Title: You’re Still the One
Author: Rachel Harris
Series: Country Blues #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: Feb 15th
Love is one dare neither of them can take…
Arabella Stone, Nashville’s darling, is eager to shuck her prim-and-proper rep, and a few wild months spent checking items off her “ summer bucket list” is the way to do it. First up: kiss the man she’s crushed on since she wore a training bra, the bad boy of country himself, Blue bassist Charlie Tucker.
For Charlie, a beautiful woman flirting with him isn’t out of the norm—but a beautiful woman bolting after the hottest kiss of his life sure is. And when he finds out his kiss-and-run Cinderella is none other than Arabella Stone, daughter of his label’s CEO, he knows he’s in trouble. Because not only is she a Stone, she’s also his employee for the next few months at the recording studio he just bought.
Over the course of one thrilling summer, Arabella and Charlie chip away at her bucket list and fight the simmering attraction between them…knowing that once it’s all over, so is their time together
Source: ARC from Entangled: Bliss via NetGalley
This was a cute little read involving a good girl attempting to cut loose for the first time, and the bad boy who is trying to play down his reputation by staying away from women. The romance definitely falls on the sweet side and the relationship is slow to develop from friends into more.
I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like Arabella/Ella at first. I appreciated her wish for independence and her summer list of things to do, but her feelings for Charlie were kind of cringe-worthy, as for her attempt to chat him up… it left me wondering if she had any pride or self-respect. Thankfully, the awful first approach aside, she’s a nice girl who’s also a little shy, didn’t have the greatest of teen years and mostly keeps her head on straight when it comes to Charlie.
Charlie himself is a good looking boy with a bad reputation that he doesn’t entirely deserve. He has a few issues when it comes to relationships and he’s scared he’ll let any woman down. There is more to him that his way with women, though, such as his charity efforts. He’s a good guy behind all the rumours, and although I think he kind of takes Ella for granted throughout (it’s a debatable point since she also kind of takes over his life), I did enjoy seeing their friendship blossom.
The plot goes along just about how you would expect with this sort of book, and although I did enjoy it, I also found it kind of forgettable. For me there was no real spark, no standout moment beyond the wince-inducing beginning that I’d rather forget. It’s a nice tale about nice people that was nice to read, but other than that I don’t really remember much about it.
So if you’re looking for something nice and easy, then this will deliver. It didn’t stir my emotions or make me want to read it again, or even read more about the characters, but it was a pleasant enough read while it lasted.
You’re Still the One is out February 15th!
Visit Rachel Harris for more details.