The perfect couple.
Nicole Laramie and Chase Pennington would forever be called that in their home town of Rider Springs. Chase’s grandmother, Evelyn, thought her neighbors’ only daughter and her grandson were made for each other ever since the two of them were kids.
When Chase climbed a tree, Nicole climbed it higher.
When Nicole fell from her ten-speed and skinned her knee, Chase carried her home.
And when Chase took the field for Little League, Nicole cheered the loudest.
Until they were strangers.
While Chase climbed the social ladder in high school, Nicole climbed the academic one. Two best friends became enemies. And when the senior class voted them MOST PERFECT COUPLE in the yearbook, it was meant as a joke.
Only Evelyn, she never thought it was funny. She thought it was fate. And she was willing to wait 10 years just to prove she was right.
4 stars — I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
This was surprisingly satisfying for a novella! I’m always on the fence about standalone novellas for exactly that reason, usually they’re too short to really get you invested in the characters or to feel like you have a complete plot. I love them for bonuses on series though. This is a complete standalone however, and I ended it with a smile on my face.
I will say that the blurb is a bit misleading…we didn’t get to see the childhood friendship that’s described there. Some of it, yes, but Chase and Nicole seem to have had a bit of an unusual childhood friendship. I did love the flip through the photo album though, to fill in a few of those gaps. To be honest, I forgot what this story was supposed to be about, so I kind of forgot they were childhood best friends until at least a third of the way through the story.
I was completely sucked in, and while I hadn’t intended to read it all last night when I started it after midnight, I found I couldn’t stop once I’d started. I was sucked in by the interactions between our characters. They both felt very real, and like people I would enjoy hanging out with. Nicole was harder to pin down at first, b/c she’s described as very awkward, and I almost got the mistaken impression that perhaps she was on the autism spectrum. But no, just socially awkward.
I loved the way Chase took care of Nicole when she was sick, and while the date kind of came out of nowhere for me, I did enjoy how the relationship developed into more. And while I really felt Chase’s remorse in his POV, I wouldn’t have minded a more frank apology to Nicole for the way he behaved (though I might be misremembering).
And strangely enough, while the ending came a bit quick, I loved how unconventional it was! Showed strength of character by both of them. Would love to see an epilogue short story with these two!