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Friends to Lovers

(Aisle Bound #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Book three of Aisle Bound

Love blooms where you least expect it...

Chicago wedding florist Daphne Lovell has no trouble producing perfect happily-ever-afters for her clients. But figuring out her own love life isn’t as easy...because she’s head-over-heels for her off-limits best friend.

Revealing her secret crush on British expat Gibson Moore isn’t an option. Until fate ste
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 14th 2013 by Carina Press
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Originally posted at The Book Nympho

I have to admit I was reluctant to start this book. While Gib is a really good friend to the women of Aisle Bound, he's also renowned for being a serious serial lover. The idea of Daphne getting involved with him wasn't that appealing. But, I guess this is my year to find warm places in my heart for these third one so far!

The setup
Gib is gorgeous, smart and the talented British manager of a five-star hotel in Chicago. He and Daphne, a creative and s
Sunny (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway posted on Kindles & Wine

I love weddings! I also love how Christi Barth created a great group of friends who are all in the wedding business, sharing their talents with brides and grooms in the Chicago area. I enjoyed Friends to Lovers and am excited to share why!

I am going to kick this off with Daphne. She has been a mainstay in the Aisle Bound series, so this was not my first encounter with her. Putting her in the spotlight in Friends to Lovers gave me a much
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This book’s title is one of my favorite romance novel plot themes. I found Christi Barth’s Friends To Lovers to be the perfect blend of friendship, romance, and super sexy fun. From the first book, I knew this was going to be a spectacular series and while I’ve enjoyed the books so far I flat out LOVED this one. This book was simply a sexy thrill ride from start to finish and I was more than hap
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Looking for a warm and entertaining contemporary romance that is going to make you feel good? Friends to Lovers by Christi Barth has it all without angst overkill! Two best friends cross the invisible line to become lovers; can they make the transition without losing each other completely? Gibson has always been a “lady’s man.” When Daphne, a seemingly self-confidant and strong woman decides not to fight her attraction to her best friend, will he admit hi
Shirley Frances
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up because I LOVED Gibson

I loved this story!

Gibson is a player. A 'love them and leave them' type of guy who doesn't do love, Gibson is happy to play the field until an unexpected, but powerful kiss leaves him stunned and in search of his Cinderella. He doesn't expect Daphne to be the girl behind the unforgettable kiss, but once he unexpectedly locks lips with her he knows that she's his missing Cinderella.

I so enjoyed Gibson's confused, surprised and conflicted behavior once h
Barb Lie
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Friends to Lovers is the 3rd book in Christi Barth’s wonderful Aisle Bound series. Not sure why I thought that this would not be as good as the first two books, but I was very wrong. Friends to Lovers was such a fun and sexy story, with two super leading characters. This book belongs to Daphne and Gib, and what a couple they made.

Daphne is a partner with Ivy, our heroine in book 1 of this series. She has secretly had the hots for Gib, but they were also best of friends, not allowing anything to
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this 3rd installment in the Aisle Bound series. This one was more of a 3.5 than a 4 for me though, mainly because I felt the conflict to do with Gibson came out of left field and the ending was rushed and (view spoiler) I detest epilogues as a rule, but this is one story that would have benefited from one. ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
My favourite of the series so far.
Adria's Musings
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

There are two kinds of man whores. The unlikable, arrogant ones that lie just to get a woman in bed and the likable, honest ones who make women feel attractive and appreciated, even if it's just for one night. British expat Gibson Moore is the likable kind. Sort of. He isn't cruel to the women he's with, he just never stays with them long enough to form a relationship. Ironically, for a womanizer, Gibson is oblivious to the woman in front of him, his b
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here:

I love wedding books, and the Aisle Bound series has characters that grip me hard, so when I saw that Daphne and Gib were going to get their chance at a HEA, I couldn’t wait to pick up this book.

Daphne has been best friends with Gibson for longer than she can remember. She’s also crushed on him for just as long. But Gib’s a player and Daphne never wanted to jeopardize their friendship. One night when the power goes out, Daphn
Jillian Stein
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Friends to Lovers is the third book in Christi Barth’s Aisle Bound Series and admittedly the first in this series that I have read. Well, clearly I have been missing out because this book was so enjoyable!

Successful business co-owner and florist Daphne Lovell has been admiring her best friend, Gib, from afar for quite some time now. She has promised herself that one of these days she will make something out of it. So
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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FRIENDS TO LOVERS is why I love Christi Barth. This book so reminds me of PLANNING FOR LOVE, the first book in the series. Reading this book was like putting on a comfy pair of pjs. This is a book I couldn’t wait to read. I loved it from beginning to end.

