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  • A bit too much back and forth, but otherwise fun..

    3.5 stars — I will admit that I have not read any Austen books, including Emma. But as I was reading this book I realized I did know another Emma retelling really well: Clueless!! It helped to have that in the back of my mind in some ways, to sort of acknowledge certain aspects of the story that were likely inspired by the original. I really enjoyed certain aspects of this story, but there were others that I kind of lost interest in. This is the second book I’ve read by Ms. Hart, and I think we might not be a reader/author match, just in terms of her style of writing. In general I enjoyed it, but there were little things that didn’t work for me (you know, things that are hard to articulate). Tyler was a pretty swoony book boy…I mean, until he was a bonehead, but I guess Cam doesn’t get a monopoly on that (more on that later). I really loved that he was a nice, good guy — almost a beta boy, MY FAVE. He was sweet, considerate, funny, endearing, earnest…just an easy guy to fall in love with. I ached for what happened to him in the past, and at least some of that explained his continued friendship with Kyle. There were things he did/said that made me stand up and cheer, but there were also things that felt…not quite out of character, but a little forced I guess. In particular the way he behaved in the conflict. It didn’t feel authentic to me, more like just forcing the plot to go where it must. But at least it didn’t last forever. Cam was…Cam had these fabulous moments, but in general was very frustrating to read. Ironically, perhaps not for the same reason as other readers. I actually enjoy a good ugly duckling type trope (even though this is more about class/cliques than appearance), so I wasn’t completely bothered by her super low self-esteem. I appreciated that her backstory explained why she was quite so vehement about her shelves stuff. I think it was the back and forth that wore me down — it was like one too many times of her being in, and then doubting herself. It got to be that even I wasn’t understanding her anymore. I loved that she was this super unique girl, happy to fly her freak flag in general, and passionate about the things she was passionate about. I didn’t mind her matchmaking in general, but the Martin/Bayleigh stuff was hard for me to take (so much second hand embarrassment). Honestly, if I hadn’t remembered about Clueless, and was then reminded of Tai and Travis, I probably would have had way less patience. As for the two of them together? Outside of all the back and forth angst, I actually thought they were super adorable together! They made me laugh, their initial steamy scenes were pretty hot (the last one was strangely boring), they were just plain cute. Lots of fun secondary characters in this one, from all the folks at Wasted Words, to Jack, to Tyler’s family. They definitely added some colour. I’ll probably round up in the end, though this one was harder to decide. I was initially leaning towards rounding down, but writing out this review left me with a better taste in my mouth, so I’ll go with it.

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  • Good

    Pulls the heart strings to see the relationship of Cam and Tyler change.

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  • Friends to Lovers Perfection

    Oh my sweet lord.. this is the ultimate friends-to-lovers novel. It had that angst, that nervousness (maybe a tad much, but that would so have been me, so I loved it), that newness, and embracing it, that "FINALLY" from all the friends, also the "wow, really, YOU TWO? Well, good on you." I absolutely utterly loved this novel. I felt the Emma theme underneath without it ever feeling like a copy or strict modernization of it. The red thread led through but was never a blue print to copy. Yet, it also didn't stray too far, claiming one model as its basis but not taking much from it. Cam and Tyler.. two worlds apart, yet in their funky tiny world they are one and the same and goodness sweet, sexy, funny, goofy perfection. Ms Hart managed to utterly draw me in, I want to spend some time at Wasted Words, the bar/book store, go bowling with the guys, only to see Tyler's miserable bowling skills, dress up for singles night and have Cam work her magic on me, and simply hang out. The world created is one so vivid, with so much detail, I could easily mistake it for real. The story and characters perfectly captured the feel for me, the blunders and soaring heights on the way from turning a beautiful friendship into a flourishing new romantic relationship. And dear lord, all the side characters, I want to know ALL their stories.

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  • Friends to lovers

    Such a bumpy ride along a beautiful story of love winning in the end

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  • I love the entire story

    I am so in love with Cam and Tyler 😍 they really meant for each other.

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