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Better Together (Sweet Haven Farm Book 1)

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Love kindles when a fake engagement brings best friends together.

World Champion snowboarder, Wyatt Fernandez, should be hitting the slopes in the Andes and spending his days teaching as the new ski instructor. But an emergency means he’s heading off the family’s tree farm with his best friend, Harper. She’s too busy with her books and earning tenure to notice his hopes

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Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by City Owl Press
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Suze Lavender
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harper has worked hard for her successful academic career, but when her mother and husband need help at the family farm she doesn't hesitate and takes a break from work, even if it means risking the biggest achievement she might ever accomplish. Wyatt and Harper grew up together. They've been best friends ever since his uncle took him in. Harper's mother and Wyatt's uncle might be married, but Harper and Wyatt don't feel like brother and sister. Wyatt has a secret crush on Harper, but he doesn't ...more
Ramla Zareen Ahmad
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary-rom
5 STARS= Excellent= Immensely Enjoyable= I loved it...!

The book kept me engrossed, made me laugh, and warmed my heart. The writing was awesome! The author has a unique way of expressing the characters' thoughts and feelings which I found very appealing. Plus, I loved the dialogues, and the witty bantering between the main characters. Wyatt and Harper were realistic and lovable as individuals, and as a couple, they were, as the title says, better together! Their love shone throughout the story, t
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Susan Hamann
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first romance novel that I've given a 5 rating in a long time. I love that the Harper Bright, the female character in the book has a PhD and a career. She's worked hard for her career and is about to earn tenure. Then she realizes that she is in love with her best friend, Wyatt. He has a very different life than Harper has. He loves adventure while she loves security.

This book has elements of all romances, but the stresses that that this couple encounters are real and not contrived.
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Nicole Normand
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy from the author; this is my honest review
-It’s better to read the prequel first, Harvest Moon Homecoming. This story is about 10 years later.
-Wyatt and Harper start their friendship in the prequel. You can tell by the end of the book that they are close friends.
-Here, in this story, they are so much more. Now both adults and mature, they have to make do with what they have and take decisions according to their heart or their brain? Maybe both? They are such a great couple; they
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Elsbeth
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great, warm and lovely story!
With Wyatt, life never has a dull moment. In this book, Harper and he have one crazy adventure after the other. Even if Harper values a safe home and a good book.
I love the adventures and the banter between them.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Carolyn
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A very cute story! I enjoyed it very much. I appreciated how they were both willing to sacrifice for each other. They were a cute couple and I had fun reading it!
Renata Gill
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Better Together is proof that a contemporary romance doesnt need sex, strong language and violence to be enjoyed. This was a sweet fake fiance romance filled with lots of humour between Harper and Wyatt. They have been best friends for ten years since Harper's mom martied Wyatt's uncle, but one little white lie to Wyatt's father and they bith discover that they have deeper feelings for each other.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book.
Kim F
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An awesome book. Extremely entertaining, captivating and interesting read. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with strong, intriguing characters. I want to read more from this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Maria Thomas
This is my first Gussman book and overall I enjoyed it. I loved the friendship between Harper and Wyatt. They had so much fun and perfectly balanced the other. A real case of opposites attract. I loved their banter especially while they were in difficult situations. Much of their relationship was based on laughter. And their pretend argument was hilarious. I think both characters were likable and I cared about both of them but the story was aptly named because they really are better together. Wy ...more
Emma
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an extremely clean relationship book. It is a sweet friends to being in love friends. I found that about three quarters of the book was just Harper and Wyatt dancing around each other not knowing what the other was thinking or feeling. Harper realized she wanted more than friendship with Wyatt. Wyatt for about ten years has wanted Harper but thought she would never feel anything for him other than being friends. It was frustrating to keep reading the same thing over and over. Does she th ...more
Sara Lawson
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, easy read. The story moved at a good pace. I enjoyed the connection between the two main characters; it was easy to believe they had been best friends for a decade. The supporting characters felt real and multifaceted as well. Jessie Gussman did a great job showing the dilemma between not changing for the person you love and seeing your need to change as the result of loving someone.

I wish we could have had a glimpse of the growing up years of Harper and Wyatt, perhaps flashbacks
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Heidi
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Received this book as an ARC for my honest review.

The story line was ok. Wyatt has loved Harper for 10 years and Harper has no clue. They have been best friends for over 10 years. Harper gets a call that her step-father is in the hospital and they need Harper and hopefully Wyatt to take over the farm while he is in the hospital. They tried and tried to find people and finally they find a 3rd cousin that can come. Meanwhile, Wyatt's dad is trying to get him down to Chile to run the business and W
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Kim O'Daniel
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow what and amazing story! This was an extraordinarily well written and thought through. I so cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
This is Harper and Wyatt’s story. She has worked hard for her success, but when her mother needs help at the family farm she doesn't hesitate to take time off to go and help out, even if it means risking the biggest achievement she might ever accomplish. Wyatt and Harper grew up together. They've been best friends ever since his uncle took him in. her mom
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Linda
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
💕Will Wyatt and Harper's summer on the farm end in goodbyes or turn into a new start for their relationship?😕
July 11, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this sweet, clean romance between best friends Wyatt and Harper. He's a🏂 daredevil, she's into routine and security, but they've emotionally supported each other for years and suddenly realize that their paths may diverge permanently. But is that really something they can live with In order to pursue their individual dreams? Will they remain fr
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Sue
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-challenge
He is an adrenaline junkie that loves extreme sports. She is an introvert homebody that is seeking tenure as a professor of nutrition. They met as children when his uncle (the man that raised him) and her mother married. They have been best friends for forever and neither is aware of their attraction to each other.

