Like Lovers Do by Tracey Livesay
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Own Voices
Series: Girls Trip #2
Heat Level: 🔥🔥🔥
Dr Nicole Allen is almost done with her residency. Next stop – a fellowship to become an orthopedic surgeon. Everything is falling exactly into place. She has an amazing roommate, Ben who is so sweet and kind. He makes her dinner when she’s running late and they love to share all aspects of their life together. They are strictly platonic though!
When Nic ends up confronting an intern for doing a poor job, she is asked to take a “vacation,” while the matter is looked into. Nic is furious and angry. She’s worked so hard to get where she’s at. Not only is she a woman, but she is a woman of color. Nic has always had hurdles to overcome that some of her peers didn’t experience.
When Nic mentions this to Ben, he immediately calms her down and tells her that his parents who are physicians will talk to her fellowship director on her behalf. The least Nic can do is return the favor. She decides to be Ben’s fake girlfriend while he vacations in Martha’s Vineyard. Ben has a clingy ex who has decided she wants Ben back now that he is a successful business owner. It’s a win-win situation – Nic gets to relax and get away for a bit and Ben gets to relax around his friends without worrying about his ex-girlfriend. What could possibly go wrong?
I absolutely adored the relationship between Ben and Nic. These two had that down to earth vibe with one another and I loved them from the get go. Their slow delve into lovers from friends was so natural. Although I’m not usually a big fan of the friends-to-lovers trope, I truly enjoyed the relationship between Ben and Nic. Tracey Livesay knows how to write super sexy HOT scenes and Ben and Nic were burning up the sheets (or I should say hammock ;))
I also really loved Nic’s relationship with her friends. They were always a phone call or a text away. Sometimes when there are a lot of secondary characters in the book they get a bit lost, but that did not happen in Like Lovers Do. I truly enjoyed the relationship that Nic and Ben had with their friends.
As always I read this book out of order and it completely stands on its own. I’m looking forward to reading the first book in the series!