Oct 15, 2013

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Review: Friends to Lovers by Christi Barth (Aisle Bound #3)

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Contemporary Romance
October 14 2013
eBook
228 pages
Carina Press
Received from publisher via NetGalley

Yummy Man – Gibson Moore
Kick Ass Chick – Daphne Lovell

From Goodreads –
As florist and co-owner of a successful Chicago wedding planning business, Daphne Lovell has been there for the happiest days of other people’s lives. As for her own life? Well, it’s hard to be perfectly happy when you’re carrying a torch for your sexy, womanizing and oblivious best friend. So when the lights go out on New Year’s Eve, she seizes the opportunity to kiss him senseless.

British expat Gibson Moore has a lot on his plate. The hotel he manages is being bought out, his family is crazy and someone just kissed him in the dark. When the lights go on, he searches the room, trying to find the mystery pair of lips. Only, he never thinks to ask the woman standing by his side. He’s shocked when he discovers that Daphne is the woman he’s been searching for. But Gib’s also eager to act upon the attraction for her he’s always fought to ignore.

It takes trust to move from friends to lovers, and as Gib’s work situation worsens, he is no longer sure he can risk the friendship he relies on most. It’s up to Daphne to convince him that some things are worth fighting for…

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Friends to Lovers is the third book in Christi Barth’s Aisle Bound series. This is a sweet series that revolves around friends who own or work with a wedding planning business.  It is a series that reads easily and will definitely put a smile on your face.

I found this third installment to be my favorite.  I liked Gib from the very first book but for some reason I didn’t see him as a romance book hero.  That probably has to do with the fact that I pictured him much older and uglier than he is actually described in the story.  He’s a ladies’ man, the sort who enjoys loving them then leaving them, but the women never lose the smile on their faces.  After reading the last book, I told the author how I envision Gib and how I will maybe have trouble clicking with him in this, is own book.  Then she referred me to the Pinterest board she made for this book.  (You can peek at it here)  After looking at that, I thought “so THAT’S how Gib really looks!  Yum!”  Suddenly, it all clicked.  While reading Friends to Lovers, I pictured him correctly and everything worked out for me and my slow brain.  And now that I’ve finished reading, Gib is now my favorite hero from this series so far.  I love his snark and his wit and I also love how sexy he is!

Daphne was a solid character too.  I found her realistic and friendly.  Easy to read, I can see how she would be fun to hang around with.  I love how easy she and Gib get along and how they truly were best friends for years before she admitted her true feelings.  Christi wrote their relationship very well.  They were great friends and make a great romantic couple.

What I wasn’t a huge fan of were the ‘conflicts’.  Each Daphne and Gib have one and I felt both were a little forced – as though they were put in there just to say there was an obstacle to overcome for each of them.  Daphne’s I suppose I could understand (I just didn’t love how it was done) but Gib’s was odd.  Came out of nowhere and was left not quite resolved by the end.  I love him doing what he is doing in this series and I am wondering if what Christi has him doing next will suit him as well.  Thank goodness there is a book four in the works so we can see how Gib turns out and how this newly romantic couple holds up.  (A Matchless Romance is due to release February 17th 2014).

I felt the ending came a bit quick but other than that, I found Friends to Lovers to be an enjoyable read.  It made me smile and it warmed my heart.  Basically, it did what I always hope a contemporary romance book will do.

3.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote –

“Ben gaped at him.  ‘Did Ivy write you that speech?  ‘Cause I swear, pink cotton candy coated each word.  Polka-dotted birds flew out of your ass.’

Milo squinched his face into the same death mask of pain he wore with a hangover.  ‘Another sentence and you would’ve started growing breasts.’

‘Now I know why you Brits always bury your feelings.  It’s damn embarrassing when you air them out.'”

Books in the Aisle Bound series –
Planning for Love
A Fine Romance
Friends to Lovers
A Matchless Romance (2014)

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