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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Release Day Review! Unfriend Me by Marika Ray

Unfriend Me (Jobs from Hell #3) by Marika Ray 
Genre: Adult Fiction (Contemporary Romantic Comedy)
Date Published: September 23, 2020
Publisher: Self

How do you tell your best friend you’re in love with her when she’s busy dating everyone but you?

I’ve been called a smart-mouthed, tattooed firecracker with a penchant for running straight into trouble. However, after coming off the worst break up in history, I’m focused on getting my life together. Having my best friend change the rules on me just isn’t in my plan. Especially when my ex comes back to town to wreak havoc.

I’ve never met anyone I couldn’t get along with. Which is how I found myself friend-zoned by Amelia way back in the sixth grade. I’ve always been there for her, but I’ve never told her how I really feel. Now that Amelia is single again, I’m determined to make my move. But Amelia has never gone down without a fight, and this will be no different.

We could explore the possibility of love with a best friend…or Amelia could unfriend me forever.

Author’s note: The sassiest heroine with a heart of gold takes off her blinders and sees the hero with new eyes. And Titus, good Lord, you're guaranteed to cheer—and swoon—for the nice guy to win. Plus there’s a peacock, a flamboyance of flamingos, an Elvis impersonator wedding in Vegas, and lots of small town craziness to steal your heart and guarantee laughter.

Unfriend Me is the third book in the Jobs From Hell series by Marika Ray. You don't have to read this series in order, at least I didn't, but I liked some of the characters so much, I want to go back and get their stories too. This was a cute story with some naughty bits. I loved how close Amelia and Titus were as friends from such a young age. They had something special. Which is why it was all the more scary to turn it into more. Poor Titus, he's been waiting for his chance the whole time. I blame the mullet. It was cute how he behaved once he got it though. Amelia is a spit fire! I loved her. She was a whole lot of fun, and definitely doesn't take any crap. I feel like there's a subplot with the mayor going on. I hope to get more details on that in the previous books. I also expected more of a fight from Daire? Is there more to come? Hmm. I don't know, but I want to.

The ARC of Unfriend Me by Marika Ray was kindly provided to me by GiveMe Books Promotions for review. The opinions are my own.

I stepped closer to the window, seeing our overflow dirt parking lot. And then my gaze slid left where I saw Titus standing by a huge pile of wood and drywall that he’d ripped out of the guest room. His T-shirt was off and there was a healthy dose of sweat dripping down his torso. He twisted off the cap to a water bottle and chugged the whole thing, his Adam’s apple working to hypnotize me. When was the last time I’d seen him without a shirt?
Because that? That specimen with six-pack abs and a chest you could bounce quarters off of wasn’t the Titus I remembered. He’d always been lanky, which made sense, given his extraordinary height. And he’d always had muscles because he was athletic in school and his job required strength. But holy wow. What the hell had happened over the last year?
My nose hit the cold glass and I jumped back, rubbing it as I pondered the changes in Titus when I hadn’t been looking. The steady hum in my gut also gave me pause. Was that...lust?
My brain screamed at me to walk away and quit staring at him, but my body was having nothing of it. We were gonna pull up a chair and stay for the show for as long as the show lasted. Better yet, why not go out there and see it up close?
Good judgement had always been a weak spot in my character, but I never shamed myself for it. I went with impulses, so what? Sometimes they worked out great. Other times, not so much. But the way I figured it, you never got some excitement in your life unless you made the leap. And right now, I wanted some excitement in the form of a half-dressed Titus. I’d worry about what it all meant later. Much later.
“Yo, T!” I hollered as soon as I turned the corner outside and stepped off the blacktop onto the dirt.
Titus swiped the sweat from his forehead with his bulging bicep. His face lit up in an easy smile when he saw me. “Hey, Lia. Almost done here.”
I sauntered over, not looking where I was going. “Yeah, I see that.”
There was a bead of sweat sliding down right between his pecs. A fascinating journey of bumps and valleys.
A throat clearing had me looking up. Titus had a playful look in his eye, his mouth tugging into a smile. “Are you undressing me with your eyes, Amelia Waldo?”
I guess I was, but he didn’t have to call me out like that. “Are you kidding me? You can’t walk around half-dressed and then blame a girl for looking. If I was half-dressed, wouldn’t you be looking at me?”
Titus took a giant step forward and flicked the collar of my shirt. He didn’t even touch me, but I could feel it all the way to the tips of my toes.
“Hell, yeah, I would. I’d ogle you until my eyes bled.” His gaze flicked down the length of my body and suddenly I needed to squeeze my thighs together.
“Are we actually doing this? We’re flirting? You and me?” I whispered it, afraid to say it too loud. Like the volume of my voice would make it something real I couldn’t take back.
Titus shrugged slow and lazy, his eyes heating further. That finger still toyed with my shirt. If he didn’t stop, I might melt into a puddle at his feet.
“I don’t see why we shouldn’t. You’re hot, I’m hot. Kind of makes sense to flirt.”
I smirked. “Wow. Nice ego you got there.” I studied him seriously. “You don’t worry about harming our friendship?”
Titus’s eyelids slid down and I wondered what it would be like to kiss him. He had to be a good kisser after kissing the entire female population of Auburn Hill.
“Sometimes friends make the best lovers.”

Marika Ray spends her time behind a computer crafting stories, walking the beaches of southern California, and making healthy food for her kids and husband whether they like it or not. Prior to writing novels, Marika held various jobs in the finance industry, with private start-up companies, and then in health & fitness. Cats may have nine lives, but Marika believes everyone should have nine careers to keep things spicy.
Marika enjoys writing all types of fiction novels, based on what inspires her. Right now she's working on a new steamy RomCom series along with sweet romances to make your heart explode. All her books come with a money-back guarantee that you’ll smile at least once with every book.

To learn more about Marika Ray and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, BookBubPinterest, and Twitter.

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