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Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!! Omg this is not how the book was suppose to end! I'm a sobbing mess! I can't breathe and I'm getting a bad migraine :(
This book was suppose to be Harley and Rose's second chance. The blurb was very intriguing and it had a friends to lovers vibe, but I was kinda getting an idea that this book would break my heart because of the early reviews. It did.
It is well written, just like Carmen's other books, but I wasn't really feeling the chemistry between Harley and Rose. I was actually rooting for Dermot more. This is not a love triangle by any means, but I was just hoping for more flashbacks of Harley and Rose through the years. I don't feel like Harley redeem himself enough. He made some mistakes when he was younger and a lot of time was wasted. But sometimes we all run of time to fix things we broke.
THIS BOOK DOES NOT HAVE A HAPPY ENDING!
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*
I had been told it was emotional, so I was prepared going in. But getting over half way through it, it wasn't too emotional for me. I do have a black soul, so bear with me. The 2 characters were friends turned lovers from a very young age. I think their love story started at 5 and so much time was wasted in between. When they finally got together as a couple it was towards the end of their senior year and they were both about to go away to college. And you know long distance relationships are difficult. They had a fight. They broke up and went their separate ways. They still had their connection, but it was only going to have to be as friends. Then Harley ends up with someone else, but is left at the altar so him and Rose can now get together again, right? Well, it's not so easy...
Their love is a love like no other. They will love each other through the end of time, but sometimes love makes you do messed up things because you feel like you have to protect that love. Love is dirty and messy and so was this heartbreaking story of family and best friends.
"It's perfect, pure torture, and I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be."
The majority of the story is told from Rose's point of view-current and past. But there is one very short chapter from Harley. And if you didn't have an inkling of an idea of what was going on before, Harley's chapter gives you a clue. I don't know how much more I should say, but you have to understand when you have a love like family, you never let that go and you're there to support that person no matter what. Through the good and the bad, through the happily never afters. That emotional stuff? Yup, I felt it for the last 20% and it killed me. If you want a happily ever after, this is a very skewed version of it. It's not pretty, but it's real and a big dose of MFing life and all the crap that comes with reality.
"Find someone who will steal your heart...and not break it the way I have"........
My only reason I am giving it 4 stars is the time period between college till like 10 years later. Why was so much time wasted and why, if Harley loved Rose above everyone else, would he still be with others? I understand the reasoning (somewhat) for proposing to Alecia, but the 10 years in between was very questionable at best. What was keeping him from her then? Did he have any idea of what was to come for him? Was he already aware? I'm still confused with that aspect. Every other part of the book was genuine, funny, frustrating and a well written story between two people (with a side of Dermot) that cared for one another deeply. A family/friend/love like that is special and not easily taken away. You fight for it!
"We don't take breaks. We're not friends who need a little time away, we're family, and right now I need you."