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Anders: There once was a guy who told a little white lie. That didn’t turn out so well. I would know. I’m the guy. Once upon a time, I told my brother and sister that my dream was to do a triathlon. I never expected them to sign me up for one! Now I’m forced to deal with my very cantankerous personal trainer. Wells Montgomery is an angry, rude, judgmental bastard. Frankly, I Anders: There once was a guy who told a little white lie. That didn’t turn out so well. I would know. I’m the guy. Once upon a time, I told my brother and sister that my dream was to do a triathlon. I never expected them to sign me up for one! Now I’m forced to deal with my very cantankerous personal trainer. Wells Montgomery is an angry, rude, judgmental bastard. Frankly, I’m surprised the chip on his shoulder hasn’t crushed him yet. But the more time I spend with him, the more I realize that the anger is just a facade that conceals a man who is more than a little lost. The more time I spend with him, the more I start to think that maybe somebody should find him. The more time I spend with him, the more I start to think that maybe, just maybe, that person could be me? Wells: There once was a guy who flew unimaginably high. That didn’t turn out so well. I would know. I’m the guy. A year ago I was on top of the world. It only took a handful of seconds for my life to irreversibly change course. Needless to say, I’m not happy. Neither am I happy when my dad and one of my so-called friends trick me into becoming a personal trainer for some guy who wants to do a triathlon. Now I need to get this Anders Kelly to fire me. It’s a good plan, if only Anders wasn’t so unbelievably stubborn. And too nice for his own good. Annoyingly fun. Irritatingly kind. His faults just keep piling up. But the more time I spend with him, the harder it becomes to keep my distance. The more time I spend with him, the more I start to see the possibilities life still offers. The more time I spend with him, the more I start to think that maybe, just maybe, Anders might not be an unattainable dream after all.


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Anders: There once was a guy who told a little white lie. That didn’t turn out so well. I would know. I’m the guy. Once upon a time, I told my brother and sister that my dream was to do a triathlon. I never expected them to sign me up for one! Now I’m forced to deal with my very cantankerous personal trainer. Wells Montgomery is an angry, rude, judgmental bastard. Frankly, I Anders: There once was a guy who told a little white lie. That didn’t turn out so well. I would know. I’m the guy. Once upon a time, I told my brother and sister that my dream was to do a triathlon. I never expected them to sign me up for one! Now I’m forced to deal with my very cantankerous personal trainer. Wells Montgomery is an angry, rude, judgmental bastard. Frankly, I’m surprised the chip on his shoulder hasn’t crushed him yet. But the more time I spend with him, the more I realize that the anger is just a facade that conceals a man who is more than a little lost. The more time I spend with him, the more I start to think that maybe somebody should find him. The more time I spend with him, the more I start to think that maybe, just maybe, that person could be me? Wells: There once was a guy who flew unimaginably high. That didn’t turn out so well. I would know. I’m the guy. A year ago I was on top of the world. It only took a handful of seconds for my life to irreversibly change course. Needless to say, I’m not happy. Neither am I happy when my dad and one of my so-called friends trick me into becoming a personal trainer for some guy who wants to do a triathlon. Now I need to get this Anders Kelly to fire me. It’s a good plan, if only Anders wasn’t so unbelievably stubborn. And too nice for his own good. Annoyingly fun. Irritatingly kind. His faults just keep piling up. But the more time I spend with him, the harder it becomes to keep my distance. The more time I spend with him, the more I start to see the possibilities life still offers. The more time I spend with him, the more I start to think that maybe, just maybe, Anders might not be an unattainable dream after all.

