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Naturally, Charlie

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  651 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House (first published 2012)
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J.m. Darhower
Aug 20, 2012 J.m. Darhower rated it it was amazing
Ah, it’s hard to know where to start. I’ve sat here for nearly twenty minutes staring at a blank page, trying to find the words to describe this book (and sort of felt like Charlie Adams while doing it, to be honest). I will say it’s written in first person present tense, alternating point-of-views, which is something I usually don’t read, because I usually don’t like it (they tend to feel like a simple play-by-play of actions to me), but this book was an exception. I didn’t just like it—I loved ...more
Kathie (katmom)
Aug 14, 2012 Kathie (katmom) rated it it was amazing
I was blessed to have been able to read this as a manuscript.

I love the CHARLIES! Both of them!

Boy Charlie is such a charmer; there's something about a guy that is ready for love.

Girl Charlie, she has some issues, but she works through them like a GROWNUP, got to love that.

New author, S.L. Scott gives us a book where we can root for the characters. Where we can fall in love right along with them.

This was a JOY to read!
This review is also available at My Fiction Nook.

There's romance books, and then there's romance books. This was the latter. I loved it, for the natural story-telling and the ease with which the author's words drew me in.

I waited a few days before writing up a review because I needed to get a grip on my inner fangirl first. If I hadn't, this review would be full of happy, swoony gifs, and nobody wants to see a grown woman go all gushing fangirl over a book, right? Also, for those of you that kno
Original review:

3.5 stars

Naturally, Charlie is about two Charlies, Charlotte and Charles, who have both experienced recent losses and meet coincidentally in the New York subway. When Charlie and Charlie first meet, they both feel an attraction but they do not approach each other. Later that night, they actually meet again in a local bar when Charles meets Charlotte’s best friend, Rachel. Even though they both think there is something between them, they don’t a
Jennifer Garcia
Aug 28, 2012 Jennifer Garcia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I want to start off by thanking The Writer's Coffee Shop and S.L. Scott for the ARC in exchange of a review.

To see more reviews go to my blog Italian Brat's Obsessions

When I began reading the book a week or so ago I became so frustrated because I only had time enough to read a page here and there. It was interesting and pulled me in, but I lacked the time to be able to sit and enjoy it. I didn't want to torture myself anymore so I put it down until last night. I was able to finish it in a coup

A couple to mentions before I begin my review...

First, I'd like to thank S.L. Scott and The Writer's Coffee Shop for sending me an ARC for an honest review.
Second, how adorable is that cover! It is perfect for this story.
Third, be aware that reading this story might make you hungry. I feel I should go bake some cupcakes now. :)

“Charlie, this is Charlie. How funny is that?”

In the beginning, I was a little leery at reading something where the two main characters share the same name. This
Heidi McLaughlin
Aug 21, 2012 Heidi McLaughlin rated it really liked it
First thing I’m going to say is that I’m pretty damn honored to be among the first few who are able to read this story. I have followed the writings of SL for about two years now, so when she asked if The Readiacs would be interested in covering her work, I jumped at the opportunity.

And I’m glad I said yes. I started Naturally, Charlie and finished within three hours. This fast paced contemporary story about friendship and lovah’s is an absolute pleasure in the romcom category.

The character deve
Michelle [Helen Geek]
10/25/2012 Full Review posted on

This is a really sweet book. When I read it, it fit my mood perfectly. I had been on a binge of reading some pretty dark erotica, this is not that and provided a very nice distraction. The author is new and she does a really nice job with this story. You'll see by my rating grid below, huge points lost due to the book blurb, book cover. For a new author, marketing is everything... I hope people take the time to check this one
Jada D'Lee
Sep 10, 2012 Jada D'Lee rated it it was amazing
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Sandy Southern
Mar 31, 2016 Sandy Southern rated it it was amazing
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Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
I'm really a sucker for friends-turn-into-lovers type of stories. And Gosh, I really love this book. I utterly love it. I don’t know were to start but it’s just so good and it was just... good. After reading it, I lay and ponder what's with this book and why do I liked it so much? It's the first book by S.L Scoot that I've read and I guess this won’t be my last.

The story is told from the alternating point of views of Charlotte Barrows and Charles Adams who both coincidentally share the same nick
Michela Walters
3 1/2 stars approaching 4.

I was fortunate to receive an ARC of Naturally, Charlie and while I enjoyed the book, there were a couple of things that kept me from truly loving the story.

Naturally, Charlie tells the tale of Charlotte "Charlie" Barrow, a woman stuck in the past when she catches the eye of a stranger on the subway. That stranger, freelance writer Charlie Adams notices the pretty red-head as she attempts to get off the train. Through a series of fateful meetings, the two eventually for
Oct 24, 2012 Kame rated it really liked it
A solid 4 stars

Imagine riding the busy subway in New York City and someone catching your eye, then they get off a stop later. You think your chance at an instant connection is gone forever, but when you go out for drinks with a friend you see this person again. Is it destiny or fate?

This is how Charles and Charlotte meet in Naturally, Charlie. Both go by the name Charlie, and the name suits them both well. Charles feels the immediate connection and has the foresight to not rush Charlotte and let
Mar 25, 2016 Camille rated it it was ok
I didn't like this:

1) rich, white people in their twenties with nary a concern past privelege versus more privelege

2) the utter sappy vanilla-ness. So vanilla it was almost a Xtian romance. No sex before marriage. Genitals described as "body", sex talk that consists of "love you" ad naseum.

3) cluelessness. People who find their 'the one' and then create obstacles for themselves are annoying. Love is hard to find. Value it.

4) first person present tense. Ugh.

