Unprofessional by J.D. Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love when an author develops a formula that works for them and that works for me. Never mess with the formula Mr. Hawkins!! UNPROFESSIONAL was one part redeemable manwhore, two parts good friends since college, and a whole lot of loving and denial going on. Add in the fact that Mr. Hawkins revealed that a true part of his and Mrs. Hawkins courtship was exposed in this story and I couldn't get my hands on it fast enough!!
Owen and Margo have known each other since college. In truth, at times, Margo played his wingman. They were both tearing up the sheets... just not with each other. During their 8 years of friendship, despite their obvious attraction to each other, they've never dared to cross the line. That is until one fortunate St. Patrick's Day, a drinking fest that changed the course of their relationship forever. While they tried to keep it casual, those pesky things called feelings kept getting in the way.
I think the only real issue I had with this story was the skepticism I had for the authenticity of their friendship. In all of its 8 years, they were unfamiliar with the interior of each other's homes. Margo had only met Owen's best friend, Manny, once. I felt that this friendship, no matter how much the characters tried to convince me of its depth and validity, was pretty superficial. They didn't really talk to each other about things that really mattered. Ah well, that was the only thing that bothered me and in the big picture, it was insignificant and didn't detract from my enjoyment of this story.
Margo was a sweetheart, if a bit naive. She was a bit too busy planning her life to actually enjoy it. Owen was such a lovable manwhore, but I really couldn't blame him for his actions. He was hot, single, and had every right to avail himself of a good time. I think what endeared him even more to me was how real he was. I absolutely enjoyed watching (reading) these two fumble through their casualness while trying to hide how serious their feelings were and how much they were affected by the other.
In the end, it's obvious that I loved this story and verify that it is another winner from J.D. Hawkins. He's a one-click author for me and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!!
Release Date: March 22, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance - best friends to lovers
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 3.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone
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