Max: A Friends to Lovers Romance
Tara Crescent (Author)
Max is a baker. He left his previous job and is starting up his own business. Max sells his baked goods like buns in the farmer’s market. He also is a singer in a band. Max is a player, and the women love him. When he dates, Max has rules that he follows. There is a 3 date maximum.
Charlie Campbell is a lawyer, public defender. She is a smart, strong and independent woman. Charlie is very feisty, but has a vulnerable side. She has rules when it comes to dating as well, due to commitment issues.
They both like Joe’s Bar and that is where they met. Charlie and Max use it as their location to break up/end their relationships. They both are afraid of getting hurt and put up walls to protect themselves. So Charlie and Max decide to become friends. Their feelings slowing start to grow. The sexual chemistry is there from the moment that they lay eyes on each other. The sexual tension develops until they can’t resist any longer. Max makes Charlie feel cared for and taken care of. Max has a sweet side, but has a dominate side as well (ie. the soft paddle, fur covered handcuffs, and deep voice).
One of my favorite quotes / lines:
“It’s not my cake they come for, honey.” I wink at her. “It’s my buns they’re interested in.”
I appreciate that the characters didn’t have the typical jobs that we would expect a man or a woman to have. I like that they both had commitment or relationship issues, that they needed to work through / deal with in order to find love. I appreciate that is was not just the woman who was scared or had fears. I loved the sexual chemistry and the steamy scenes with Max and Charlie. The author allowed each character to be vulnerable and show that to the other character. Also the author allow each character to have their own strength(es) (ie. Charlie in the courthouse, Max in the bedroom). I was given this arc in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is my own thoughts and opinions (unbiased). I highly recommend this book to others.
5 Sizzling Bun Stars!
Overall – 5 Stars!
Cliffhanger – No
Recommend to Others – Yes
POV – Alternating POV each character
Hotness / Sexy – 4 1/2 Stars!