Genre: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 4.5/6 Glass Slippers
This book follows a very different pattern, the Then and Now, than a lot of books do. You hear about the relationship between Alexandra and Drew through the different time periods of their six year friendship. The book goes back and forth from present time, Now, to when they were just getting to know each other in college, Then. If it sounds confusing relax, Harris explains it perfectly and at no point was I struggling to follow. It reminded me of one of my favorite plays/movies The Last Five Years. (Ps you should check out that movie! It’s on Netflix).
Red, as Drew calls Alexandra, is an interior designer and lives alone in Madison Square. Her apartment overlooks a beautiful park with an apartment building across the way. Who lives in that apartment? Obviously, the graphic designer Drew. But that’s not how they met.
Their roommates, Sean and Kari were dating and Drew and Red were desperate to avoid their constant sexcapades! Initially, Drew is attracted to Red but she shuts him down which naturally only makes him want to try harder. That is until he finds out that her parents recently died and she has no other family to speak of. He takes her under his wing, and introduces her to his family. They accept her as one of their own and Red finally feels a part of something.
Terrified of ruining her new family, she hides her feelings for Drew and insists that they are not as important as her friend feelings for him. She needs him in her life so she isn’t alone again.
Drew understands that Red needs a family and he loves her enough to keep his feelings at bay. If he were to screw up their lover relationship then there is no chance they could stay friends. If they weren’t friends, then he would win their family in the divorce because they are actually related to him. So Drew ignores the growing attraction he feels for her and just threatens any guy who comes within a five mile radius of her.
I won’t go into too much more detail because I don’t want to give it away, but there are beautiful parallels between the Then and Now stories which ties everything together. There were some twists that I never saw coming and I actually consider this book to be believable. There are a lot of romance books that could never actually happen. This book provides hope for the romantics out there.
The sex scenes! Now, I won’t reveal who is having sex but I will say that one detailed sex scene is great! There are no icky words like (moi*t) or anything to distract your from the overdose of emotions, feelings, and passion busting off the pages. There are not a lot of these moments but I thought they were well spaced out. This is a good book for a beginning romance reader or someone who isn’t excited by whips and chains (sorry Katy Perry).
I enjoyed this book and found it to be a quick read…or maybe that was because I couldn’t put it down.