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Peek Inside The Best Friend Problem

Pru’s ready to have a baby, even if she has to do it artificially. But when she goes in for her fertility check-up, she finds she’s already pregnant…with her best friend’s baby.

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Prudence Carlson has been lucky in life. A fulfilling wedding-planning business she runs with her girlfriends in Colorado, plus the best guy friend ever in her firefighter bestie, Finn. All that’s missing from it is a baby. Luckily, it’s the twenty-first century—Pru can take matters into her own hands. She doesn’t need to find true love to create the future love of her life.

Except all this talk of babies and insemination and...Pru and Finn cross a line they never expected to. Sure, one night of passion won’t change their close friendship. Until Pru goes in for a fertility check-up to find…she’s already pregnant.

As best friends, Pru and Finn have survived college, new jobs, and bad breakups, but can they survive crib shopping, birth classes, and late-night cravings? Especially when Finn has never considered himself even remotely as daddy material?

Each book in the Mile High Happiness series is STANDALONE:

*The Best Friend Problem
*The Best Man Problem
*The Roommate Problem


This story has loads of chemistry, plenty of laughs, lighthearted and very low on the angst. It's a best friends to lovers with the twist of a surprise baby, which I loved! It was the perfect summer read!” -Athena R., Goodreads

Absolute fun with a heaping splash of romance.” -Lori Z., Goodreads

A sweet romance with plenty of swoon and so many feels that it nearly impossible to put down. The perfect summer read escape that ticked all the boxes. A fun and addictive story that I inhaled before I even knew it. Definitely be picking up more books by this author. Happy reading!!” -Melinda S., Goodreads

“This was a fun, sexy romance read.” -Wendy S., Goodreads

“This book felt so natural and I honestly had so much trouble putting it down. So if you’re looking for a light-hearted, cute, romantic story this summer then this is definitely one you should pick up!” -Once More With Reading Blog

What an amazing surprise! I am a huge romance reader and after a while everything sort of blends together and I am constantly looking for new or new to me authors, that’s where Mariah Ankenman came in! The cover to The Best Friend Problem is what drew me in at first. I am a sucker for babies in novels. I especially LOVE when it’s a SECRET BABY!!!!!” -Kat B., NetGalley

“This book was absolutely charming! I love a good friends-to-lovers story, and this book had a really fun, fresh take on the trope that made for a unique read. I also just adored Pru and Finn, and their dynamic -- both as friends, and as more.” -Sara G., NetGalley

The Best Friend Problem is a delightful, light-hearted romance.” -Jenn C., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638488
Series: Mile High Happiness, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 12, 2019
Page Count: 300
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: accidental pregnancy, opposites attract

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By Evie August 14, 2019

The Best Friend Problem, released by Entangled Publishing through the Love Struck imprint, is a delightful read. Romantic comedy paired with one of my favorite tropes—friends to lovers—done with a fun and enjoyable flair.

This was one of those reads that left me smiling. It’s light, fluffy, and so g ...more

By Marija October 01, 2020

I enjoyed reading this story that is filled with romance, laughter and a little drama. I liked the story flow and the characters. The story itself is friends to lovers romance and it is about Finn and Pru who are friends since highschool. Pru wants to be a mother and is thinking about getting sperm ...more

By Rochelle August 12, 2019

This is the first book that I have read by Mariah Ankenman and I did enjoy it. This was a cute friends to lovers’ book. Finn and Pru have been friends for years. Pru has suffered loss in her family at an early age and when she lost her aunt, she decided that she wanted to have a baby. She decided to ...more

By Joany August 31, 2020

3,5 sterren

Wat een heerlijk boek! Mariah Ankenman schrijft heerlijke steamy romances met een gezonde dosis humor. Ga onmiddellijk verder in het tweede deel :D ...more

By ♡AbbyBooks♡ January 26, 2020

It might seem to sweet and cute but this was the romance I love ♡ ...more

By Erin August 06, 2019

4 star review The Best Friend Problem by Mariah Ankenman

A new author to me, I found myself captivated by this story from the first to the last chapter. Pru and Finn are best friends and after one drunken night of passion, Pru finds herself pregnant. For Pru this is a dream come true, even though it ...more

By Jackie August 09, 2019

4.5 Stars for The Best Friend Problem
This is a new author to me but not for long because after reading this book I will certainly be checking out her other works and I really hope she decides to give the secondary characters in this book get their own stories. This book captivated me from the ist c ...more

By Marianne August 24, 2019

After way too many mysteries and thrillers this hit the spot

It is nothing new really. You see exactly what’s going on and how this will wrap up but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it’s nice to pick up something that you know will end in a happily ever after after the obligatory push an ...more

By Dee July 24, 2019

This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books
Accidental pregnancies aren't my favorite thing in romance books, but I don't mind it. I don't read a lot of best-friends to lovers, which I do enjoy, I just don't end up reading them a lot, so I was very interested in this book. ...more

By Come_read_with_me_ August 02, 2019

I really enjoyed this book!!!
Prudence really wants a baby and has decided enough is enough she is going to do this by herself. Finn on the other hand has no room for babies or a wife in his life due to work responsibilities. After one drunken night Prudence finds herself pregnant with none other tha ...more

By Logan July 24, 2019

I just finished reading an advance copy of The Best Friend Problem by Mariah Ankenman. I can’t wait to share my thoughts.

