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About the Author
- Publication date : October 18, 2016
- File size : 2286 KB
- Print length : 423 pages
- Publisher : Carmen Jenner; 1st edition (October 18, 2016)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01M2XJSEA
- Lending : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Best Sellers Rank: #327,300 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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You know when you read a book and the impact it leaves on you changes you? Well that’s what this book has done to me. It was so unexpected so when it happens it happens hard and I’m struggling to cope with it right now. I’m an actual mess.
Harley and Rose are characters I’ll never forget in a hurry. They consumed me, broke me and so much more. Their story is an incredible full with heartbreak and happiness. My heart hurts for them, for their heartbreak for all the times they hurt because I felt it too, every feeling they had, I had too.
Rose actually annoyed the hell out of me for being pissed at Harley and then spreading her legs for him as soon as he offered, I disliked how much she forgave him and followed him around but I soon began to understand why. A love like theirs is consuming and endless, she loves him with her every being and he loves her, they’d both do anything for each other so even though it annoyed me, I finally understood why she did it. Harley, oh god he was an incredible man, so beautiful and loving. He captured my heart from the get go.
To say I enjoyed this book would be an understatement, it’s gripped me and I just don’t know what to do now. Their story is sad but it’s real. What they go through happens in real life, daily. You hear about it but reading it makes it so much more heartbreaking and I’m in awe. Carmen has done an incredible job on this book and I just don’t know what I could possibly say to give this book justice.
If you like and friends to lovers romance this book is the one for you.
If you like a book that will make you FEEL then it’s this one.
If you love an ugly cry (tears streaming, nose running, heart breaking) then this is definitely one you need to read
And if you don’t read any of those then change your damn mind and read Harley & Rose’s story.
Where do I even start? As of this moment, there are 209 reviews for Harley and Rose, mine will make 210. If you've gotten this far and are still deciding whether or not to read it, you might be a little dumb. (And I mean that in the nicest way possible). So, back to my review. I bought this book based off of the suggestions of some good friends of mine, although now I might be rethinking that "good friends" part. Who suggests a book that has the power to RIP your heart from your body and show it to you still beating out of your chest. Those are not good friends (or maybe they are the best of friends--I haven't figured it out.) Our story starts with the beautiful Rose (Wendy), and her equally as handsome best friend Harley (Pan) at his "This-B-and-Her-Leaving-Me-At-The-Altar-Cry-Fest" Party. And by party, I mean his head deep in her chest, drunk and bawling like La Ganja Estranja and the night she got eliminated. And don't judge, Carmen made me DIE laughing when she referenced my favorite show RuPauls Drag Race! The Shade of it All!
"On the flipside, some of the pieces of my shattered heart are jumping for joy. This makes me a horrible friend because I shouldn't be happy right now. I shouldn't be, but I am"
Rose dusts them off, packs their bags and takes them on his honeymoon to Hawaii. Sure she's hesitant to go, and her mom's like "Hold up...What?" But she does it anyways, because what are friends for?
At this point in the story, you start to really catch a glimpse into the relationship that Harley and Rose seem to share. There isn't really any personal space, and no need to turn around when getting dressed. They've seen it all, tasted it all, and touched every inch. It's hot, charming, and a little sad, that this couple, who seems to care so greatly for one another (almost as if they are still in love), aren't actually together? You may even start to get a little confused. But WAIT, there's more.
"And you've seen it before." He shrugs. "You two were getting close on the plane a few hours ago--are you really freaking out about my junk now?"
Carmen, like the brilliant and talented writer she is, starts giving us BACK STORIES! YAYS!!! Prom, Thanksgiving, Sandpit throwing, nothing is left out when it comes to the flashbacks between most of the chapters, and to know AS THE STORY unfolds, how we got to this point, is brilliant.
Now, onto the part where I wanted to rip out my eyes, and heart, put them in a blender and pour my tears over it.
*Insert Dramatic eye roll here*
After Hawaii, things start heating up between our two on again, off again lovers. Harley with all his beauty and his sarcasm and witty words is the man of my own dreams. I love him. He is a character you want to hate so bad, but in the back of your mind, and your heart, you can't do it, and neither can Rose. The love between the two of them is absolutely palpable. Rose is torn between giving Harley her heart, yet again, or moving on to the sexy, older, I imagine a softer, Christian-Grey-at-50-type, Dermot. Although he's a side character I kinda loved him too. Hey Rose, you can pass him over to me if you'd like ;).
But Rose's mind is made up after Harley delivers a beautiful gift to her and then does dirty wicked things to her right after.
"Give me it Love," He says against the shell of my ear and my skin pulls taut with goosebumps as I smile at his words. "I've waited too damn long to hear those cries come from your mouth again."
P.S. I don't recommend looking up "My Wedding Affair" on google for Gif's. You will NOT find what you're looking for!
Anywho, I've sidetracked a little. After a beautiful night with Harley, Rose doesn't see him again for SIX. WEEKS. At this point I'm a little ticked off with him, and I'm almost starting to root for Dermot (Just Kidding). They had some good chemistry too, but just like Rose, we all know it'll never work. She loves Harley just too much.
And then.... jeez..... then..... I'm gonna give a PSA. Do NOT work in a call center and read the last 10 chapters of this book. Just don't do it. Take your queue from me, and read this in the privacy of your own home, curled in a blanket, a box of tissues at the ready, as well as wine, chocolate, and ice cream. You're going to need it. You think I'm kidding? Yeah no... promise... you'll need it all.