5) grammatical issues. Eg. tense shif
Nov 14, 2013 Simone rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I fully lost myself in this incredible book, which alternates between Charlie (Charlotte) and Charlie (Charles/Chuck) POVs.
Chuck is quite the romantic and you will fall in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
Easily one of the best books I've read this year xoxox

PS if you ever get the chance to watch 'Friday Night Lights' TV series, DO IT!! I'd never heard of it, basically because I'm Australian and read books, and TV here is rubbish (sorry to all those Neighbours and Home & Away
Sep 27, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Naturally, Charlie was such an easy, lighthearted, wholesome, fun read. S.L. Scott did such a wonderful job walking us through two lives that ran parallel and ended up intertwining through common ground, friendship and obstacles they both faced. With an oh-so-sweet ending, I would recommend Naturally, Charlie all day long :)
At First Sight: A series of strange little events lead Charlie Barrow (girl) and Charlie Adams (boy) to run into each other on their way to different funerals and agree to be each other's plus-one. Before that they had met a total of two times: once when they bumped into each other at the subway, and another when they met at a bar - only that Charlie(boy) ended up on a date with Charlie(girl)'s friend.

Still, given that neither of them is looking forward to the funerals ahed of them, they agree
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
Mar 03, 2015 Andrea (mrsaubergine) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-edits
Cupcakes, books and a swoony boy... the perfect recipe for a great story. I just loved both Charlies, although my love for the male Charlie in this story is far greater than that for his female namesake. At times you just want to shake her. He, on the other hand, is just lovely. He ices her cupcakes (no, that isn't a metaphor)! And what he writes in his novel is just... *sigh* This is a lovely first novel about friends becoming so much more. I highly recommend :)
Nov 24, 2012 Kaye rated it really liked it
This book reminded me of d flick, When Harry Met Sally, wherein they questioned if a man & a woman could ever be just friends.

I sooo love their time together as friends ~ their Satuday cuddles, movies, cupcakes but much more so when they finally come to grips with what they really feel for each other.

"im so glad i finally came to my senses.." ~ Charlie
Nov 10, 2012 Janette rated it really liked it
Naturally, Charlie is one of those books that I had never heard of, found on NetGalley and thought, "Hmm. Why not?" The premise of the book is very fun - a woman trying to escape the past and start anew and a man who's trying to shake off social pressures to be himself. I really think it's this part of the summary on GoodReads that sealed the deal for me: "Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary." I'm a ...more
Kari Anderson
Dec 04, 2012 Kari Anderson rated it really liked it

Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the e
Nov 02, 2012 BookHookup rated it really liked it
This book was reviewed by Ana and Amy at the

Our Thoughts:

Ana: When you meet someone is it fate or destiny? According to Charlie, there’s a difference. And as we watch this story unfold, we truly do begin to see and understand that difference. What a great book! This is one of those books that’s written so smoothly that you find yourself reading it much faster than you want to. I loved both Charlies (although, if truth be told, boy Charlie was my favorite) and the way their story m
Dec 03, 2012 Mona rated it liked it
3.5 stars

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I sit here scratching my head wondering how to explain this story. It would be simple to say: Woman sees man on subway, woman later sees same man at bar, best friend wants man, woman walks away, man doesn't. That would be the bare bones of the thing, but there's more to it than that.

The story begins when Charlie (Charlotte) Barrow, who works for an auction house in New York, rece
Liz Mondaine
Oct 02, 2012 Liz Mondaine rated it it was amazing
When I got a free Saturday afternoon (which as a mother, never seems to happen) I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Naturally, Charlie was the absolute perfect way to spend my afternoon. For me there are books that are so good that I fly through them, because I just have to get to the end. Then there are books that I love so much that I slow down and savor, because I fall in love with the characters. This was absolutely the latter for me. It's a story about love undoubtedly; however thei ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I adore stories like this. There is just something so wonderful and heartwarming reading about two people who build a bond through friendship and then later having that friendship turn into something bigger and better. I think all classic love stories start out that way.

Fate throwing two people together over and over again until it can no longer be ignored and the two must come together and help each other out. Make each other stronger and help to heal one another.

First off, I know I have said
Heather Wood
Dec 03, 2012 Heather Wood rated it really liked it
This was a very sweet love story about two Charlies: a girl named Charlotte and a boy named Charles. This was the perfect book to curl up on the couch and get lost in for several hours. The hero and heroine were both likable and readers will definitely root for their romance to work out.

The beginning is a meet cute setup as the two Charlies cross paths on the subway and then later at a bar. Each chapter is told either from the male and female perspective. Although I usually like this device, it
Sep 25, 2012 M.B. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Firstly, I would like to thank the author and the publishers for sending me the ARC of this book. I had a read a review on another site ( and was dying to read it. So, when the author asked on Twitter who was willing to read and review it, I jumped at the chance.

Usually, I'm not a fan of alternating points of views in a novel as it's easy to get confused, but as the two Charlie's each have their own distinctive voices it's easy to keep up with them in this book.

I have to admi
Kimberly Russell
Oct 22, 2012 Kimberly Russell rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, net-galley
Y'all. This book is super cute. I could see this being a movie I would go see with my girlfriends (or drag my husband to). It was a clean romance novel that gave me little butterfly’s until the end. It was refreshing to read a romance novel without all the major sex scenes.

A guy and girl meet (who are both named Charlie) they work on their relationship while tragic things happen around them. I was totally rooting for them the entire time. 4.5 stars

I received this from NetGalley via The Writer's
Feb 06, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I love characters that make you want to hug, slap, and hang out with them all at the same time. Both Charlie's are easy to fall in love with, and to get invested enough that you're sad when the story ends. This book made me laugh, cry and want to yell in a couple places. It was beautifully written and kept you wanting more. I look forward to reading more novels from this author! :)
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S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two yo
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