Friday, October 18, 2013

Review ~ FRIENDS TO LOVERS by Christi Barth

As florist and co-owner of a successful Chicago wedding planning business, Daphne Lovell has been there for the happiest days of other people's lives. As for her own life? Well, it's hard to be perfectly happy when you're carrying a torch for your sexy, womanizing and oblivious best friend. So when the lights go out on New Year's Eve, she seizes the opportunity to kiss him senseless.
British expat Gibson Moore has a lot on his plate. The hotel he manages is being bought out, his family is crazy and someone just kissed him in the dark. When the lights go on, he searches the room, trying to find the mystery pair of lips. Only, he never thinks to ask the woman standing by his side. He's shocked when he discovers that Daphne is the woman he's been searching for. But Gib's also eager to act upon the attraction for her he's always fought to ignore.
It takes trust to move from friends to lovers, and as Gib's work situation worsens, he is no longer sure he can risk the friendship he relies on most. It's up to Daphne to convince him that some things are worth fighting for…


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 friends for years and know each other pretty well.
Things for them change at a New Year’s Eve wedding, when the lights go out.  Daphne takes the opportunity to give Gib a kiss that will ruin him for other women.  When Gib finally learns Daphne was his kiss goddess, he convinces her to give him a chance.  Unfortunately for Gib, he doesn’t think things through all the way.  Initially, he misses seeing the unique person in front of him.
Gib’s world gets rocked to its core.  He’s forced to do something he doesn’t want to do.  But through it all, Daphne is his biggest supporter.  When its time to be strong and have faith, she manages to have enough for both of them.
I love that Christi gave us background on both Gib’s and Daphne’s past.  At times, that background is unbelievable and heartbreaking.  I can’t even begin to explain how much I just love all the characters in this book.  As a unit, Ivy, Ben, Sam, Mira, Gib and Daphne truly show you what friendship and loving someone is all about.  Together they have all formed a strong bond that can never be broken.
Daphne and Gib are so great together.  This book will make you laugh, cry and be glad that you are a reader of romance.  Bottom line....FRIENDS TO LOVERS is a book truly about friendship and love.  Realizing that you need them both to be happy.  And knowing that when you have both love and friendship that you are home no matter where you are.  
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: October 14, 2013
Book Length: 228 pages
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available in only in eBook

FRIENDS TO LOVERS can be purchased from Amazon and other eRetailers

Books in the Aisle Bound Series
1. Planning for Love (review)
2.  A Fine Romance (review)

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