Can't Help Falling
A Best Friend's Brother RomCom
by Courtney Walsh
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Pub Date 14 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 13 Oct 2023
Sometimes all it takes to start a fire is a single match. . .
Owen Larrabee is not my soulmate.
He wasn't when I confessed my love to him on his wedding day, and he isn't now. I should probably say that I wasn't the bride when that happened. I don't have the best timing.
He’s got a temper, he's moody, and he has a history of being misunderstood and making big mistakes.
I, on the other hand, make pumpkin cupcakes, spend my Friday nights curled up with a beloved romance novel and long to be kissed in the rain.
Owen is my best friend’s older, off-limits brother and the only boy I ever thought I loved. Which is laughable because he only ever saw me as his kid sister’s dorky friend.
But that was a long time ago. And I’m over him.
Until he comes back to Harvest Hollow like some kind of hero, showing up just in time to pull me out of my burning house and make me feel all the things I told myself I’d never feel again.
But I have questions. Why is Owen back? And does he remember our secret friendship or the day I’ve spent the last eight years trying to forget?
I know better than to get hung up on Owen again. Especially now, when he’s sworn off relationships and thinks romance is a farce. And I’m something of an expert—at least to the people who listen to my podcast, The Hopeful Romantic.
Never mind that nobody would guess their local bookshop owner is the one doling out popular weekly relationship advice.
Never mind that I’m basing all that advice on the hundreds, (thousands?) of romance novels I’ve read over the years and not on personal experience.
And especially never mind that Owen is making me question everything I believe about all of it.
Wow. Six Stars!
This is another one for my favorites list!
A childhood crush, friends to more, a firefighting hero who saves our heroine and a heroine who is a hopeless romantic AND bookstore owner?!
I was sold before I even started reading.
And if that premise above wasn't enough, one chapter reading Emmy's POV would have had me sold! I loved everything about Emmy's character from her selfless heart to her book references to her sense of humor to her romance loving dreams! She was a perfectly awkward and lovable character! I decided I want to be her when I grow up!
Then...Courtney created Owen. I really, really love a reformed bad boy, grumpy, moody, rejected by love hero. And Owen was allll of these things, and yet, somehow even better than I could have imagined. I love his practicality, his thoughtfulness and his determination. But I also loved that fact that he's a little bit shy, slightly awkward and just genuinely trying not to screw up.
This book had all of my romance book loves and it was written beautifully! It made me laugh out loud, it made me tear up and it made my heart cheer with happiness!
~ Amazon Reviewer Beth