Series: Harmony #1
Published by Self-Published on May 25, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Cassandra Clarke, fresh out of college and living on her own, isolates herself from the humiliation that rocked her world a year earlier.
Everything in her life is simple and easy until Logan West, the single father full of mystery and sex appeal, moves into the empty estate next door. A guy who easily attracts the attention of available women in town with one carefree smile.
Cassandra is not looking for another heartbreak and stands her ground, but finds it impossible to stay away from the charming stranger when his four-year-old son, Oliver, takes an interest in her childhood tree house.
It is through Oliver where Cassandra’s eyes begin to open to a side of Logan very few people know. The rough edges and arrogant front shed away, leaving the compassionate, yet broken side of him exposed, and finally opening the possibilities to a genuine friendship.
A friendship that is constantly shaken by the undeniable connection building between them.
With temptation arising every time they are near, Cassandra fights to remind herself exactly why Logan isn’t capable of loving her the way she deserves, or is he?
After Cassandra finds her longtime boyfriend with another woman in their bed, she ends her five-year relationship and moves to the country home that her grandparents left her. A year later, new neighbors move into the estate next to her property and here she meets the delectable Logan West. Immediately sparks fly between the two. With both being burned in their previous serious relationships you would think that they would be a match made in heaven but the way Logan copes is the total opposite of how Cassie does. Logan is set on playing the field while Cassie is not looking for just a one nighter.
They both decide that they are better off as friends. As Cassie spends time with Logan and his son Oliver their relationship evolves into something deeper. She dreams about him, he constantly thinks about her. The sparks between them are so intense but somehow they keep fighting the Inevitable.
I enjoyed Angela Graham’s debut novel. I thought the flow of the story was exceptional. The way the author took the time in describing the smaller details was very commendable. The relationship between Logan and Cassie was impressive in the sense that both didn’t just fall into a physical relationship rather they started with a beautiful friendship that slowly develops into something more.
I thought that this was pivotal in this story especially with a child (Oliver) involved. I thought the scenes written between Oliver and Cassie were convincing and very adorable. She really went out of her way to show Oliver how much she genuinely cared about him. She was caring, intelligent, confident , an all around likeable person.
As a single parent, I thought Logan too was commendable. He would do anything to protect his son from harm. Of course he’s a man who had multiple not-so-serious relationships but he never flaunted this around his child. He was always discreet about his relations. I loved that he too is family oriented. He purchased a whole business to make his sister happy! For being a person with that much wealth I loved that he was so down to earth. A really impressive guy. I thought they are perfectly well matched.
The only thing that deterred me from giving this book a 5 star rating was the cliffhanger… and what a cliffhanger it is! October can’t get here soon enough.
Overall though I thought it was a very well written story especially for a debut writer. In my opinion this one is most definitely worth investing your time in.
Adrenaline shot through me, pushing me to run full speed at the tree and up the rickety ladder.
“Get em’, get em’, get em’!” The small boy inside shrieked, crouched in the corner.
I took a deep breath, relieved nobody was hurt and followed his gaze to the corner, across the tiny room.
“I tried scaring him away with that,” he explained pointing at a broom.
The boy began to stand, he was no taller than four feet and his mop of curls made it impossible not to smile. I picked up the broom.
Stiff with anxiety as to what he was trying to scare away, I leaned down to find a small brown mouse, trembling in the corner.
I’d never been a fan of the little creatures, but his giant ears and terrified shivering tore at my heartstrings.
“It’s okay. He won’t hurt you,” I said, turning back smiling. “We should get him back home though. What do you say? Will you help?”
I watched as his concerned expression melted into a sliver of a smile tugging at his lips.
“Will he bite me?”
“That depends,” I smiled standing back up. “Will you bite him?”
He giggled shaking his head. “No!”
“Well then, I think we’re pretty safe.” I laughed.
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