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Tracey Livesay continues her fun-filled Girls Trip series with this romance that will tug at your heartstrings. Sometimes faking it can lead to the real thing…  Driven and focused, Dr. Nicole Allen is an accomplished surgeon. With a tough past, Nic’s gone above and beyond everyone’s expectations. But when she disciplines an intern—a powerful donor’s son—a prestigious fellows Tracey Livesay continues her fun-filled Girls Trip series with this romance that will tug at your heartstrings. Sometimes faking it can lead to the real thing…  Driven and focused, Dr. Nicole Allen is an accomplished surgeon. With a tough past, Nic’s gone above and beyond everyone’s expectations. But when she disciplines an intern—a powerful donor’s son—a prestigious fellowship she’s awaiting is placed in jeopardy.  Coming from a successful family who runs a medical business empire, Benjamin Reed Van Mont is the black sheep, having chosen to start his own business instead. Though he’s not ready to settle down, he knows when the time comes it definitely won’t be with a workaholic doctor like his friend Nic—even if she’s had him re-examining his edict…more than once.  When Ben’s status-climbing ex-girlfriend finds her way back into his orbit, Nic proposes a swap of services. She’ll spend the week with Ben on Martha’s Vineyard, pretending to be his girlfriend—but only if he’ll have his family intervene on her behalf so she won’t lose her fellowship. How hard can the charade be?  But as they’re about to discover, they’ve sorely underestimated their true feelings for each other…


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Tracey Livesay continues her fun-filled Girls Trip series with this romance that will tug at your heartstrings. Sometimes faking it can lead to the real thing…  Driven and focused, Dr. Nicole Allen is an accomplished surgeon. With a tough past, Nic’s gone above and beyond everyone’s expectations. But when she disciplines an intern—a powerful donor’s son—a prestigious fellows Tracey Livesay continues her fun-filled Girls Trip series with this romance that will tug at your heartstrings. Sometimes faking it can lead to the real thing…  Driven and focused, Dr. Nicole Allen is an accomplished surgeon. With a tough past, Nic’s gone above and beyond everyone’s expectations. But when she disciplines an intern—a powerful donor’s son—a prestigious fellowship she’s awaiting is placed in jeopardy.  Coming from a successful family who runs a medical business empire, Benjamin Reed Van Mont is the black sheep, having chosen to start his own business instead. Though he’s not ready to settle down, he knows when the time comes it definitely won’t be with a workaholic doctor like his friend Nic—even if she’s had him re-examining his edict…more than once.  When Ben’s status-climbing ex-girlfriend finds her way back into his orbit, Nic proposes a swap of services. She’ll spend the week with Ben on Martha’s Vineyard, pretending to be his girlfriend—but only if he’ll have his family intervene on her behalf so she won’t lose her fellowship. How hard can the charade be?  But as they’re about to discover, they’ve sorely underestimated their true feelings for each other…

30 review for Like Lovers Do

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    FRIENDS TO LOVERS. FAKE RELATIONSHIP. How could I not enjoy this!? Like Lovers Do was my first Tracey Livesay book but it definitely won’t be my last. Nic and Ben’s romance is steamy and full of chemistry. I admired Nic so much - she’s one of the few Black women working towards becoming an orthopedic surgeon. She’s prioritized work her whole life but it’s hard to resist falling in love with a guy like Ben, one of her closest friends. And it’s even harder when the two pretend to be in a loving re FRIENDS TO LOVERS. FAKE RELATIONSHIP. How could I not enjoy this!? Like Lovers Do was my first Tracey Livesay book but it definitely won’t be my last. Nic and Ben’s romance is steamy and full of chemistry. I admired Nic so much - she’s one of the few Black women working towards becoming an orthopedic surgeon. She’s prioritized work her whole life but it’s hard to resist falling in love with a guy like Ben, one of her closest friends. And it’s even harder when the two pretend to be in a loving relationship to save Nic’s career and get Ben’s ex off his back. If you love nice guy heroes, you don’t get any more sweet and wholesome than Ben. I also love this group of girl friends the series is centered around and can’t wait to read about the rest of them!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    LOVED IT!! As someone who doesn't care about friends to lovers trope in a romance novel, this book took me by surprise, kicked all my notions aside, and made me enjoy it. INCREDIBLE & SKILLED WRITING! This is my first book by this author and 100% won't be the last. Exceptionally well written with everything being just right; characters, plotline, dialogue. The way the author interwove certain topics without being preachy about it is nothing short of amazing. Subtle but impactful. BANTER! Be ready LOVED IT!! As someone who doesn't care about friends to lovers trope in a romance novel, this book took me by surprise, kicked all my notions aside, and made me enjoy it. INCREDIBLE & SKILLED WRITING! This is my first book by this author and 100% won't be the last. Exceptionally well written with everything being just right; characters, plotline, dialogue. The way the author interwove certain topics without being preachy about it is nothing short of amazing. Subtle but impactful. BANTER! Be ready to be wowed. I laughed so much. The humor and the back and forth between the characters was everything. There are also a lot of steamy moments. When we get to them, they are just right. FRIENDSHIP! Besides this book is an amazing romance novel, this book has a side storyline about amazing found family- the friends we choose in our life. Nic is a part of a group that is her support system. And this book celebrates strong friendships. HERO & HEROINE! I loved the way they interacted. This is one of the best fake dating storylines I have read, where two people involved actually communicated their emotions and when & why their feelings change. It is so refreshing to read it. The hero is such a sweetheart and heroine is a strong & inspiring woman. I am so happy to have found this author!! Thanks to NetGalley & the publisher for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    JenReadsRomance

