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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 run 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 Daddy material?

Praise

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 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... ...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... ...more

By Marija August 14, 2019

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 spe... ...more

By Deanna (Deanna Reads Books) 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 bo... ...more

By Angellwings 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 thro... ...more

By Jayslin 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... ...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 is... ...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 supe... ...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... ...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... ...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 fri... ...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. T... ...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... ...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 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... ...more

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

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Not having read other books by the author before, I didn’t know what to expect before reading The Best Friend Problem. Needless to say, this friends-to-lovers story had me rooting for the characters from beginning to end.

In the story we g... ...more

By Alexandra August 13, 2019



Five unexpected stars! Where is my Finn?

Oh my gosh! What a wonderful, light-hearted, and beautiful friends-to-lovers is The Best Friend Problem. This book has everything a romance should have. Mariah Ankenman is a new author to me but after reading this book I'm addicted to her brilliant and flaw... ...more

By Angel August 12, 2019

Prudence/Pru felt men sucked. Her last date had literally sucked on her finger in his mouth five minutes after they met. He’d been the latest disappointment in a long line of horrible dates. Then there was Terrance The Terrible, who was supposed to be the one but after two years together, he got... ...more

By Patty August 07, 2019

Pru is a part owner of a very successful wedding planning business. She runs the business with her two roommates and good friends. She lost her family at a young age and only has her roommates and best friend Finn now. Love is not in the cards for Pru and she has a plan in place. A plan to have a... ...more

By Novel August 12, 2019

Ya’ll know I ADORE a good friends-to-lovers romance, and The Best Friend Problem by Mariah Ankenman — available NOW — not only ticks off all my favorite things about the trope, but it tackles them in a refreshing, unique way. The end result is a romance that is charming, sweet, and surprisingly d... ...more

By Fizza July 21, 2019

I loved it! It's such a sweet and romantic story of two friends falling in love. I enjoyed their friendship and how it evolved into something more. Both the main characters are very well-written and well-developed. I also liked the supporting characters. Overall, it's a very good read and I'd def... ...more

By Ayekah August 04, 2019



Absolute fun with a heaping splash of romance and a touch of.... I adored this book in the best way.
Familiar trope however Mariah brings this gem a touch of sparkle and genuine love between two best friends, Finn and Pru.
Pru lives life by a schedule, she's a numbers girl. In business with her two... ...more

By Jennifer August 12, 2019

Mariah Ankenman is a new to me author, and The Best Friend Problem was a great book to cut my teeth on. It's the story of Pru, who is in the business of making others dreams come true with their HEA, yet, she's convinced that it won't even happen for her. She's a very organized person, to the poi... ...more

By Sarah August 17, 2019

Title: The Best Friend Problem
Series: n/a
Stand Alone Title: yes
Author: Mariah Ankenman
Genre: Romance
Blurb: Prudence Carlson has been lucky in life. A fulfilling wedding-planning business run with her girlfriends in Colorado, plus the best guy friend ever in her firefighter bestie Finn. All that’s... ...more

By Connie August 15, 2019

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

This was a delightfully, charming story. I was laughing so hard at times that I received some looks from the hubby. The rapport between between Finn and Pru was one that made the... ...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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