Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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

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…

Friends to Lovers is the third book in the Aisle Bound series by Christi Barth.  I've read her work before and I've always enjoyed it, so I was excited to read her newest book. Her writing is modern and the characters are vividly described - you probably know a Gibson or Daphne in your own circle.  Relevant to the times.  

I was a wedding planner for many years, so I instantly connected to Daphne in that respect, and then I was in the hotel business for many years, so I had that connection as well.  I always find those connections a bonus when reading a new novel.  But, back to the story.  I know this time of year I'm usually looking for a feel good kind of story and that's how Friends to Lovers made me feel.  It made me feel happy, it gave me hope and I really was crossing my fingers and toes that Daphne and Gibson would find a way to make it all work.

To be friends and to risk it all to be more takes a great deal of courage because if it doesn't work out, it's almost impossible to go back to what you were.  One thing I felt was missing though was the bond of their friendship.  From the beginning, we are told they are friends but we never see that.  I would have liked to see that relationship delved into a little more to showcase the difference in their relationship when they take things further. 

However, all in all, Friends to Lovers is a fun read with some sizzling moments.  It can be read as a standalone but I'd urge you to pick up the first two in the series to get the whole experience.  Lovely romance!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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