Best Friends and Other Lovers

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Two lonely souls trapped in a stormy night. A blind date gone awry. A quest to save the best friend from the worst mistake of his life, with a dash of Christmas magic... Three couples, three adventures, three love stories. More
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About J. F. Kaufmann

J. F. Kaufmann started her writing career in newspapers and magazines. She is the author of "The Red Cliffs Chronicles" and a collection of contemporary love stories, "Best Friends and Other Lovers."
She lives is Calgary, Canada.
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Reviews of Best Friends and Other Lovers by J. F. Kaufmann

Audrey Driscoll reviewed on Aug. 16, 2022

This trio of romantic encounters features three different couples. An interesting aspect is the family and friend relationships that exist among the six individuals, in addition to the sexy encounters that are the focus of each story. So, for example, Nick in "Once Upon a Night," the first story, has an ex-wife named Hannah. She is the female lead in "Blind Date," and Nick's sister Deanna is the narrator and main character of "Best Friends & Other Lovers," the third and final story. That means there are references in the later stories to the people in the earlier ones, a nice touch.
For the most part, the characters are professionals in their 30s--doctors, architects, business consultants, etc. They have lots of money at their disposal, so the reader is treated to pleasant surroundings, lovely clothes, and delightful meals.
The first story, "Once Upon a Night," is about a relationship that develops from unlikely to actual, thanks to a winter storm. It's told in first person from alternating points of view, hers and his. Since there is quite a lot of steamy sex, I must commend the author on capably rendering the sensations and emotions of both parties.
"Blind Date" begins with a fantasy that becomes reality played out in detail. Readers will definitely want to keep a fan handy for this one. It fairly sizzles.
"Best Friends & Other Lovers" is subtitled "a Christmas story," and indeed it is. I liked this one the best of the three because it contained more characters and backstory, which made the main characters more relatable and sympathetic. Good friends Deanna and Ted go to his grandmother's ranch near Calgary, Alberta for Christmas. In addition to holiday warmth and fun, there's the question of when (or if) Ted plans to propose to his absent girlfriend, and how that might change his friendship with Deanna.
The sexual situations in these stories are explicit and detailed but not gratuitous. All sex is consensual and responsible. I'm not a dedicated reader of romance, but I found these stories to be well-written and diverting.
I would recommend this book to fans of spicy romance.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
S. Y. Platinum reviewed on Jan. 23, 2022

Loved all three of the books. The first one's ending was a little abrupt but that was okay. The second one was the fastest-paced of all of them. But if you know me, I like a good fast-paced romance. The last one was the most aggravating but so rewarding at the end. I'm happy all three of them got their happy-ever-afters.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
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