Reviewed by Helyce
Sam Denning and Lily Carver have been best friends since the summer they met in the small resort town of Muskoka. For Sam, though, it’s much more than a friendship. He’s been in love with Lily for a while and just can’t bring himself to make a move. The timing has never been right. Lily had been engaged until that fateful day she arrived home unexpectedly and found her fiancé in bed with someone else. When Sam found out what Lily was going through he went to her immediately and brought her to his home to help her through one of the hardest times in her life. That was when Lily and her sister decided to buy and run the Three Pines Lodge and Resort. But even with Lily close at hand, Sam has not told her how he really feels.
Lily, too, has feelings for Sam. She knows he’s a good, honest, loving man, but she has baggage in her past that Sam knows nothing about and it’s holding her back from allowing her to let Sam or any man in her life again. She’s not willing to risk herself or her heart.
But one night, after a few drinks, Sam and Lily have a very hot encounter. Sam is thinking it’s the beginning of something special with Lily, but Lily shuts Sam down, hard. She thinks it was a mistake. Sam is hurt and he’s at a complete loss as to why Lily reacted the way she did. So when Lily comes to see him the next day and proposes a no strings affair, he is completely at a loss. But his feelings for Lily are too strong and he’s willing to play her game and see where it takes them.
Something So Right has the very familiar friends to lovers theme. Sam and Lily met when they were 14 and 12 respectively. Their early relationship is told in a few flashback sequences that I found very moving and brought tears to my eyes, twice. It made their long term friendship believable even though they’d only really spent summers together until Lily moves to Muskoka after the incident with her fiancé. When Lily finally confides the truth about what really happened with her X-fiancé to Sam, he is devastated that she’d never told him, but for me it was that instance that showed the relationship start to change for both of them. Unfortunately, the whole ‘friends with benefits’ that Lily proposes to Sam didn’t really sit well with me. I understand where the author was going, but by this point in the story we have a very clear picture of Sam and we know how much he loves Lily. I couldn’t see him settling for Lily’s ‘no strings attached’ sex proposal, not when we know how much they really love each other. Additionally, no matter how hard Lily fights it, she can’t keep her heart in a box and when she realizes where this relationship could go, she puts up all her walls and once again closes Sam off. There is a nice little twist at the end to bring the H/H together. All in all, an enjoyable read, with likable characters.