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Don't Want You Like a Best Friend

By Emma R. Alban
Don't Want You Like a Best Friend by Emma R. Alban digital book - Fable

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A swoon-worthy debut queer Victorian romance in which two debutantes distract themselves from having to seek husbands by setting up their widowed parents, and instead find their perfect match in each other—the lesbian Bridgerton/Parent Trap you never knew you needed!

Gwen has a brilliant beyond brilliant idea.

It’s 1857, and anxious debutante Beth has just one season to snag a wealthy husband, or she and her mother will be out on the street. But playing the blushing ingenue makes Beth’s skin crawl and she’d rather be anywhere but here.

Gwen, on the other hand, is on her fourth season and counting, with absolutely no intention of finding a husband, possibly ever. She figures she has plenty of security as the only daughter of a rakish earl, from whom she’s gotten all her flair, fun, and less-than-proper party games.

“Let’s get them together,” she says.

It doesn’t take long for Gwen to hatch her latest scheme: rather than surrender Beth to courtship, they should set up Gwen’s father and Beth’s newly widowed mother. Let them get married instead.

“It’ll be easy” she says.

There’s just…one, teeny, tiny problem. Their parents kind of seem to hate each other.

But no worries. Beth and Gwen are more than up to the challenge of a little twenty-year-old heartbreak. How hard can parent-trapping widowed ex-lovers be?

Of course, just as their plan begins to unfold, a handsome, wealthy viscount starts calling on Beth, offering up the perfect, secure marriage.

Beth’s not mature enough for this…

Now Gwen must face the prospect of sharing Beth with someone else, forever. And Beth must reckon with the fact that she’s caught feelings, hard, and they’re definitely not for her potential fiancé.

That’s the trouble with matchmaking: sometimes you accidentally fall in love with your best friend in the process.

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132 Reviews

3.5
Slightly Smiling Face“This was sooo good! Love them so much and excited to see what happens in the next one!! 💜”
Beautifully writtenRealistic settingRomantic
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Soooo cute”
Likable charactersEasy to readFeel goodRomantic
Expressionless Face““She has been too busy wallowing in self pity.” I think that sums up the book for me. It started strong and funny, but around halfway through it kinda dragged along. It had a lot of potential, especially with the politics bit, but I really had to push myself for finishing this one.”
Easy to readRomanticUnsatisfying plot
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“I have to say that this was just an alright read for me. I have not read many sapphic romances but this one just didn’t do it for me. part of me thinks it’s the time period i struggled with. It did end up being a good read just nothing that really stood out or really shocked me.”
Characters change and growDark settingRealistic settingComing of ageHeartbreakingThought-provokingAbuseMisogynyUnsatisfying plot

About Emma R. Alban

Emma R. Alban is an author and screenwriter. Raised in the Hudson Valley, she now lives in Los Angeles, enjoying the eternal sunshine, ocean, and mountains. When she isn’t writing books or screenplays, she can usually be found stress baking with the AC on full blast, skiing late into the spring, singing showtunes at the top of her lungs on the freeway, and reading anywhere there’s somewhere to lean. She is the author of Don't Want You Like a Best Friend and You’re the Problem, It’s You.

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