The friendship study

Ruby Barrett

Book - 2024

"Jesse Logan doesn't want a fresh start. He wants his old life back-before an injury made his career as a firefighter impossible, before his grandfather's Alzheimer's got so bad he doesn't recognize Jesse anymore. When a friend tells him about a paid psychological study, Jesse sees it as a chance to get back to the man he was while making a little extra cash. All Lulu Banks is asking for is a fresh start. Back home after a devastating breakup, she's struggling to find her place. She's always been a lot-too loud, too eager, too obvious about her feelings. The friendship study seems like a great idea...until she's paired with Jesse Logan, who recently ghosted her after a blind date that led to a steamy ...make-out session. Now that old familiar tension is back. Despite the program's strict "no romance" rule, Jesse and Lulu are quick to find a work-around that allows them to explore their tenuous connection. And soon they're on their way to total self-improvement... As long as they don't get caught"--

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Romance fiction
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Carina Press [2024]
Main Author
Ruby Barrett (author)
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307 pages ; 21 cm
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Review by Library Journal Review

Jesse emerges from a car accident with a fractured leg and has to give up his firefighter job and rugby league, leaving him adrift and withdrawn. Worried about his best friend and ex-boyfriend, George decides it's time to meddle in Jesse's life and sets him up on a blind date with his university colleague Lulu. A cheating ex made her flee her job in England, and now she's working at her hometown university with her father, who helped her get the job. Facing resentment from her coworkers over this nepotism, Lulu is struggling to find her place. The date, regrettably, is awkward, and they don't plan on seeing each other again. But they both agree to join George's psychology study on adult friendships. Forced to spend time together, Jesse and Lulu find themselves truly becoming friends--and more. Barrett (The Romance Recipe) writes sensitively about the challenges Jesse and Lulu experience, along with wonderfully tender and sexy scenes. VERDICT This fantastic friends-to-lovers romance, featuring a bisexual protagonist and an academic setting, offers heat and tenderness as Jesse and Lulu find love and belonging.--Melissa DeWild

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