Entangled in Romance: The Best Friend Problem by Mariah Ankenman

Happy holidays! All month long meet some of our authors and their best selling books.

Today we’re getting to know Mariah Ankenman and her hero and heroine from The Best Friend Problem! 


Hello! I’m Mariah Ankenman and I write sassy and swoon worthy romance sure to tickle your funny bone. I love the holidays because it’s a time to enjoy love, friends, and family. I love all the cheer and merriment, learning about other people’s traditions and creating new ones of my own!

Favorite Holiday Song:

A Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney and Wings

Favorite Holiday Food:

My mother-in-law’s homemade crescent rolls, yummy!

Favorite Holiday Movie:

Muppet Christmas Carol (the BEST version of A Christmas Carol)

Are you the type of person who on November 1st…thinks it’s time to break out the Christmas music or thinks It’s not even Thanksgiving yet folks!

Christmas decorations can go up anytime after Halloween, but the tree doesn’t go up until after Thanksgiving.

Are you one of those shoppers who has gone through your list and are done shopping well ahead of Christmas or are you elbowing people out of your way on Christmas Eve to finish your shopping?

I’m a plotter and a planner. Everything is done before mid December.


Book Title: The Best Friend Problem

Hero’s Name: Finn Jamison

Heroine’s Name: Prudence “Pru” Carlson

What would the perfect gift your hero would give your heroine and why?

Finn would get Pru a chili cheese fry bar for the house, which isn’t really a thing, but it’s her favorite food so he’d be sure to have it on hand for her at all times.

What would the perfect gift your heroine would give your hero and why?

Pru would get Finn a subscription to a beer of the month club featuring local IPA’s because he loves IPA’s and prefers supporting local breweries.

Where would your hero or heroine secretly hang some mistletoe to catch an extra special holiday kiss and why?

In the nursery because they’re going to be spending a lot sleepless nights in there and that way they can sneak a sleep deprived kiss or two.

Excerpt from The Best Friend Problem

Bending slightly, he captured her lips with his, a satisfied growl rising in his chest when her mouth opened on a gasp, allowing his tongue to plunge into the depths of her sweet, tempting mouth.

Her hand slipped from between them to wind around his neck. Perfect. Now he had better access to what he really wanted.

Moving his hands down to her ass, he grabbed two handfuls of glorious heaven and lifted. Pru, understanding his intent, eagerly complied by raising her legs and winding them around his waist as he stepped away from the counter. With their mouths still fused together, refusing to break for anything, even air—who needed air when he was kissing Pru?—he took the few steps to his bed and tumbled them down onto it. As they fell, Finn twisted, knowing the mattress was soft but not wanting anything to jar her. Not even a soft fall onto a cozy cushion.

Holy hell. He had no idea Pru could kiss like this. She was driving him mad. His body burned hotter than any fire he’d ever put out. Every nerve in him lit up with excitement and energy, as if he was a keg of gasoline and she was the damn match to spark him into an explosion.

Now he understood fire’s scorching, hungry need to devour, because every bit of him screamed out its need to consume Pru.

Pru was amazing, she was unexpected, she was…his best friend.

The thought hit him like a bucket of water. Not cold water. Nothing could chill the raging inferno she’d ignited in him, but it did make him pause and pull back. What the hell was going on? Where was all this passion coming from? As he released her lips, she made an adorable little whimpering sound.

Much as he hated to kill the moment, he had to know. “Pru, what are we doing?”

She gazed down at him, dark brown eyes clear and filled with a burning need. A need for him. And hell, if that didn’t make him feel ten feet tall.

She shook her head, gaze falling to his lips once more. “I have no idea.”

“Well…as long as we’re on the same page.”

And with that, her lips crashed down on his once more.


Be sure to pick up The Best Friend Problem on sale for 99¢ for a limited time only!

Prudence Carlson has been lucky in life. A fulfilling wedding-planning business run with her girlfriends in Colorado, plus the best guy friend ever in her firefighter bestie Finn. All that’s missing from it is a baby. Luckily, it’s the twenty-first century—Pru can take matters into her own hands. She doesn’t need to find true love to create the future love of her life.

Except all this talk of babies and insemination and…Pru and Finn cross a line they never expected to. Sure, one night of passion won’t change their close friendship. Until Pru goes in for a fertility check-up to find… she’s already pregnant.

As best friends, Pru and Finn have survived college, new jobs, and bad breakups, but can they survive crib shopping, birth classes, and late-night cravings? Especially when Finn has never considered himself even remotely Daddy material?

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