When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger literally runs into Felicity Hills at a coffee shop and spills her iced mocha down the front of her shirt, she doesn’t think the embarrassing encounter will lead to anything more, let alone be the single event that causes her life to spiral out of control.
And now she can’t get him out of her head, and he’s making her question everything just when she thought she got a handle on this thing called life. Because Ben has it all. Good looks. A job as killer as his abs. Great hair and great skills in bed. There is no way someone as irresistible as him can be into someone like Felicity.
**Outside the Lines is a sexy, standalone rom-com, and book one in the Rebel Hearts Series, releasing November 15th!**
Title: Outside The Lines
Author: Emily Goodwin
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Comedy
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Rebel Hearts #1)
I’ve only ever experienced one Emily Goodwin book before those one and loved it, so having a chance to read this one before release was a no brainer. Especially when I found out that it was going to be a romantic comedy.
I’m a sucker for a good laugh and this book delivered that in spades.
What this book also delivered was two very real characters. Characters that I could connect to and feel for. One’s whose motivations felt real, and ones with lives built so well that they could very well be two people in my own life with as familiar as they came across as I read.
I have to admit though, I definitely connected a lot more to Felicity than I did Ben. She reminded me in a lot of respects of myself, which may have been the reason for the almost instant connection, or it could have been because she wasn’t your typical romantic heroine. She was more. She was real. She was a nerdy type of girl with a heart of gold, one who until Ben enters her life, seems pretty secure in who she is. But a girl who like a lot of us, no matter what our ages, has insecurities that when things seem to get a little too heavy or real, rear their ugly head.
Especially when a lot of the reasons for them to begin with happens to be thrown right in your path and despite your belief that you’re over it, you’re forced to deal with again on a day to day.
Ben came across the way a lot of romantic hero’s do in books, but he also had subtle differences to him that set him apart. Yes, he was the guy that for someone like Felicity should be unattainable, but who because of who he is and the type of person she is, is the perfect person for her, even if the both of them as things progress don’t entirely see it. Or they let other things get in their way.
They were so damn good together that it was impossible not to root for them. Their love story was equal parts emotional and humorous and everything that I imagine real love to be. At times it was a little messy, especially when outside forces get involved and try to take advantage of the girl Felicity once was, even getting their way a time or two, but it’s in the mess sometimes that you find something truly great and for these two they did.
Attraction to friendship to love, it was a brilliant progression in terms of the love story itself, but what I took away from this book was so much more. I saw a young woman, who for so long, buried herself away from the rest of the world, stood apart from others because she wasn’t quite like everyone else really come into her own. I saw her fight against those insecurities that we all have and in the end win. And the best part was, she didn’t go through it alone. Ben was right there growing and changing right along with her, making it so when it was time for the cards to be on the table, for it all to come together, they were the best versions of themselves, while still keeping the parts of them that made them who they are and who I happened to love so much.
For anyone who is a fan of romantic comedies, this is a must. It will keep you in stitches, while also giving you a wonderfully real romance, complete with some steam, infused with just the right amount of emotion to truly make you feel. This book, at least for this reader, had a little bit of everything and reminded me again as I read exactly what it is about romance that makes me love it so much.
My thanks to the author and all others involved for letting me read this before its official release. This was definitely a journey that I am glad that I was a part of.
Emily Goodwin is the author of the twice banned dark romance, STAY, as well as over a dozen other titles. Emily writes all types of romance, from love stories set in the zombie apocalypse to contemporary romances taking place on a western horse ranch. Emily lives in Indiana with her husband, children, and many pets, including a German Shepherd named Vader. When she isn't writing, Emily can be found riding her horses, designing and making costumes, and sitting outside with a good book.