    this is a really excellent friends-to-lovers romance. This isn't even a trope I enjoy all that often--I think it's difficult to pull off, and this one is MASTERFUL. I loved Nic and Ben, I loved their journey, I loved how it shows them both really learning each other in a new way, and I loved how hot it was. I know we're supposed to frown at evil ex plots, but Ben's ex was a real Karen and I though the way that whole plot played out and the explanation for why he was with her really worked for me this is a really excellent friends-to-lovers romance. This isn't even a trope I enjoy all that often--I think it's difficult to pull off, and this one is MASTERFUL. I loved Nic and Ben, I loved their journey, I loved how it shows them both really learning each other in a new way, and I loved how hot it was. I know we're supposed to frown at evil ex plots, but Ben's ex was a real Karen and I though the way that whole plot played out and the explanation for why he was with her really worked for me. Also this book is HOT and although I really think having sex in a hammock sounds kind of terrible, it worked for them and that is what counts. What a great romance! perfect!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 4.5 stars (rounding up) Like Lovers Do is a really great contemporary romance with some tropes I love! Friends to lovers, fake dating, and roommate romance! This was my first outing with Tracey Livesay and I would definitely read more from her. She's known for writing interracial romances, and in this book we follow a light-skinned Black woman named Nic who is a smart and ambitious surgeon. The friend/roommate? Benjamin Reed Van Mont, a cinnamon roll hero who comes from an elite fa Actual Rating: 4.5 stars (rounding up) Like Lovers Do is a really great contemporary romance with some tropes I love! Friends to lovers, fake dating, and roommate romance! This was my first outing with Tracey Livesay and I would definitely read more from her. She's known for writing interracial romances, and in this book we follow a light-skinned Black woman named Nic who is a smart and ambitious surgeon. The friend/roommate? Benjamin Reed Van Mont, a cinnamon roll hero who comes from an elite family, but has turned his back on his parents and their expectations for him to carry on the family business. Nic and Ben are close friends, but Ben's workaholic doctor parents were never there for him so he's determined to give his kids what he never had. Which means a sweet woman who wants to be a wife and mother, and definitely NO DOCTORS! But that is clearly going out the window, even though Nic is committed to her job and not particularly sweet. When Ben discovers that his ex-girlfriend is angling to get him back on a vacation with friends to Martha's Vineyard Island, Nic agrees to be his pretend girlfriend for a week to head her off. And so it begins.... I love Nic as a character. She cares deeply for people but isn't afraid to speak her mind and stand up for herself. She is driven and knows what she wants, but also has wounds from her past that she hides behind walls. Ben is a sweetheart, but he needs to learn to stand up for himself and not let people take advantage of him. They have a great relationship, that ends up becoming quite steamy as well. This also tackles some issues involving race, gender, and economic privilege. Nic gets in trouble for reprimanding a spoiled male resident, Ben's ex makes some nasty and subtly racist comments that Ben doesn't pick up on right away, Nic shares about growing up with a single mom struggling financially, etc. These issues don't dominate the romance, but I appreciate how they are woven into the story and handled well. I also love how Nic has a group of girlfriends who support each other unconditionally. Overall, this was a great, feel-good romance with characters I was rooting for. Huge thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book for review! All opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    LaQuette

