Book Reviews

REVIEW – The Rules of Dating My Best Friend’s Sister by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward


From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a new standalone romance.

Rule number one for dating your best friend’s sister: Don’t.
Just don’t do it.
Especially when your best friend is dead and the last thing he made you promise him was that you’d keep an eye on his little sister, but not too good of an eye.
As a musician whose longest committed relationship was six weeks, I, Holden Catalano, was the last guy on Earth who should’ve been messing around with Laney Ellison.
The super smart girl whom I affectionately dubbed Lala since childhood was always off limits.
Though that didn’t stop me from thinking about her over the years, especially those times when the two of us would sneak out onto the roof and talk for hours after my buddy fell asleep. It was innocent, but I’d always held a torch for her.
After Ryan passed away, I vowed to always protect Lala. That included protecting her—from me.
Now all grown up and a scientist, Lala needed a place to stay when she accepted a temporary research position in New York. I thought I did the right thing by offering her an apartment in the building I co-owned with my three friends.
Except having her close by reignited all of those old feelings.
And things started to get complicated.
Especially since she was engaged.
And especially since, lately, I’d noticed something more in her eyes. Desire.
Lala didn’t exactly look at me like the platonic brother figure I was trying so desperately to be, even though I wanted her more than I’d ever wanted anything.
Yet, I was being good—on my very best behavior.
But you know what they say…all good things must come to an end, right?

If you love someone, you fight for them. You tie them up to keep them, if that’s what you need to do.


Holden and Lala have known each other since they were kids. Holden is one of Lala’s brothers best friends, but they two of them have always had a special connection to each other.

Holden and Lala’s connection is strong throughout this entire story and the chemistry between them is off the charts. Though, these two are complete opposites. Holden is a drummer, a playboy. Lala is a scientist, she is engaged. Yet, these two are so perfect for each other.  

They take you on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, but I loved them. I loved all the secondary characters in this story, too. It is such a great friend group.

If you’re looking for a best friends sister, friends to lover, opposites attract, slow burn romance this is one to check out.