Cherry Picked, Sunday Brothers #3 by May Archer

If you're like me you've been chomping at the bit for Hawk and Jack's story. Cherry Picked was most certainly worth the wait! 

From the blurb:

Never ask your brother’s best friend to… pick your cherry.

When I asked Jack Wyatt to help me lose my pesky v-card, I didn’t expect him to keel over in shocked disapproval and nearly tumble us down a mountain.

You might think a guy who's been reading romance novels his whole life would've figured out a smoother way to broach the subject, but in my defense, I’ve been pining for Jack for seven long years, just waiting for him to notice me.

Jack sees me as sweet, shy Hawk Sunday: his Pride and Prejudice-obsessed hiking buddy; his dependable employee; the honorary little brother he’s determined to protect, not…deflower.

But to me, Jack is everything a romantic hero should be: tall, gorgeous, kind, and brilliant.

Or at least I thought he was brilliant… until he started getting so many things so boneheadedly wrong.

Like refusing to do the deflowering himself, but also, erm... blocking any other potential plant-lovers from getting all up in my garden.

And like continuing to see me as someone who needs protecting, rather than a man who needs possessing…

A man who's determined to get his cherry well and truly picked this summer, whether Jack Wyatt likes it or not.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"𝙄𝙛 𝙄 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙄 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖 𝙡𝙞𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙢𝙮 𝙤𝙬𝙣. 𝘼 𝙬𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙚 𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙢 𝙛𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙨. 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙖 𝙨𝙤𝙛𝙖. 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙞𝙚𝙨. 𝘼 𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙢 𝙬𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙛𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙙𝙤 𝙢𝙮 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙛𝙖𝙫𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙨𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙣𝙤 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙧 𝙬𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙙𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬. 𝙃𝙖𝙬𝙠 𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙢, 𝙮𝙤𝙪'𝙙 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙖𝙮, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪'𝙙 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙞𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙮, 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙖 𝙬𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙚 𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙢 𝙞𝙨 𝙙𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙖 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙠, 𝙨𝙪𝙙𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙬𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙯𝙚 𝙞𝙩'𝙨 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙩."

Be still my heart. Hawk Sunday sure knows how to dream. Me too boo, me too. I'd kill for a library of my own. I also wouldn't say no to it being stocked with cookies either. The man has brilliant ideas. Our other MC Jack however, does not. I got just as frustrated with him as Hawk did. His reasons for not wanting to pursue any type of relationship with Hawk, regardless if it was just physical or full blown commitment, were flimsy at best. Every time he stressed the point to Hawk my heart broke a little more for him.

"𝙄 𝙘𝙖𝙣'𝙩 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩, 𝘽𝙞𝙧𝙙. 𝙄 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙖 𝙛𝙖𝙞𝙧𝙮-𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙚 𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩...𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙡𝙡. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙡𝙮 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄...𝙙𝙤𝙣'𝙩."

Talk about a shot to the heart. But our darling Hawklet doesn't let that stop him and he is a persistent little shit when he wants to be. His character had a lot of growth throughout the book, while Jack's had a bit of soul searching to do. Once Jack opened his eyes to what was in front of them all along the man was full speed ahead. And Hawk wasn't complaining one bit. Who would when their dreams were finally coming true. And that epilogue? Holy freaking SWOON. I might have needed one of those fainting couches from Hawk's Pride and Prejudice book collection. It was that swoonworthy and I highly recommend it for fans of the series.

Rating: 5 Stars

Jacquie's Review:

May Archer and Pride and Prejudice? Perfect.

This really was May Archer at her best. The writing was great, the humor there, but at a low level, and there was a lot of feeling in the pages.

Jack made Hawk, and the rest of us, but it was worth it! Their bond and friendship was clear to see even when they didn't necessarily see eye to eye.

Cherry Picked is my favourite of this series for sure.

Rating: 5 Stars

Sheena's Review:

This is the 3rd in the Sunday Brothers series, although I think it could easily be read as a standalone.  I love the world May Archer has created in this series, small towns with an eclectic mix of people is something I love to read, and will never get bored of. 

This is Hawk and Jack's story, Hawk is the youngest of the Sunday brothers, and Jack is his best friend who he's been in love with since the day he saw him.  Jack is so painfully oblivious to that fact, however.  I loved Hawk straight away.  I know the pain of being disturbed when you're 'only reading', I felt that so much.  Hawk is a bookworm, and I adored his love of Pride and Prejudice retellings (although I will now need to go and see if some of these exist!).  I loved how straightforward he was when he wanted something, and not afraid to go and ask or stand up for what he believes is right even when everyone else was saying he was wrong.  

I loved this whole book, honestly.  I fell for Hawk and Jack even though on more than one occasion I wanted to shout at Jack as he was so willfully oblivious to everything, I wanted to wake him up so badly but when he did see what was right there, it was everything.  He was all in right away and I loved him and Hawk together.  The party at the end is one of the things that is going to stay with me from this book, I loved every single second of that scene, and it melted even my frozen heart.  I cannot recommend this enough.

Rating: 5 Stars

Cherry Picked is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.