Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner Review

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Once upon a time they had been more than friends….

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Blurb

Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?

Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.

Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.

She’s always been his best friend.

He’s always been hers.

She’s in love with him.

He’s … not in love with her.

He’s … marrying someone else.

He’s … hiding something.

He’s … well—it’s complicated.

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Excerpt

He doesn’t make it five yards before the truck slams to a stop, its red taillights hovering, taunting me in the early SF morning. He isn’t moving, but I’m on autopilot. One step, two steps, my feet swallow the ground between us, and then he’s out of the truck, catching me up in his big arms as I wrap myself around him and smash my lips down on his, kissing him in a way that the parentals probably wished they weren’t privy to.

When our kisses return to gentle sorrowful pecks I pull back and whisper, “I love you, Pan.”

“Wendy, my Wendy,” he says breathlessly. “You wait for me. You wait for me or I’m going to come back and gut the asshole who takes my place.”

“No one ever could take your place,” I tell him. He nods, setting me on my feet and smoothing the hair back from my forehead.

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My Review

As I sit here bawling my eyes out, unable to breathe and hoping for a glass of wine sometime tonight, I feel that I need to tell you that Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner is freaking amazing. Such an incredibly heartfelt, emotional roller coaster ride that will leave you spent by the end. There are definite highs and lows in this read and Carmen has nailed each and every one with her signature style. She throws in a spunky heroine who embodies all of us and a sexy hero that has quite a few flaws – and it feels like a true story.

For the most part, Harley & Rose is told from Rose’s point of view. The way Carmen tells the story pulls you in from the first page and doesn’t let go even after you’ve finished the book. A couple of things: you will need tissues and you will probably want a bottle of wine.

I’ve been a fan of Carmen’s writing since Welcome to Sugartown. She has made me cry a few times throughout her books, but I think I may have cried more while reading Harley & Rose, followed closely by Toward the Sound of Chaos (because that one killed me!). I have mixed emotions about the ending of Harley & Rose, but find that I kind of like how it ends because we went through a lifelong journey with this couple and although my heart hurts, it feels good.

I’ve lived through some of the situations in this book and maybe that’s why I connected so closely, but really – read it. Such an awesomely emotional journey. Now, pass the tissues and the wine.

5 Harley & Rose Stars

About the Author

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Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

Stalk Her: Website, Facebook, Goodreads

Published titles to date:

Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown Series #1)

Enjoy Your Stay (Sugartown Series #2)

Greetings from Sugartown (Sugartown Series #3)

Now Leaving Sugartown (Sugartown Series #4)

REVELRY (Taint #1) 

KICK (Savage Saints MC #1)

TANK (Savage Saints MC #2)

Finding North

Toward the Sound of Chaos

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