Review: Rules of Friendship by C.A. Harms


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via HEA PR & More.

"See me," I whisper before kissing her again. "See us," I whisper again, her rigid body now relaxing in my arms as she melts into our kiss. "I want you, Reese. Only you."

Reese Winters and Dawson Layne have been the best of friends of years. They know everything about each other and are so utterly comfortable with one another that they're roommates. But close quarters have made them quite aware of each other's flaws...and non-flaws. Neither one has any idea that one has been harboring less than platonic thoughts and feelings for the other and vice-versa. Their friendship means too much for either of them to want to take the risk of crossing the line that could spell disaster. But when the lingering and stolen looks lead to them wanting more, it's almost as if being more than friends was meant to be. The love, trust, and respect are already there, but when an ex unexpectedly makes an appearance and secrets are kept, will these end up not only breaking each other's hearts but ending the very friendship that they've been so careful of ensuring stayed intact?

I love friends-to-lovers romances and I've enjoyed quite a few of C.A. Harms's books in the past, but I must admit that Rules of Friendship is my favorite read from Harms and definitely one of my favorites in this particular genre so far this year. There wasn't a whole lot of angst or melodrama that accompanied Reese and Dawson's love story. These two truly did have the kind of friendship that was built on a solid foundation of love and honesty, and I'm not talking about the romantic type of love either. Yes, in the years since they had become the best of friends, they had begun to notice each other's attractive physical attributes that when put together with what made them such great friends resulted in the perfect package. But as is often the case with friends harboring lustful then romantic notions about each other, there's a fear that the friendship will end up being the biggest casualty in the transition.

There's a wonderful ease to Harms's storytelling in this particular novel. She's given readers a couple of really awesome main characters, but that doesn't mean that they're perfect people. Nope, both Reese and Dawson have their faults and they make certain choices that end up costing them more than they bargained for. But they're good people who don't have a mean bone in their body and there's an honest-to-goodness love between them that had me rooting for their inevitable happily-ever-after. These guys are also backed by a pretty great cast of supporting characters, some of whom were thankfully not cookie cutter at all. From the moment, I started reading this book, it had my absolute attention. From the lighthearted tone to the feeling of genuineness Reese and Dawson and their relationship, C.A. Harms delivered a friends-to-lovers story worth reading. Five-plus stars go to Rules of Friendship. ♥

Date Read: 31 July 2018

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