Author: Helena Rac
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Daniel has been best friends with Rose since they were born. He’s been in love with her for years. The only problem? She has no idea, and he’s not about to tell her and ruin their friendship. The solution? Leave Chicago to travel the world, pursue his dream of becoming a photojournalist, and try to forget the red lips that he could kiss for hours. If only she’d let him…
Rose knows true love is out there somewhere; she just has to try hard enough to find it. That’s become more complicated, though, since her best friend Daniel has moved in with her after being away for two years. Somehow thoughts of him keep getting in the way, making her morning showers a little too hot for comfort. If only he’d see…
In Helena Rac’s second novel, best friends become roommates and discover through sloppy towel tucks, stargazing adventures, and a very sexy photo shoot that sometimes love can be found in the most unlikely place: right in front of you.
The night is nothing short of perfect. The air is warm, there’s barely any wind, and the moon is young, so the sky is dark, laced with thousands of stars. We find our spot along the beach, well away from the other stargazers, and set down our sleeping bags, a couple of blankets, and our cooler.
Our eighties playlist is playing softly in the background while we enjoy the night. Daniel takes photos, and every so often he shows me an image he’s caught on camera. I’m in awe. He really is amazing. The way he sees the world is so different from how most of us do – angles and frames and visions that capture the beauty of everything that surrounds us, including the stars. Even in the dark, I can see a twinkle in his eyes, that same look he has when he picks up his camera. Confident. In charge. Sexy.
I squeeze in between Daniel and the telescope and lean into the eyepiece. I’m instantly fascinated by what I see. The star flickers like it’s dancing in the sky. There are hues of red and orange and gold, and it sparkles like a gem.
I’m equally distracted because Daniel is standing right behind me. He hasn’t moved an inch. His chest presses against my back, and I tense for a moment, unsure of his intent. His scent makes its way to me, and my eyes flutter closed for an instant. I inhale and savor the way he makes me feel. My initial tense reaction gives way to a new one – one that confuses me and excites me all at the same time. Goosebumps cover my arms, and my breath hitches in my throat. I can’t help but shiver from the sparks that travel through my body.
His response is not what I expect. Yet, even though I’m afraid to admit it to myself, it’s quite possibly what I hoped for. He wraps his arms around me so they criss-cross just above my waist. He starts to rub my arms, warming my skin and melting the goosebumps – and my whole body. My mind is screaming, Do not cross the friendship boundary! No good can come of it. Thank goodness for my sensible brain. Too bad I don’t always listen to it.
On that thought, I can’t help but relax into him. His strong, lean frame envelops me, and I’m aware of the contours of his body and the heat that radiates between us. I nestle into his shoulder and look up at the stars above us. He buries his nose in my hair and inhales deeply. Here, away from the city lights, it seems as though it’s just Daniel and me and our newfound closeness.
“Hey, there’s a shooting star.” I point to where it’s trailing across the sky. “Did you see it?”
“Hope you made a wish,” he whispers in my ear, and I swear his lips graze my skin. I shiver again, unable to control my reaction.
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A tribute to whoever came up with the idea of this cover, whoever shot it, and generally whoever was involved because the main reason why I picked up this book was its cover. The plot came later.
As a huge fan of friends to lovers stories, after being sidetracked by the nice cover, I couldn’t simply pass this up. And the story started off sweet enough with the hero Daniel’s words giving us a timeline of his feelings so we knew what we were getting into and when.
Daniel and Rose had been friends ever since they were born. Literally. They were a few days apart and were placed next to each other at the hospital, their mothers became fast friends and voila, the two were almost inseparable their entire lives. At least until Daniel left for a two year long trip around the world to pursue his dream of photojournalism.
When we start the story we know Daniel’s already fallen for Rose, but the fun part is seeing Rose struggling with her feelings for Daniel. After Daniel’s been back from his trip-and this is around the time the story starts- they’re two years more mature. Plus, they’ve been away from each other having built a life for themselves, not being college students anymore. So the timing was perfect. The trigger too, for Rose’s feelings. I could see that she saw Daniel in a new light, especially after he transitioned from the shy best friend to the confident man.
The story’s told from both their points of view so we know exactly what’s going on and when. Even though I haven’t been a fan of this kind of storytelling, I can see that sometimes it’s the best choice. Besides, I did read my fair share of first person narration and enjoyed it when done right. Which was the case here also. I liked to listen to Daniel speak about his love for Rose, something that progressed slowly but firmly. And his dilemma over whether to tell Rose and take a chance or possibly ruin their friendship was realistic and, at times, painful. Rose here was the one who took the story a step forward though because without her struggle about seeing her best friend in a new light, I believe Daniel might not have taken that step.
This was a sweet story. It gives you exactly what it promises. A friends to lovers story that is nice and sexy. If you enjoy this theme like me I’m sure you’d enjoy this book too.
I’m adding four spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.
Life is sweeter with romance novels. That’s why Helena Rac writes contemporary romances about sassy, everyday heroines and swoon-worthy heroes – stories that warm your heart, put a smile on your face, and make you fall in love.
When she’s not writing, Helena loves spending time with her two lovely girls and her incredibly supportive husband. She plays adult by day; enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring the outdoors; and reads way past her bedtime.
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Books by Helena Rac:
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 30, 2015
From debut author Helena Rac, a sassy, sexy comic tale of second-chance romance and the many uses of icing. Tessa loves cupcakes. They’re tasty and comforting, and they’ve made her bakery a success. Men, on the other hand, are unreliable jerks who are bound to break her heart. Even if they’re hot enough to melt her frosting. Tessa is smitten with Luke after a less than graceful encounter on the streets of Chicago, and fate keeps reuniting them. She’s certain he’d be delicious in bed, but there’s just one problem: Tessa’s sworn off long-distance romances, and Luke lives in London. Besides, he’s proven himself to be bad news. Although Tessa’s sexy stranger swears to set aside his player ways after she carries out sweet revenge, she’s far too smart to believe in happily-ever-afters. Luke will need to use every weapon in his arsenal – including a spatula or two – to convince Tessa they’re meant to be together.