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Peek Inside A Friendly Flirtation

Allison Hall is fed up with being the invisible nerdy girl. She needs confidence—and that requires a makeover and dating tips. Jared Esterly says no when his business partner and best friend Nick’s little sister comes to him for advice. But when Al’s attempt to make changes on her own fails spectacularly, he’s there to pick up the pieces. As lessons move from the salon to the bedroom, Allison discovers change can come at a very high price.

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One kiss can change your life…

Allison Hall is fed up with being a social outcast. Even at the tech company where she works for her brother and his best friend, Jared, she’s the invisible nerdy girl. What she needs is confidence—and that requires a makeover and dating tips. And she knows just the man to help…

Jared Esterly is shocked when Allison asks for his assistance and turns her down, knowing that her brother—his business partner and best friend, Nick—would kill him if he dated her, even if it is just for practice. But when Al’s attempt to make changes on her own fails spectacularly, Jared reluctantly steps in. Things heat up quickly, and soon lessons move from the salon to the bedroom.

When overprotective big-brother Nick discovers Jared is dating Allison, their friendship and business partnership sour. Allison, consumed by guilt, must make a choice: stay with Jared, even though that means ruining his friendship with Nick and possibly his career, or leave the one man who sets her on fire.


"Fast, fun and flirty, a true feel good read that will leave you smiling without a doubt!" --Dianne, Goodreads

"There were some fun hot and steamy scenes in this book, and overall I thought this was a great addition to the series. I look forward to reading more Christine Warner in the future." --Home.Love.Books

"Bottom line: if you love contemporary romances with quirky characters, and you can't pass up a good makeover story, A Friendly Flirtation is a fun read that you should not miss out on. It is great for fans of the falling for your best friend's sibling trope." --Book Briefs

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755321
Series: Friends First, Book 3
Release Date: Feb 15, 2016
Page Count: 275
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: older brother's best friend, ugly duckling

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By Dianne February 17, 2016

The classic “girl is a nerd”, “guy is her brother’s best friend,”“one favor ignites passion like a Roman Candle as the ugly duckling becomes the beautiful and poised swan,” love story. And. I. Loved. It. Christine Warner has another fun romantic tale to share, so sit back, prepare to be amused, ente ...more

By Jackie (Jackie's Book World) February 17, 2016

***Review + GIVEAWAY can be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***

Having read the previous book in the series, I was happy to find out that Warner was going to come out with a third book. In A Friendly Flirtation we get to meet Allison Hall, a social outcast who has no sense of fashion or how to get a ...more

By Elaine February 15, 2016

This is the third ‘Friends First’ novel and has the third of the Esterly brothers, Jared, as the male lead. Jared has been best friends with Nick for most of his life, spending a significant proportion of his holiday and weekend time with Nick Hall and his family and now working with him in the busi ...more

By Home. Love. Books. February 16, 2016

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I read this second book in this series and I really, really enjoyed it, so when I saw the third book was coming out, I knew I was going to read it. I really am a fan of Christine Warner's writing style, she just kind o ...more

By Michelle February 19, 2016

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
A Friendly Flirtation is the third book in Friends First series by Christine Warner. I had no idea even while I was reading A Friendly Flirtation that it was the third book in a series, so I am can confidently say that ea ...more

By Tory March 26, 2016

My goodness, I certainly seem to be running into the ugly duckling trope lately. Either it's just a fluke or there was a whole slew of them published at around the same time. However, I still enjoyed most of this book.

Allison - Totally and completely a geek with very limited knowledge of how to any ...more

By Emily February 15, 2016

Allison Hall is tired of being overlooked in any capacity other than strictly business. She knows she is the geek girl with poor taste in clothes and lack of pizzazz, she also knows she needs help. After trying to get her brother to help with her makeover ends in an epic fail, she turns to her broth ...more

By Floryie February 18, 2016

I received a free copy for an honest review. This will in no way impact my review.

