The Bangover by Lili Valente is a standalone best friends to lovers contemporary romance told in dual POV between the hot rock star Colin and the quirky horror novelist, Kirby. A clandestine meeting of two intoxicated pranking best friends leads to a drunken trip to Vegas in first class and a lot of kissing between two people who have never crossed that line before. Add in a cat named Murder, a busty psychotic ex-girlfriend, some crazy fans and some crazy hot sex and this story will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering just what else could possible go wrong to keep Kirby and her best-friend/love Colin apart.
Well-written and well-paced and absolutely, wonderfully convoluted - this story is funny, crazy, and a complete embodiment of everything you come to expect from the two main characters. A story with enough depth to make you care what happens to the characters and enough humor to make you enjoy the shenanigans and enough heat to definitely qualify as a steamy romance. Every reason Lili is one of my absolute favorite authors! Enjoy!
Kirby Lawrence and Colin Donovan have been best friends since high school. He’s now a famous rockstar and she’s a well known and successful author. Their friendship at twenty-nine takes a slight detour into uncharted waters for them.
These two characters are a lot of fun and fit together like peas in a pod. They have great chemistry but more importantly understand each other and how they think.
Funny expressions and sayings that accurately sum up the situation so well are littered throughout the story. For example... ‘What I know about parenting can fit inside a thimble and still have enough room left over to get a spider drunk.’ So apt and delivered in a humorous manner.
The mystery in the story will have you guessing who this person is and with every new bit of drama more puzzle pieces are created. The craziness that evolves from the maniac in the story is incredible. Having both lead characters tell parts of the story from their points of view really gives readers an insight into what is unfolding in each scene as well as a deeper understanding of each character.
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction book blog. This is how a best friends to lovers book should be written. Outstandingly funny, but not ridiculously so, I found that when I had a laugh out loud moment it felt natural and not the author just trying to make the book funnier than it should be. Colin & Kirby may have started to change their relationship status due to a few too many whiskey's, and going to Vegas seemed like a great idea at the time. I liked how Kirby tried to second guess herself at times but decided to live outside her carefully constructed box and give a beneficial relationship with Colin a go. I also enjoyed the suspense aspect of this book. I had one person pegged as the baddy but I was so wrong!! It really added so much to the story I thought. Then there is Murder. I take my hat off to Lili for creating an animal character that is an integral part of the storyline. Hopefully Shep has his own book soon and I know just the heroine I would like to see him with....
I really went into this book expecting a short, hot, funny bit of fluff. You know the kind, a hundred to two hundred pages of steaming hot fluff that makes you laugh. And although I got that I also got a fair bit of storyline that I wasn't expecting.
I thought Colin and Kirby were going to bang each other's brains out as friends with benefits, realise they were in live with each other. A bit of drama when they both think the other doesn't love them that way then maybe a Vegas wedding. Loads of hot sex, a heap of laughs and the end.
There was an actual story there and as I got into it I ran through a few different theories and was wrong on all of them. I really enjoyed the twists and turns this one took me on and although I didn't laugh as much as I was expecting it still left me with a smile on my face.