When I heard that Whitney G was writing a stand alone, friends to lovers book I was so excited!! I love this trope and she didn’t disappoint me, it was so much fun to read.
Carter James has been writing notes to Arizona Turner since the fourth grade. It was hate at first sight, but ever since she stood up to him in fifth grade they became best friends and have been by each other’s side through thick and thin.
Now 23, Carter has never had a girlfriend for longer than 6 months and Arizona is looking for the perfect boyfriend, using her trusty spreadsheets to measure risks and returns when considering potential relationships.
Nobody can understand how they are friends, but have never considered crossing the line. They see each other as brother and sister, never once seeing the other as anything remotely sexual.
However, all of a sudden BOOM – something shifts and they are starting to feel things that they don’t understand, but they can’t ignore either.
“You look really fucking beautiful today.”
I cut her off, looking at her and wondering why I’d never seen just how stunning she was before.
“Really fucking beautiful…”
It’s the summer before they go their separate ways, Arizona to culinary school, and Carter to study Law, and what starts off as Carter trying to help Ari get casually laid as opposed to her usual MO of over-thinking and analysing everything, turns into the two of them exploring each other instead.
They are both scared of losing their close bond and friendship, and so are pretty much in denial of what is happening on the surface, but deep down they feel how their relationship is evolving.
“I was pretty sure I loved him, and not in the way I loved him before.”
When Ari gets the chance to pursue her dreams at one of the top culinary schools in the world, Carter does what he thinks he needs to do in order for her to realise that dream, but Arizona doesn’t necessarily agree.
I devoured it, and yeah I thought it was a bit cheesy how they suddenly realised the other was a total hottie, but I DIDN’T CARE. It was a great story with the perfect Whitney G steamy factor and two very likeable characters. How could I not love Arizona, she loves spreadsheets and I am a sucker for Excel. What can I say?
Did Carter pull a douche move towards the end? Yeah maybe, but his heart was in the right place and you gotta have a little bit of angsty drama otherwise it’d be boring. I knew I should have trusted him because he loved her and you could see that right from the start.
I really bloody loved it, and it was nice reading some of the notes from their school days, a nice touch to show us their past. (view spoiler)[I loved how they had their first kiss together, but it was just a practice for their real first kisses with other people. They never even acknowledged that they had their first kiss together. So obliviously in love, even when they were 12 😀 (hide spoiler)]
This is a standalone, told in dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review