Author: Rachel Harris
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: February 15th, 2016
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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.
This is the first book in the Country Blues series by Rachel Harris and she sure started off with a bang. You’re Still The One is swoon worthy, hilarious, sexy and a complete emotional journey. It leaves you in a place between ‘I never want this to end’ and ‘I can’t wait to read what happens next’.
Arabella Stone has had a crush on Charlie Tucker since she was a young girl, feelings that she can’t seem to shake off but have never acted upon. She decides it’s time to change that, and finally seizes her moment to share a kiss with Charlie- a completely hot kiss. Only it’s not that simple, since they are in masquerade, and Charlie doesn’t know who is behind that sizzling kiss. Arabella is convinced that is the end of things, until she finds herself working for Charlie. It’s in that moment where Charlie realizes his mystery girl- the one he can’t get out of his mind- is Arabella.
First of all, I have to say I love Arabella. She isn’t perfect, but is lovable and a person you can connect to right away. She is both confident and unsure of herself. She is strong and intelligent, though sometimes needs to be reminded of that. She has this splash of shyness and awkwardness to her that is really endearing. As for Mr. Charlie Tucker? Sigh. He is so swoon worthy. He is sarcastic, funny, charming- the rough around the edges type while being soft on the inside.
There are so many reasons why Arabella and Charlie can’t be together, heck, why they can’t even keep kissing. However, whenever they are around each other, they can’t remember those reasons. Talk about sexual tension. Whew! Rachel Harris really hit the mark when it came to their relationship. Their friendship is easy and feels natural and real, yet there is a ton of yearning mixed in. It’s the perfect battle between what your heart wants and what your brain tells you to do. Their journey is not simple and isn’t easy, but it worth every up and down.
The writing in You’re Still The One is captivating and pulled me in right away. Now only did it hold my attention, I actually felt like I was part of their world. I also love how both of the characters grew and changed. They each kept their unique voice, but it was such a pleasure to see them overcome and persevere.
The fact that Charlie was also the bassist for a band was just the icing on the cake. I loved getting to know his band mates and the whole musician aspect just added to that charm of his.
I could go on and on about this book, but I want to leave somethings for you to experience. I will say that if you are a fan of forbidden love/sexual tension with plenty of aww moments you need to read this book. I can’t wait for the next one in the series!
Ducking into the darkened hallway, he quickly sized up the options. With the sound of quickened footsteps behind him, he wrapped his hand around the handle and darted behind the heavy door.
What happened next he couldn’t have predicted.
And again, he was somewhat of a reluctant expert on crazy women.
Not five seconds after the marked door closed, it pushed open again. Charlie’s gaze collided with the brunette’s in the mirror. She blinked a few times, adjusting her eyes to the bright lights, and her lips pursed in confusion as she spied the row of porcelain sinks under the mirrors. She looked beyond his shoulder to the line of urinals attached to the wall, and her mouth dropped open in a sound he assumed only dogs could hear. And then…
“Oh. My. God!”
A voice like honey, smooth and thick and echoing off the tile floor, curled around him as any sense of bravado faded, and the woman slapped a hand over her eyes. Blindly, she spun around to leave…and accidentally rammed headfirst into the solid oak doorframe. They both winced.
Red flags wilting, alarm bells silencing, intuition told Charlie that the woman wasn’t as dangerous as he’d once thought. With the determined slope of her shoulders now slumped, she seemed mostly mortified, so he tried to do the gentlemanly thing.
Strolling forward, he went to help her with the door. “Here, let me.”
Only, she turned at the same time, following the sound of his voice, and her forehead crashed into his chin.
“Holy mother of crud nuggets!”
A surprised laugh broke past the stinger. “What did you just say?”
Slowly, the brunette opened her fingers and peeked at him through the slats. Her wide brown eyes were wet and filled with too many emotions to name, but one was for sure embarrassment. Behind them, the men’s bathroom door opened again, and a balding gentleman lumbered through. He stopped short after two steps, taking in first the woman, then Charlie, and then her again, before glancing at the sign posted on the door. With a dismissive shrug, he continued on, strolling straight into the corner stall.
The beauty’s fingers slammed closed again.
“Only me,” she whimpered. “This would only happen to me.”
About Rachel Harris:
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.
An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!