Friends to Lovers by Christi Barth

Posted September 7, 2014 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments

Friends to Lovers by Christi BarthFriends to Lovers by Christi Barth
Series: Aisle Bound #3
Format: eBook
Published by Carina Source: Purchased
Genres: Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance
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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…

So this is the third book in a series, a series I literally know nothing about, but I was looking for a book where two close friends end up together and this one kept coming up in the forums as being awesome, so I decided to jump right into the middle of the series. I’m very glad that I did, because I did seriously enjoy this book, and it could easily be read without having known all the backstory behind some of the other characters in the previous books.

I love the whole Gibson being an ex-pat Brit who comes from a wealthy family, but who left it all behind him and made his own way in America, coming to manage an awesome five-star hotel in Chicago. I love Chicago (home to my favorite airport of all time, yes I know I am a weirdo). I thought he was a really interesting guy and that his character really evolves over the course of the book. I mean he is known for being a serial dater in the beginning of the book but when he starts seeing Daphne and his family issues start to come back into the picture, then he really has to hunker down and decide what’s important to him in life, and I really loved that about him.

I also really liked Daphne, she is really independent and she is very career oriented/driven. I loved that about her. I also really loved that she didn’t roll over for anyone, she makes Gibson work to get her, she doesn’t just go with the flow or become a doormat because she wants a guy.

I love the cast of friends in this book as well, it makes me want to go back and read the other books in this series just so I can get to know them a little better. I thought the writing was really good and so was the pacing. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, I loved that I was invested in the characters, that there were moments that made me laugh out loud, that their were moments that pulled at my heartstrings, and I loved the Chicago backdrop. I would highly recommend this book.

About Christi Barth

Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.
A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance.
Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.

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