Falling for her brother's best friend was sweet and I liked Noah and Emma - but it never really took off for me.
This is a fairly standard brother's best friend to lovers story - Noah and Emma are cute together, they've got shared history that smooths the way to romance (and hinders it at points, true, what with the elder brother in question), and it has the usual suspects of why the hero is unable/unwilling to commit.
I enjoyed it, and it's a sweet and mostly fun way to pass an afternoon, but I just wasn't blown away. It was also somehow less "d'awww" than Noelle Adams' stories usually are for me. I'll be happy to read the next book when it comes out, but I'm not on tenterhooks for it, so to speak.
After too many bad decisions in romance, Emma is going on a man-fast. For the next six months, she’s fasting from men. No sex. No dating. No soulful gazes. No fond memories of her first crush. She’s going to spend the time focusing on her career, getting in touch with herself, and helping her two best friends with the launch of their new tea room. No men.
And that includes her brother’s best friend, Noah Hart, who has just returned to their hometown.
She doesn’t want Noah anyway. He might be even hotter than he was before, but he’s not a nice guy anymore. He’s made a fortune by acting ruthless in business, and the last thing he’s looking for is small-town domestic life. He doesn’t even want to be in town again, but a sick grandmother guilted him into it. Then he has nerve to not even recognize Emma when he sees her again. Maybe it’s been seven years, but a decent guy would remember his best friend’s little sister.
Noah is not a decent guy. Anyway, Emma is on a man-fast. And she doesn’t want Noah.
Fifteen years ago, three girls were thrown together because their brothers were best friends. Now they're all grown up, and their brothers are grown up too. The Tea for Two series tells their stories.