Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.

The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.

As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.

Each book in the Kissed in the Sand series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Keeping Mr. Right Now
Book #2 Blame it on the Kiss
Book #3 The Best Friend Bargain

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

She was under his skin. Had been for weeks if he were honest. He didn’t want these feelings of devotion and attachment, like she belonged to him and no other man would get to touch her ever again. Falling for his best friend, heart and soul, hadn’t been part of their deal.










I like trying out new authors now and then. Sometimes it actually pays off when I do. I have come across some whose writing styles I seem to connect with. Robin Bielman ended up being one of those authors. I honestly hadn’t heard of her before but when I read the synopsis of The Best Friend Bargain, I knew that I had to give this one a try. I absolutelyLOVE the friends-to-lovers trope and this story ended up being pretty fabulous. I was worried that the schmexy would be luke-warm or that the author would come off skittish while writing the steamy scenes, but let me just say, my panties were thoroughly melted!!! And even though the cover made me think this would be a light and low on the angst read, I am happy to report that my angst needs were very much satisfied as well.

Olivia Lincoln finds herself back home after having lived in England for the past six months. She decided to leave the states after she lost her job which really ended up messing with her head. Liv left without saying a proper goodbye to her best friend, Danny. But now she finds herself in a bit of a pickle and the only one she can turn to is Danny. Liv is pregnant and her boyfriend back in London made it pretty clear to her that he never thought of their relationship as long term and also doesn’t want to be a father to their unborn child. Heartbroken and disillusioned, Liv turns to the one man who has always been her rock. She asks Danny if he would marry her and pretend to be the father in order to avoid her mother’s castigation. At first, he’s a little apprehensive but in all the years that they have been friends, he has never been able to deny Liv anything. On the plus side, his impending marriage and fatherhood help him to buy the house that he’s been renting from the owner, who was only looking to sell to a young family.


Liv and Danny settle into their new relationship rather easily. A little too easy. It seems they may have always felt something more than friendship for each other but were too scared and maybe just a little too dense to see that true love had been right in front of their eyes for so many years. Liv thought that Danny preferred the life of the player, but deep down Danny had always wanted her but his fears made him keep those feelings at bay. I have to say that Danny rated high on the swoon-worthy scale for me.

Well once the attraction between them becomes impossible to ignore, the steam kicks up a thousand degrees. I was more than pleased with how incredibly schmexy the scenes became and then, BAM, a curveball is thrown and we find ourselves in the midst of some major angst!! You could just call me a smitten kitten with this story after that!!

This was book three in the Kisses In The Sand series, but can be read as a standalone. Each book centers around a different couple and all were in this one as secondary characters. I will definitely be making some time in the near future to read the other books in this series.

The Best Friend Bargain is currently available. If you love a good friends-to-lovers story, this is one you surely won’t want to miss!!


One thought on “REVIEW – THE BEST FRIEND BARGAIN by Robin Bielman

  1. Robin says:

    Hi Patty! It’s nice to meet you! Thank you so much for your review. I’m so happy you enjoyed Danny and Olivia’s story! Yay! I hope you enjoy the other books, too. (I think you will. 😉 Please keep in touch and let me know, ‘k?)

    And thanks so much to you, Mel and Dee for being part of my tour and helping me celebrate my new release!


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