This is a lighthearted story of best friends who grew up together and are perfect for each other, and everyone knows it but them.
Okay, so Samantha Brady hasn't found Prince Charming and she has yet to sell her novel. She's still got her best friend and roommate Jack Turner looking out for her. True, she had a crush on him in high school, but knows that Jack is vehemently against marriage, and who can blame him, after the childhood he had? Anyway, now Samantha has decided to have a baby, like, right now, and despite some misgivings from Jack, he has decided to support her with her decision. Only getting pregnant might not be so easy for her. To get her mind off her troubles, Jack takes her home to see her parents, where she can bask in the love and comradery of her family, who treat Jack like another son. On the way back home, a nasty storm and car trouble has them stopping at a Bates-like motel, where they share a room and a bottle of Jack Daniels. As you can imagine, one thing leads to another and before too long, the alcohol has given them both an excuse to give into the long-simmering attraction that they've ignored for years.
The next morning leads to a mutual decision to forget about their drunken night of passion, but that's easier said than done. Tension and hurt feelings take over, and before long, the once easy-going friendship becomes strained. And as you may have guessed, Samantha ends up pregnant. Now all she has to do is tell Jack and her family, sell her book, and meet a Prince Charming who must love kids and Boston terriers. It shouldn't be too hard, should it?
This is the first story I've read by Millie Criswell, and I enjoyed it. Ms. Criswell uses a traditional plot - that of best friends who fall in love - yet adds some refreshing angles to this storyline.
Ms. Criswell also does remarkably well with the secondary characters. Family seems to be a very important theme, and she stays true to the various personalities by not turning them into cookie cutter versions of what we wish to see, but rather allows each to have their flaws and resists drastically changing them to create the typical happy endings for everyone. Another gem is Samantha's friend Patty, a tough-as-nails attorney a.k.a. maneater who does not end up all soft and sentimental by the end of the book, but rather retains her personality and outlook on life. I would love to read her story.