Blog Tour + Review: Best of Me

BEST OF ME, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by LK Farlow is live!

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Synopsis | Goodreads

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the dark to my sister’s light—the awkward loner to her social butterfly. Growing up, she had it all: our parent’s unyielding approval, perfect grades, a permanent spot at the popular table, and the attention of the hottest guy ever—Duke Kincaid.

After eighteen years of living in her shadow, I couldn’t wait to escape—to finally be my own person. Yet here I am, I’m back in my hometown, once again in Valorie’s shadow. Only now, it’s eternal.

I had life all planned out: join the force, marry Valorie Parsons, and start a family of our own. I have the job, but the girl and all my dreams died before my very eyes.

Finally ready to move on, I agree to a blind date. Imagine my shock when I arrive and find, Valorie’s twin sister, waiting across the table from me. Mallory should be a reminder of all that I’ve lost, but instead she feels like my redemption . . . like maybe life’s giving me a second chance.

But, how can I be enough for her when I’ve already given her sister the best of me?

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review | Rating: 5 stars

When I found out Duke was getting his own story, I have been waiting not so patiently for it. L.K. did not disappoint with this book! Goodness, this was such an amazing, heartfelt and moving book that I was able to relate to on some deep levels. I was worried this book would be too morbid from the synopsis but L.K. did an amazing job of navigating what could have been really awkward and weird and guilt-ridden and making it work. She made it clear early on that Duke did not see Mallory as a replacement for Valorie so that made it easy for me to root for them but I understood their apprehension and guilt about admitting their feelings for one another and trying to make it work.

This story had so much light to balance out the darkness of Mallory's past and the loss of Valorie. I loved Mallory so much and I so badly wanted to be her friend to tell her that she was an amazing person and her stupid, worthless parents did not deserve her at all. She was such a light and airy character that had to deal with so much growing up and thrive and become more than her mother ever thought she'd be. I enjoyed Duke after he stopped being a jerk and got his head out of his butt as Mallory accused him of. He was so thoughtful, considerate, and kind but so full of love when he found the right woman to give that to. The two of them together was perfection. I loved their relationship and how slow-burn it was. I loved how they talked everything out before ever deciding to date. They just fit and I loved seeing them grow and come to terms with their pasts and what connected together. Tatum is still my absolute favorite character from this series. That little girl cracks me up and was so much wiser than her age. I loved being able to see more of Jenny, Nate, Natalie, and Alden. I also found Mallory's best friend, Ashley to be a hoot and the type of best friend every girl should have. I loved everything about this story and I totally only meant to read a few chapters while I ate but ended up not being able to put the book down at all. I cannot wait to see what L.K. comes up with next! I totally recommend this book!

Keep reading for an excerpt!


Nate follows my line of sight and smirks. He may be my best friend and partner, but damn if I don’t want to knock that smarmy-ass look right off his face. And when he opens his mouth, the feeling intensifies. “It’s okay to—”

I shoot him a withering glare before stomping off toward Mallory.

I don’t stop until I’m close enough to feel the heat of her body. She has to tilt her head back to see me, and when our eyes meet, my name topples from her lips on a breathy sigh. “We need to talk.” My tone is all business—my cop voice, as Nate calls it—as I wrap my fingers around her forearm, prepared to drag her along behind me if necessary. Luckily, she comes all too willingly—so why am I still holding on to her?

The feeling of her soft, sun-warmed skin beneath my palm sends little zaps of electricity under my skin, into my muscle. Her nearness has me strung taut like a drawn bow. Here’s to hoping like hell I don’t snap.

Deep down, like really fucking deep, I know I’m acting like a colossal asshole, but much like a prepubescent boy picking on his schoolyard crush, it’s the only way I know how to deal with all of the conflicting feelings she stirs in me.

About LK Farlow

LK Farlow (A.K.A Kate) is a small town girl with a love for words. She's been writing stories for as long she can remember. A Southern girl through and through, Kate resides in beautiful, sunny LA--that's Lower Alabama, y'all--with her amazing husband and three rambunctious children. When she's not writing, you can find her snuggled up on the couch watching car shows while she crochets or with her nose in a book

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