I adore the Harlequin Romance series for its varied voices.
Some readers think the series is too 'sweet' and avoid it but let me tell you, as an author who writes for the series and who reads widely across it, these romances are packed with sizzle, sexual tension adding to the page turning quality of the books.
Some books in the series are lighter (eg. The Fun Factor mini series most of my books appear in) and some are emotional heart-wrenchers.
Nikki Logan's Friends to Forever is the latter.
Here's the blurb:
She was the high school princess. He was the high school nobody.
But Marc Duncannon and Beth Hughes were the best of friends—until a heated kiss exposed secrets and ruined everything….
Ten years later Beth seeks out Marc, and finds him battling to save a stranded whale. Together on a lonely Australian beach, they face exhaustion, the elements and their own personal demons—for Beth and Marc need to save each other, too. They discover that their friendship is worth fighting for—but between them might be something even stronger…perhaps a love that could last a lifetime…?
I remember reading Nikki Logan's debut and being blown away.
This book hasn't changed my opinion of her writing style.
Friends to Forever is character driven all the way.
An alcoholic heroine battling her demons and an emotionally scarred hero in desperate need of loving.
The poignant and realistic way in which they deal with their past is truly magical to read.
And I love how Nikki layers nature into all her books (this one features saving a stranded whale.)
An excellent, emotional read.
What are you reading this weekend?