30 review for The Underdog

  1. 4 out of 5

    ellie

    well... this wasn’t how i thought this would go :/// the pacing of this book was truly bizarre to me that i am struggling to articulate it lol. firstly, i was 30% into this book and it felt like id only just started reading it— as in, nothing worthwhile happened whatsoever, to the point it felt like the story hadn’t even begun yet. i was kinda shocked to see i was that far into the book when it felt like id barely made a dent bcos of the lack of... everything. i truly don’t know what filled that fi well... this wasn’t how i thought this would go :/// the pacing of this book was truly bizarre to me that i am struggling to articulate it lol. firstly, i was 30% into this book and it felt like id only just started reading it— as in, nothing worthwhile happened whatsoever, to the point it felt like the story hadn’t even begun yet. i was kinda shocked to see i was that far into the book when it felt like id barely made a dent bcos of the lack of... everything. i truly don’t know what filled that first 30%. ...well, i suppose i do. a lot of telling and minimal showing. the relationship development felt, again, bizarre to me due to the pacing of this. bcos during the first 20% the MCs barely interact beyond Wells grunting commands at Anders while they train... and we’re extensively told about Wells trying to sabotage the training sessions to get Anders to quit – but we’re barely shown. we’re just given a list of something like “Monday, i did this to Anders... Tuesday I did this... then Wednesday...” with only very short interactions between them being shown. this part of their relationship has a very watered down “enemies” vibe bcos they’re sniping and griping at one another with Wells trying to force Anders to quit. then, Anders quits for about 2.5 seconds before they try again, and it was like they were two completely different people with all this playfulness and flirting but i couldn’t enjoy it bcos it gave me whiplash. Wells says he’s never laughed as much as he does with Anders... respectfully, where?? so, AGAIN, we’re told in a big inner monologue by Anders how Wells is warming up to him and they’ll be on their way to being besties in no time. i would like to see it. (seriously this book took place over a period of seven months and it felt like maybe a month, tops. and that’s with me reaching lmao). there was no well-explored transition from their hostility to their playfulness. especially bcos we’re barely shown either stage of their relationship. (it was my main issue with the last book despite me adoring Connor and enjoying the romance— the whole premise of the book being the dating experiment... we don’t even get shown it😭 it’s all skimmed over and we’re told in a brief paragraph). you can’t skim over vital relationship development and think being told by an MC is convincing enough. just bcos it’s from the horse’s mouth, doesn’t mean it’s convincing. we just kept jumping from “it’s been a few days... it’s been a few weeks... it’s been a month now” with apparently so much change occurring in the nature of their relationship with so much time passing. yet being shown only a fraction of it. i get you can’t show everything bcos yes that would be tedious, boring and repetitive. and some telling every now and again is needed to hurry things along. but not for such vital relationship development— i felt like i barely knew these two or their relationship. their trainings sessions are the set up for this book and ultimately where they get to know one another and form a romantic relationship... but we don’t get any of that. and Anders also inserts himself into Wells business regarding his prosthetic and issues he’d been having with it... at the 33% mark. so, they go from strangers who are pretty hostile to one another, to playful friends who banter to that. all within a span of a few pages/chapters. it felt bizarre that Anders would insert himself into something so personal in Wells’ life when they still felt like strangers to me, and Wells just opening up and letting Anders in like that... when they still felt like strangers? it just didn’t make any sense to me. am i making sense lol? plz tell me if im not bcos, like i prefaced this review with, i am struggling to articulate my issues with the pacing. everything felt so off kilter, like i was missing something. it’s not to say i didn’t like the characters— i was super intrigued by both. Wells grappling with his disability while Anders has been parenting his teenage siblings since he was in high school. so they both had interesting af backstories ... it was just the pacing of this that put me off. they had some lovely endearing interactions and bonding moments... but i also found them a kind of clumsy and awkward couple lol. i didn’t feel the romantic chemistry whatsoever. like the scene around the 50% when they decide to sleep together was the most awkward and cringey thing i have possibly read in a while😭 i think it was supposed to be cute and fumbly, with them tripping over their tongues and realising they both want the same thing. but it felt forced and awkward as fuck, i was physically wincing the whole damn time, oh my god. ***** now, the body politics of this book... and i will preface this by saying i probably noticed this more than others who might not have cared bcos i always struggled with my body image since being diagnosed with a chronic illness when i was eleven. it hasn’t been until the past year or so that im super comfortable with myself. so, the rhetoric surrounding body image in this book was glaringly apparent to me and left me feeling some type of way🥲 the conversations around body image in this weren’t handled well in my opinion. both ends of the spectrum, being skinny and being fat were both portrayed as being undesirable— that Anders needed to lose weight while Wells needed to put on weight bcos he was skinny after losing weight bcos he no longer played hockey. so i didn’t like the weight loss plot line surrounding Anders’ training. he’s fat, according to Anders, while Wells says “You’re carrying some extra weight but you’re working on it, and it’s already starting to show. You should start taking photos to document the journey, otherwise it’s difficult to see the change.” didn’t like how that quote sounded tbh. left a bitter taste in my mouth - that the extra weight Anders was carrying was something he should get rid of. and it wasn’t until Anders starting losing weight that the pair explored a relationship beyond friendship— Wells doesn’t really notice Anders like that until he begins to lose weight. and the associations of being skinny = weak while being fat = sturdy and dependable... was just weird as fuck. what’s a person’s body size got to do with their personality and mentality? idk. it was just the implications of his weight loss and the way both characters spoke about their bodies that left a bad taste in my mouth. it was just an observation on my part that i thought was odd and ultimately unnecessary. but this isn’t to say i hated the book... it just disappointed me lol. there were aspects i enjoyed, like Anders’ relationship with his siblings, the disability rep as well as their relationship in the last 25% of the book— that part was steamy and i felt the chemistry, unlike the rest of the book beforehand😭 like the scene where the twins find out that Wells and Anders are together was adorable and so fun to read. as well as Wells’ declaration to Anders before the triathlon. so the book had its moments, but overall it just felt a bit messy and needed refining. (but i low-key feel like there’s gonna be a Max and Isac romance?! and im kinda down for that😌)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 Stars If wishes were kisses, Goodreads would get a clue and start letting us give half stars. But they don’t. So I’m going with three. I did like a lot of this but it’s not a love for me. Book two remains my favorite so far and I’m so excited for the next one. It sounds like it’s going to be GOOD. (And 🔥) This one I struggled in places. But I’m not going to go all negative Nancy. Because there was a lot to like! ✅ The guys. grumpy Wells and cute Anders. Briar just writes adorable charac ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 Stars If wishes were kisses, Goodreads would get a clue and start letting us give half stars. But they don’t. So I’m going with three. I did like a lot of this but it’s not a love for me. Book two remains my favorite so far and I’m so excited for the next one. It sounds like it’s going to be GOOD. (And 🔥) This one I struggled in places. But I’m not going to go all negative Nancy. Because there was a lot to like! ✅ The guys. grumpy Wells and cute Anders. Briar just writes adorable characters. ✅ Found family. ✅ Representation of a differently abled person. I don’t know how to word this correctly so I’m sorry. Wells is an amputee. ✅ Funny. I liked the banter between the two. It wasn’t OTT. ⚠️ The pacing felt a little off to me. It’s hard to explain but it kind of seemed like not too much was happening for the first half. It picked up after that but because of the first part, I found myself struggling to connect later. ⚠️ I’m sure this wasn’t intentional but I had some wariness about the issue of weight. We are kind of told Wells is attracted to Anders before he loses weight but nothing physical happens until Anders loses some weight. That troubled me a bit. I think this goes back to the pacing. ⚠️ This is just a personal preference and not a knock against the book but I would have liked a little more oomph and zing. You’d think I would have felt more since the book took a while to get going but I was craving more delicious build up. I think I had more thoughts. Ironically I wanted to ponder my thoughts more before writing anything and now said thoughts have flown out of my head. 😂 All in all this was a sweet read and I have zero regrets reading it. 💜 I have no gifs to offer you atm but I hear they aren’t working so well anyhow.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Papie

