Calling Hazel Bradford a free spirit is an understatement of an understatement. She’s impulsive, lacks verbal filters and reflects her personality in her design choices. When she first met Josh Im in college, she was awed by him but their first encounter was memorable for all the wrong reasons. It’s now ten years later and they meet again in surprising circumstances but this time become fast friends.
I’m a fan of friends-to-lovers stories and this one is best in class. Hazel is a force and her antics were more than entertaining. Josh is a steadying factor who is almost polar opposite of her but has an appreciation for her uninhibited nature. When his romance falls apart, Hazel goes on a mission to get him back in the game and becomes his fiercest protector and friend. I loved their relationship as best friends and how it evolved, slowly without guile or subterfuge. It was fun being a voyeur and recognizing what they were creating before it occurred to them.
It was a delightful story that I was sorry to see end. Both of the narrators captured their characters’ personalities (though the male version of Hazel was quite a bit off). The epilogue was really wonderful, capping off an already great story. This author continues to be an auto read (listen) and I even started this one without even reading the book description. That’s how sure I was that this was going to be a good time.
- Release Date: September 4, 2018
- Narrators: Todd Haberkorn & Jayme Mattler
- Audio Length: 7 hours, 16 minutes