Another book in one of my favourite themes, the hero loving the best friend's sister. I have read so many books with this theme and none has disappointed me so far. This book too, made me fall in love with Allison and ...more

By Pragati February 15, 2016

This story is about a woman. A woman who is unhappy about her life and decides to take control of the situation. That is the idea that really draws me into the story. How many of us have the courage to admit to ourselves that we aren’t happy with the way we are? That we need to make some changes? No ...more

By books are love February 15, 2016

A liked this book but not as much as I like A friendly arrangement. I think that is because I didn’t really have any type of like or dislike for Allison in this. Don’t get me wrong she is a good character. We see the girl who doesn’t think she is pretty or has confidence in herself go from perceived ...more

By Melanie February 11, 2016

I sort of have mixed feelings about this one. I wanted it to be so much more than what we got because I thought the potential was there for a great story, but I just didn't feel it. The characters seemed distant to me and I thought they would have had more of a connection before they started in with ...more

By Misty (Reds Romance Reviews) January 31, 2016

Allison Hall is desperate to shake her social outcast status, and decides that a makeover is in order to win herself a man. She has no idea where to begin, but knows the perfect person to help her accomplish her mission... her brother's handsome best friend Jared. Jared is good with the ladies, and ...more

By April February 21, 2016

Beautiful story of how a woman realized she wanted to be more than the “girl next door” or the “nerdy girl”. Allison Hall wanted love and she wanted happiness so she went after it the best way she knew how. She asks her brother for help but that so didn’t go over well so then she turned to her broth ...more

By Cara Ross February 16, 2016

I dived into this book after being intrigued by the blurb and I am extremely glad I did, as it brightened up my very snowy weekend, more than I expected.
So the story is about a former playboy and his best friends little sister whom has labeled herself the queen of the nerds. Allison Hall is tired of ...more

By Toni February 15, 2016

Allison Hall, or Al, as she is referred to through most of the book, is your typical wall flower type of nerdy girl next door. She desperately wants more out of her life and is turned down by her overprotective brother Nick to help her become more than just a dependable employee at his firm. The onl ...more

By Carra February 17, 2016

A Friendly Flirtation takes a couple of my favorite tropes-friends to lovers and brother's best friend-and puts them together, then adds in a nice dash of sexual tension for good measure. When all is said and done, what you get is a really good story with strong characters that keeps you interested ...more

By Cathy February 15, 2016

"A Friendly Flirtation" by Christine Warner. This is a heartwarming story that made me laugh and cry and cheer on our Hero and heroine. Allison is a smart, independent woman. However, she feels she's lacking in the social area of her life. She enlists Jared, her brother's best friend and known playb ...more

By Tasha February 21, 2016

Who doesn't love a good friends-to-lovers story?

This one didn't disappoint. Al is a cute, "nerdy" girl with a low opinion of herself. She has a ton of confidence (with everyone except her overbearing brother). She is convinced that people only want to be her friend post-makeover, when it was clear ...more

By Marie February 15, 2016

This is my first time reading anything by Christine Warner and I will tell you it was really a sweet read. Allison is 100% the nerdy girl who works for her brother, Nick and his best friend, Jared at Frontline Securities. What she truly wants though is to shed the nerdy girl look and fit in. So she ...more

By Teresa January 20, 2016

***I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review***

This book is truly a treasure and is a must have for anyone who cheers for the underdog. Allison is a computer nerdy who works for her brother, Nick and his best friend, Jared at Frontline Securities. But what she w ...more

By Lindsey February 18, 2016

What do the Kama Sutra, weddings, and penguins have in common? They are all elements in the fun and vivacious novel, A Friendly Flirtation.

Allison is an intelligent woman finally in her own apartment, yet still held tight in the grasp of her male dominated family. She works for her brother, Nick, wh ...more

By Lindsey July 28, 2016

What do the Kama Sutra, weddings, and penguins have in common? They are all elements in the fun and vivacious novel, A Friendly Flirtation.

Allison is an intelligent woman finally in her own apartment, yet still held tight in the grasp of her male dominated family. She works for her brother, Nick, wh ...more

By Mignon February 19, 2016

There's something sweet about a friends-to-lovers story, and to make an entire series of it without the trope feeling old? That's pretty much greatness. This go around, we have Allison and Jared -- Jared, who is Allison's friend and boss, but above that, is her brother's best friend. When Allison de ...more

By BookSnuggle March 28, 2016

"A Friendly Flirtation" by Christine Warner is book three in the "Friends First" series. This is the story of Allison Hall and Jared Esterly.

Allison works at a tech company for her brother and his best friend Jared. She is tired of not fitting in with everybody. Allison wants to change her nerdy gir ...more

By Lynn February 09, 2016

It was a pleasure meeting the next Esterly brother and seeing his road to the future. I didn't love Jared quite as much as Roth in the last book in the series, but I enjoyed him. A friends to lovers story ... with a twist!

Allison Hall is tired of being the easy to forget or overlook nerdy girl all t ...more

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Christine Warner

About the author

Christine Warner

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, three laptops (she might have a slight addiction, or maybe it's a fear of one imploding from overuse) and a much loved assortment of furry friends. Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy heroines. A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter, Instagram, goodreads, and her website at

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