    This book was like a warm hug. Anders has spent his whole life taking care of his younger siblings. He never took any time for himself, and certainly not for relationships. Wells’s entire life derailed after a car accident. He is lost and broken. Together, our two men find friendship, hot sex, fun, and…could it be more? Could it be love? It’s slow burn, first hate, then friendship…then after what seems like forever they hook up. Love comes really in the last pages of the book. It was sweet, funny This book was like a warm hug. Anders has spent his whole life taking care of his younger siblings. He never took any time for himself, and certainly not for relationships. Wells’s entire life derailed after a car accident. He is lost and broken. Together, our two men find friendship, hot sex, fun, and…could it be more? Could it be love? It’s slow burn, first hate, then friendship…then after what seems like forever they hook up. Love comes really in the last pages of the book. It was sweet, funny, and heartwarming. ❤️❤️❤️

  4. 4 out of 5

    Loulou

    Q&A to cover some of the basics? Q: What are the tropes in this book Layla? A: Forced Proximity and Friends with Benefits! #DoubleWhamy Q: Are the characters lovable? A: YES! Anders is the sweetest big brother, a rock to his family and friends, and Wells is a bitter a$$hole who Anders brings down a peg or two. #MatchMadeInHeaven Q: So Wells doesn't stay an a$$hole? A: NOP! He turns out to be a cute fluffy marshmallow covered in sexy muscles. #TransformationComplete Q: What else is special about this Q&A to cover some of the basics? Q: What are the tropes in this book Layla? A: Forced Proximity and Friends with Benefits! #DoubleWhamy Q: Are the characters lovable? A: YES! Anders is the sweetest big brother, a rock to his family and friends, and Wells is a bitter a$$hole who Anders brings down a peg or two. #MatchMadeInHeaven Q: So Wells doesn't stay an a$$hole? A: NOP! He turns out to be a cute fluffy marshmallow covered in sexy muscles. #TransformationComplete Q: What else is special about this book Layla? A: Welp... you got Anders who ACCIDENTALLY becomes a triathletE. #LittleBigLies You also have Wells who is an amputee and has been in a standstill until he meets Anders. #LightUpMyWorld Q: Steam-o-meter? A: Medium Steam but so sexy and sweet. #PerfectCombo Q: Angst-o-meter? A: Mostly no angst because why not. #FeelGood Q: Does it have an HEA Layla? A: Of course it does! A sweet sweet one too! #Forever

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ariana

    3,75 stars This author is certainly making a name for herself in the light romantic comedy genre. I can only full-heartedly agree with what so many other readers have already pointed out: This is funny, light, sweet, cute and full of warmth, with a tiny hint of sadness and angst, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wells, still reeling from a blow of fate, is suitably grumpy and unapproachable to start with, but begins to thaw pretty quickly when sunny, snarky Anders starts training with him for a triathlo 3,75 stars This author is certainly making a name for herself in the light romantic comedy genre. I can only full-heartedly agree with what so many other readers have already pointed out: This is funny, light, sweet, cute and full of warmth, with a tiny hint of sadness and angst, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wells, still reeling from a blow of fate, is suitably grumpy and unapproachable to start with, but begins to thaw pretty quickly when sunny, snarky Anders starts training with him for a triathlon he never wanted to do. Anders is a ray of sunshine and a genuinely nice and very kind guy. I was not sure if I could see him as a 30 year old though. THe way he speaks and acts felt more like someone younger. I really liked the two men's dynamics, in and out of the bedroom, their banter and the way they gradually fall for each other. This is what I want to read when my head is aching, and I’m feeling stressed! On any other day, I probably would have hoped for more depth on the two men’s issues and a teeny bit more angst. There were also a few events I'd have liked to witness, but they get resolved off page. And the ‘misunderstanding’ in the last third of the book is maybe a little contrived. But that’s me being extra moany. 😂 And this certainly does not, in any way, take away from the joy and fun Anders and Wells spread. Go and enjoy!

  6. 5 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    3.5 Stars! I liked this one but it was missing that wow factor for me. Low angst, which I am okay with. Maybe it's that they didn't become a couple really or admit their feelings until the end of the book? IDK, something was missing. Still a good read and Briar Prescott is an auto-buy author for me. Curious about Max and Isac - guessing they will be getting a book? 3.5 Stars! I liked this one but it was missing that wow factor for me. Low angst, which I am okay with. Maybe it's that they didn't become a couple really or admit their feelings until the end of the book? IDK, something was missing. Still a good read and Briar Prescott is an auto-buy author for me. Curious about Max and Isac - guessing they will be getting a book?

  7. 5 out of 5

    NicoleR.M.M.

