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Author: Christine Warner
Publisher: Entangled Select Contemporary, Entangled Publishing
Published: October 26th, 2015
If you enjoy a friends to lovers romance filled with angst and turmoil along the way, you’ll love this delightful, well crafted read.
Living in condos across the hall from each other, best friends, Roth Esterly and Holly Haggerty have been looking out for each other now for more than two years. They’re so close they finish each other’s sentences, have the codes to enter each other’s apartment, share meals, are a shoulder for the other in times of need – in fact everything except romantic partners. When Holly needs a plus one after finishing with her boyfriend she turns to Roth. He agrees to go with her but sets a condition of his own – that they start being the plus one for each other on a regular basis. This is to stop the machinations of family and friends who seem determined to matchmake for them, determined they’ll marry, have children and live happily ever after. These two, however, are rebels, determined not to go down that path and eschewing all endeavours to make them do so. With agreed rules in place the two set off to thwart their matchmakers, providing cover for each other little realising love will find a way!
With both the leads in this story being strong, independent and determined to avoid commitments you know this won’t be an easy friends to lovers romance. Their family histories are totally different but have impacted on their willingness to give love a chance and risk their heart. Both characters are well developed, complex and easy to empathise with. The development of their relationship seems timely and believable with plenty of twists, turns and obstacles to ensure nothing goes quite as you anticipate until the end. A delightful, well written, story to escape into that I have no hesitation in highly recommending.
Thanks to the Author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.