Charlotte Windham, a nerdy high school prodigy who tutored classmates to earn money for college, escapes her geeky past to become a celebrated novelist. During a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant 15 years after high school, she reconnects with her secret crush, Garrett Stephens, the popular star athlete and teen heart breaker. Garrett, still leaving broken hearts in his wake, is now a successful professional golfer who recently suffered a possible career-ending shoulder injury. As he and Charlotte spend time together, developing a friendship based on mutual respect and comfortable companionship, can Charlotte forgive the past and can Garrett reform his lothario ways for a chance at love?
Golf pro hero, a book-loving heroine, and an Ugly-Duckling to Swan Friends to Lovers Romance in this standalone slow-burn contemporary gave me several delightful hours of reading.
Charlotte crushed hard on Garrett during high school only to be incidentally noticed by the lowering nickname of ‘Glasses’. Now, they are adults and Charlotte is no longer that girl. That is, she isn’t that girl to Garrett, but she is in her own mind and what’s more she sees Garrett as still that oblivious self-absorbed teen boy. In first person point of view and in altering chapters this pair narrates their way at a gentle pace to friendship, smoldering attraction, and maybe more.
Ordinarily such a thing as an insecure heroine and a playboy hero would not be my thing particularly as Charlotte’s tapping the brake and holding the hand brake so much would be too much for my patience. But the author wrote this pair so that I adored them and was cheering for them to get past the hang-ups to something special. Refreshingly, Links allows this pair plenty of time together in platonic activities and really illustrates their deepening friendship balanced with their equally depending interest and attraction. It was worth it to get to that point in the bedroom when its two people who know each other well and it means something.
Incidentally, yes, Garrett is a golf pro, but for those who are not into golf or know little about it, this will not be an issue as the story is mostly about the characters and their romance. Truthfully, there is more focus on Charlotte’s career and interests than Garrett’s- and trust me booklovers can relate.
All in all, this was a slightly spicy gently paced romance that I can happily recommend to Contemporary Romance fans.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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