This books is really a well done book of tropes. It does occasionally cross the line into cheesy or sappy but never so much to remove you from the story. From chapter one through ...more

By Teralyn August 06, 2019

*I received an ARC copy of this book from the publishers and Wild Marketing Solutions in exchange for an honest review*

This was my first book by Mariah Ankenman and I really enjoyed it. I love friends to lovers trope and throw in them not knowing that they were in love all this time or suppressing t ...more

By Jeriann July 09, 2019

Oh, wow! I am going to have one serious book hangover after reading The Best Friend Problem. Mariah Ankenman has penned one beautiful, fantastic friends to lovers romance. It's combined with a surprise baby story and that's got to be two of my favorite combinations.

Finn and Pru have been best friend ...more

By Jayslin (jay_the_bookworm) August 15, 2019

3.5 Stars
Lighthearted, fun and cute.

Finn and Pru have been best friends since seventh grade. While they secretly pondered what a relationship with each other would have been like, they prefer to ignore and stay good friends. But all that gets thrown out the window when alcohol is introduced into th ...more

By Lynn October 19, 2019

Friendship goals! These three ladies are amazing and Pru's long friendship with Finn is so sweet and deeper than I was expecting. A new author to me that I will be looking to read more from.
Pru lost her parents young and doesn't want to miss out on having her own children. Knowing and believing tha ...more

By Kari August 12, 2019

Pru is at a point in her life that she wants a baby and with no luck when it comes to men she is prepared to be a single mother and have it happen the clinical way. She is a planner and has thought of every contingency that could occur but the one thing she hadn’t planned for was a few drinks too ma ...more

By Jenn August 06, 2019

The Best Friend Problem is a delightful, light-hearted romance. Prudence has amazing friends and a wonderful career, now all she's missing is a family. Too bad her dating history is less than stellar and filled with duds, so that's when she decides to take matters into her own hands... I was super j ...more

By Sassy August 13, 2019

This is the first book I've read by Mariah and I throughly enjoyed it and will continue to read more from her. This book was sweet,funny,and classically romantic that I didn't want to put it down. Pru is so organized and planned out in everything she does but so introverted. Finn is so fly by the se ...more

By Amanda August 13, 2019

*I received this book from Entangled for my honest review. All thoughts are my own*

I really loved this book. I go more in depth in my review View it here

But general thoughts are that despite my slight dislike for the main character, I was able to get past all of that because the relationship was so ...more

By Heather July 07, 2019

Pru just knows how to get a reaction out of her man, "beer spewed across the table, sprinkling her face with a fine mist of sour-smelling liquid as Finn snorted..." Finn doesn't care what his woman is wearing, “****,” she muttered. “My underwear doesn’t match.” Seriously? Did women think men cared a ...more

By Kim August 11, 2019

The Best Friend Problem is a cute, fun and lighthearted romance that I truly enjoyed! Pru and Finn have an amazing friendship that has never crossed the line until one night neither Pru or Finn will ever forget! This story was my first by Mariah Ankenman and I have to say it was very enjoyable. The ...more

By Isha August 16, 2019

Overlooking the obvious could have life changing results. Pru and Finn tests the bonds of friendship when these BFFs give into the attraction that has been stalking them for years. The Best Friend Problem has an obvious plot, but an irresistible cast of characters that charm their way into a heart. ...more

By Jessica August 12, 2019

Pru and Finn have been best friends for decades.
Only friends.
One night while celebrating her decision to have a baby, they drink a little much and then one things leads to another.

This book was okay. I would rate it 3.5 stars. But to be fair, I might need to try this book again in the future... I do ...more

By Jamie Lee August 13, 2019

The Best Friend Problem was my first book by Mariah Ankenman and I really liked it. The writing was great. I really liked the story and the characters. Can't wait to read more by this author. ...more

By Sydney August 28, 2020

Sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned, and that’s okay. When Pru’s entire world shifts against her perfectly planned life, she has to learn to roll with the punches. Luckily, she has a great best friend who stays by her side, someone who might actually be more than just a best friend.

I wasn’ ...more

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Mariah Ankenman

About the author

Mariah Ankenman

Bestselling author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious RWA Golden Heart® and CRW Stiletto awards. Whether she’s writing hometown heroes or sexy supernaturals, Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books.

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