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Review | Bro Code by Kendall Ryan

Bro Code

by Kendall Ryan


There’s pretty much only one rule when you’re a guy.

Don’t be a douche.

Turns out, the fastest way to break that rule is to fall for your best friend’s sister.

Ava’s brilliant, sharp-tongued, gorgeous, and five years younger than me.

She’s the sexual equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. And completely off-limits.

Falling for her could ruin everything.

Yet I can’t seem to stop, even when her company is threatened by a lawsuit, and my promotion hinges on representing the opposing client—and winning.

I can’t see a way out of this mess that doesn’t end in a broken friendship, a broken heart, or a ruined career.

I may have broken the bro code when I fell for Ava. But do I have the balls to handle what comes next?



I’ve been devouring Kendall Ryan novels over the last few days and every one seems to be better than the last. Her writing is direct and her stories filled with perfect amounts of angst.

Bro Code is quite simply a sweet “falling in love with your older brother’s best friend” story, which happens to be one of my favourite tropes. I found it to be entertaining with a good amount of delicious angst and conventional drama. There are genuine emotions sitting atop some scorching scenes, rife with undeniable chemistry between Ava and Barrett.

And that’s why it is so easy to love Kendall Ryan’s writing.

Wanting her is the equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. Wanting her this desperately could put an end to the closest friendship I’ve got, and worse than that, I sense she could leave me brokenhearted.

Barrett Wilson is an upcoming attorney in Chicago with one easy goal in mind: to become partner in his firm. Putting immense hours into this firm and having a thriving career means Barrett has sacrificed socialising and having relationships. He can’t afford to have distractions, especially when he is mere steps away from becoming partner.

When it is time to return to his hometown in Indiana, there’s one person he’s anxious yet dreading to see. Ava Saunders, his best friend’s little sister, his tempting forbidden, shiny apple. For years, Barrett’s harboured secret feelings towards Ava, but the unspoken “bro code” prevents a relationship from flourishing.

She’s my best friend’s sister. She’s brilliant, gorgeous, and completely forbidden.

But Barrett isn’t the only one who has old feelings resurfacing. Ava Saunders has always found her older brother’s best friend attractive and sweet. She’ll see now, after all these years, her high school crush has transformed into an even more handsome yet forbidden man.

Though Ava and Barrett share a mutual attraction, they’re about to enter a dangerous game of stolen kisses and quiet exchanges. They have to consider their actions, and the consequences of succumbing to their desires and feelings they have been carrying for the last few years.

If you love the older brother’s best friend trope, then you’ll enjoy Bro Code. With the forbidden aspect caused by the unspoken “bro code”, the thrill of potentially being caught, and the intense desire between Ava and Barrett, Bro Code is an enticing and alluring read.

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