Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner : Book Review

20uelx42Storyline Rating : 3/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?

Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.

Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.

My Point of View :

I went into this book thinking there’s going to be HEA, I mean look at the title…….the main characters’ names are together. I know I shouldn’t really make assumptions before reading it but……I always judge the cover, then the title, and then the synopsis. So, there you go, if you’re the kind of romance-reader that loves HEA stories (like me)……this is not it. I rarely finish a story that does not end HEA, but I was already 70% through the book when I found out……so…..I just finished it.

The story begins with Rose going on a “honeymoon” trip with Harley but she’s not the wife. Harley’s fiancee left Harley at the altar and in order to not let the honeymoon trip go to waste, Rose suggested that they go on the trip. During the trip, we (us readers) find out that Rose and Harley’s past is not as simple as just BFF, they were a couple at one point of their life but what we don’t know is how they broke up and still maintain the BFF status – which we will find out after they return home from the trip.

The story will occasionally flash back to Rose and Harley’s past, where we find out how they met, when they fell in love, got together as a couple and how it ends. Also, don’t be fool by the headings at the beginning of each chapters where “Rose”‘s name is up. It’s not really told from BOTH Rose and Harley’s POV. Harley only had ONE MINI chapter told from his POV. I think the author should have just labeled that one chapter. I was reading each chapter hoping to read Harley’s POV – like why did he do some things and said some things. Sigh………

I really like Rose as the heroine, but not so much for Harley (despite knowing why he did certain things near the end). Nothing justifies the way he replaced Rose with another girlfriend in just two months after they broke up and he didn’t even really try to fix their relationship after. They could have a happy marriage for a few years before things went South, but all Harley did was break Rose’s heart over and over again.

It’s not a bad story if you can take not-so-happy ending. I’m just a hopeless romantic that really love childhood romance that ends with a HEA.

Favorite Quote : None form this book.


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