Hot, complicated, and absolutely adorable!
Series: Book 1: Harmony
Characters: Cassandra and Logan (and Oliver!)
Setting: Modern US
Mature Themes: Sex and sexual topics
Recommendation: This is a typical romance novel (minus the instant love/sex), little to no details of setting and tons of throwaway characters, but the core characters are described, crafted and written beautifully. Fans of the story and characters in Crossfire, Fifty Shades of Grey, and other novels of that kind would find this interesting. If you’re looking for a novel that is full of steamy sex and instant romance… this isn’t going to fill that want.
This is one of those books filled with interesting and dynamic characters, all different and all worthy of love or hate. Cassandra is a very cheeky woman, full of spirit and has a playful attitude that is perfect for her career as an elementary school teacher. When she meets her new next door neighbor’s son, Oliver, my heart melted. The scenes with Oliver were amazing, his child innocence and the love his father obviously has for him just pours from the pages and makes your heart ache. Sadly, all be it with good reason, Cassandra is also extremely jaded and often downright judgy of Logan and his life choices, thankfully she keeps is out of the way when it comes to Oliver, because if not, it would have been a deal breaker on finishing the book. Logan is a romantic lead along the vein of Christian Grey; overbearing, protective, and lacks any concept of boundaries. When paired with Cassandra’s personality it makes their interactions, tense and edgy, but the good moments… they rock!
Then there’s the best friend… ug. The relationship that Hilary has with Cassandra is strange, pushy, mutually loving, but self-serving. Hilary is so focused on what she thinks her friend needs that she almost completely ignores what she wants and it takes a nasty turn for the worst. As far as book friends go, Hilary needs some lessons.
Thankfully this story is not of the intsa-love variety and as the book came to a close and the UBER MEGA cliff hanger happened I just had to rush to buy the second one (which I read that night).