Decidedly Off Limits (By The Bay #1) by Stina Lindenblatt

Blurb:

Best Friend Rule #1: never want the guy’s sister.
Oops.

Trent Salway is one of San Francisco’s hot up-and-coming-under-thirty bachelors. A highly successful mutual fund portfolio manager, a workaholic, and a ladies’ man, he’s got everything he could possibly want…except one thing.

Physical therapist Kelsey Quaid dumped her ex-fiancé six months ago because she was tired of not even being a distant second to his career. Which is why despite secretly crushing on her big brother’s best friend for as long as she can remember, there’s no way Kelsey can go there. One workaholic in her life is more than enough, thank you very much.

Before Kelsey’s brother leaves on his Navy SEAL mission, he asks Trent one simple request: make sure Kelsey isn’t dating any assholes while he’s away. As Trent does his best to do just this, he and Kelsey spend more and more time together. Sparks fly, as do a few items of clothing, and the next thing they know things are getting physical between them. Now, Trent has to decide what to do about the woman he’s falling for—the one whose brother would take him down faster than he takes down the enemy. And Kelsey will have to decide if Trent is just another workaholic or if he’s decidedly off-limits.

Warning: Contains naughty uses for silk ties, forbidden sex, and enough profanities to make a sailor proud.

decidedly off limits

My Review:

This has got to be one of the sweetest brother’s best friend love stories ever!  Trent and Kelsey are perfect for each other, but neither can see it.  Trent needs Kelsey to balance out his workaholic life style, but has been burned too many times.  Kelsey has been in love with Trent forever, but doesn’t think he could ever have those feelings for her.

Trent’s best friend entrusts his sister’s wellbeing to him while he is deployed over seas.  Trent decides that this means he needs to keep her from falling in love with the wrong guy.

After a really bad break up with her fiance, Kelsey decides she needs to expand her herizons, and “find” herself.  She decides this means trying to find a new hobby.

The vivid descriptions, solid character development, and constant surprises kept me enthralled.  Trent’s antics and Kelsey’s sense of humor kept me laughing throughout, and I never knew what was coming next.  This is the first book in the series, and I can’t wait to see who’s story is next!

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