    Gather ’round & pull up a chair while I tell you why I think Like Lover's Do by Tracey Livesay is such a sweet & sultry summer read. Ben & Nic are a perfect pair from the first time they appear on the page together. The chemistry is there, of course. But more importantly, there's this comforting familiarity that binds them together, adding a richness to their romance that's shown through the witty banter tossed back & forth between them & extends beyond their hot & playful sexy times. Also, verba Gather ’round & pull up a chair while I tell you why I think Like Lover's Do by Tracey Livesay is such a sweet & sultry summer read. Ben & Nic are a perfect pair from the first time they appear on the page together. The chemistry is there, of course. But more importantly, there's this comforting familiarity that binds them together, adding a richness to their romance that's shown through the witty banter tossed back & forth between them & extends beyond their hot & playful sexy times. Also, verbally taunting a sex partner during the act has never read in such a funny, yet sexy-as-hell way before. These two are an absolute mess & I loved them! Aside from their amazing chemistry, another plus for this story is the backdrop of closeness the heroine shares with her longtime girlfriends. I could so easily see my girls & I reflected in these pages. We cut-up, trash-talk each other, collect each other when necessary, & always have each others’ backs when it matters most. It was an experience that rang absolutely true to me. Ultimately, there are two great lessons for the characters and the reader to learn: First, never underestimate the virility of the sweet, nice guy you’ve relegated to the friend zone because he could be a back-breaker in bed. Second, never allow your past to dictate your future. Learn from it and move on. Overall, the relationship between Ben & Nic felt like a favorite blanket on a chilly night: warm & comforting, the only thing that will soothe you when it's cold outside. But when it's hot, even though it's familiar, it has the potential to raise your temperature and make you sizzle. I loved it! This is the perfect summer read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

    Friends to Lovers AND Fake Dating This trope combo is my bookish bat signal

  7. 5 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    A simply masterful blend of friends-to-lovers + fake dating, I devoured LIKE LOVERS DO in one fell swoop, both breaking a terrible slump and making me smile so hard. I don't typically enjoy friends-to-lovers, it is a trope I personally struggle with, but this take made me a believer! I absolutely adored how Nicole is so driven and hyper-focused on her career, but also has her team of friends she always makes time for, and a mom who she both loves and adores, in her corner. She's a doctor, but sh A simply masterful blend of friends-to-lovers + fake dating, I devoured LIKE LOVERS DO in one fell swoop, both breaking a terrible slump and making me smile so hard. I don't typically enjoy friends-to-lovers, it is a trope I personally struggle with, but this take made me a believer! I absolutely adored how Nicole is so driven and hyper-focused on her career, but also has her team of friends she always makes time for, and a mom who she both loves and adores, in her corner. She's a doctor, but she isn't wealthy (yet). She has to manage her budget and her time. Ben is a total babe and he's always been attracted to Nicole but absolutely has not acted on it since she one, is tenant/roommate and two, has become his best friend and hasn't ever give him the indication she might also be into him. Until she is. The way consent/power is handled in this story is both sexy and powerful, showing again Livesay's writing prowess. And oh, please take me to Martha's Vineyard for a vacation, and boot the awful Karen character out of the house please. She was awful, but it was a good see how Ben, a white man, is not immediately aware of the microaggressions his ex-fiancee is using to hurt Nicole (a Black woman), but believes her pain and figures out where the harm is coming from and confronts it head on. ALSO wow, the sexual tension and that hammock scene! Who knew! Livesay knew! Highly recommend. *I received an ARC from the publisher and also purchased a print copy from Fountain Bookstore. Dr. Nicole Allen Benjamin Reed Van Mont

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Livesay

    Like Lovers Do received a Starred Review ⭐from Kirkus Reviews!! "An exemplary friends to lovers romance with characters who grow and change to find happiness with themselves and each other." https://kirkusreviews.com/book-review... Like Lovers Do received a Starred Review ⭐from Kirkus Reviews!! "An exemplary friends to lovers romance with characters who grow and change to find happiness with themselves and each other." https://kirkusreviews.com/book-review...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Ben. Oh sweet and sexy Ben. If he doesn’t make you swoon, I’m not sure you’re human. And Nic is absolutely one of the best heroines I’ve ever read. She’s so smart and strong, but painfully vulnerable too. They are so spectacular together, and their story is beautiful. I just loved this book so much, and this series is quickly becoming one of my favorites ever!