    3,5 stars rounded up to 4 because it’s Briar Prescott. 🤷🏻‍♀️ This was a sweet, low-angst story about Anders and Wells. Both have had to deal with some life changing moments, both have seen the dreams they had for their future shattered due to something that happened to them. When we enter the story, Anders has already found his footing. He has dealt with the turns his life took the best he could, even though that meant he had to sacrifice his own future plans. For Wells things have been too recen 3,5 stars rounded up to 4 because it’s Briar Prescott. 🤷🏻‍♀️ This was a sweet, low-angst story about Anders and Wells. Both have had to deal with some life changing moments, both have seen the dreams they had for their future shattered due to something that happened to them. When we enter the story, Anders has already found his footing. He has dealt with the turns his life took the best he could, even though that meant he had to sacrifice his own future plans. For Wells things have been too recent to accept and be able to adjust to the changes that torpedoed his dreams to be a hockey player. He can't. He has pushed everyone away, including his old teammates, the friends he once had, ending up wallowing in his self-pity and living with his dad again at 25. He does not want to go out, he does not want to meet people, and he sure doesn't want to be someone's personal trainer. And somehow he ends up being exactly that, and from there on his life changes one more time again, but this time for the better. Even though this was sweet and adorable, and I really enjoyed the snarky banter (because that's Briar Prescott's trademark!), something was lacking. Having just finished a book that was too long and could have done with less pages, I think this book is quite the opposite. This story needed something more. I wished we could have seen a bit more of how Anders's training went, some more struggling to get it done right, to build up his condition and maybe failing in some departments, just to crawl back up again and not give up? I wished we could have seen a bit more about Well's handicap, what happened when he went to see the specialist he'd been avoiding. I even thought about some added ‘mother’ drama. Or would that have been too much? Maybe I’m thinking of a little more showing instead of telling? I do believe it could have added more depth to the story, and, for me personally, that could have added a little more angst. Don't get me wrong, I like sweet and fluffy and low angst from time to time, but most of the time I find myself invested more when there is a bit more angst. That usually makes a book unforgettable to me. Having said that, I adored The Dating Experiment, the second book in this series, which is also low angst, so I guess it also depends on the characters and how the story is written. Anyway, this was my least favorite book in this series, but it still was an enjoyable read. Just wished for a few more pages and depth added in the mix. I kindly received an ARC from the author and this is my honest, unbiased review

  8. 5 out of 5

    .Lili.

    The Underdog by Briar Prescott is a story that starts with a little white lie that blossoms into a beautiful, uplifting love story. Wells has recently lost part of his leg and is having difficulty moving on; his dad and friend Max are worried and trick him into training Anders for a triathlon in hopes it will motivate him. What ensues is a whole lotta- -Snark -Feels -Hurt/Comfort -Chemistry -Wonderful friends & family -Hope I loved every page of this book. The Underdog will be filed under my "chicke The Underdog by Briar Prescott is a story that starts with a little white lie that blossoms into a beautiful, uplifting love story. Wells has recently lost part of his leg and is having difficulty moving on; his dad and friend Max are worried and trick him into training Anders for a triathlon in hopes it will motivate him. What ensues is a whole lotta- -Snark -Feels -Hurt/Comfort -Chemistry -Wonderful friends & family -Hope I loved every page of this book. The Underdog will be filed under my "chicken soup for the soul" and "re-read" pile. 4.5 Stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Em Jay

    4.0 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I liked this! Underdog is the third installment in the Better With You series, and personally my favorite thus far. This book also feels vastly different from its predecessors. Where books 1 and 2 were more fun and silliness, this one felt more grounded in reality. Maybe it’s just me 🤷🏻‍♀️ I enjoyed both Anders and Wells and thought the pacing and progression of their relationship was done well. Two people who were hit hard in life, feeling unbelievably low self-worth, forced outside 4.0 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I liked this! Underdog is the third installment in the Better With You series, and personally my favorite thus far. This book also feels vastly different from its predecessors. Where books 1 and 2 were more fun and silliness, this one felt more grounded in reality. Maybe it’s just me 🤷🏻‍♀️ I enjoyed both Anders and Wells and thought the pacing and progression of their relationship was done well. Two people who were hit hard in life, feeling unbelievably low self-worth, forced outside of their respective boxes and coming to terms with themselves along the way. I thought the chemistry and friendship between them was showcased well. The first time they have sex was truly (intentionally) hilarious. All-in-all I really had a good time reading this. I do think this book will be a mixed bag for folks. It’s a slower progression and more subdued tone in my opinion, so may not be everyone’s bag. I quite like that, so this was a good comfort read for me 🤗

