November 1, 2018
Harley & Rose
Girl loves boy.
Boy is not in love with girl.
Girl wants to marry boy.
Boy is marrying another girl.
Other girl leaves boy at altar.
Girl picks up the pieces.
"It's better this way for both of us, even if it feels as if my chest has been flayed open, my ribs pulled apart, and my heart smashed into a bleeding, broken pulp." ~ 40%
Thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of this wedding day. Marrying Harley and being carried over the threshold into a honeymoon suite. And it's happening! But only because Harley was just left at the altar. Why should a paid honeymoon go to waste? So they trade San Francisco for paradise. But what happens on the beach doesn't stay there.
I am not on Facebook, but I imagine this relationship status would be "it's complicated." Author Carmen Jenner wrote this story at a great pace. Not too rushed, not too eye-rolling slow. It was a pleasure reading how Harley and Rose's relationship goes from friend zone to possibly something more. As I read along, I realized this novel is more than just about unrequited love. It is also about hope, acceptance and moving on.
"Well, it hurts like a motherfucker." ~ 24%
With current year releases read, I had time to browse eBooks I already purchased but never got around to reading. Harley & Rose was a random buy because it was on sale for a couple bucks and the synopsis sounded good. Now here I am two years later discovering an author whose voice is so relatable and easy to read. I give Carmen Jenner credit for hooking me in, setting me up for an awww love story, then sucker-punching me in the throat.
Try reading Harley & Rose if you are into romance that will make you blush at the sex scenes, smile at the cute dialogue, then make your face wet with unexpected tears.
Title: Harley & Rose
Author: Carmen Jenner
Published: October 2018
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