The Friendship Study
by Ruby Barrett
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Pub Date 13 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 14 Mar 2024
Harlequin - Romance, Carina Adores
Jesse Logan doesn’t want a fresh start. He wants his old life back—before an injury made his career as a firefighter impossible, before his grandfather’s Alzheimer’s got so bad he doesn’t recognize Jesse anymore. When a friend tells him about a paid psychological study, Jesse sees it as a chance to get back to the man he was while making a little extra cash.
All Lulu Banks is asking for is a fresh start. Back home after a devastating breakup, she’s struggling to find her place. She’s always been a lot—too loud, too eager, too obvious about her feelings. The friendship study seems like a great idea…until she’s paired with Jesse Logan, who recently ghosted her after a blind date that led to a steamy make-out session.
Now that old familiar tension is back. Despite the program’s strict “no romance” rule, Jesse and Lulu are quick to find a work-around that allows them to explore their tenuous connection. And soon they’re on their way to total self-improvement…
As long as they don’t get caught.
A Note From the Publisher
“Sexy, smart, and sizzling with romantic tension." — Ashley Herring Blake, USA TODAY bestselling author of Delilah Green Doesn't Care
"Soft, sensual, and refreshingly bittersweet" — Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate"Reading a Ruby Barrett book is always like spending time with the dearest friend… I was so invested" — Alicia Thompson, bestselling author of Love in the Time of Serial Killers
This was my first book by Ruby Barrett and I was blown out of the water. I loved the straightforward prose and approach to the writing. This story was also so unique and touched on a special circumstance a lot of millennials find themselves in while not beating us over the head with it.
I really loved watching a male main character deal with insecurities in a real way. Jesse and Lulu just fit together so nicely and I rooted for them the entire time.
I found myself still thinking about this book hours after I finished it and that tells me all I need to know about this story. Definitely a recommendation from me.