  10. 5 out of 5

    haletostilinski

    ⭐︎4.5 stars rounded up!⭐︎ This story was adorable. Mayne not at first, because Wells is definitely a cantankerous asshole, but he was going through some tough shit, and once he started to let down his walls and loosen up, he was a very likable character. This story takes place 5 years after the second book. I don't know why, but it's easy enough to go with. Anders is one of two of Jamie's friend from his book, and for the past 11 or so years, he's been raising his twin siblings himself, ever sinc ⭐︎4.5 stars rounded up!⭐︎ This story was adorable. Mayne not at first, because Wells is definitely a cantankerous asshole, but he was going through some tough shit, and once he started to let down his walls and loosen up, he was a very likable character. This story takes place 5 years after the second book. I don't know why, but it's easy enough to go with. Anders is one of two of Jamie's friend from his book, and for the past 11 or so years, he's been raising his twin siblings himself, ever since their mother abandoned them when he was 18 and the twins were 7 years old. He's now 30 years old, and the twins are 18, going to graduate high school in a few months time. But for his birthday, they signed him up to do a triathlon because that's what he told them his dream was many years ago. He was lying, but as a parent, he finds that you do that sometimes to make your children happy/to protect them, etc. Well now that little lie is going to bite him in the ass. Because he can't let them down. Enter in Wells who is 25, and for the past year has been absolutely miserable, as he lost part of his leg in a car accident. He was an NHL player, and had won Rookie of the Year and his career was just getting started. Having his dream ripped away from him and just having to get used to not having a leg as made Wells one miserable bastard. Where Anders has never gotten to have his dream, Wells had his and lost it. But Max, who was Wells' PT when he was still on the hockey team and a friend, who is also a friend of Jamie and Anders', asks Wells to help trains Anders for this Triathlon, he says no. But his father and Max trick him into going anyway. But he's miserable, mean bastard to Anders their first session, and the sessions after that. He feels bad, but then he gets angry that he feels bad and that just makes him act worse. And he wants Anders to fire him anyway, so that's what he's trying to do. Eventually he succeeds, but he finds he doesn't feel all that happy about it. But when his dad drags him out to the farmers market to get out of the house, he runs into Anders and his siblings there, and they end up agreeing to be trainer/trainee again. But this time Wells loosens up, and they start to get to know each other and become friends, and the more than friends. Anders makes Wells laugh more than he has in a long time, even before his accident. Wells is sweet and kind and does things for Anders, like make him healthy meals to eat that taste good. I loved these two together. They were just so adorable and sweet. Anders acknowledged Wells' missing leg, but he didn't treat him as different for it, or weird or ugly or anything like that. And Wells saw Anders as beautiful when Anders had trouble seeing himself as beautiful, thinking he was too overweight and unattractive. A lot of time, it's hard to see ourselves in a positive light. But sometimes others can make us feel how they see us. These two supported each other and fit seamlessly into a relationship. The chemistry was on point, and the romance was excellent. The steam could have been a little steamier, in my opinion, but what we had was good. A definite win overall for me. Also I saw an accusation of fat shaming, and I personally didn't see it here. Yeah, there was one thing said - literally just one - by Anders that I think was a little iffy. But as an actual fat person myself, I've had those feelings and thoughts myself. Just because I know intellectually that my body is beautiful and fine just the way it is, doesn't mean it didn't take a lot to get me there, or that I still don't have those thoughts sometimes, that I don't feel less than pretty just because I'm fat. Anders was never described as getting super duper fit for this triathlon either. In fact, there was never any description of his stomach and waist, or pointing out if he got very noticeably smaller/skinnier or super fit or anything. And Wells found him attractive from the beginning. And obviously Anders had to get in shape to do a triathlon, but he said he'd never do one again, which mean any weight he'd lose he'd gain at least some of it back, and no big deal was made of that. Okay, I'll get off my soapbox. But I just wanted to defend this story from claims of fat shaming. I didn't get that overall feeling from this story. And with that, I'll just say that I definitely recommend this. It was a definite win for me, and I loved it. Two thumbs up from me! (Also can't wait for Max and Isac's (Isac is Anders' younger twin brother) story. The epilogue in this was 5 years later as well, so I'm guessing Isac will be 24 or so in their book. I'm excited for it!)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    My favourite one yet in this excellent series from Briar, I just fell hook, line and sinker for both Anders and Wells. It's as funny as the others in the series, it's a bit more slow burn, understandably so given the circumstances of Wells' situation and Anders' lack of confidence and it's as full of the sense of family and friendship as books one and two. Set five years after The Dating Game, we get to see Jamie and Connor still being happy together, there's also a brief appearance from Grey and My favourite one yet in this excellent series from Briar, I just fell hook, line and sinker for both Anders and Wells. It's as funny as the others in the series, it's a bit more slow burn, understandably so given the circumstances of Wells' situation and Anders' lack of confidence and it's as full of the sense of family and friendship as books one and two. Set five years after The Dating Game, we get to see Jamie and Connor still being happy together, there's also a brief appearance from Grey and Kai, and obviously Max is present throughout too (and I am SO dying to find out what's going on between him and Anders' brother Isac (yes I've spelt that right :D ) There's a real warmth to the whole narrative, as both Anders and Wells start to open up as they reluctantly join forces to train the former for a triathlon that his younger twin siblings have entered him into (after he'd told a little white lie to them when they were kids that it was his lifelong dream to compete in one). This thread of the twins' happiness being Anders' primary concern is present throughout, he's effectively been their dad since he was 19 and their mother fecked off to Vegas. He's spent so long looking after them, he's forgotten that it's okay for him to want someone to look after him too and when Wells begins to realise he could be that person, it's such a gorgeous moment. I loved everything about them as a pairing and the care and support they offer each other is beautiful to see. Can't wait for more from Briar. #ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

