BOOK TOUR & BOOK REVIEW: Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner

October 19, 2016



Once upon a time they had been more than friends….
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Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?
Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.
Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.
She’s always been his best friend.
He’s always been hers.
She’s in love with him.
He’s … not in love with her.
He’s … marrying someone else.
He’s … hiding something.
He’s … well—it’s complicated.

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"I'll be waiting, Wendy. Second star to the right. I’ll be waiting.”

There is no greater and wonderful feeling than to love and be loved. It's sooo heartwarming..butterflies in your tummies, a permanent smile plastered on your face, fantasies and anticipations here and there and countless happy memories. What's more wonderful when it's someone you consider not just your lover, but your best friend, your soul mate and a piece of yourself. However though, Sir Isaac Newton said, "For every action there is equal and opposite reaction". So as much how beautiful and wonderful the feeling is, the moment it was ripped into you, it's equally as painful as someone ripped your heart out.

Harley and Rose' tale of love is equally wonderful and painful. To be honest, I thought of the book as another friends to lovers story or another second chance love story so because I'm a sucker of that I am so giddy and excited to get my hands on it not knowing what awaits me. The leads are our modern Wendy and Peter Pan. These references made me swoony and giggly. How brilliantly portrayed it was and cleverly written that made my heart leaped in glee. It was so cute knowing how they met and how everything bloomed into something else. Harley is Rose' first kiss and the one she gave herself too. They shared each other's first. They shared not just friendship but something so strong that despite years that have wasted and even heartbreaks no one and I mean no one could break the bond they both shared. Started in the day Harley was ditched on his wedding day, the emotion and my interest of the story heightened and escalated especially given flashbacks that gave a strong foundation of the story and where would it lead me. I am so confused because clearly the attraction of the two is so strong, the sexual tension is felt all over. I have met the quirky and hilarious Rose and of course Harley. Harley, the man of the show. The man who stole Rose' heart, the man I have grown to love and the man that after all this time made me want to cry so damn much.

He’s the original lost boy, and he’s always been so damn good at getting me to follow behind him like a lovesick Wendy with Peter.
It rings in a new dawn, one where Harley isn’t the center of my Earth and I’m not the center of his, and just like that, I’m lost. I’m no longer tethered to this man. I’m no longer his future— I’m his past, and he’s mine. But that’s all we are. Ex-lovers. Friends? Maybe one day, but for now are just two people who’ve clung to one another for so long we forgot we weren’t the only two to exist. We forgot we weren’t a whole, but two separate pieces. It will kill me, but I have to let go of Harley Hamilton, because he’s already let go of me. And there is nothing sadder than a woman clinging to a ghost.
And everything just dawned in me. Gone the frustrations on why I wanted to smack some sense with these two but pure understanding of what really is behind everything and why it turned to something I never expected. I feel their pain, the heartbreak, the lost moments and everything in between. There started the reason of how I am a mess right now. I went to work with my eye so damn sore and puffy and with my nose blocked. The book is trying to kill me. I keep on crying because I never expected that turn of the events. I was utterly devastated because I didn't see it coming. I was so hell bent on my frustrations that when I learned and of what happened I have nothing left to say but sobbed until I bawled like a baby. It took me even so damn long to finish the book because I just cannot continue reading with my heart full of pain. When I was young, I believe the saying, "Friends do fall in love and when they do it will be the best love forever." And that's how I thought about Rose and Harley. That's the reason why even until the end I was rooting for them. I was looking for a miracle. I don't care how it will be written but I needed their HEA like my next breath. Harley is right, given the choice, why would he left Rose, stop fighting and learn to let go when all he wanted is to give her happiness, to give her the fancy wedding she always wanted, to give her anything she wanted, and to hold her everyday? My God, this was just one of those moments I bawled like a baby because I feel the pain each of them carried in their chest. I feel the longing and that will to fight but to have no chance at all. But damn! despite what I needed, I appreciated how it ended. This just feels real but then I cannot deny the fact that even several hours after when I thought of their story I cannot help but cry of pure joy and pain and I tell you. I was looking for miracle still. 
“Love you ... Wendy,” he whispers, when I think he is asleep. “From now until ... the end of forever.”“Forever is an awfully long time.”“Yes, it is.”

P.S. When I re - read back last 15% of the story, becasuse I'm still doing it now, I couldn't help but cry. Ugh! I hate you but I love you all the same Carmen Jenner. It's my first read from you and you just blew me away! 

Highly recommended!


“Do you love her?”
Harley’s temper flares as he meets my gaze. “Rose—”
“Do you?”
“I don’t know.” He rakes a hand through his hair. A beat later it falls right back in his face. I long to reach out and touch it, but that isn’t my place anymore. “Yeah. I think so. When I’m with her I’m a different man, but when I’m here with you, I’m … I’m me.”
“God,” I breathe. “That’s so much worse.” Fresh tears prick my eyes. I cover my face, as if I could hide my torment or the despair that I feel in this moment.
As if I could hide anything from this man.
“I know.” Sadness chokes his voice, making the words almost impossible to hear. Harley pulls me close, folding me in his arms, holding me the way he has a thousand times before, but this time it’s infinitely different.
This time, it’s the end of us.

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Author Information

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.

Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.

A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

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