Type: Contemporary Romance
My copy: Sent
Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?
Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.
Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.
She’s always been his best friend.
He’s always been hers.
She’s in love with him.
He’s … not in love with her.
He’s … marrying someone else.
He’s … hiding something.
He’s … well—it’s complicated
This book. The feels. Harley and Rose was my first book by Carmen Jenner, so I had no expectations going in. None. I loved the blurb and thought it sounded good. Once I finished the book, I sat there emotionally spent. I felt every word in this book. And loved it. Even as my heart lay shattered.
Rose has always loved Harley. In her heart, he has always been hers. They were meant to be together, but somehow they went down different paths. When she thought she had lost him forever, she somehow finally gets the opportunity to try and get out of the friend zone. Or so she thought.
I loved Rose from the start. She thought she had lost Harley, but never lost herself. She was spirited, funny and likeable. At times I felt my heart breaking for her and at others I wanted her to just move on. She deserved to be happy. But to her, happiness was Harley.
What can I say about Harley? One minute I was loving him and the next I wanted to strangle him. He could be very harsh in his dealings with Rose and it broke my heart. But every once in a while, we would see a different side. It gave me hope.
While reading, we get flashbacks to their past and it gives us so much insight to their story and history. Carmen Jenner very beautifully told this story with a balance between then and now. It helped us understand what led to where they were now. And it also makes you fall in love with these two. Root for them and hope that in the end, they will find their way.
And then everything is shattered. The big twist/reveal at the end explained so much, but also left us gutted. You need to read this book and experience it for yourself. It is really hard to say anything else without giving away important details. Just know this is a very emotional read that will stay with you for a long time. It has angst, love, humor, and heartbreak. It will keep you captivated until the very end.
Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner was a 5-star emotional read for me.