Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: MLR Press
Characters: Chad Rarig, Sonny Phillips
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Chad Rarig and Sonny Phillips have been friends since skinned knees and after school homework. Life is pretty normal, if a bit bland for Chad, until he receives a phone call that changes the rest of his entire life. With Sonny’s strong shoulder in friendship and his mother’s support, he cautiously embraces his fate, one that includes binkies and an utter loss of sleep.
Sonny offers a chance to let Chad settle into this new wilderness of parenthood, sharing his home with his best friend. Only he definitely hadn’t anticipated having to deal with an attraction that left him panting and hungry as a starving man for his best friend. His gay best friend who thinks Sonny is straight, because he’s never told him the full truth to preserve their friendship above all else.
Can Chad come to terms with all the challenges of fatherhood and still keep Sonny’s friendship? Will either be willing to take the risk to cross that line from friendship to something more?
I’m not going to lie…I’m totally in love with this cover! Anyone who loves romances with children or babies in the storyline will definitely like this book. I admit, I’m a sucker for these types of romances, so reading and reviewing this book was a no-brainer for me. This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. DeRicci and I have to say, I really liked the easy-style of writing this author has. I was quickly wrapped up into the storyline of these two heroes’ lives and ended up reading the book in one setting.
Both Chad and Sonny were likeable heroes. They’ve been best friends forever, so there’s an immediate bond and friendship between them that I really appreciated. I also liked how Chad really takes both Sonny and the new baby under his wing. I thought it really showed his love and the affection he had for Sonny. I liked the way these two men really fit into each other’s lives. They really were two halves of a whole and I loved how even though the new baby changed the dynamics of their relationship, they still made the change for the better. They truly worked as a team and I loved how they ended up really loving and appreciating the relationship they had together and the one they formed with the baby.
This is pretty much a very smooth and easy read from start to finish. There’s some angst in it, but it’s not overly done. Instead, it focuses on the two heroes’ relationship and how they adapt to add the baby into their lives. One thing I didn’t understand was…why they kept two VERY important secrets from one another. After all, they’re supposed to be best friends and they’ve shared so much between them, I never quite bought the whole secrecy thing. Otherwise, I really loved this book and I’m looking forward to reading more from the author.
If you are looking for a feel-good, romantic read and you love the friends to lovers theme with a baby in the middle, The Good Life is definitely for you! Ms. DeRicci really gets to the heart and soul of her characters and it was a great escape from my everyday life for a few hours. Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi