Review: Charming Like Us

Charming Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #7
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Genres: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

As the hottest bodyguard on Security Force Omega, Oscar Oliveira has no trouble finding a warm body at any odd hour. But he’s ready for more.

And for the first time in this ex-pro boxer’s life, he just got rejected. For a kiss.

Oscar’s friends warned him not to fall for the straight guy, but flirty, sexy-as-hell Jack Highland made that difficult. Now Jack has Oscar’s sweater. His belt. His bandana. And Oscar seriously wants them back.

As for Jack – well, Jack wants a lot of things.

But for the first time in this confident filmmaker’s life, he’s absolutely 100%… confused. Add another ultra-complication in a sea of complicated: Enter Charlie Cobalt.

The enigmatic famous one that Oscar is sworn to protect wants his own show, and he’s asked Jack to film it. A Charlie-centric docuseries will force Oscar & Jack to share the same air again.

Option 1: Ignore each other.
Option 2: Flirt, aw yeah. And act like the rejection never happened.
Option 3: Confront each other about the rejected kiss.

With options on the table and their romantic lives unsettled, both Jack & Oscar are concerned about why Charlie wants his own show. And the longer filming lasts, the more tumultuous their personal & professional worlds become.

Chaos reigns when you’re around the Cobalts, and Jack & Oscar are swept up among the most destructive one.

It is currently 6 AM, I’ve been up all night reading this amazing and beautiful book. I’m sleep deprived and I’m hungry, but it was 100% worth it.

This really is the perfect standalone romance novel. Oscar and Jack are the cutest and softest couple of the series so far. Their support and love for each other makes me giddy. I loved the angst and drama at the beginning of the book, which later turned into this beautiful romance. *swoon* While I’m sad this is the only book they get, I really couldn’t have asked for a better story for them.

This book picks up right where book 6 ends. Oscar is dealing with the most embarrassing moment of his life and Jack is trying to figure out his feelings for Oscar. We see a whole different side to these characters, these characters have been seen at a very surface level in past books, and here we finally take a dive into their thoughts and personalities here. And let me tell you there was a lot to unpack here.

I loved meeting Jack and Oscar’s families. Jack’s younger brother Jesse was adorable! One of my favorite supporting characters in this book. I really enjoyed seeing Oscar’s relationship with his siblings. His relationship with his younger sister Joana was filled with love, while Oscar and Quinn’s broke my heart.

It’s those soft moments people don’t see. The ones I cherish from Charlie. It’s why I trust he’ll find his way.

We also see a lot of Charlie Cobalt! At the beginning of the story he decides he wants his own show, for reasons unknown to us. I loved seeing just a glimpse of the way he thinks and makes decisions. We see a little bit of a softer and more compassionate side of him (just a bit). But I really can’t wait to see his POV, I really hope one day we get it. And I think I saw a little tease of his romance there at the end. He deserves love and happiness and not to have so much pain inside him ahhh. His friendship with Oscar was unexpected and beautiful.

Next we (finally!) have Sulli’s romance. This has been a long time coming, and we’ve finally made it. The ending of this book sets us her romance really well for the next book and I honestly cannot wait. Sulli is my favorite character and I am so excited to have her POV. It’s going to be wild…

five stars

Book One Review -> Damaged Like Us
Book Two Review -> Lovers Like Us
Book Three Review -> Alphas Like Us
Book Four Review -> Tangled Like Us
Book Five Review -> Sinful Like Us
Book Six Review -> Headstrong Like Us

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