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Published by Gallery Books
Released on September 4, 2018
A romantic comedy that has a quirky young woman and a total opposite kind of guy trying to be matchmakers for each other was a fun filled read and a good time for any adult reader. Best friends to lovers at its best!
Hazel has a memorable meeting with Josh back in college. The kind that will embarrass a person no matter who you are. Their second meeting is even worse. Hazel decides she wants Josh for her best friend and then doesn’t see him for almost ten years. In those years, she has graduated from college two years after Josh and has become an elementary school teacher. Her best friends are Emily and her husband Dave, who both adore her. But Hazel has never found love-not for real love anyway. The main reason she thinks is her quirkyness. She has no filter so she says what she thinks-no matter how weird or embarrassing it is. She’s pretty much a free spirit and not adverse to dancing or singing at the strangest times. She burns everything she tries to cook pretty much and keeps an assortment of pets. She’s also beautiful, charming and actually a very good person. She takes after her mother who doesn’t look like Hazel, but is also a free spirit. Her father left them after telling her mother that she was an embarrassment. When Josh and Hazel meet again, she decides once again to make him her best friend. And she is successful, which kinda shocks her-and the reader.
When Josh and Hazel decide to set up friends of theirs with the other and double date, the results are fun at some points and disastrous at others. So a lot more characters enter the book at frequent intervals. For me, that kept the story moving and kept it fun at the same time. Many times, Josh and Hazel would rather it just be them together, but neither will admit it. Hazel has a huge insecurity problem due to all of her problems in her past with other relationships. Josh is getting over a pretty major break up. I can’t forget to mention how gorgeous Josh is and that may also be part of her friend zoning him.
I’ve read a few books by these two authors and have loved all of them. There’s many more of them for me to indulge myself in so that’s my plan. I even have an audio one from the publisher that I can’t get open for the life of me. But that’s another story. This book was different than the other ones that were all part of the same series(Wild Seasons, if anyone is wondering)as it is a standalone. Personally, I had so much fun with the characters that even though there is an epilogue, I could see another book with them in it. But since that’s unlikely to happen, I’ll just be happy to have read such a well plotted and paced book. A novella maybe? It continues to amaze me how two authors can write a book together so seamlessly without the reader being able to tell. But they do a beautiful job and I hope to read many more by this writing duo.
Highly recommended to adult(due to steamy scenes)contemporary romance and romantic comedy readers.