’s the only reason it took me so long.

This book pulled me in immediately, and it never stopped. It included all my favorite tropes–brother’s best friend, fake relationship, enemies to lovers, and even only one bed! The characters had immediate chemistry, and I really loved seeing them grow together.

Carter is a wealthy businessman; Luna is an introverted artist. They are opposites in every way. But while Luna is usually a quiet, almost passive woman, she has a feistiness that comes out with Carter. She refuses to fall for his charm, which just intrigues him more. They honestly bring out the best in each other. She opens up more, becoming braver, and he sees that there are more important things than his family’s business. Watching their walls fall as they almost reluctantly became friends was great. That’s always one of my favorite parts of romance books, and this one did it well.

I will admit that there were a couple scenes that felt rushed or forced, and some of the dialogue bordered on overdone. It wasn’t enough to deter me though. I still really loved the story and the characters. I just think some things could have been developed a little further.

The book was very much focused on Luna, Carter, and Elena (the woman Carter is trying to work with as a financial manager). There’s nothing wrong with that, especially in a romance, but there were so many side characters that I wanted to know more about. That might be on purpose because they’ll get their own books in the series. However, even with the main characters, their backstories felt a little bare. For example, this is a brother’s best friend romance, but her brother is barely in it. When together, they seemed close, but I also got the impression at times that they weren’t close because of their age gap. Their mother is only in the very end, and as soon as she appeared, I realized I knew almost nothing about their family dynamic.

Again, none of this was enough to stop me from reading. I still enjoyed it. It was a fun, light romance, with tension and drama. It was well written and easy to read, and I will be continuing the series!

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