Feb 19, 2016

A Friendly Flirtation by Christine Warner Review

A Friendly Flirtation
Friends First #3
By: Christine Warner
Releasing February 15, 2016

One kiss can change your life...

Allison Hall is fed up with being a social outcast. Even at the tech company where she works for her brother and his best friend, Jared, she's the invisible nerdy girl. What she needs is confidence—and that requires a makeover and dating tips. And she knows just the man to help…

Jared Esterly is shocked when Allison asks for his assistance and turns her down, knowing that her brother—his business partner and best friend, Nick—would kill him if he dated her, even if it is just for practice. But when Al’s attempt to make changes on her own fails spectacularly, Jared reluctantly steps in. Things heat up quickly, and soon lessons move from the salon to the bedroom.

When overprotective big-brother Nick discovers Jared is dating Allison, their friendship and business partnership sour. Allison, consumed by guilt, must make a choice: stay with Jared, even though that means ruining his friendship with Nick and possibly his career, or leave the one man who sets her on fire.

I dived into this book after being intrigued by the blurb and I am extremely glad I did, as it brightened up my very snowy weekend, more than I expected.

So the story is about a former playboy and his best friends little sister whom has labeled herself the queen of the nerds. Allison Hall is tired of being overlooked and blending in with the wallpaper, so finally gets up the courage to ask her brother for help, when Nate turns her down, she goes to his best friend Jared…but then he turns her request for help down too.  But that doesn't stop Allison, but after a disastrous attempt of self-help which lead to her humiliation, Jared stepped in and saved the day…but he opened a huge can of worms for himself.

Jared Esterly had been an honorary member the Hall family since becoming best friends with Nate Hall and had always looked upon Allison as a little sister that is until he helps her with her mission. Now she is out of her baggy, shapeless clothes he can't get the vision of her soft curves out of his head.
Their harmless flirtation turns into something more...that is until her brother finds out and causes them to separate…is this the end for Allison and Jared?

I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is literally everything I am looking for in a contemporary romance, It sparked emotions and reactions in me that I haven't felt in a while when it came to contemporary romance. It made me laugh, cry, get angry and fall in love in the space of an evening. Allison's character was so relatable and your heart bleeds for her when she was the mercy of the office gossips. I fell in love with Jared's character for being the really the most perfect reformed playboy and I even sympathized with Nate and his feels on his best friend and sister getting involved.

This book had everything I want in a contemporary romance, which is why I gave Friendly Flirtation 5 stars and it also gave me a great love for penguins.

She leaned her forehead against his chin, then tilted her head back, parting her lips and inviting him in for another kiss.
And he wanted seconds. More than he’d ever imagined. The soft blush creeping over her face, the way her breasts strained against her blouse as she tried to regain her breathing only encouraged him. Holy. Fuck. With her it’d be too easy to forget where the hell they were. And he didn’t like an audience. Not now. With Allison, not ever.
But that didn’t stop him from running his thumb over her bottom lip. For a second he lost sense of where they were when her eyes grew dark and her lashes fluttered gently over her skin. She looked so beautiful, and that protective urge— or maybe he should just call it what is is…lust—overtook him. He couldn’t picture her with anyone but him. Fuck. He didn’t want her with anyone else. Screw Nick. He’d deal with him later.
If anyone would teach Allison how to please a man, let a real man do the job.
She was ready, so was he. He was willing, and so was she. And they were both adults. “Al, I don’t want you with any of these men.”
She sighed, sagging against him. “Are we really going to have this conversation again? I—”
He took her mouth in a hard kiss, parting the seam of her lips with his tongue and thrusting inside, swallowing her gasp. She melted against him. He slid his hands down her throat, past her shoulders, and lower still until he curved his arm around her back and squeezed her rear. She smiled into their kiss, and this time he melted. “Do I need to rephrase?” he whispered against her mouth.
She shook her head, their mouths still touching. “I really only wanted one man in this room, but I didn’t think he wanted—”
“You better be talking about me.” He leaned back just far enough so he could watch the way her emotions flickered across her eyes. Excitement. Uncertainty. Acceptance. She nodded, her lips parted and moist.
“Are you telling me—?”
“I’m telling you I’ve come to my senses. Or lost them completely.”

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, three laptops (she might have a slight addiction, or maybe it’s a fear of one imploding from overuse) and a much loved assortment of furry friends.
Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy heroines.
A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and her website at

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  1. Great review. Thank you for hosting A FRIENDLY FLIRTATION today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

  2. Thank you so much for having me on your blog and taking the time to read and review A FRIENDLY FLIRTATION!