  10. 4 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    A friends to lovers romance with fake relationship. Nic is a fabulous heroine, strong but vulnerable, self-confident, strong enough to stick to her guns even when she doesn't feel confident, but still able to question herself when she's messed up. I didn't find Ben quite a match for her blazing personality, but then that would be hard. It's fabulous to see a romance with a ferociously determined heroine and supportive hero, and he is *super* supportive including a really good sacrifice. Very tro A friends to lovers romance with fake relationship. Nic is a fabulous heroine, strong but vulnerable, self-confident, strong enough to stick to her guns even when she doesn't feel confident, but still able to question herself when she's messed up. I didn't find Ben quite a match for her blazing personality, but then that would be hard. It's fabulous to see a romance with a ferociously determined heroine and supportive hero, and he is *super* supportive including a really good sacrifice. Very tropey (including an evil ex, in case that's your catnip or ... er, anti-catnip) with some sparky dialogue and intriguing setups for future books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Spencer

    I love a good vacation romance and Like Lovers Do features some of my favorite plot points, so this book sounded like it would be catnip for me. And it was. If you enjoy friends-to-lovers romances, this is a great one. Dr. Nicole (Nic) Allen is finishing up her residency at Johns Hopkins and soon will head down to Durham for a prestigious sports medicine fellowship. During her three years in Baltimore, she has had the perfect landlord, roommate, and friend, Benjamin Van Mont. Though he struck out I love a good vacation romance and Like Lovers Do features some of my favorite plot points, so this book sounded like it would be catnip for me. And it was. If you enjoy friends-to-lovers romances, this is a great one. Dr. Nicole (Nic) Allen is finishing up her residency at Johns Hopkins and soon will head down to Durham for a prestigious sports medicine fellowship. During her three years in Baltimore, she has had the perfect landlord, roommate, and friend, Benjamin Van Mont. Though he struck out on his own in the financial industry, Ben comes from a prominent medical family and he understands Nic’s work world and the pressures she faces. From the opening chapters, it’s clear that the two are good friends and as Nic has worked her way up to becoming Chief Resident and is now earning her fellowship spot, Ben is one of her biggest cheerleaders. When hospital politics throw Nic’s job prospects sideways, Ben comes up with an idea. He is expected to go to a getaway with some of his friends on Martha’s Vineyard but he has an uncomfortable problem. An ex of his plans to be there, and she wants him back. This woman dumped Ben when he announced plans to start his own business, but now that he has succeeded and obviously won’t be living in poverty, she wants him back. Nic agrees to go on the beach trip as Ben’s fake girlfriend, and he plans to do everything he can to help her keep the job of her dreams. Since we’re all romance readers here, we know this fake romance is going to turn real. Ms. Livesay handles that dynamic near perfectly, and that’s one of the many reasons I loved this book. While the chemistry between Nic and Ben is obvious from the beginning, their struggles over what acting upon it could do to their friendship feel very real. They clearly value their friendship, and watching them communicate (and sometimes miscommunicate) their way into a relationship was amazing. Both are intelligent, deeply likable people and I really wanted them to succeed and be happy together. This is a partial review. You can find the complete text here: https://allaboutromance.com/book-revi...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erica Ridley

    I adored this funny, sexy, emotional love story about the intersection of our own dreams and ambitions, and the importance of creating room for the people we love. The friendships were just as fabulous as the romance.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adele Buck

    I devoured this in a single day. So many delicious tropes all mashed up together in a setting where I had childhood vacations? Yes, please. Friends to lovers, fake dating, house party, only one bed... Honestly, there are probably more tropes here but I've got happy book hangover. It's also got all the hot sex you could ask for. I was given an Advance Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    This is my first book by this author. The blurb and the cover caught my eye. What a beautiful, romantic beach scene. I love a friends to lovers story. There's a great set up. I really could feel Nic and Ben as close friends. Nic (Nicole) is renting the garden apartment from Ben, while Nic finishes up her Orthopedic Surgery residency at Johns Hopkins. In a few weeks, Nic will be moving to North Carolina for a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Duke University. Nic is a Chief Resident. She works long h This is my first book by this author. The blurb and the cover caught my eye. What a beautiful, romantic beach scene. I love a friends to lovers story. There's a great set up. I really could feel Nic and Ben as close friends. Nic (Nicole) is renting the garden apartment from Ben, while Nic finishes up her Orthopedic Surgery residency at Johns Hopkins. In a few weeks, Nic will be moving to North Carolina for a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Duke University. Nic is a Chief Resident. She works long hours at the hospital. In her down time, she spends a lot of time with Ben. Nic doesn't go out except with her friends, Ava, Lacey and Caila. I loved how close and supportive the girlfriends are to each other. They are all successful and know each other's strengths. They know who to call on in a time of need. Ben is from a very wealthy family. both parents are very successful physicians. Ben has some resentment from his childhood- being left with the household staff while they were working. Ben vowed never to get involved with a Dr, due to the long hours. Ben feels comfortable with Nic. They've been friends/house mates for the last 3 years. Nic reprimands a young intern for not following triage guidelines. The intern has influential parents who threaten to go to Nic's boss and to the Duke Med Ctr Fellowship program. Nic is devastated. She's worked so hard! Nic cannot let her Fellowship get rescinded. She mentions this to Ben. He has a solution. Come with him on a trip to Martha's Vineyard where his friend are having a going away get together. Ben's ex will be there. Ben needs a shield to keep his ex away. Ben's friends are great, but his ex Tinsley will not take NO for an answer-even with Nic and Ben acting as a couple. I could not figure out why any of them were friends with her. Tinsley, the ex, really does constantly insult NIc and almost begs Ben to take her back. (Tinsley broke up with him 5 years before) Ben and Nic start to acknowledge romantic feelings for each other.while on the island. I was thinking of some songs that would fit in a sound track for this book. #1 is "Everything Has Changed" by Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1oM3... #2 is "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette (especially toward the end) Once Nic and Ben get back from their beach trip, they have to face their feelings for each other. Ben is more open than Nic. I do love the supporting characters- including her 3 girlfriends and Nic's mother. Nic is very close to her mother who raised her alone while working 2 jobs. The ending was a little abrupt & there was no epilogue. I want to read the next book. I hope that it's Ava, she's the fiesty one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bree Lauren

