Title: YOU'RE STILL THE ONE
Series: Country Blues #1
Author: Rachel Harris
Format: Kindle, 254 Pages
Published: Entangled: Bliss (February 15, 2016)
ISBN: ASIN: B0191KRD54
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Love is one dare neither of them can take...
Arabella Stone, Nashville’s darling, is eager to shuck her prim-and-proper rep, and a few wild months spent checking items off her “ summer bucket list” is the way to do it. First up: kiss the man she’s crushed on since she wore a training bra, the bad boy of country himself, Blue bassist Charlie Tucker.
For Charlie, a beautiful woman flirting with him isn’t out of the norm—but a beautiful woman bolting after the hottest kiss of his life sure is. And when he finds out his kiss-and-run Cinderella is none other than Arabella Stone, daughter of his label’s CEO, he knows he’s in trouble. Because not only is she a Stone, she’s also his employee for the next few months at the recording studio he just bought.
Over the course of one thrilling summer, Arabella and Charlie chip away at her bucket list and fight the simmering attraction between them...knowing that once it's all over, so is their time together.
"Baby girl, you destroy me," he whispered against her lips. "You have to tell me if you don't want this because I'm holding on by a thread."
"Then let go," she whispered in reply.
YOU'RE STILL THE ONE by Rachel Harris is a sweet and sexy contemporary romance. It is the first book in the author's new Country Blues series. It is the story of Nashville's bad boy Charles Tucker and Nashville's princess Arabella Stone. If you have read the third book in Rachel's Love and Games series, ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE, you will recognize some of the supporting cast in YOU'RE STILL THE ONE. ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE featured Tyler & Sherry Blue's story. Tyler is another country music superstar, Charles Tucker's best friend, and the co-founder with Charles of their band. Tyler and Sherry Blue both appear in YOU'RE STILL THE ONE. No worries if you haven't read it. It is not necessary to have read ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE to fully enjoy YOU'RE STILL THE ONE.
As the story opens, we find that Arabella has a bucket list and Charles is on it. We also discover that Charles has starred in Arabella's dreams since she was fourteen. Now she's twenty-two and wants Charles to notice her as a woman and not as a child. She also wants to be successful on her own; and not because she's her Daddy's girl. To that end, she has secured an internship in the music industry away from home for the summer without her father's help. Imagine her surprise when she learns that Charles is co-owner of the studio where she's interning! Her time with Charles will be limited as it's only for the summer, but she plans to make every minute count. I liked both the characters but wanted to shake Charles more times than I can count!
I want to applaud the author on bringing attention to teenage depression - a subject that is most-often ignored- herein. Charles' niece, Abby, with whom he was very close, has suffered from it. The focus was a positive one and didn't detract from the story in the least. Applause!
Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this read.
She simply wanted one night to live out her fantasy. For as long as she could remember, Charlie Tucker had been the guy, and tonight, all she wanted was for him to see her as more than just a little kid. To actually see her as someone desirable.
To simple see... her.
Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)
"Bass players have bigger instruments." Charlie's slow grin curled her toes and he added, "We also do it deeper."
YOU'RE STILL THE ONE is well-written with lots of humor. Unfortunately, it took me a bit to get into it, but, once I did, I didn't want to put it down. It could have been the book or the mood I was in... In hindsight, I'm glad I stuck with it or I would have missed the delightful tap dance between these two. Rachel has never failed to wow me with her fabulous endings and this book's finale is no exception leaving me with a happy case of the warm fuzzies. I would recommend YOU'RE STILL THE ONE to anyone who enjoys light contemporary romances. If you're a fan of the country music industry, that would be an added incentive!