Wednesday, July 16, 2014

~Review: Sweet Girl by Cristin Harber~

Sometimes falling in love means going through the worst kind of hell.

Nicola Hart grew up under the heels of her older brother and his sexy best friend, Cash Garrison. Years of ignoring her spark with Cash has transformed their friendship into a slow burning sizzle. One night with him could ruin everything. Or it could be more than she ever dreamed. They play. They flirt. But they haven't crossed the line because too much is at stake. Family. Friendship. And the deepest kind of love that she'd have to be crazy to walk away from.

She's his best friend's little sister. The definition of hands off. Cash has tried to ignore her for years. Those innocent eyes and her smile that screams kiss-me-if-you-dare... Instead, he's looked at every pretty little thing who's crossed his path, all to ignore the girl he seems destined to want. But when his hard partying ways get old and everyone at school is interested in Nicola, it's time to stake a claim. To make Nicola his girl, no matter the risks, and hold the hand of the one he really loves.

Sweet Girl is the novel length prequel to USA Today best-selling Garrison's Creed. Before Cash and Nicola can fall in love forever, they have to suffer through their first love.

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Nicola Hart has loved Cash Garrison all her life.  She has followed him around like a puppy and never received any indication that the feels she has are returned.  Cash is her older brother’s best friend and they do everything together.  That includes protecting Nicola from advances from guys even when she is interested.  When Nicola hits her sophomore year of college the protection becomes a little too much, so Nicola and her BFF decide to get their own place off campus and live a little.  Nicola also comes to the conclusion that it is time to move on and leave her childhood crush behind.  She now believes that he will always see her as a little sister, sprout and not a possible girlfriend.
Cash is having a difficult time leaving Nicola alone.  He has finally admitted to himself that she is more than his BFF’s sister and he wants more from her than just being a friend and protector.  The question is can Nicola see him as more?  With that in mind, Cash begins a campaign to win and woo Nicole over and have her see him as more.  He knows that he has a lot to overcome to win her for his own but he is willing to fight for her.  The first thing he has to do is convince her that she is his and then his best friend that he is the one for his sister.  Cash realizes that his reputation as a ladies man is a big handicap but the prize is worth the effort. 
Nicola begins to accept the relationship that Cash is offering.  She cannot escape a sense of dread; something is not right about the internship that she is working on for semester credit.  The facts don’t add up, her boss is acting really weird and the men that she sees hanging around give her the willies.  What is going on at her job?  Will Cash convince her brother that Nicola belongs to him?  Can they find a way to be together?  Or will they be pulled apart?

Hero –Cash Garrison: 4.5 stars
Heroine –Nicola Hart: 4.5 stars
Steam: 5 stars 
Plot: 4.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: Yes

Would I recommend this book: Yes! When love is denied, lives are forever changed and this book is all about true love and the consequences of taking the wrong step when given different choices.  Beautifully written story of young lovers that found each other only to lose that love because of evil that exists and destroys everything in its path. This is a prequel to Garrison’s Creed and it finishes the story where Sweet Girl leaves off.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! Ms. Harber is a remarkable writer that makes her readers part of the story through the emotions she creates.  I laughed, cried and empathized with each of the characters she created.  Cannot wait to read the next book in this series, Garrison’s Creed!

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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