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review from the author. You guys. This book had SO many of my favorite things all wrapped in one swoony story. ✓Friends-to-lovers ✓Fake dating ✓Vacation ✓One bed ✓Strong female heroine ✓Fun, cringy, embarrassing moment ✓Epic friend group ✓AOC ✓Interracial romance ✓Career-minded heroine ✓Humor ✓Banter ✓Written by an inspiring author ✓Cinnamon roll hero I feel like this review should just be lists. Lists of things I love, lists of the characters I loved, lists of the moment ARC received in exchange for an honest review from the author. You guys. This book had SO many of my favorite things all wrapped in one swoony story. ✓Friends-to-lovers ✓Fake dating ✓Vacation ✓One bed ✓Strong female heroine ✓Fun, cringy, embarrassing moment ✓Epic friend group ✓AOC ✓Interracial romance ✓Career-minded heroine ✓Humor ✓Banter ✓Written by an inspiring author ✓Cinnamon roll hero I feel like this review should just be lists. Lists of things I love, lists of the characters I loved, lists of the moments I loved. List of the personality traits I love. It's kind of hard to find a friends-to-lovers romance that begins in the middle of a friendship and still make it believable. Far too often, I've found that friends-to-lovers romances tend to have the "friends" talking about how attractive the other person is - more than actually solidifying a believable friendship between the two. This is not the case for this book. Yes, Ben and Nic find one another attractive, however, they've been friends for three years and have never entertained the idea of dating because their goals are so different. Ben wants a family one day soon and Nic is extremely career-focused - and neither wants to deprive the other of their dream. (PS I love the stereotype role-reversal here.) The humor was subtle, but had me laughing out loud with surprise when it did happen, Nic was so inspiring with how hard she worked, Ben was SO swoony and so very sweet, I LOVED the vacation and fake dating aspects... It's always interesting to see how authors pull off the one bed trope. Normally, the characters balk at the idea of sharing a bed (even though they are clearly attracted to one another), but in this one, true to her nature, Nic was just like, "Listen, we're adults, the bed is big. Who cares." And I so loved that. And the FRIEND GROUP! Ughhhh.... The whole series revolves around this group of friends who go on vacation together once a year. You're introduced to them in the very beginning and I immediately was interested in all of their stories. Their personalities are distinct and though they don't play a huge part throughout this book, the bits where they are included are impactful. (I also learned from the acknowledgments that Tracey does this once a year vacation with her friends, too! I'm so jealous!) Overall this book was just so happy. It was light and uplifting. It's the perfect pandemic read if you're struggling to smile right now.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    Ben's ex was a piece of work,ugh, now I have to start my review thinking of her. What a privileged brat. Nic is smart, successful and all about her career. I get her drive, but she sure had issues with letting a man get close. Ben wants a real family, and hey I get that too.His parents was never around, like never. He wants a family that is close and around. And no doctors cos they are too busy. I really liked Ben, he just wanted that he never had growing up. Fake relationship. Oh we know those alw Ben's ex was a piece of work,ugh, now I have to start my review thinking of her. What a privileged brat. Nic is smart, successful and all about her career. I get her drive, but she sure had issues with letting a man get close. Ben wants a real family, and hey I get that too.His parents was never around, like never. He wants a family that is close and around. And no doctors cos they are too busy. I really liked Ben, he just wanted that he never had growing up. Fake relationship. Oh we know those always get people to hook up. Insert some ex drama, and tension when two people who want different things want each other. I enjoyed it. Though why is is called girls trip? Good narrator, some of the voices weren't always that distinct, but it did not matter. It was easy following along.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carole V Bell