  12. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mixed feelings on this one. I generally enjoyed the characters and thought the set-up was interesting. I've not read many romances with an amputee MC, and I appreciated Wells headspace and watching him navigate the abrupt change in his life circumstances. I liked Anders and appreciated the way they were able to connect, and I also like that the misunderstanding aspect was brief and not drawn out. The development of feelings was lovely and I generally enjoyed them as a couple. Now, going into this Mixed feelings on this one. I generally enjoyed the characters and thought the set-up was interesting. I've not read many romances with an amputee MC, and I appreciated Wells headspace and watching him navigate the abrupt change in his life circumstances. I liked Anders and appreciated the way they were able to connect, and I also like that the misunderstanding aspect was brief and not drawn out. The development of feelings was lovely and I generally enjoyed them as a couple. Now, going into this one I was already a bit concerned because training for a triathlon is a concept that is just rife with opportunities for diet culture and anti-fat bias, and sure enough, this didn't escape those pitfalls, though thankfully it actually wasn't quite as bad as I was expecting. There were definitely a number of comments made by both Anders and Wells that had me cringing, and I wasn't wild about the fact that "chubby" Anders slims down over the course of his training, implying that training will necessarily lead to weight loss because fat people can't also be fit--given that we also don't see Wells and Anders get together until after he's lost weight and started "making healthier choices" it's hard not to make the connection that these changes are what enabled him and Wells to get together. Additionally, I just flat out found it unrealistic that Anders would be drastically increasing his physical activity AND changing the way that he ate and there are absolutely no struggles or growing pains. And for all of this, we actually don't *see* Anders and Wells training much for the triathlon once they start legitimately training. In fact, it's easy to entirely forget that is allegedly still happening during the course of their developing relationship as it's barely even mentioned once they become friends. Unrelated, Anders' mom left him in charge of his young siblings and fucked off to Vegas eleven years ago, and there's basically no follow-up to this. It's mentioned as a thing that happened, but then we get no additional follow-up in all that time since. Did they never hear from her again? Is she even still alive? Also, banter got a bit exhausting. This was fine, but some personal issues made me not love it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bookreader87(Amanda)

    3.5 stars Anders was 19 when his mother left him and his two siblings behind. He took on the responsibility of caring for the 7 year old twins Cassi and Isac. Leaving behind many of his own life dreams to make sure they were provided for. Wells was a former hockey player that had his career cut short by an accident that costs him a leg. He has stopped living life and has become angry with the world. The two meet through a mutual friend. Wells is forced to become Anders trainer. The more time spe 3.5 stars Anders was 19 when his mother left him and his two siblings behind. He took on the responsibility of caring for the 7 year old twins Cassi and Isac. Leaving behind many of his own life dreams to make sure they were provided for. Wells was a former hockey player that had his career cut short by an accident that costs him a leg. He has stopped living life and has become angry with the world. The two meet through a mutual friend. Wells is forced to become Anders trainer. The more time spent with Anders the more Wells comes to life. Likes: The family dynamic. -Anders and the twins -Max and his dad. **I do wish there was more of it though. The relationship. -It blossomed nicely and very little angst. -The two helped with one another overcome some insecurities. Wells seemed to blossom more with Anders help. Just wish Anders did the same. Dislikes: Not enough of the friendship shown between Anders/Max/Jamie. -Friendships of 15 years you think there would be a bit more appearances. Anders constant insecurities about himself/putting himself down. **The beginning of the story was a bit rough. For me, it didn't flow as easily as the previous stories. Overall, this was a cute story with a HEA and IMO low steam (2 out 5). I enjoy this author's work and have a feeling the next one will be (view spoiler)[ Max and Isac (hide spoiler)] or at least I hope. However it goes...I look forward to reading it! **ARC provided by author, this is my honest opinion.**

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Fantastic! This was Fabulous! I just love Briar Prescott's writing. The story flows effortlessly, the dialogue is so funny, smart, and engaging, and she just writes the best characters. I adored Anders and Wells. From their bristly start, to their emerging friendship, to them falling in love...it was such an enjoyable journey. Anders stole my heart from the first page. He was so fun, so quick-witted, and so selfless. Wells started off as such a grump. He was still trying to come to terms with whe Fantastic! This was Fabulous! I just love Briar Prescott's writing. The story flows effortlessly, the dialogue is so funny, smart, and engaging, and she just writes the best characters. I adored Anders and Wells. From their bristly start, to their emerging friendship, to them falling in love...it was such an enjoyable journey. Anders stole my heart from the first page. He was so fun, so quick-witted, and so selfless. Wells started off as such a grump. He was still trying to come to terms with where his life had led and he was surly and angry much of the time. It didn't take much for the breath of fresh air, Anders, to crack that tough exterior though! I thoroughly enjoyed watching them become friends and watching Wells' walls start to come down. Their banter was just so good and there were so many sweet and touching moments. There was a little bit of a misunderstanding about where they were at that could have been solved if they just talked to each other, but this is where Anders's friends come in and don't hold any punches. I love that solid group of friends that have your back and tell it to you straight! This was just a pleasure to read from start to finish, highly recommend!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gustaf

