- File Size: 3554 KB
- Print Length: 260 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1732658722
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: JNM LLC (March 6, 2019)
- Publication Date: March 6, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07NQ5TQ2N
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Good On Paper is a heartfelt, poignant friends to lovers story with several twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, even until the end of the book. Aidan and Natalie are both authentic and endearing, making it easy to pull for them through all the ups and downs of their story. Millikin's style is easy, engaging, and verging on poetic at times, and there is so much deep emotion that the reader feels every bit of the devastating lows and euphoric highs. The true beauty of this story is the deep connection between Aidan and Natalie woven throughout the story that, even when tested, the hope never fails and the bond never breaks. I loved everything about these characters and their touching, heartwarming, feel-good story. If you’re looking for a romance that's on the sweeter, lighter side with a lower angst level, Aidan and Natalie will easily win your heart!
*I reviewed this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide a review and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.
Their little re-connection brings her the comfort and stability she needs, but it also brings about some unexpected fireworks. Ones that neither saw coming, but both of them at one point or another have thought about exploring. But they always quickly pushed the thoughts away for the sake of their friendship... that is until now!
Good on Paper is a slow burning friends to lovers story that comes brimming with drama, emotion, and bits of steam! When these two long time friends decide to take their friendship to another level things between them quickly get heated, but also get a little messy too. Because both of them come baring secrets and hang-ups about love, and it has the potential to wreck everything before it even has a chance to get started. I really enjoyed this first time read, it was nicely paced and well written tale, came equipped with characters that you really couldn't help but fall for. Highly recommend!
Years later, newly divorced Natalie is still reeling from the demise of her marriage, but, fortunately, she still had Aidan’s friendship. The two still share their witty banter, comforting gestures, and hearty laughter. They worked, but, at the same time, they didn’t work (her being a hopeless romantic with reticence on sex; and him not believing in love and just having fun with strings of one-night stands.)
“On every surface, in ways only eyes can see, they looked like a match made in heaven. They fit together. But underneath, geometry doesn’t matter. Below the surface is where it gets messy.” (17) Just because it seems perfect, it doesn’t mean it is.
“When all you can see are external characteristics, you can begin to match them up like puzzle pieces.” (94)
The problem with Natalie was that she was too focused on the Happily Ever After, on that untarnished, everlasting love. But Aidan knew that it wasn’t reality. He needed to help her realize that to get her to write her book and move on with her life.
I liked the authenticity of it. Life is not a fairy tale with princes on clean, white horses. Life has stale pumpkins with dirty rats. Aiden is simple and honest, which is what I liked most about him. He’s there for Natalie, but he doesn’t handle her with kid gloves. Like him, I don’t believe in this nauseatingly perfect HEA love (to be quite honest, I don’t really believe in marriage either.) The notion of a “romantic love” is definitely a heavy issue, one that regresses past trauma in both characters. I certainly don’t get sappy over this romantic love, but what endeared me most was the foundation of friendship between Aidan and Natalie.
The relationship between the two characters is thoughtful, genuine, and achingly raw. Why not them indeed?
Well-written and full of emotion, story is a depiction that true love is not “a tidy, romantic experience to come in a cute box with the pale , pink , silk ribbon wrapped around it.” (18) It engages the reader and entices to look beyond what’s “good on paper,” to get past the “pretty” and “perfect,” and see that everything doesn’t have to fit. The author certainly knows how to keep the reader hooked.
A perfectly imperfect novel!
**This was an ARC copy for review