Another ARC coming out soon — February 15th!
Love is one dare neither of them can take…
Arabella Stone, Nashville’s darling, is eager to shuck her prim-and-proper rep, and a few wild months spent checking items off her “ summer bucket list” is the way to do it. First up: kiss the man she’s crushed on since she wore a training bra, the bad boy of country himself, Blue bassist Charlie Tucker.
For Charlie, a beautiful woman flirting with him isn’t out of the norm—but a beautiful woman bolting after the hottest kiss of his life sure is. And when he finds out his kiss-and-run Cinderella is none other than Arabella Stone, daughter of his label’s CEO, he knows he’s in trouble. Because not only is she a Stone, she’s also his employee for the next few months at the recording studio he just bought.
Over the course of one thrilling summer, Arabella and Charlie chip away at her bucket list and fight the simmering attraction between them…knowing that once it’s all over, so is their time together.
4 stars — I received an arc of this ebook through netgalley!!
Totally classic Harlequin-esque romance…and for me that’s a total winner. I just love a story about a sweet, awkward, self-deprecating heroine with a deliciously 3 dimensional hero — and Ms. Harris gives us all that and more. Arabella was just a delight to read — she had all these insecurities that I could relate to, mixed up with a celebrity type background that added a whole schwakload of other challenges to her life. And yet in spite of all that, she remained this sweet, earnest, sunshiny character. I found the challenge to stand naked in front of the mirror and look at herself rather intriguing — I can’t personally imagine living 22 years and avoiding that very thing the whole time. So I guess she had a huge air of innocence to her as well.
Charlie was an interesting mix of jaded playboy meets fierce family man. And yet it worked for him. Not that we really got to see his playboy ways much, as he was turning over a new leaf for the summer anyways. I really enjoyed the bit of family dynamics that was thrown in with his niece — they had a great family chemistry going on.
And Charlie and Arabella meshed quite well together….they were sweet, flirty, a tiny bit steamy (fade to black), and just all around adorable together.
I’ve only read Tyler and Sherry’s story previously, but it was nice to see cameos from them and I know some of the other couples were from previous stories as well. I love those kinds of tie ins (a loosely connected series).
All in all this story had a great deal of heart, some celebrity challenges faced, and a sweet and fulfilling romantic end. Works for me!