Author: Harloe Rae
Genre: New Adult/Friends-to-Lovers/Opposites Attract
Release Date: January 31, 2019
Addison Walker is every fantasy I never dared to believe in.
Moving to this town was already monumental.
Finding her removes any lingering doubt.
She’s bold and vibrant.
Beautiful and confident.
Far too good for the likes of me.
Luckily, I’ve never been very good at avoiding temptation.
My desire is growing beyond control.
I’m done waiting on the sidelines.
When opportunity strikes, I eagerly take advantage.
Signing on the dotted line before thinking twice.
The repercussions cross my mind far too late.
When she swiftly sticks me in the friend-zone, there’s not a
damn thing I can do about it.
Addison is just down the hall—might as well be miles away.
Temptation drives me to the edge of sanity.
She speaks to my deepest cravings like a siren.
Our chemistry blurs every line.
This battle seems impossible to win.
Yet my determination doesn’t wane.
It only takes one night to change everything.
After all, I didn’t come all this way to settle for less.
Addison and Shane meet shortly after Shane moves to town and goes to the bar where she works to eat with his coworkers, who also happen to know her. He is taken with her immediately, but never gets over his shyness to approach her.
Jump two years ahead, and Shane finally gets the courage to ask her out. As he approaches, he hears her telling a friend about her roommate moving out and needing a new one ASAP. Instead of asking her out, he asks to be the roommate. Addison has been waiting for him to make a move for two years, and thinks he isn’t interested. She agrees and declares they will only be friends if they are going to live together.
They eventually become more, of course.
Addison and Shane are good for each other. He has a difficult background – escaping after being raised in what is basically a religious cult. He has been disowned by his parents who see him as a disgrace. He was homeschooled, was raised to believe that attraction to anyone was a sin, and never spoke to anyone outside their compound before leaving. Addison is his opposite: bubbly, outgoing, raised by loving parents who adore her with a circle of close friends. She brings him out of his shell, and he calms her.
This book took a turn I wasn’t expecting, and it was perfect. It was the catalyst the two of them needed to have big conversations they were neglecting. It also brought about some incredibly sweet moments.
At first, especially the prologue and first chapter, I wasn’t really crazy about Shane, but he grew on me as he opened up. His character grew so very much over the course of this book.
Overall: It was good. I didn’t LOVE it, but I’m glad I stuck with it and finished it.
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“Are you sure?” Because she isn’t acting like it.
“Yeah, this will solve the questioning.” That doesn’t sound
I rock back on my heels. “About?”
Splotches of red stain her cheeks. “Ah, well… if this,”
she motions between us, “was heading in a romantic direction.”
I feel the blood drain from my face. “What do you mean?”
“If we’re living together, the potential of us dating is
zippo. We’ll be roommates and friends, but that’s all. Otherwise it will be
awkward and tense and blah. No, thanks. Setting this boundary will cut out the
I choke on the brick lodged in my throat. “Wait, what?”
“Can you imagine the mess we’d be stuck in if things went
sour? Better to not chance it, right?”
No, no, no.
I blink slowly, trying to process her words. Is this an
unwritten rule I wasn’t aware of? And what, now I’m trapped in the friend-zone?
I avert my eyes, glaring at a neon sign stuck to the far wall. An outcome that
doesn’t involve us as a couple seems impossible. I rapidly search for a
counter-argument, begging for a way out of this mess.
What the hell happens now?
Harloe Rae is a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. She’s always chasing an epic happily ever after.
When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country
with her horses.
Harloe is the author of Redefining Us, Forget You Not, Watch Me Follow, GENT, MISS, and LASS. These titles are available on Amazon.