Harley & Rose By: Carmen Jenner Release Date: October 18, 2016 Add to Goodreads Source: eARC from the tour host in exchange for a honest review GR's Summary: Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier? Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone. Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue. She’s always been his best friend.
He’s always been hers. She’s in love with him. He’s … not in love with her. He’s … marrying someone else. He’s … hiding something. He’s … well—it’s complicated.
Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner was a beautiful and epic story about best friends and first love. I was excited to read a story of Ms. Jenner's, as many of my co-blogging book buddies have raved about her stories. When I saw the beautiful book cover, and read the book summary, I knew this would be the perfect pick for sampling Ms. Jenner's writing. I too am now a fan of hers, and cannot wait to go back and read more of her books.
The book begins in the present, where Rose comforts her best friend Harley. He was stood up at the marriage alter. While this is a horrible day for Harley, Rose can't help but be a little happy about that fact. She has been madly in love with Harley for many years, and always pictured herself being the one to marry him. When Harley begs Rose to go on his honeymoon to Hawaii with him, she agrees. This will be her chance to hopefully offer comfort, as well as get him to see her in a whole new light.
The story then alters between the present and the past; told in first person by Rose. We go all the way back to when Harley and Rose were just five years old, and learn about their strong and unbreakable bond of friendship, and how they eventually became each others first love. However, things don't quite work out between them as a couple. As a reader, we can see that the love these two have for each other never dies, and in fact grows stronger over the years.
After Harley's break up, Rose eventually confesses her feelings to Harley, and the dynamic between them changes. Sexual tensions escalate, and there is a tough and angst-filled push-pull between Harley and Rose. Harley harbors a secret that will forever change their lives....
Harley and Rose kept me reading late in to the night, with breaks only for food and sleep. I loved reading about their history together. These two were devoted to one another in a way few people are. Just like their mothers, I wanted them to have their happily ever after. The characters personalities shone brightly in the story. Rose was a funny and quirky character that I instantly loved. As a woman, I could relate to her romantic heart, and perseverance. Harley was sweet, charming, sexy, and I could easily picture this heartthrob.
Together, there could be no better mate for Harley and Rose than each other. I believed in their love story, and wanted to give both of them a piece of my mind when they were being stubborn with one another. It was fun reading about the two families coming together, and Rose's mother was especially hilarious during their teen years.
Harley & Rose was a beautiful adventure filled with laughter, love, and heartbreak, as well as firsts, happiness, and tears. I loved all of the Peter Pan references, and the way the author used them to add to the fairytale feel in the story. However, as readers, we also get a healthy dose of reality and how bittersweet it can be.
I give, Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner, 4 First Love, True Love, Forever Soulmates, Pan and Wendy, "Second Star to the Right," Filled Stars!
I take a step toward him and stop. “What if this is a mistake?”
He grabs my wrist and pulls me down on his lap, sliding his hands up either side of my thighs as I straddle him. He kneads my flesh from hips to ass, his fingertips grazing my labia, forcing the breath from my lungs. “Does this feel like a mistake?”
“No,” I pant.
He catches up my hands, causing me to rest a little more of my weight on him, but this makes thought even more impossible to deal with because his thick cock is pressed against me and I can’t help but rock gently in his lap. Harley kisses my fingers. His other hand digs into my hip and rocks me faster.
“Tell me this feels wrong,” he says, almost as breathless as I am. “And if you can’t, then shut the fuck up and kiss me.”
My lips crash down on his.
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Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?