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Review: Always Mine by Laura Pavlov

He fights fires for a living, but the flames building between us may be too big to extinguish.

Niko West is the most beautiful man I’ve ever laid eyes on.
Six feet, four inches of broody, chiseled Greek god in a firefighter suit.
He’s also been my best friend since kindergarten.
He always says the only solid thing in his life is our friendship.
He’s Honey Mountain’s favorite player and I’m what you’d call a relationship girl.
But when I find myself single for the first time since turning sixteen, I make Niko an offer he can’t refuse.
Who better to show me what I’ve been missing?
But now that we’ve crossed that line, I don’t know if friendship is enough for me.

Vivian and Niko have been best friends since they were small children and they’ve helped each other through everything. She’s single for the first time in her life and idly wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to sex. It turns out Vivi’s ex gave a less than stellar performance in the bedroom so now she’s curious. But she’s not a casual kind of girl so how is she supposed to explore? When Vivi asks Niko to show her what she’s been missing all this time, he flat out refuses. It becomes a running joke of sorts between them until he can’t resist any longer.

But once they give in, all bets are off. They both want more, but they need to protect their friendship. Niko knows Vivian deserves more than he could ever give her. Even if he wanted a real relationship, he wouldn’t know how to have one. Vivi knows it’s going to hurt when this is over, but she’s addicted to this man and the things he can do to her.

I fell for these characters fast and loved the dynamic between Vivian and Niko. This is a sweet friends-to-lovers, small town romance with plenty of heat and just enough suspense to give it an edge. I was hooked right away and jumped right into book 2, it’s that good.

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