    4.5 stars Like Lovers Do is an engrossing friends to lovers interracial romance with some realistically rendered class conflict that held my attention from the start. Both main characters are interesting and specific and their chemistry makes sense. Ben is lovely, smart, sensitive and strong in an attractively lowkey and nurturing way. Nicole is driven and still kind and smart about people as well as medicine. I really appreciated how human and recognizable she was. They’ve lived in the same brow 4.5 stars Like Lovers Do is an engrossing friends to lovers interracial romance with some realistically rendered class conflict that held my attention from the start. Both main characters are interesting and specific and their chemistry makes sense. Ben is lovely, smart, sensitive and strong in an attractively lowkey and nurturing way. Nicole is driven and still kind and smart about people as well as medicine. I really appreciated how human and recognizable she was. They’ve lived in the same brownstone for three years and have been close platonic friends though it does not take much to finally push them out of the friend zone. Much of the action takes place over the course of a week with Ben’s friends in Martha’s Vineyard. The cultural/race based conflicts that arise there between Nicole and one member of the group were realistic and well drawn. They showed off Nicole’s strength and vulnerability in just the right measure. Overall, it just worked really well. I enjoyed this one a lot and read it in one sitting.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Woodard

    I couldn't put it down. Friends to lovers. I loved the friendship between the main characters. And it's also 🔥🔥🔥Some of the conflict towards the end felt frustrating but also realistic in the way that adult relationships often are. When is the next in the series?!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Probably a 4. 5. Loved the main characters and the friends-to-lovers arc. Review to come.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emmalita

    Tracey Livesay’s Like Lovers Do is a fantastic friends to lovers romance. I tried so hard to put this book down the night I read it, but I could not. I received this as an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Dr. Nicole Allen is finishing up her orthopedic surgery residency as Chief Resident at Johns Hopkins and getting ready to start a Fellowship at Duke. Once Nic is through her Fellowship, she will be one of a few Black women in at that level of medical practice. Once she is at Tracey Livesay’s Like Lovers Do is a fantastic friends to lovers romance. I tried so hard to put this book down the night I read it, but I could not. I received this as an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Dr. Nicole Allen is finishing up her orthopedic surgery residency as Chief Resident at Johns Hopkins and getting ready to start a Fellowship at Duke. Once Nic is through her Fellowship, she will be one of a few Black women in at that level of medical practice. Once she is at that elite level, she will be able to take care of her mother. She is smart and driven to succeed. Her landlord and friend, Ben, is the wayward scion of a family that made it’s wealth in health care. He refused to follow tradition and became a finance guy instead of a physician. The two have been good, platonic friends for three years. They never pursued anything more because Nic didn’t want to lose focus on her career and Ben wanted a wife who will put family first with him. When an angry wealthy parent and a determined ex-girlfriend start to make trouble for Nic and Ben, they join forces for a week of fake dating in Martha’s Vineyard. One of the things I liked best about Nic and Ben was that they are fully adults and solid friends at the start of the book. It doesn’t take much of a push to turn their fake relationship into a real fling. Evil ex-girlfriend aside, the barrier between them is their conflicting visions for their futures. But when it comes down to it, they are willing to risk what they want most for the other’s benefit. I generally don’t like evil other women story lines. Usually they are full of internalized misogyny and used to highlight why one kind of woman is better than the other. Livesay uses the evil ex with intention. She is never a threat to the relationship, friendship or romance, between Nic and Ben. She does bring out things they both have to get past in order to grow as individuals and in order to become a couple. Livesay populates the book with enough other women that the evil ex is one of many kinds of womanhood and not a foil to the female protagonist. Like Lovers Do is the second book in the Girl Trip series, but it stands on its own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenica

    There's just something about Livesay's characters that speak to me and Nic was no different. Smart, driven, and intensely loyal, Dr. Nicole Allen is well on her way to being an orthopedic surgeon when politics look like they might stand in her way. Specifically, in the aftermath of her discipling an intern for not giving a basic shoulder examination resulting in a man having to return to the ER the next day, said intern goes running to his Daddy, a big donor to the hospital. Nic is given two wee There's just something about Livesay's characters that speak to me and Nic was no different. Smart, driven, and intensely loyal, Dr. Nicole Allen is well on her way to being an orthopedic surgeon when politics look like they might stand in her way. Specifically, in the aftermath of her discipling an intern for not giving a basic shoulder examination resulting in a man having to return to the ER the next day, said intern goes running to his Daddy, a big donor to the hospital. Nic is given two weeks off to give this asshole enough time to rotate off of her service, but apparently that wasn't enough for this jerk-face, who then gets his dad to call the doctor Nic is about to work under for her fellowship in Durham. When Ben, Nic's gorgeous roommate, offers to have his parents call to intervene on Nic's behalf, she's ecstatic. But she wants to make it an even trade and offers to pose as his fake girlfriend for this trip to Martha's Vineyard with his childhood friends and also ex that wants him back. Although I know a lot of people are really over the evil ex trope, I liked the way Livesay used her to show some racial "micro"aggressions that can go over uninformed white people's heads. However, Ben figuring out that's what that was and then still defending Tinsley at other points had me ready to toss him out of the house. So YMMV on that point. But for the most part, I really loved this book. I think the journeys for both Nic and Ben are really well done. The conflict was easy to set up in this situation because you've got Nic who refuses to give up her ambition for a man, to an extent that veers into unhealthy. And Ben, who based on his childhood, thinks that doctors make terrible parents and partners. So it was great to see the two of them and their respective friends and families talk to them about their perspectives and challenge them on their beliefs. I definitely recommend you pick this book up when it comes out in a couple of weeks! Also, someone please tell me we're getting Ava and Lacey's books?? Thank you to Avon and Netgalley for the advanced copy for review!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    A good way to spend an afternoon. This is a friends-to-lovers book starring the really, driven, hyper-focused Doctor, Nicole, and her sexy, nurturing roommate/landlord Benjamin who is a son of a very privileged family who has decided against going into the family business of medicine which has resulted in some estrangement from his family. The plot is well done and well crafted. Benjamin is going to visit a group of friends on Martha's Vineyard and he needs a fake girlfriend to discourage the atte A good way to spend an afternoon. This is a friends-to-lovers book starring the really, driven, hyper-focused Doctor, Nicole, and her sexy, nurturing roommate/landlord Benjamin who is a son of a very privileged family who has decided against going into the family business of medicine which has resulted in some estrangement from his family. The plot is well done and well crafted. Benjamin is going to visit a group of friends on Martha's Vineyard and he needs a fake girlfriend to discourage the attentions of am toxic ex-fiancee. Nicole volunteers. Meanwhile Nicole is up for a prestigious fellowship following her residency but it is in jeopardy because she reprimanded an intern whose family are well connected. I enjoyed the interactions among everyone on Martha's Vineyard and Nicole's workplace drama plot. The romance just ok. I did not get a real emotional tug between Ben and Nicole. They were great as friends but their romance didn't ignite that little spark in me that I like when I read a romance. The conflict was also part of the reason. Benjamin is very emotionally available to Nicole. Their conflict comes down to her feeling like she has to give her up ambitions in order to be in a committed relationship with Benjamin. The problem is the author makes it clear to the reader that this is not something Benjamin would ask for or even want. So from a reader perspective the tension feels toothless, imo. It is just Nicole working on an assumption. But still it was a pleasant read with some good plotting and character beats.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Penny Leidecker

    I still need to read Girls Trip, #1, but I really enjoyed Like Lovers Do. This is the story of Dr. Nicole Allen, a strong, black, orthopedic surgeon and Benjamin Reed Van Mont, a successful business owner and her landlord. When Nic reprimands an intern, she is the sent home because his daddy is a big donor. Ben has been attracted to Nic for years, but will they ever be more than friends? This book has a wonderful group of friends that are so supportive of each other, you can’t help but like them I still need to read Girls Trip, #1, but I really enjoyed Like Lovers Do. This is the story of Dr. Nicole Allen, a strong, black, orthopedic surgeon and Benjamin Reed Van Mont, a successful business owner and her landlord. When Nic reprimands an intern, she is the sent home because his daddy is a big donor. Ben has been attracted to Nic for years, but will they ever be more than friends? This book has a wonderful group of friends that are so supportive of each other, you can’t help but like them. I won’t leave any spoilers, so grab your copy and see what happens, especially when Nic goes away with Ben to get an ex, Tinsley to accept that he’s moved on from her. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and this is my voluntary and honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda Watson

