Series: Holiday/Hammer #6
Published by Lauren Blakely Books on January 9th 2017
FINAL DECISION: Enjoyable, sweet and funny friends to lovers romance. I really liked these characters as people and their concerns and fears about losing their friendship felt real and I liked that they had problems but were not stupid. Made me smile and sigh.
STORY: Chase and Josie have been friends for years. Chase has also had a thing for Josie for years but refuses to act upon it because he doesn’t want to destroy their friendship. When Chase is looking for an apartment and Josie is looking for a roommate, the two decide to share an apartment. The close quarters bring the two together, but how do friends become lovers and still remain friends at the end?
OPINION: I found this story very enjoyable. For me, it is central that the characters maintain my interest. Chase is a doctor and a genuine good guy. But not too good a guy! A doctor, he likes to entertain Josie with funny cases that come to him. I liked his humor, his good nature and his real desire to keep a relationship with Josie.
Josie is a baker who concentrates on desserts. As the book begins, she is online dating — even though she has been burned before. She is quirky and very physical and just adorable (especially to Chase).
I appreciated that Chase and Josie were not stupid in their problems with one another. I felt their real desire to keep their friendship. Their deep feelings for one another send them astray as they fear trying for something more because they risk the friendship that they have. Their genuineness and honest deep feelings for one another made me accept even when these characters needed to talk to one another. Fear of losing one another makes them both afraid to confess their feelings.
This book is about these characters. There is not real external plot.
WORTH MENTIONING: The book has a number of Josie’s recipes included. Not only are they actual recipes, but Blakely uses them in a creative way to further the storyline of the book.
CONNECTED BOOKS: FULL PACKAGE is the sixth book in the series of books (unnamed by Blakely) that I’ve called the Holiday/Hammer series. Each book can be read on its own, but there are connecting characters.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.