Todd’s my next-door neighbor—an up-and-coming chef ready to make his mark on the world.
His dreams are bold and limitless, his drive even more so.
He offers me a favor, one that I can’t refuse … only there are strings attached.
Amelia’s my next-door neighbor—a talented photographer waiting for her big break.
Her dreams are authentic and intense, her art even more so.
I made her an offer and she accepted … but I asked for something in return.
Two favors meant to make our dreams come true. Our careers were supposed to change, not our friendship. Success was the ultimate goal … until we saw each other in a different light.
✯✯4.5-5 Noodled Stars!!!✯✯
I have wanted Amelia's story since I read Danielle Allen's book Work Song. I was hoping she'd get her story and was even more excited that Michelle was writing it. Michelle didn't disappoint me either.
Amelia AKA Lia AKA Noodle is a photographer. She's trying to get her big break. During the day she's working at a gallery and has a 2nd job until she looses it. Luckily for Lia her best friend is there to help her.
Todd is her neighbor who has become best friend with both Lia and Tati. Todd is a chef. Luckily for Lia he gets her a job at the restaurant he's working at. Todd also models for Lia. I mean he is not ashamed of his body. He spends his days at work or at the gym. His Facebook gym selfie posts prove it. The ladies love him and he loves them. But, not too long until he's onto the next one.
Lia is working both jobs while trying to save money to be spotlighted in a gallery. Todd is trying to save up for his own restaurant. But, his boss Davis is making things almost impossible. When Todd sees that Davis has a thing for his Noodle he asks his BFF for a favor. Keep Davis busy and maybe Todd can get a little ahead. Lia being his BFF agrees.
Once Davis is in the picture everyone gets confused. Todd's life hasn't been an easy one. It's why he doesn't get close to anyone. Except for Lia. He's gotten close to her family and Tati too. But, not like Noodle. The more Davis and Lia spend together the more he regrets pushing them together. Lia is just as confused. The more she hangs out with Davis the more she's questioning if he's the one. And, the more her mind keeps going to Todd. Then, a conversation with Tati and she's really confused.
Todd is prob one of my favorite guys I read in awhile. He didn't have an easy childhood. Even now with Davis giving him the screw job in all aspects of his life. Todd doesn't let change who he is. He'd do anything for his friends. Amelia too never let things bring her down or change who she was. There was a bunch of times I'd of flipped if I were her. But, she held onto her own.
Michelle just keeps proving why she's one of my favorites. She always writes characters you can relate too. What I wouldn't do to be invited to Lia's family Sunday dinner. Michelle and Danielle did an excellent job with these BFF's stories.