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Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on January 28, 2020
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Review Copy Provided By: Author
AMZ US Apple Books
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An emotional friends to lovers romance full of risky secrets and late-night lessons in seduction.
Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard.But I know better than to confess.Now that we’re both in college together, I’m seeing a new side of him. College Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me.Until the night I foolishly ask him to tutor me in more than algebra…and he actually says yes.But the cool morning light shows me how badly I’ve endangered our friendship. And I don’t know if anything will be the same again.
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
“I’m in love with my business partner. I can’t tell him, because he doesn’t date, and he says he doesn’t believe in love. Except sometimes I think he does.”
True to his birth order, Dylan was the fun-loving, seemingly irresponsible Shipley offspring. He was a commitment-phobic college student, who didn’t make promises because he wasn’t sure he could keep them (as his past proved). He also worked hard to please everyone. He was a gentle soul. And I loved him!
Chastity was a survivor of the same polygamist cult that Leah, Isaac, and Zach escaped from. Now, in her early 20’s, experiencing things she’s never before enjoyed; parties, alcohol, Valentine’s Day parties, caddy girls and broken hearts. She’s trying to manage this new life of hers with the freedom to be and behave as she wishes while going after all her heart’s desire.
Since she moved in with Leah and Isaac, Dylan has taken on the role of big brother. He’s helped guide her and protect her. It isn’t that Dylan didn’t find Chastity attractive, it’s that he had a good friend in her and he didn’t date, and he knew she deserved more than a one-night-stand. When Chastity presents Dylan with an offer he can’t refuse, maintaining a platonic relationship with her becomes increasingly difficult.
“I always have fun with Chastity. She gets me. She doesn’t look at me and see broken fences and unmilked cows and a guy who’d rather mess around with his fiddle than make a five-year-plan. She isn’t always trying to change me into someone else.”
As always, the character development was stellar! I NEED Rickie’s book! There’s a story there, and I needs it!
If you’re looking for a heartwarming, laugh-out-loud swoon-inducing read, ‘Heartland’ needs to be your next read!