    I really enjoyed Anders and Wells story. It was fun and lighthearted and at moment so very sweet. As I've come to expect from this author, the humor was snarky and so much fun. And if the teaser's are right and the next book is about Max and Isac, I can't wait. I've a soft spot for the best friends brother trope. I really enjoyed Anders and Wells story. It was fun and lighthearted and at moment so very sweet. As I've come to expect from this author, the humor was snarky and so much fun. And if the teaser's are right and the next book is about Max and Isac, I can't wait. I've a soft spot for the best friends brother trope.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Hurt/comfort Amazing humour Disabled- amputee character Sunshine- grumpy heroes Chubby- athletic ( ice hockey player🤩) Great friends and families Low angst Medium heat Really good epilogue!! Best hea “I can picture him telling me he loves me exactly like this ten years from now, thirty years from now, fifty years from now.” This book is unique, as in, I never ever read a hurt/comfort book with disabled character- which is my absolute favorite trope- in so down to earth, happy book. Both of the MCs pas Hurt/comfort Amazing humour Disabled- amputee character Sunshine- grumpy heroes Chubby- athletic ( ice hockey player🤩) Great friends and families Low angst Medium heat Really good epilogue!! Best hea “I can picture him telling me he loves me exactly like this ten years from now, thirty years from now, fifty years from now.” This book is unique, as in, I never ever read a hurt/comfort book with disabled character- which is my absolute favorite trope- in so down to earth, happy book. Both of the MCs past have a tragic event, what changed their life forever and instead of the author tearing my heart out, she wrote a positive viewpoined, great -and not childish- humoured book with lots of happy moments. Anders life changed so early, that when the story really begins he already on track and confident about his future. Maybe not the most shiny future, but a good life. In the other hand, Wells is still hurting, his life have been forced to change so quick and so fundamentally that he is still very angry and in the border of denial. This is not an insta love, ‘I’ll heal you with my love’ kind of book. And I truly love the book for it. Anders just full of sunshine, the funny one the caregiver, with great friends and practical life. He reminded me of single parents, widower friends from real life, who could get up and made a great life after their tragic. Because in reality usually this is what happens. And it was a fresh air after books, what only reflects on drama and suffering. Anders character could be my neighbour or the shop clerk or a taxi driver, an ordinary human who works with what he/she have and not see it as the end of the world. I really really appreciate his character! “He has an incredible ability to make people feel comfortable in his presence. It doesn’t even matter if you’ve just met him. He’s sort of like the sun.” As for Wells, he was still in progress at the beginning, and he can stand up because of the inspiration and a new propose of his life. He heals by himself, start to take care of himself because he sees a great example, a new perspective. “Anders loves me. All of me. Just the way I am. I’m more certain of that than anything else in the world. One leg, two legs. He’d take me if I was like an octopus and had eight limbs. Or if I had none.” I can really go on forever but I don’t think anyone reached this line, more like everyone dnf-ed this review a long time ago😅 but it’s ok! If you still here you are a hardcore reader, congrats!!🥳😂 I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Renée

    3.5 stars It was definitely cute and enjoyable, but it needed more angst.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aimora

    This managed to feel fluffy despite the serious subject matter. The epilogue was especially sweet.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Airy

    I can't help myself. Briar Prescotts writing is so much fun, I am enjoying her books very much. This was a slow-burn light romance with two adorable and loveable characters. I can't help myself. Briar Prescotts writing is so much fun, I am enjoying her books very much. This was a slow-burn light romance with two adorable and loveable characters.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Carvalho

    Sweet and adorable story. Anders and Wells start with the wrong foot, but once things settle they just fit. Low angst with some hurt confort, this is a good addition to the series. And it has Briar's trademark all over: the banter, the jokes and the laughs. Recommended if you are in a mood for a good book. Sweet and adorable story. Anders and Wells start with the wrong foot, but once things settle they just fit. Low angst with some hurt confort, this is a good addition to the series. And it has Briar's trademark all over: the banter, the jokes and the laughs. Recommended if you are in a mood for a good book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Initially this was a little harder to get into. Wells was stuck in a cycle of self loathing and deprecation. It was difficult to read him thinking such thoughts of low self worth. But this only stood to build a character you wanted to root for. And oh do you. This was the perfect epitome of an excellent grumpy/sunshine trope. Anders optimism and humor found his way into Wells’ heart, and mine as well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I've made it abundantly clear that I am a Briar Prescott stan. And with every new release I say this is her best work yet. But no, seriously. THIS is her best work yet. Anders is so sweet, and so funny, and so selfless. His mom left town right after he graduated high school because it was time for her. In doing that he had to replan his entire life to take care of his 7 year old siblings. And he never complained. Just did it because what else was he supposed to do? Except lie to them about his bi I've made it abundantly clear that I am a Briar Prescott stan. And with every new release I say this is her best work yet. But no, seriously. THIS is her best work yet. Anders is so sweet, and so funny, and so selfless. His mom left town right after he graduated high school because it was time for her. In doing that he had to replan his entire life to take care of his 7 year old siblings. And he never complained. Just did it because what else was he supposed to do? Except lie to them about his biggest dream. He tells them he wants to be a triathlete. And that's where our story begins. Wells is a former hockey player. He's depressed, and angry, and a recent amputee. But he's also so sweet, and so funny, and just what Anders needs. I didn't even get mad at these two not communicating! That's one of my biggest pet peeves but I didn't even want to roll my eyes when that came up. I can't even put into words how much I loved this book. I started reading it last night. I set an alarm for 4:30 am so I could finish it with no distractions. Because I knew from just the first couple chapters it was that kind of book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    3.5 stars

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ele

    DNF @ 40% I have loved every single thing this author has published but for some reason I 've been trying for almost a month to finish this. Sorry, no rating. DNF @ 40% I have loved every single thing this author has published but for some reason I 've been trying for almost a month to finish this. Sorry, no rating.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Edga

    Funny and moving romance Can I just say, that Anders is a bloomin' star. What a hero! Now that I've got that off my chest, Ms Prescott has never disappointed me. I reckon that this is her best work yet. Anders is definitely the star of the show. He just launches himself into people's lives, and makes them better. He and Wells are just dynamite together. The secondary characters add so much to the story, especially Isac, can't wait to see where his story is going to go. If you want a bit of cheese, Funny and moving romance Can I just say, that Anders is a bloomin' star. What a hero! Now that I've got that off my chest, Ms Prescott has never disappointed me. I reckon that this is her best work yet. Anders is definitely the star of the show. He just launches himself into people's lives, and makes them better. He and Wells are just dynamite together. The secondary characters add so much to the story, especially Isac, can't wait to see where his story is going to go. If you want a bit of cheese, with some tear jerking moments thrown with a bit of romance and not forgetting the TENSION - then read this book. It's a first class read, by a first class author. Can't wait to see what's coming next.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Miriah

