I need a date to my brother’s wedding in six weeks, and Charlie Walgrove owns a tux. Billionaires are like that.
He’s also my sister’s boss, and I agree to let her set me up with the awkward genius, who apparently has even less luck in the dating game than a struggling artist, aka me.
We’re total opposites, but the date goes okay. We agree to be friends, the kind who won’t become lovers.
Famous last words.
On a series of “friend dates” involving bar snacks, acrylic paint and hedgehogs, I discover that Charlie is nothing like what I expected. Under his hoodie and glasses, he’s handsome and down-to-earth, stuck in a job he hates and afraid to disappoint people by walking away. His heart is as gorgeous as his hidden face.
I’ve always felt like the flaky sister in my family, but Charlie sees me as the artist I want to be. As our friendship deepens, so do my feelings for him. Maybe I’m even falling in love.
But gambling with my heart feels dangerous when all my relationships end in failure–especially if he’s only looking for a friend.
Is it only princesses that get a Happy Ever After? Or is there hope for a hot mess like me?
This is a sweet friends to lovers story that was lots of fun to read. Cherry is a free-spirit and the only single left in her group of six siblings. She needs a date for her brother’s wedding to stave off busybody family members and future set-ups. Cherry’s sister sets her up on a blind date with her boss and calling it a disaster would be an understatement. Later, Cherry runs into her blind date in the wild and they have a nice dinner so they decide Charlie will be her wedding date after all.
Unbeknownst to Cherry, Charlie saw her visiting her sister in the office three years ago and has been crushing on her ever since. He’s determined to turn this fake date into the real thing and suggests friend dates to prepare for the wedding. He falls for her more with every one but she’s been clear they’re just friends and he doesn’t want to ruin their friendship by making a move. Cherry is falling for him more every day but Charlie is the only guy friend she’s ever had and the only healthy relationship she’s ever had with a man. She can’t ruin that by dating him.
There’s a lot of angst here so the tension really builds in this slow-burn but it’s so worth it. Charlie and Cherry are awesome characters and I loved every minute of their story. I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.