Once upon a time they had been more than friends….
Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?
Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.
Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.
She’s always been his best friend.
He’s always been hers.
She’s in love with him.
He’s … not in love with her.
He’s … marrying someone else.
He’s … hiding something.
He’s … well—it’s complicated.
He doesn’t make it five yards before the truck slams to a stop, its red taillights hovering, taunting me in the early SF morning. He isn’t moving, but I’m on autopilot. One step, two steps, my feet swallow the ground between us, and then he’s out of the truck, catching me up in his big arms as I wrap myself around him and smash my lips down on his, kissing him in a way that the parentals probably wished they weren’t privy to.
When our kisses return to gentle sorrowful pecks I pull back and whisper, “I love you, Pan.”
“Wendy, my Wendy,” he says breathlessly. “You wait for me. You wait for me or I’m going to come back and gut the asshole who takes my place.”
“No one ever could take your place,” I tell him. He nods, setting me on my feet and smoothing the hair back from my forehead.
This is without question the hardest review I have ever had to write. Before starting this book I broke my own golden rule. I read some reviews. I thought I had a decent enough idea what the story would be.
I thought wrong. way wrong.
Harley and Rose are a complicated pair. high school sweethearts that have both made huge mistakes when it comes to their relationship. They’ve gotten to the point of Harley about to marry someone else. Despite knowing Harley is the love of her life Rose finds they aren’t able to be on the same page at the same time.
Now, I have to say there were moments I really disliked Harley. even having a good idea of what was going to come I hated how he made me feel. Carmen Jenner writes in such a way that I felt how Rose felt. I felt her anguish. I felt her pain. We only get the story from Rose’s POV so it wasn’t always to understand his reasons for his actions.
The plot twist. it’s easy to say a book hits you in the feels. it’s easy to say you can relate to a story. in this case I can more than relate, I lived it. when I read that one sentence I expected to put this book down and walk away. I thought it would be too painful. in a way it was. The thing that kept me reading? Carmen’s writing. Even when I felt my heart break, when I had to lock myself away from my family because the tears wouldn’t stop, I couldn’t put it down. I can’t describe how beautifully moving I found this book. I can’t articulate exactly how it effected me. All I can say is that despite how close to the bone this book cut me, it’s one of my favourite reads this year. If i could rate this more than 5 stars I would.
About the author
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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Published titles to date:
Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown Series #1)
Enjoy Your Stay (Sugartown Series #2)
Greetings from Sugartown (Sugartown Series #3)
Now Leaving Sugartown (Sugartown Series #4)
REVELRY (Taint #1)
KICK (Savage Saints MC #1)
TANK (Savage Saints MC #2)
Toward the Sound of Chaos
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