So Good by Nicola Rendell – Jenn’s Review


Nicola Rendell is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.



On the roof of a house outside Truelove, Maine, master carpenter Max Doyle looks down through a skylight and sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. She’s naked, she’s gorgeous, and everything about her is perfect, down to the ball-busting tattoo of a rose that wraps around her hip. But it isn’t just any woman making his knees buckle. It’s his best friend, Rosie Madden. And as he stands there, mesmerized and precariously close to toppling off the roof, he knows he’ll never, ever be able to look at her the same way again.

Rosie can’t help but notice that Max is suddenly acting very strange—lots of long stares, totally tongue-tied, and not at all like the slightly cocky hunk she’s proud to call her best friend. She can’t figure it out, until later that night when Max rescues her from the world’s worst date, challenges her to a game of pool, and shows her just exactly what she’s got him thinking about. Repeatedly.

But life is complicated. Rosie’s cat, Julia Caesar, wants to eat Max’s dog Cupcake for an afternoon snack. A dream job threatens to pull them apart. And another glance through the skylight changes everything, one more time. Yet try as they might, they can’t go back to being just friends, because falling in love with the one you’ve always adored?


So Good was just that….. SO GOOD!! I could not put this book down once I opened it. I had only intended on reading a few chapters before bed, but I was completely taken by Max and Rosie, their friendship, and their story. All it took was a few paragraphs in the first chapter and I was hooked! Rendell’s writing is exceptional. You can’t help but become engrossed in the story and fall instantly in love with all the characters.

I don’t always enjoy friends-to-lovers, because so often, it’s just not believable. But Rosie and Max are in a different league, and Rendell gets it exactly right. Even though you pick up on their friendship long after its inception, Rendell makes you feel like you have been with them all along.

Rosie and Max are so comfortable with each other that their transition, though a little scary at first, is seamless. And did I mention hot? Holy heck. You need to read this book with a fan and a cold drink. In the bedroom, Max is all alpha. I loved seeing the switch in him from sweet best friend to possessive boyfriend. Damn. He was something else! I think I need to go back and reread some sections.. you know, for research.

I also really enjoyed the stolen moments in this book. It was all about the little things they shared in their past and in the present. Both of them were such extraordinary people, you were rooting for them from the very beginning.

Another great aspect of Rendell’s stories is how she incorporates animals. As an animal lover, I know how your pets are your family, and the scenes with Cupcake and Julia Caesar (the perfect name) brought so much more to the story.

So Good was a lighthearted story that had me rooting for love and new beginnings. I felt like I had an up close and personal view as I watched my two best friends fall in love.

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