Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Being raised by her single dad and three older brothers, Charlie is a bit of a tomboy. She feels like she doesn’t fit in with normal girls and can’t find common ground. Then, when she begins to have feelings for Braden, her brother’s best friend and the next door neighbor that has been a fixture in her life for years, she’s not sure she can be the type of girl he or any other guy would like.
So this book is marketed completely wrong. It is a brother’s best friend romance, which I love, but it’s a lot deeper than the synopsis explains. Her dad isn’t just a single dad, he’s a widower, Charlie has these unresolved feelings towards her mom and she doesn’t have a strong female role model in her life. It does color her feelings about certain things and she just doesn’t understand.
It’s not “ew, normal girls wear makeup that’s bad.” It’s not “I’m not like other girls.” It’s that Charlie legit doesn’t feel feminine or female. She can’t relate, which is something I relate to … a lot. I grew up more of a tomboy, I was just never interested in it. Charlie knows this and tries to relate, she opens herself to having those female friendships and finds her footing. I admire that.
I really enjoyed Charlie’s journey and to be honest this book kind of ripped my heart out at times. It’s darker and has more depth than the other two Kasie West books that I’ve read. I can’t believe I was going to give up on this author. I’m not sure every book will be for me, but I have really enjoyed what I’ve read so far.
So, speaking of Braden. I loved him. LOVED him! The chemistry and the banter that the two had, the protectiveness and just, did I say chemistry? I got a massive crush on him. That’s the mark of a good contemporary romance. You have to crush on the guy or it’s all for nothing.
I can’t wait to read the next!