When Wyatt’s uncle Fink is hospitalized in Arizona, he is talked into staying at the farm to help Harper plant for the fall harvest. A call from Wyatt’s father in Chile causes him to l
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Wanda
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Friends since they were children, Wyatt has loved Harper for the 10 years he has known her. Harper is just coming to realize the feelings she has for Wyatt involves more than friendship. The problem is they each are afraid to tell the other. When circumstances throw them together for the whole summer they have trouble keeping the line between friendship and love drawn. Each of them are willing to sacrifice their own happiness so that the other will be free to live the life they chose.
Will they
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M
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I tend to really love the "I fell for my best friend" stories. However, I was relieved that this book didn't contain the unnecessary third-part drama. It was lighthearted and fun and I truly enjoyed seeing both Harper and Wyatt overcome their fear of losing each others friendship in order to strive for something more. Of course the (not so) little push in that direction made it all the more fun and sweet. After all, seeing that Harper and Wyatt agree to go through with the sham and come out as a ...more
Nati
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wyatt has been in love with Harper, his best friend, from ten years, but he didn’t want to risk their friendship. But this summer will change their lifes. He is due to come back to Chile to run his father’s ski resort for good but and emergency make him stay with Harper helping with the family barn. Harpaer is about to get her tenure at the University. Can they have a chance together with Wyatt coming back to Chile and Harper securing an important job in Pennsylvania? A sweet story about love, f ...more
Carol
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. A world class skier and a homebody who is hoping for tenure at a college. He likes to travel and she wants to just stay home. He is staying at his uncle's home helping out since the uncle got sick. Harper and Wyatt have always been friends. At pressure from his father to come home to Chili to help run the ski resort, he panics and says he can't as he wants to stay with his fiance. As always, deceit comes back to bite you in the but. However, when push comes to shove, he can ...more
Delacey
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable clean romance. This story was sweet and funny with the H&h being pulled in many ways from Wyatt's dad wanting him in Chile, Harper up for tenure and her ties to the family farm and their mutual, yet unspoken feelings for each other. Both are reluctant to declare their feelings to each other and potentially ruin their amazing friendship. The journey to their HEA has a little excitement and plenty of laughs. Overall, a very enjoyable read. *I received an ARC of this book from ...more
Becca McCulloch
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pleasant romance with strong characters

The lead characters definitely own this story that ranges from Pennsylvania to Chile. Their obvious affection for each other creates heart and heat - and frustration as they stay apart for increasingly hard-to-accept reasons. But the plot delivers the expected HEA with enough charm to be satisfying. I wish the side characters had been better developed. The novel could’ve benefitted from a strong side story - but it’s a minor quibble in an otherwise entertai
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Miss
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harper and Wyatt are best of friends. They are polar opposites but they are perfect for each other. He is adventurous and she likes security. Harper is an intelligent and hardworking woman who knows her value. Wyatt brings out the best in her and he can not wait for her to see him as the man he is. I loved reading this story and I absolutely recommend it.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Margery Baker
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What will their future hold?

I was very pleasantly surprised with this book! Harper and Wyatt have been the best of friends throughout their lives in spite of or because of their different interests and personalities. Their story picks up when they are both faced with decisions that will affect the rest of their lives and put them on different continents. The writing, story, and characters combine for one really good read!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Patricia Baxes
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You’re going to want grab this book right now...Ohmigod it’s such a good read! Harper and Wyatt are such awesome characters. This story is so well written; the characters are amazing; the trials and tribulations faced by Harper and Wyatt will drive you crazy as they make the journey to their HEA. I loved this story! (I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book and was totally caught up in story!) ❤❤ ...more
Margaret McGovern
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars Excellent sweet contemporary romance. Wyatt and Harper grew up together. He loves to roam and find exciting things to do such as bungee jumping etc. Harper is an academic and is up for tenure yet she has always cared for Wyatt but both are afraid to ruin their friendship. Issues come up at the Family farm and it involves both of them. I received a complementary copy via Hidden Gems and chose to write a review. The author did a good job building the characters so they are believable.
Janet Graham
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Sweet and Clean Love Story
This is a warm, sweet and clean love story. It is friends to lovers and opposites attract. The plot has some interesting twists and a wonderful ending. The characters are more than believable. I especially enjoyed the witty banter. I want to read more of this author's work. I received this ARC book for free and this is my honest review.
Karen
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a darling read, I was hooked from the beginning. Part of that was the plot, I definitely enjoyed it, but a good chunk of it was the writing itself. It was a joy to read such a well written, properly paced, and perfectly punctuated piece. Not all novels are created equal; this one stands out.
Tanya
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
He was going home to help and he is going to take his best friend. They each feel something for each other but have not spoken about it. He has said that she was his fiancee but he didnt expect her to clamping with it all. Can they tell each other what they really feel for each other? See if they can

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Julia Lance
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Wyatt and Harper’s story. I’m so glad that I read this one second. After building a friendship for so many years Wyatt and Harper are skiddish to take it to the next level. I was a little worried they wouldn’t get there. This story was so much fun with a lot of edge of your seat moments. I love it! Can’t wait to read more from this Author!
Valentina
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harper's mother needs help at the family farm. Wyatt and Harper grew up together. Wyatt has a secret crush on Harper but doesn't think that she feels the same way. I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the storyline and plot. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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