"Was it because you didn't love me enough? Or because you loved me too much?" I say, and I know my words have hit their mark because it's as if could pinpoint the second his heart breaks."
I haven't cried so hard in my adult life......EVER. And then my phone would ring at work, and I'd have three seconds to wipe my tears and put on a happy face so I could answer a call from some weird idiot that didn't understand that my LIFE WAS FALLING APART. Only to end that call and commence with the overflow of tear duct water.
I'm not telling you what happened, because even though I was warned that this book was a tear jerker, I was still not prepared. I wasn't ready to feel the intense emotional pain. I wasn't ready to feel like my own world had collapsed, shifted and put back together with a few missing pieces. I wasn't prepared for the term "It Isn't Fair" to course through my head the entire day. This book sunk me to a low I haven't previously felt before. It was cathartic, and beautiful, as well as traumatizing and heartbreaking.
If you've read this far, and still haven't bought it, I don't know what more I can say to change your mind. This was by far one of my favorite reads of 2016, and one I will remember for years to come, or anytime I need a good ugly cry. Carmen Jenner, you are absolutely stunning in your writing, and I cannot wait to read more of your work. You pulled me from my own, slightly dull, world into yours, where you made me feel things.... beautiful things.... ugly things, and I thank you so much.
Pick up your copy of Harley and Rose today. I can't recommend it enough.
*Purchased and Reviewed by The Royal B from BnB*
Growing up as next door neighbors and best friends, Rose and Harley have always been in love with each other, even if it takes until their last year of high school to finally get together. As often happens, life and dreams and acts of selfishness and selflessness gets in the way once they go off to different colleges, but they eventually reclaim their friendship. (Even if Rose is still desperately in love with him.) The book begins when they are 30 years old, and Harley is dumped at the altar, then begs his best friend to go on his Hawaii honeymoon with him. What happens afterwards is nothing that Rose would have ever expected, yet in a most bittersweet way, all that she and Harley ever wanted.
The story is told through Rose's POV -- with the exception of one Harley chapter that suddenly makes everything click into place about why he's been such a big old jerk. I wish I had known I would need a box of tissues handy to finish this book. It gutted me.
"Was it because you didn't you love me enough? Or because you loved me too much?"
OMG. My heart broke as Wendy and Pan took their final adventure together and were forced to grow up.
"Forever is a very long time."
Top reviews from other countries
There is nothing quite like writing a review through tears or with a broken heart and still giving the book 5 stars!
One of the best feelings in the world is finding a book you connect with and fall in love with over and over again, a book that makes you feel and I mean really feel. It's easy to read a book that makes you smile it's harder to read one that makes you smile and then rips you heart out and shreds it to a million pieces but I guarantee that it's the harder to read book that will stay with you long after you finish it and close it.
I think this could actually be my first read by Carmen I am totally ashamed to admit and I actually met her before I picked up any of her books. I am glad Harley and Rose was my first and I can't wait to read more from her. I fell in love with the way Carmen wrote their story. I fell in love with Harley and Rose and their struggle in love and life but certainly not as best friends. They say any thing worth having isn't easy and that is never more true than it is here. And even through the heartache and the pain their story is still breathtakingly beautiful and will make your heart ache for them.
It's a book worth picking up and giving yourself over too. You will feel everything written on these pages and that's a testament to Carmen and her amazing writing and story telling. The journey you take through these pages will be worth the time and emotion you invest, believe me!
When I first finished this book I was like OMG! Wow! That was full on heavy and emotional. I spent the last 15-20% of the book a blubbering mess. Bawling like a baby, big ugly snotty crying!! I felt into a bit of a funk for a while afterwards with the whole story on repeat in my head. I loved the book from the onset, there were many parts that really made me laugh out loud. I love authors that can pull various emotions out of me and it takes a lot to make me cry over book. In fact not since I read Carnage by Lesley Jones have I had to reach for the Kleenex! That was an amazing 5* book for me.
Anyway, again it didn't take long to work out that this is another one of those should have been but never was the right time romances. I loved the characters of Rose and Harley. I would've like dual POV more. I think there was only one, maybe two chapters where we heard from Harley. At which point, I soon realised what Harleys secret was, was he was hiding.
All that being said, now I have had time to sleep on my thoughts I have decided to change my initial thoughts to 4*. Here's why; whilst we find out why Harley proposed to another women, we don't actually find out why he went down that road in the first place. We also don't find out why he decided to quit his scholarship for the NFL. There just seemed to be a lot of questions left unanswered for me, too many gaps that needed filling. Also, within 2 months of Rose calling time on their relationship, Harley found someone else. Therefore, this has me asking the question, well was he really in love with Rose as much as the author would have us believe. I think with a bit more of a time span and more detail it would've been plausible. I felt somewhat unsatisfied with this section.
Whilst this was a great story, it felt poorly executed in parts. I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone that loves a good cry.
This book is a roller coaster of emotions, and you can't tell where it's going to go.
The characters are fantastic and I wish I had a best friend like these. Harley & Rose's relationship is a unique one and a truly beautiful one at that.
There was a few times that I wanted to bang Harley & Rose's head together. They were best friends and so perfect for each other and sometimes they were just so stubborn it was unreal.
I cried while reading the last 10% of the book, I literally couldn't stop the tears from falling the whole time.
A beautifully written, gripping, heartbreaking story.