    I devoured this book in one sitting! This friends to lovers story in the Girls Trip series was excellently done! Friends and roommates Ben and Nic find themselves in a fake relationship that turns very real after some mistaken texts and his petulant ex re-enters the picture. This book does a great job showcasing how priveledge and biases affect those around us and our opinions and how we can learn to overcome them. The subplots between Ben and his parents and his friends was really well-done. An I devoured this book in one sitting! This friends to lovers story in the Girls Trip series was excellently done! Friends and roommates Ben and Nic find themselves in a fake relationship that turns very real after some mistaken texts and his petulant ex re-enters the picture. This book does a great job showcasing how priveledge and biases affect those around us and our opinions and how we can learn to overcome them. The subplots between Ben and his parents and his friends was really well-done. And Nic's drive was something to be admired! I loved her fire! And HELLO! That sex in the hammock was ah-maze-ing! So ready for the next in this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda Watson

    I devoured this book in one sitting! This friends to lovers story in the Girls Trip series was excellently done! Friends and roommates Ben and Nic find themselves in a fake relationship that turns very real after some mistaken texts and his petulant ex re-enters the picture. This book does a great job showcasing how priveledge and biases affect those around us and our opinions and how we can learn to overcome them. The subplots between Ben and his parents and his friends was really well-done. An I devoured this book in one sitting! This friends to lovers story in the Girls Trip series was excellently done! Friends and roommates Ben and Nic find themselves in a fake relationship that turns very real after some mistaken texts and his petulant ex re-enters the picture. This book does a great job showcasing how priveledge and biases affect those around us and our opinions and how we can learn to overcome them. The subplots between Ben and his parents and his friends was really well-done. And Nic's drive was something to be admired! I loved her fire! And HELLO! That sex in the hammock was ah-maze-ing! So ready for the next in this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alleyne Dickens

    This book had two of my favorite tropes - Fake Relationship and Friends to Lovers - and both were handled with the superb touch of a master! Livesay writes beautiful, emotional stories of strong people who find love despite the obstacles of their past and present. I adored Nik - strong, determined, and focused on what she wanted. And I loved Ben! A delicious cinnamon bun of a hero who deserves all the love he didn't get growing up. I may have cried at the end. These characters deserved every bit This book had two of my favorite tropes - Fake Relationship and Friends to Lovers - and both were handled with the superb touch of a master! Livesay writes beautiful, emotional stories of strong people who find love despite the obstacles of their past and present. I adored Nik - strong, determined, and focused on what she wanted. And I loved Ben! A delicious cinnamon bun of a hero who deserves all the love he didn't get growing up. I may have cried at the end. These characters deserved every bit of their happy ending. Can't wait for the next book in this series. Livesay is an instant buy for me!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy

    Like Lovers Do is such a wonderful book! Tracey Livesay really knows how to write great stories. I’m going to make sure I don’t miss any. This is the second book in her Girls Trip series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I would read Sweet Talkin’ Lover first because it’s fantastic. These characters are so fleshed out and real. The feels are just right. Soulful, sexy, sweet, and leaves you a little breathless. I’m ready for the next one. I voluntarily read an early copy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Holly Doyal

    3.5 stars This was my first Tracey Livesay book and although I liked it, I didn't love it. The characters were likeable enough, but for some reason, I just didn't feel the connection to everyone in the book. Dr. Nic Allen is an accomplished orthopedic surgeon resident about to enter a coveted fellowship when an incident at her hospital puts that all in jeopardy. Her landlord, Ben, is also one of her best friends and he feels his parents can help her with still earning her fellowship. But he hasn't 3.5 stars This was my first Tracey Livesay book and although I liked it, I didn't love it. The characters were likeable enough, but for some reason, I just didn't feel the connection to everyone in the book. Dr. Nic Allen is an accomplished orthopedic surgeon resident about to enter a coveted fellowship when an incident at her hospital puts that all in jeopardy. Her landlord, Ben, is also one of her best friends and he feels his parents can help her with still earning her fellowship. But he hasn't spoken to his parents in forever and he has never asked them for a favor before. Ben needs a favor from her - his ex-fiancee is crazy and plans to come to a week getaway with his old college friends. Ben wants Nic to attend as a deterrent to his ex. Cute storyline, but the book fell a little flat for me. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book in this series? I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated above are mine without biases.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This was my first Tracey Livesay book, and I will definitely be back for more! I enjoyed the slow build to Nic and Ben's story. Very well developed characters, and good chemistry between the main characters. The character of Tinsley felt a bit like a soap opera villain, but the rest of the supporting characters were great. I loved that both Nic and Ben had a good group of friends.who contributed to the story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was my first Tracey Livesay book and I jumped at the chance to read and review it. The story covered a lot of ground in a short time. Families, friendships, friends to lovers, and fake relationships were just some of the topics. I loved Nic and Ben and their story! Thank you to Harper Collins and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book!

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