The Best Friend’s Guide to Taking Risks
Kadie Scott & Nicole Flockton
Publication date: April 4th 2022
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
All it takes is one weekend…
Everyone knows that the biggest risk you can take with your best friend is to cross a certain line.
When it comes to relationships, Hunter Lancing is not a risk taker. Between his parents’ terrible divorce and his own bad decisions, he’s been burned. Computers make more sense to him. Everything has a rule. Everything is defined. Like his computers, his best friend is defined, constant, and comes with rules he won’t break.
Part-time children’s party princess Natalie Morgan dances to the beat of a drum no one else can hear. The only person who truly gets her and is never scared off by her sometimes zany ideas is Hunter. But she has a big problem. Natalie keeps having all these…feelings…for her bestie.
But on a weekend getaway, a game of risky dares and one-upmanship that was supposed to just be for laughs may end up with both of them crossing the friend zone line.
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“Please be home,” she half-pleaded, half-muttered.
She glanced behind her. Checking the shadows. Not that she needed to. Her best friend since forever lived in the posh part of Sacramento thanks to his innovative tech company and savvy business mind. The man always had been a geek to his core, and it had paid off. In millions.
She brushed at a stray tear rolling down her cheek with an impatient hand. Holding them in during the party had been an act of sheer valor, not wanting the kids to get a water-logged princess. Besides crying generally wasn’t her thing. But her business was everything to her. She loved what she did, and that woman…
“Come on Hunter.” She knocked again, a little more frantically.
Slipping her phone from her purse, she scrolled to the contact labeled “Lancelot”—a play on his last name—and the phone started ringing as she knocked again. If he didn’t answer, she’d leave.
“’Lo?” A sleepy voice came over the line with a grumble.
She blew out a breath in sharp relief. “Let me in.”
“Nat? Call me at a human hour.”
“I’m at your door.”
Pause. No doubt his mind taking a second to catch up to her words. “Of course you are.”
“It’s only eight o’clock,” she pointed out dryly. “On a Saturday night.”
And he should be surprised dammit. Natalie wasn’t a party girl by any stretch of the imagination—or at least not the adult kind. Her sister Lexie, on the other hand, could give Studio 54 in the seventies lessons on how to party. All in the name of research for her podcast on dating, she claimed. But 8pm was hardly party time anyway.
“I pulled an all nighter working on code a friend asked me to review. I only just fell asleep. Hunter grumbled as the sound of echoing footsteps on his wooden stairs filtered through the phone. Then a series of beeps—no doubt the alarm—followed by several clicks of locks. She hung up as he cracked the massive metal door open, paused, then swung it wider, his dark brown gaze taking in every inch of her.
“Let me in. Don’t you recognize a damsel in distress when you see one?”
“Sorry.” He hurriedly stepped back, closing and locking the door behind her. After an owlish blink, he tipped his head. “Your tiara’s crooked.”
She started to lift a hand to right it only to stop herself with a scowl. “Yours would be too, if you went through what I did tonight.”
Tonight definitely deserved a title. Party-gate? Abandoned-princess-gate? Never-trust-a-knight-to-show-up-when-he’s-needed-gate?
Thick eyebrows winged high, and was that a twitch to his lips? It disappeared as his gaze slid down her body again, then back up to land on her probably tear-and-mascara-streaked face, and a frown formed between his brows.
Natalie crossed her arms, trying to hold in body warmth, but that only served to plump her breasts over the top of her corset. They were practically to her chin, so she dropped her arms again.
“You didn’t bring a jacket?” he asked.
“I accidentally left the matching fur stole at the party I just finished,” she tossed over her shoulder. She might just never get it back. Facing that mom again was not high on her To Do list about now.
“You seriously have a matching fur stole?”
Hunter flipped on the hall light and Natalie blinked rapidly, but not at the harsher lighting. No, what was setting her retinas on fire was the sight of Hunter in a pair of low-slung black pajama pants and no shirt.
Holy hell, her BFF had muscles.
Her gaze was glued to the eight pack – yes eight – of muscles ridging his stomach. When the hell did he get those?
How long as it been since I’ve seen him without a shirt?
Award-winning contemporary romance author Kadie Scott grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing) and an MBA. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. Kadie also writes sweet contemporary romance as Kristen McKanagh, and award-winning paranormal and YA/NA fantasy romance as Abigail Owen. No matter the genre, she loves to write happily-ever-afters that shine with home, heart, and humor. Kadie currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own swoon-worthy hero husband and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.
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USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.
On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.
Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.
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Barbara Montag says
I can tell I would enjoy this book from reading the excerpt!
Thank you for sharing this..
Angelica Dimeo says
I love the plot
Bea LaRocca says
I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like a fun read. Thank you for posting about this book
wendy hutton says
this sounds like a great book
The Best Friend’s Guide to Taking Risks by authors Kadie Scott & Nicole Flockton sounds like a fun and entertaining book.
Sarah L says
Looks like a fun book.
Thanks for the contest.
Ken Ohl says
this book looks intriguing
Maria Malaveci says
Sounds like a wonderful book!
Marcy Meyer says
The cute looks really cute. Sounds like a really good story.
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a good read.
Margaret Smith says
Congratulations on the book release. Sounds like a great book.
Audrey Stewart says
This looks like a really good book to read. Will these 2 come together as a couple over the weekend? Kadie Scott and Nicole Flockton did a great job working on this.
Victoria alexander says
Thanks for sharing!
Ann Fantom says
This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.
Julie Bickham says
Adding this to my summer reading list!
This sounds like a great read and one I could really get in to reading love the cover too.
Abigail Gibson says
Sounds like a great book!
Laurie Nykaza says
Sounds like an interesting book, love to read it.
Dianne Casey says
Sounds like a fun read.
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David Hollingsworth says
Sounds like a great read!
Glenda M says
This sounds awesome! I loved the excerpt!
Deb Pelletier says
nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.
What a fun book! Great excerpt. I’d love to read more.
Sounds like a great read.
Eva Millien says
Congratulations on the release of The Best Friend’s Guide to Taking Risks, Kadie and Nicole, I enjoyed the excerpt and the book sounds like a delightful and fun read for me to enjoy and I like the cover! Good luck with the book and the blitz! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fantastic week!
Daniel M says
sounds like a fun one
Antoinette M says
Fun cover. I like the excerpt.
Best friends are hard to find, so a person should be really careful about switching it to love interest!
Anita C says
Thank you for sharing the excerpt. I loved it & I would love to read the book
Amy Green says
I loved how these characters complimented one another so well. They really managed to bring out the best in each other!
Betty Curran says
This sounds like a book I will really enjoy.