    This is a tough one to review. There were a ton of cute as fuck moments in the book, of which I would normally be drooling over, but so much of the relationship development is just kinda told to us rather than shown to us that I never felt any chemistry between Anders and Wells, and didn’t really care at all when they (finally) got together. The lack of communication went on far too long, and there is very minimal steam. I wouldn’t call the book bad, but it didn’t flow well. I also did NOT love This is a tough one to review. There were a ton of cute as fuck moments in the book, of which I would normally be drooling over, but so much of the relationship development is just kinda told to us rather than shown to us that I never felt any chemistry between Anders and Wells, and didn’t really care at all when they (finally) got together. The lack of communication went on far too long, and there is very minimal steam. I wouldn’t call the book bad, but it didn’t flow well. I also did NOT love the set up for the next book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    There is a certain feel to Briar Prescott novels that set them apart, IMO. When I begin to mentally etch-a-sketch each scene as I'm reading, there's always a brightness to them. Like the characters are consistently surrounded by sunshine, even when they can't see it themselves. Maybe I'm just in my feelings today, which I believe I very much am, but this book made me incredibly happy. Wells and Anders made me happy. They treated each other with so much kindness and respect, even when they were o There is a certain feel to Briar Prescott novels that set them apart, IMO. When I begin to mentally etch-a-sketch each scene as I'm reading, there's always a brightness to them. Like the characters are consistently surrounded by sunshine, even when they can't see it themselves. Maybe I'm just in my feelings today, which I believe I very much am, but this book made me incredibly happy. Wells and Anders made me happy. They treated each other with so much kindness and respect, even when they were only working towards friendship, and it really tugged at my heartstrings (and those damn tear ducts). I would love to have Anders as a friend. He was such a wonderful person. He wore his smiles easily and incited laughter in situations that begged for it, but usually didn't encourage it. His circumstances in life had taught him to laugh so you won't cry and he had made it his mantra and personal life mission, even when he felt like it was forced. And it was definitely forced when his twin siblings signed him up to fulfill his "dream" of doing a triathlon. Wells was not in a good place. Like Anders, he had been hit by a curveball in life and was reeling from the impact. His bedroom had become a prison cell of his own design and there was nothing outside of it worth getting out of bed for. When he got tricked into training Anders for his triathlon, he was anything but warm and welcoming. But after awhile Anders' sweet personality, gentle prodding and awkward humor began to seep into him and his world began to brighten for the first time in over a year. I loved the slow build of their relationship so much. This was definitely not insta-love. It wasn't even insta-attraction. Both Anders and Wells had too much going on in their heads and their lives to even consider each other in that way at first. But when they did, it felt right (if not a little awkward). Their relationship grew from such a special place - a place of trust and encouragement and friendship. It was really beautiful. I cried at the end of this book not only because I was happy for them as a couple, but because I was so proud of both of them for how far they'd come as individuals. So why not five stars, you ask? Unfortunately, this story held a death grip on a pet peeve of mine - a misunderstanding perpetuated by a lack of communication. Anders had a habit of blurting things out when they crossed his mind, but was somehow impeccably tight lipped about things that mattered, like feelings. And Wells was happy to remain confused about things instead of just asking WTF is going on. It was resolved quickly thanks to some of my favorite men from the first two books, but it made me want to scream while it lasted. Regardless of that small gripe, I really enjoyed this book. My husband is a triathlete, so it was fun reading about someone experiencing training and racing for the first time. And, of course, it was a Briar Prescott novel so there was witty banter aplenty, which will always be my drug of choice. Now I just have one question...what the hell is going on with Max and Isac???

  28. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Bassett

    An excellent addition to the series! I giggled and highlighted this one all the way through. I loved Anders and his lack of filter, and it was great to see Wells open up and become less grumpy. Both of them suffered from a lack of confidence in different ways, which almost came between them, but luckily any stupidity didn’t last too long. 😂 This was a fun and satisfying read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    RandomHeart

    Anders and Wells are another hysterical and snarky and sweet and just plain fun couple from the incredible mind of Briar Prescott. I like the way this story is told in snippets of the MCs thoughts and we really spend 98% of the story watching the bitter and frustrated Wells and the sweet bur sometimes spicy Anders just get to know each other and become friends then friends who have sexual relations and finally both admitting the true depth of their feelings for one another. This story lacked a l Anders and Wells are another hysterical and snarky and sweet and just plain fun couple from the incredible mind of Briar Prescott. I like the way this story is told in snippets of the MCs thoughts and we really spend 98% of the story watching the bitter and frustrated Wells and the sweet bur sometimes spicy Anders just get to know each other and become friends then friends who have sexual relations and finally both admitting the true depth of their feelings for one another. This story lacked a lot of action but I didn’t feel it lacked in emotion and fun and the typical characteristics of a book by Briar I love. I also really enjoyed the set up for the next book that one promises to have some interesting dynamics. * I received an arc this is my honest review*

  30. 5 out of 5

    NikNak

    3.5 for me. “How to have sex with a prosthetic leg? Things I never thought I’d type into Google, but here we are. I’ve made a crucial mistake in the wording. “Oh no,” I mutter as the results get increasingly weirder. “No, no,no” “ A perfectly sweet, funny and heartwarming read with loveable characters. I’d you are looking for something light , with minimal angst then this is definitely a book for you .

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