Seducing Simon by Maya Banks
Book blurb from Banks' site:
One fateful night, Toni Langston seduces her best friend, the guy she’s been in love with forever. Two problems—he doesn’t remember a thing that happened and now she’s pregnant.
Toni Langston has been in love with Simon, her best friend, for years. The night Simon breaks up with his long time girlfriend, he and Toni make love. Toni is devastated and humiliated when, in the heat of the moment, he calls her by his girlfriend’s name. The next morning, Simon remembers nothing of the previous night and Toni is only too relieved not to remind him.
Two months later, she discovers she’s pregnant. She wants Simon to love her, apart from any obligation he might feel because of the baby. So she embarks on a quest to seduce her best friend, to make him see her as more than a little sister, to make him love her as much as she loves him. It works. Maybe too well. Now when things are perfect, she faces telling him of the secret she’s kept.
Seducing Simon has a few elements I'd ordinarily not like and some that I like very much. It does have a big secret (Toni won't say who's the father of her baby), but it's also a great friends-to-lovers story. But for me, it all worked. I think it really worked because it comes with some really great characters. Yes, Toni should have told Simon right away, but I can understand her reasons and how putting something off until the "right moment" can get out of hand. The story could seem slow to some, but I personally loved seeing the little things that had Simon realizing that Toni was more than just a friend and how attracted to her he really was.
Obviously Toni is pregnant through much of the book, but it really didn't bother me. Seeing how these two were going to get together was really what I cared about. It was also nice to see the interactions between Toni, Simon, her brother, and A.J. All in all, this is a really cute contemporary story. And it's got firemen. Firemen are hot.
So if you want a great contemporary story, I'd say you might want to try this one. Comes out June 6th from Samhain.