Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.
Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…
With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.
3.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
Mmmm, I love me a good friends to lovers story. I was hooked from the prologue too, I just felt Hannah’s voice in her 14/15 year old self, and how much she put on the line to approach Deacon. And I felt his overwhelming loneliness and despair. Honestly, it was so good I was bummed for a tiny second that I wasn’t getting the young adult novel of their story. 😛 I will admit that that prologue was a full 5 stars for me, and that it was sort of on a different level. But saying that, the story that followed was still all sorts of satisfying and grin inducing.
I really enjoy these romances from Ms. Harris. They just have the perfect blend of sweet characters, great chemistry, steamy scenes (even if the books are fade to black, there are still tummy tingling hot spots), fabulous supporting characters, with just the right hint of strife without going overboard. I can honestly say I was worried that Deacon’s inability to trust would wear on me…and it almost did. It rode the edge (probably more than I would have liked, it got a bit frustrating). But I was satisfied that the turnaround was short, so I didn’t have to be disappointed in him for long. And it’s always so satisfying to see a reluctant hero nudged in the right direction (go Sherry and Arabella!).
I was also concerned with the kid aspect, b/c I’m not really a kid person. And while the kid speak didn’t really work for me (sue me, I’m not won over by “wovins” and “mes a cowboy”), I did really appreciate the way Hannah was with the kids. I respected the hell out of her, she really seemed to genuinely love the job, and it made her happy, and she treated them with respect and encouragement. I love seeing positive adult role models…or parents…or whatever.
Hannah was a bit of a contradiction. I loved the strong parts of her I saw, and I felt for her shyness and insecurity. I LOVED the friendships she formed with Sherry and Arabella, it made my heart happy. And when she finally made her move (in the limo) I loved the passion in her and the way she stood up for herself and Deacon… I will admit that I wish I’d seen more earlier on, but I’ll take what I can get. It seems both my hero and heroine had awesome bits, but the things that they clung to and allowed to get in the way got a bit frustrating.
As a side note, while it’s not required to read any other books in this series (or the related one), if you have read Tyler & Sherry’s story and Charlie & Arabella’s story, you will be very satisfied with the glimpses you get into their lives!!
So all in all, it was a great read! Especially if you’re looking for a solid, Harlequin-esque romance (the Harlequin Romance line, not the Blaze line. 😛 ). I wonder if it will be Nate or Miles next?