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Love is somewhere near the bottom of Lily Thomas’ list of life goals, right next to competitive eating and underwater cave diving. She’s spent six years pirouetting and pliéing her way up the ranks of the New York Ballet with her eye on the prize and love in the back seat. But now that Blane Baker — Lily’s long time crush — is finally single, she’ll throw her rules out the window without thinking twice. 

Reality with Blane isn’t as epic as the fantasy she imagined, and the truth sends her spinning straight into the arms of the man she never knew she’d always wanted. 

West Williams has been friends with Lily since the day she moved into their building and he saved her armoire from a swift, sudden death by staircase. Their friendship has always been easy, the boundaries clearly defined. With neither of them willing to risk their relationship, they’ve drifted happily through the years as companions, never considering more. 

That is, until they do. And that realization changes everything.



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5+ STARS!!

This is a review of few words. It’s taken me over a week to write because, for books like this, there are no words.

This book… FABULOUS!!  It’s so exciting hopping into books with authors I’ve never read!  It’s even more so when you open the book and find yourself finishing it but 5 hours later. The story of Lily and West was an amazing friends-to-lovers story that I did not want to end. Even after the epilogue, I wanted more.

Lily had the very demanding job of being principle ballerina with the New York City Ballet. West is a T.A. for a literature professor at Columbia while finishing his doctoral. She wears dance gear and he prefers flannel shirts. She’s got long blonde hair, while he rocks a longish dark look. And they are best friends. Hot combo!!  I loved the dual POV used by the author. For me, it accentuated the banter. While mostly friendly, it always had a flirty vibe.

“Nice try Twinkle Toes.”

“Whatever, Man-bun.  Did you chop any trees down today, LumberWest?”

The slow-building romance is phenomenal!  The intensity and passion Lily and West portrayed was terrific!  It helps that the author has just enough description, lots of dialogue, and a touch of ‘mind-speak’ – inner thoughts.  The scenes flipped seamlessly between characters. There were no rocks left unturned. No lingering questions. Just an immense feeling of I. WANT. MORE!  The humor left me smiling, the  heart-felt moments with butterflies. I truly adored the writing style!

I couldn’t get enough of the secondary characters either!!  Rose, Maggie, Cooper, Patrick, Astrid, and even Blaine intrigued me. All seemingly different and are certainty calling me for the other installments of Bad Habits series!


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