In Suze Robinson's latest release, THE FRIENDSHIP EQUATION, her heroine gets to see her best friend in a new light. A baby gives her a new perspective and who knows where things go from there!!
What happens when you fall for your best friend just in time to lose her?
Molly is a pastry chef with a dedicated path to running a kitchen in New York to escape the looming shadow of never being enough in her father’s kitchen.
Adam is a math teacher with a commitment to his family and their small seaside hometown. Leaving home just isn’t something he can do; not when so many people rely on him.
They are roommates and best friends who were always together... until things shift out of the friend zone. Once they find out their time together is limited, and an undeniable chemistry is unleashed, how will they figure out how to move forward as just friends?
While I want to spin on my heel and run the other direction, Adam goes to the child. I debate escaping until I see my best friend holding a baby. I’m frozen in place, unable to do anything but zero in on Adam. The baby is crying, a reddened face with screams that break decibels.
“What are you going to do?” I ask. What could he possibly do to stop those poor tears? I walk closer, which seems to surprise Adam as much as it does me.
“Let’s narrow down what it could be.” He takes her to the couch in his mother’s living room and unwraps her from the weird pink fabric she’s in. “Mom, when was the last time Alice ate?”
I watch in amazement at how well Adam changes her diaper and doesn’t even seem nervous. He does it with precision, just like when he’s solving one of his puzzles.
“Oh, it’s time, I’ll get her bottle ready,” Gloria responds.
He finishes Alice’s diaper change. After that, he gets her wrapped back up in her little blanket thing.
“Why are you wrapping her up like that?” Alice seems all smashed up. It can’t be comfortable, right?
“It’s called swaddling. It helps her feel safe and secure like she’s still in the womb. It’s a great way to help soothe a baby.”
Adam gives me a charming smile and then holds her out to me. My expression must reveal my sudden and utter panic. My hands are raised in surrender. “Don’t worry, Mols, my niece won’t bite. I need to toss her diaper, wash my hands, and grab a bottle. You mind holding her? Just sway a bit while you do it and she’ll calm down.”
“Adam,” I argue, but she’s in my arms and he’s gone. She’s so small and tiny and has little peach fuzz that supposedly hair on top of her head. I’m in love. I start swaying like Adam mentioned and those blue Bramwell eyes look up at me. They’re like the blue depths of a waterfall rimmed in a dark blue that’s like the endless bottom of the sea. They’re Adam’s eyes, which match his family’s. I bet when Adam has a child, they’ll look the same color. There’s a pinch in my chest to think of Adam having a child with someone. I want that for him, but it’s hard to imagine.
Suze Robinson is a contemporary romance author. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter. Her passion is writing stories about strong women, hunky book boyfriends and happily ever afters.
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