Thursday, February 12, 2015

Guest Post w/ Anne Barton--Crushing on Your Brother's Friends...

Lady Olivia Sherbourne isn't shy about speaking her mind, except when it comes to James Averill. For ten long years he has been her brother's best friend and her heart's only desire. But when Olivia hears James will soon set sail for an expedition to Egypt, she knows the time has come to make her move. It's now or never . . .

James has always found Olivia bewitchingly attractive, but what kind of gentleman takes up with his best friend's sister? Not that he's thinking particularly gentlemanly thoughts when she appears on his exploratory trip—three hundred miles from home!—and incites a tavern fight. No matter what the devil she's doing there, it's his duty to see her safely back to her family. But how safe will she be when every starlit night brings wicked temptation . . . ?

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Growing up, brothers present a unique set of challenges. They’ll read your diary, pull your hair, and leave their smelly shoes everywhere.

But brothers also come with a perk. Friends.

If you grew up with a brother who happened to have a good-looking friend, you probably know what I’m talking about. And if you didn’t have a brother, you might have crushed on your best friend’s brother, which is pretty much the same phenomenon.

Why is this so common, you ask? See if you can relate to my list of…

1) It’s a little taboo.
As your brother’s friend, he should be off limits. I mean, if your brother knew something was going on between the two of you, he’d be furious, disgusted, or both. So if there’s a little attraction going on, you need to keep it on the down-low…which is sort of hot.
2) You have mutual secrets.
Because of your brother, you and his friend know embarrassing things about each other—things you wouldn’t otherwise be privy to. Maybe you caught the tough guys watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on a Friday night. Or perhaps your brother’s friend walked into the kitchen while you were doing homework in Hello Kitty pajamas. That kind of mutual leverage forges a bond.
3) Pure proximity.
Even if you wanted to stay away from your brother’s friend, you couldn’t. You’re driving places together, hanging out around the neighborhood, and running into each other at parties. Sometimes the friend will even tag along on the family beach vacation. Who can resist the constant temptation?
4) You have something in common.
Loyalty to your brother. When it comes right down to it, you’d do anything for your brother, and so would his friend. You can’t help but respect that about each other.
5) It feels safe…even when it’s not.
There’s a line that you tell yourself neither one of you will cross. But then one day while your brother’s grabbing a snack, you and his friend exchange a look, and BAM. There’s no going back.
If, like me, you’re a fan of the “pining over the brother’s best friend” trope, check out these historical romances featuring heroines who fall head-over-heels for their brother’s friend. The list includes the latest in my Honeycote series, SCANDALOUS SUMMER NIGHTS.

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