I was really disappointed in this book. It was a shame, too, because I really like romances about good friends falling in love. The beginning, when we see how the heroine coaxes her grumpy bear of a neighbor into friendship, is the only good part of this book, though. In this case, friendship was about all the jerk-hero deserved - and I wouldn't have been his friend after the way he treats the heroine, either.
Showing Kingston giving longing, wistful looks at his sister-in-law put me off right from the beginning, and he didn't endear himself to me one bit as the story unfolded - and only marginally during the last scene of the book.
This is not my idea of romance. There was no mention of the fact that this bizarre relationship with Bess (or is it Beth?) is not only adultery-in-the-making, but really sleezy behavior on both King's and Bess's parts. And King, although seemingly surprising himself when he feels desire for his "good friend," hung onto those lustful, longing feelings for his sister-in-law much too long for me.
IMO, to be a real romance, the heroine should've held a much bigger role in his thoughts than she did. King, though, simply used her for his own convenience ("Hey, honey, help me out here. Let's get married so I can't boink my brother's wife. I really care about her, but I kinda like you, and I'll bet the sex will be great, so surely that's enough for you, right?") He keeps up this form of "courtship" right up until they consumated the relationship, then - HEY, PRESTO! - instantly he's in love, and why doesn't she realize he now wants her instead of Bess, dammit?
King thinks what's-her-name should marry him, because that will definitely stop him from acting on his lust for his brother's wife. Really? Why should we believe that, when the fact that Bess is married to his own BROTHER doesn't seem to be a deterent?
Bess being catty to ...(what WAS her name?)... because she thinks she's taking her BROTHER-IN-LAW away from her (huh? what about your HUSBAND, dear?)-- and then later in the book we're supposed to like Bess simply because King's housekeeper did???
I'm sorry, but it will take more than the author using the housekeeper to tell me they're all good people for me to find anything likeable in any of these characters (and the heroine became such a doormat-twit in my eyes I seem to have erased her name from my memory!)