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Hedging His Bets by Laura   Carter
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The start of this book kept surprising me, in the best ways. When it started out with a flashback scene between a young boy and girl, I thought surely this was the book's couple, their origin story. But then we flash ahead sixteen years and meet a very cocky and confident adult Jake, who sexes up his best friend and reveals the easy-going, no-strings nature of their friendship. Jess is an up-and-coming fashion designer, and she seems like a cool chick. Which had me wondering...wait, is this the heroine of the story? Then in Jess's perspective, the story takes a deeper turn, diving into her past—how it defines her—and dropping hints about how perfect she actually might be for Jake.

The banter between Jake and Jess is fun, and their dynamic so natural and easy. I love that Jake doesn't hold her to an impossible standard of beauty. And that they're not afraid to openly appreciate one another, even as friends.

This story is unexpectedly lovely. It explores the beauty in loneliness, the comfort in friendship. Through the polar-opposite voices of the two main characters, the author weaves a narrative of love, intimacy, friendship, loss, fear, hope... And growing up. It's a story you can sink into, get lost in.

And oh, OH the FEELS! The end of this story, although a little angsty, is just perfect, and it made me tear up. You know those moments that make your eyes wet and have you clutching your chest? This was one of those.

Do you love romance with heart, heat, and life-long friendships? One-click this one RIGHT NOW! Even though it's #3 in the series, it easily stands alone.
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Reading Progress

May 23, 2018 – Started Reading
May 24, 2018 – Finished Reading
May 26, 2018 – Shelved

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