Wednesday 5 October 2016

❤ Sold Short ❤ Ainslie Paton ❤ #Sidelined3 ❤

© Bianca Janeane

Ainslie Paton 
• release day 5 October 2016
• SIDELINED #3 - (standalone!)
• 256 pages
• Dev & Sarina's book

4.5 Stars
Friendship is Overrated

This is the story of a woman moving on with her life and the man she needs to leave behind

Sarina Gallo is on a timeline. Graduate with a top degree and start a business with friends. Check. Rock that business so hard it’s made her a Silicon Valley identity and seriously wealthy. Check. Fall in love and start a family. Wait. Because the man she’s been in love with forever is more comfortable falling asleep in front of a movie than making a move on her.

Dev Patel has been friends with Sarina Gallo since he tripped over her in college and they started a business together. He likes to cook. She likes to eat. It’s the perfect relationship for two busy people and if he’d rather fall asleep on the couch next to her, than sleep with her, it’s because he’s not willing to risk their friendship over sex he can have casually with others.

Until Sarina announces she plans to have a baby with a donor and her decision challenges everything Dev thought he knew about their relationship.

Question: How do two people who love each other find a way past friendship to become family?

Answer: A rip your heart out argument, a makeup session that’s almost too hot to handle and sheet scorching sex.

We all remember Dev & Sarina from the previous two books.
Now they'll finally get their own HEA....or will they?

Sarina thinks it's time to finally have a baby. She's done everything she ever dreamt of doing professionally...but on the personal side... She hasn't dated in years. Now her 3 best friends and business partners are in serious relationships and she's the only single one. That's why she decides to have a baby via sperm donor.

Only...Dev is not really in a relationship. What Sarina thinks is a serious thing, is just him fooling around with his childhood friend. But he's not interested in her.
Just like Sarina is with him, he's secretly very in love with Sarina - only it's so secret that he doesn't know it himself. ☺

But he can't sit and watch his bestie Sarina get impregnated by some catalogue guy!!!
Will it be too late for them???


Nope - not telling you ☺


I really enjoyed this book!!! 

Every time we get a new ARC by Ainslie, it's a total Forrest Gump bench moment ... you never know what you're gonna get - you just know that you'll very probably end up loving it.

And this book was great!

Both Dev and Sarina have been in love with the other for over a decade, but they're only now realizing it. They've only ever been the bestest of buddies.
But now it might be too late...

It's so adorable and frustrating to watch the two of them get their sh*t sorted.
We hope all through the book that they will finally get that they're really in love with each other...but grrrr it takes them a long while ☺
And Sarina is not Dev's only problem...there's a huge family thing on his mind too :(

I loved how we have lots of Reid and Owen in this book too.
Reid wants to go Sperm-Shopping for Sarina. ☺☺☺

 "What is it with you and this need to be the most inappropriate person in the world?"

I just love this group of people!

So many funny moments and frustrating and sad moments.

I just loved it...

It probably should've been 50 pages shorter - Ainslie talks a bit too much here and there. I sometimes wanted to fast forward to wherever people where talking with each other. There were a few too many poetic thoughts - BUT it was still a really great story!!!!

SOLD SHORT was such a beautiful best-friends-to-lovers love story about two people who are finally realizing that their forever-ever-after person has been right there all along....
Run to your nearest amazon to find out if and how Dev & Sarina will get to their HEA!!! 

And now Ainslie - give us whatever's next asap! Please ☺

Copy received from the author for an honest review

Yes!  I have been waiting for this story since the second I finished the first book in this series, Offensive Behaviour.

You never know what you are going to get with a book from Ms Paton. No cookie-cutter stories from her, it is like a lucky dip each and every time.... and I love it.

Dev and Sarina have been circling around each other for years... well, Sarina has known what she wanted, but Dev really was the clueless man!

It has taken Sarina making a big life decision -without consulting him - to put a fire under his butt and get him to finally, maybe, make his move.

Not going to lie, for about 95% of this book I really didn't like Dev.  The way he made Sarina feel for wanting a baby make me want to nut punch him.  He was so completely selfish, self serving and pretty much a dick! The 5% I didn't hate him didn't have to do with Sarina at all!

I cried along with Sarina as she and her best friend drifted further and further apart.  But my heart soared as Reid and Owen stepped up to the plate for her.  I didn't think I could adore these two any more than I already did, but I was mistaken.

Sold Short was a much more emotional book than the previous two. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to hit certain characters over the head with my kindle for being such an idiot.

And it kept me wanting to turn each page to find out what would happen next.

Just one thing though... it may have been just a little tooooo much of the same fight between Sarina and Dev - maybe a couple of their fights could have been left out as they seemed to keep going around in circles - but that could just be me.

I can't wait to see what she brings us next.


Book #1 

Book #2

Stalking Ainslie:

 Ainslie Paton is a corporate storyteller working in marketing, public relations and advertising.

She’s written about everything from the African refugee crisis and Toxic Shock Syndrome, to high-speed data networks and hamburgers, and for everyone from George Clooney to Barry Humphries—as Edna.

She writes cracking, hyper-real romances about strong women and the exciting men who love them.