Book Review – Cheat Codes (Dawson Family, #1) by Emily Goodwin


Archer has always wanted what he can’t have—Quinn Dawson. Since the moment he saw her, he’s been denying his feelings for her, ignoring the void in his heart he knows only she can fill. 

Everything about them was wrong, the kind of wrong that felt so right. But none of it mattered. Not the terrible timing. And definitely not the mess it would create if Archer made a move on his best friend’s baby sister. 

It was supposed to be one night, but one night is all it takes to make everything more complicated, and they only have nine short months to sort it all out. 

No, none of it mattered. Until it did. 

**Cheat Codes is book one in The Dawson Family Series.**

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Cheat Codes was a sexy, angsty, and emotional introduction to the Dawson Family series as well as Quinn and Archer’s duet, and I really enjoyed it! The storyline and characters were great, and I loved Emily Goodwin’s writing style.

   The storyline was entertaining, but not quite what I expected. I knew it was an older brother’s best friend/surprise baby romance, and I really enjoy that trope. I also knew it was the first book in a duet, so I expected the cliffhanger at the end. Certain parts of the book were a little frustrating and annoying at times, and I would have liked things to have progressed differently here and there. But overall Cheat Codes was a wonderful start to this duet, and I’m looking forward to reading the conclusion to Quinn and Archer’s story in End Game.

   The characters were great and I really liked them a lot. I enjoyed Quinn and Archer’s personalities and red-hot chemistry together, but I would have preferred their relationship to have progressed differently. I loved reading the book from both Quinn and Archer’s point of view, and most of their banter and interactions with each other. Although I really liked Quinn and Archer, I just didn’t feel a deep connection with them like I hoped. They both felt closed off in a lot of ways, mainly emotionally, and I wished they had been more open and honest with each other about certain topics. I’m really hoping that the author delves deeper into their thoughts and feelings for each other in the final book in their duet. I really enjoyed most of the secondary characters, mainly Quinn’s family and Archer’s friend. There were a few that frustrated me and got on my nerves at times, but hopefully they’ll be better in the next book. Even though Cheat Codes had some things I didn’t like, I still really enjoyed it, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the conclusion to Quinn and Archer’s story in End Game.

   Cheat Codes was a sexy and emotional start to Quinn and Archer’s duet, and I would recommend it to everyone that enjoys the older brother’s best friend/surprise baby trope! Emily Goodwin did a great job with this book, and I can’t wait to read the outcome to Quinn and Archer’s story in End Game!


About Emily Goodwin

Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends. 
Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

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