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Quiet Love by Helena Rac
Series: Chapter of Love #2
(Can be read as a standalone)
Publisher: Tryst Books
Publication Date: April 24, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Daniel has been best friends with Rose since they were born. He’s been in love with her for years. The only problem? She has no idea, and he’s not about to tell her and ruin their friendship. The solution? Leave Chicago to travel the world, pursue his dream of becoming a photojournalist, and try to forget the red lips that he could kiss for hours. If only she’d let him…
Rose knows true love is out there somewhere; she just has to try hard enough to find it. That’s become more complicated, though, since her best friend Daniel has moved in with her after being away for two years. Somehow thoughts of him keep getting in the way, making her morning showers a little too hot for comfort. If only he’d see…
In Helena Rac’s second novel, best friends become roommates and discover through sloppy towel tucks, stargazing adventures, and a very sexy photo shoot that sometimes love can be found in the most unlikely place: right in front of you.
Quiet Love is a tale of friendship, unrequited love, and unexpected love. A love that sneaks up on you, and makes you realize that sometimes you find love where you’re least expecting it.
This is the story of two lifelong best friends, Daniel and Rose.
Daniel has been in love with Rose for years. The problem is, Rose has no idea. Daniel keeps waiting for the right moment to tell her how he feels, but that moment never seems to come.
Believing Rose will never see him that way, Daniel focuses on his career and goes on a photography trip around the world for two years – hoping being away from Rose will cure him of his love for her. But things don’t really work out as planned when Daniel returns and realizes no time away will make him stop loving Rose.
Rose is looking for “the one”. She’s convinced it’ll be love at first sight; an automatic spark that will let her know she’s met the man with whom she’s supposed to spend the rest of her life. So imagine her surprise when she starts having feelings for Daniel when he returns from his two-year long trip. She’s confused by this, and isn’t quite sure what to do.
I love the friends-to-lovers trope. I think it may be because I believe the best relationships happen when you start out as friends. This is the case with Daniel and Rose. Their lifelong friendship forms a strong and solid foundation for their relationship to grow.
There is a lot of waiting in this book. Waiting for Daniel to tell Rose how he feels. Waiting for them to take their friendship to the next level. Waiting for Rose to realize how deep her feelings are. This would have been annoying had it not been for the fact that they were each hesitating because of their feelings. It wasn’t a misunderstanding, or miscommunication. They were actively not communicating to each other about their feelings. Again, this would have been annoying, but I empathize with both Daniel and Rose. Being vulnerable is difficult. Showing or expressing your feelings is scary, especially when you are unsure what the outcome will be. Rose and Daniel have the added complication of a lifelong friendship – neither one wants to do anything that would destroy or hurt that friendship.
In the end I’m happy with how this story progressed. Quiet Love is a funny, sweet, sexy, heartwarming story, and I’ll definitely be reading more by Helena Rac in the future.
If you’re a fan of the friends-to-lovers trope served with a side of unrequited love, then you’ll love this book.
I received an ARC from the author and Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
The night is nothing short of perfect. The air is warm, there’s barely any wind, and the moon is young, so the sky is dark, laced with thousands of stars. We find our spot along the beach, well away from the other stargazers, and set down our sleeping bags, a couple of blankets, and our cooler.
Our eighties playlist is playing softly in the background while we enjoy the night. Daniel takes photos, and every so often he shows me an image he’s caught on camera. I’m in awe. He really is amazing. The way he sees the world is so different from how most of us do – angles and frames and visions that capture the beauty of everything that surrounds us, including the stars. Even in the dark, I can see a twinkle in his eyes, that same look he has when he picks up his camera. Confident. In charge. Sexy.
I squeeze in between Daniel and the telescope and lean into the eyepiece. I’m instantly fascinated by what I see. The star flickers like it’s dancing in the sky. There are hues of red and orange and gold, and it sparkles like a gem.
I’m equally distracted because Daniel is standing right behind me. He hasn’t moved an inch. His chest presses against my back, and I tense for a moment, unsure of his intent. His scent makes its way to me, and my eyes flutter closed for an instant. I inhale and savor the way he makes me feel. My initial tense reaction gives way to a new one – one that confuses me and excites me all at the same time. Goosebumps cover my arms, and my breath hitches in my throat. I can’t help but shiver from the sparks that travel through my body.
His response is not what I expect. Yet, even though I’m afraid to admit it to myself, it’s quite possibly what I hoped for. He wraps his arms around me so they criss-cross just above my waist. He starts to rub my arms, warming my skin and melting the goosebumps – and my whole body. My mind is screaming, Do not cross the friendship boundary! No good can come of it. Thank goodness for my sensible brain. Too bad I don’t always listen to it.
On that thought, I can’t help but relax into him. His strong, lean frame envelops me, and I’m aware of the contours of his body and the heat that radiates between us. I nestle into his shoulder and look up at the stars above us. He buries his nose in my hair and inhales deeply. Here, away from the city lights, it seems as though it’s just Daniel and me and our newfound closeness.
“Hey, there’s a shooting star.” I point to where it’s trailing across the sky. “Did you see it?”
“Hope you made a wish,” he whispers in my ear, and I swear his lips graze my skin. I shiver again, unable to control my reaction.
Copyright © Quiet Love 2017 by Helena Rac
Meet the Author: Helena Rac
Life is sweeter with romance novels. That’s why Helena Rac writes contemporary romances about sassy, everyday heroines and swoon-worthy heroes – stories that warm your heart, put a smile on your face, and make you fall in love.
When she’s not writing, Helena loves spending time with her two lovely girls and her incredibly supportive husband. She plays adult by day; enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring the outdoors; and reads way past her bedtime.
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About Sweet Bliss:
Title: Sweet Bliss
Author: Helena Rac
Publisher: Tryst Books
Series: Chapters of Love #1
Date Released: November 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Series Romance
From debut author Helena Rac, a sassy, sexy comic tale of second-chance romance and the many uses of icing. Tessa loves cupcakes. They’re tasty and comforting, and they’ve made her bakery a success. Men, on the other hand, are unreliable jerks who are bound to break her heart. Even if they’re hot enough to melt her frosting. Tessa is smitten with Luke after a less than graceful encounter on the streets of Chicago, and fate keeps reuniting them. She’s certain he’d be delicious in bed, but there’s just one problem: Tessa’s sworn off long-distance romances, and Luke lives in London. Besides, he’s proven himself to be bad news. Although Tessa’s sexy stranger swears to set aside his player ways after she carries out sweet revenge, she’s far too smart to believe in happily-ever-afters. Luke will need to use every weapon in his arsenal – including a spatula or two – to convince Tessa they’re meant to be together.
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