Daphne Lovell is the florist and co-owner of Aisle Bound, a Chicago wedding consulting company. Gibson Moore is the suave British playboy and manager of the Cavendish Grand Hotel. They have been f
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
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I really enjoyed reading Friends to Lovers, it's definitely not your typical friends falling for each other kind of thing. At least it's not that way at first. Daphne Lovell and Gibson Moore have been friends for a while, they both have successful careers and amazing friends. As a florist and co-owner of a successful Chicago wedding planning business, she has always seen love in her job. But she hasn't been lucky in finding love for herself, o
My Book Addiction and More MBA
FRIENDS TO LOVERS by Christi Barth is an interesting Contemporary Romance set in Chicago. #3 in the "Aisle Bound" series, but can be read as a stand alone. This was my first read by this author, but it will not by my last.

Join Daphne Lovell,Wedding Planner and Gibson Moore, British expat, Hotel Manager on their journey to learning what is really important, and what love is truly all about.

I enjoyed the engaging,and sassy characters. What happens in the dark on New Year's Eve, doesn't always stay
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, netgalley, 2015
Aside from second chance romances, I think the friends to lovers romantic trope is my favorite. Since I first started this series, I’ve been looking forward to Gibson finding his match. I had a feeling it was going to be Daphne and when I read the blurb for this, I got really excited. If anyone was going to be strong enough to put an end to Gibson’s bachelor ways it would be Daphne.

I absolutely loved this book. I adored Daphne and her strength. There were moments that I wanted to be heartbroken
Kate Vale
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance
One of the favorite story lines in the genre, the title says it all in this new addition to the Aisle Bound series. Can best friends, florist Daphne Lovell and hotel manager Gibson Moore, stay friends after they become lovers? Of course, first they have to figure out how to make the move from friendship to something more. Daphne makes the first move and then has to endure how badly Gib fouls up their first "official" date. In spite of his much-reputed bachelor ways in winning women into his bed, ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
In Friends to Lovers by Christi Barth, Daphne Lovell is the florist and co-owner of a successful Chicago wedding planning business. As such she is always in other people’s happiest day. But does not have the same happiness in her life. She may date every once in a while but she has not had a steady relationship in a long time. The only steady things in her life are her friends, family and work. But the one constant is the torch she carries for her sexy, womanizing and very oblivious friend.

Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
Book #3 in the Aisle Bound series

Daphne & Gibson have been best friends for years. But Daphne has had a bit of crush on Gib & Gib is a serial womanizer. When Daphne plants a smoking hot kiss on Gib during a power outage on New Year's Eve, he's thrown for a loop. He can't get his mystery kisser out of his mind. Then his mind gets really blown when he finds out the mystery woman was Daphne.

The pair start dating, hoping they won't wreck their friendship, but it's a close call because Gib seems to h
Karen K. Miller
I won this book in a contest (Thanks Jamie!) and my first read of this author. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have read many romance novels but this was slightly different in its approach. Imagine kissing your best friend in the dark and him not knowing it is you. The characters were fresh and engaging. Their relationship, though rocky after the kiss, was sweet. I definitely want to read more of this series.
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Friends to Lovers, blew me away completely. Just when I thought I had a handle on what was going to happen, a crazy new twist popped up out of nowhere! Up until the very end I wasn’t sure the happy ever after would arrive!

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Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend the entire Aisles Bound series. You'll love the characters, relationships & stories. I can't wait to see what happens next in the Aisles Bound series. ...more
Fran Lucero
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun read. Have loved Gib and Daphane since the first book. A great series and this one is the best of all. Loved it.
Stacey Conrad
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read this in a day also. I like Daphne and rooted for her and Gibson to get their act together. Maybe because I married my own best friend.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That was my favorite in this series. Hands down the best one.
Caz Malpas
3.5 *'s sweet love story. ...more
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Really this should have been a four star because I loved so much about it. The issue was Daphne let Gib get away with all of his bull shit and it got so annoying.
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I love friends to lovers stories, so this one was right up my alley. Also, I ho doesn’t love a sexy, hunky Brit hero. All good things here.
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
This is kind of a modern and different cinderella story. It's about two best friends, Daphne Lovell and Gibson Moore who spend alot of time together but have never been more than friends for years. Though Daphne have a crush on Gibs, who doesn't see her more than a friend. He is to-die-for gorgoeus and women keep throwing themselves at him. That means he dates and sleeps around a lot. But when it comes to Daphne she is more like one of the guys to him. She have had enough and decides to do somet ...more
With a title like Friends to Lovers, it's clear what kind of story you will find. Sometimes the best romances come from a friends-to-lovers situation. This was indeed a good romance, a solid story that I very much enjoyed, and left me wanting to read the rest of this series.

From the beginning, I spent a good deal of the book with a smile on my face, from something one of the characters would say, or the way they would interact with each other. It was, in short, a fun romance. But it wasn't all s
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Friends to Lovers is the third book in Christi Barth’s Aisle Bound series. This is a sweet series that revolves around friends who own or work with a wedding planning business. It is a series that reads easily and will definitely put a smile on your face.

I found this third installment to be my favorite. I liked Gib from the very first book but for some reason I didn’t see him as a romance book hero. That probably has to do with the fact that I pictured hi
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USA TODAY bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series.

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (fo

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