Falling for the Good Guy (Nice Girl to Love #2) by Violet Duke
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Source: Review Copy from Author
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***Warning: if you have not read Resisting the Bad Boy, there will be spoilers.***
Abby Bartlett is well aware that everyone thinks she's in love with her best friend Brian. He is, after all, the type of man a nice girl should be with--the polar opposite of the bad boy--the kind of guy who didn't let his wife's decade-long illness stop him from showering her with a lifetime of love every second until her dying day. Yes, Brian has been the yardstick against which Abby has measured all other men. But everyone's wrong; she couldn't possibly be in love with him.
Because she's never once allowed herself that option.
It's taken a while but Brian Sullivan has finally come to terms with being a widower at the age of thirty, surviving the woman he spent half his life loving, a third of it losing. Truth is though, he wouldn't have 'survived' any of it really had it not been for Abby--sweet, incredible Abby--the woman he's never once had to picture his life without, never realized he couldn't truly live without. Until now. Now that he's finally able to love her the way she deserves, the way he knows she wants to be loved...by his brother.
Who's giving him exactly one chance to speak now or forever hold his peace.
We last left Abby at the end of her one month with Connor - a month that ended, just as he'd promised, despite everything they felt for each other. In her struggle to mend her broken heart, Abby returns to her life and her best friend, Brian, and his family. But on New Year's, everything may just change for Abby. That is, if Brian has anything to say about it.
I. Love. Brian. He is the best kind of guy: sweet, loving, and kind. And, probably most importantly for Abby, emotionally available. He's also not willing to let Abby go without taking a shot and trying to take them past being 'just friends'. A shot that really packs a whammy, if you ask me.
There was a whole new level of sweetness in this book that hadn't been there for me in Resisting the Bad Boy, because of the obvious differences between the brothers. The only thing they had in common, really, was both Connor and Brian had a tumultuous past - but they really couldn't have manifested any differently. Learning the extent of everything Brian went through with his late wife was heart-wrenching and even hard to read at times. This is a man that loves fiercely and with nothing held back - evident in the stories of his wife, his relationship with his daughter, and his feelings for Abby. There is no one more deserving of a second chance at love than him.
Overall, a great continuation of the series, with another ending that will leave you wanting!