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Review: Marrying His Best Friend by Jennifer Gracen

Series: McKinnon Brothers #3

Title: Marrying His Best Friend

Author: Jennifer Gracen

Publisher: Holiday, Tule Publications

Published: August 16th, 2016

Pages: 176

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

This is a delightful, heart-warming friends to lovers romance featuring the Irish couple, single Mum, Maura Callahan, and her best friend, Aidan McKinnon. For more than a decade Maura has regarded Aidan as her go to friend in times of trouble, the godfather to her daughter and she doesn’t seem to have ever had any romantic notions about him. Desperate to keep near her, he’s never indicated that he loves her until her ex, the man who hit her whilst she was pregnant with his child and then disappeared from their lives, reappears to demand shared custody of their daughter who he has never even seen before. Aidan discovers that if Maura marries him, he can then become the adoptive father, preventing any further custodial demands and cutting the ex from their lives. It will also mean Maura might, at last, start seeing him as a man she could love as more than a friend . . . .

Whilst this is the third novel in the series, it works well as a standalone. I loved this sweet Irish romance that really tugs at the heart strings. The abusive, threatening ex, the beloved cheerful and delightful daughter are also well portrayed but it is the angst and turmoil of Maura and Aidan, the secrets they keep and their changing attitudes to each other that make this a great read.

Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.


Single mom Maura Callahan never anticipated that at age 29 she’d be living with her mom in the suburbs, raising her young daughter, Chloe, and working a job that pays the bills but not much else. Her daughter is worth the struggle– and she still has her best friend Aidan, who makes her laugh, keeps her on her toes, and provides the oh-so-toned shoulder to cry on when necessary.

Aidan McKinnon, exec at a high profile social media company in the heart of Dublin, has longed to change his bestie status with Maura for years, but it seems Maura’s relegated him permanently to the friend zone. Still, she and Chloe are his world. But when Chloe’s father shows up out of the blue and demands shared custody when he’s never once met the little girl, Aidan sees a way to finally have what he secretly wants most while ensuring Maura and Chloe’s safety… and the diamond ring is just the beginning.

Will Aidan’s fiercely protective, knight in shining armor proposal of convenience end up starting the love of a lifetime?

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2 comments on “Review: Marrying His Best Friend by Jennifer Gracen

  1. susandyer1962
    March 22, 2017

    Very nice review!! You make me want to read this one right now!! Off to see if I can find it because you know, I don’t have enough to read! Hahaha

    Happy Wednesday!!


    • bicted
      March 22, 2017

      Thnaks, Sue – I think its a lovely sweet read with some angst and turmoil to keep things interesting – hope you find yourself a copy and enjoy it! I look forward to reading your review of it 🙂


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