Rules of Friendship by CA Harms



As a guy, the number one rule to being best friends with a girl should be simple…

Never, and I do mean never, fall in love with her. 
Oh and you should never fantasize about her either.

Believe me, that situation can get messy really fast and leave you with nothing but one hell of an awkward mess on your hands—literally.

Reese and I have been through everything together; our bond is deep. But I am going down fast, and I fear there is no way to stop it. I spend most of my time hiding my body’s reaction to her because like I said: just friends.

But things are changing. We are changing. 

I no longer see her as just Reese, my best friend. When I look at her now, I see a gorgeous woman that takes my breath away. I see my future. But what if she doesn’t see me the same way? 

I can’t risk losing her… 

The fear of screwing everything up is excruciating. So that’s why I have chosen to stick to the rules. The Rules of Friendship that is. 

She was off limits. Plain and simple. 

But then in she walks wearing her tiny shorts and those tight tops. Come on, a guy can only have so much restraint before he caves…


“I love you, Reese,” he declares in a raspy voice. Punctuating every word, Dawson repeats, “I. Love. You.” Every drawn out word pierces my heart. He twists his hands in front of him as if to keep them busy and keep him from reaching out for me. “I’ve wanted you for so long, even when I knew I shouldn’t. The hardest thing was pretending that what I felt for you was nothing more than friendship. When on the inside, I wanted to make you mine. I need to know: Are you mine, Reese?

My Review:
This author is one I’ve come to rely on for evocative storylines, complex and endearing characters, and a great mixture of humor, heat and emotion, so I was excited to read an early copy of this book. The friends to lovers premise appealed to me and I easily fell in love with both Dawson and Reese. They’ve been best friends forever, right into adulthood. He works as a firefighter and they share an apartment while Reese finishes up her veterinarian program. They share every aspect of their lives with each other and have been together through thick and thin, even when Dawson ended a two-year relationship with a woman he thought he was in love with.

My problem arose when Dawson was afflicted with a case of colossal stupidity. These two have been best friends since kindergarten and shared everything, and the one time it really matters, he’s not upfront and honest. Then he has the nerve to be mad at Reese and accuses her of being overly dramatic. Seriously?  Any time a character does something so opposed to the personality the author has built, it significantly weakens them in my mind and makes it that much harder for me to like them. I get that we're all fallible and this is young adult, but I have little patience for self-sabotage as the crux of a conflict.

Otherwise, the story is phenomenal. It drew me in easily and I was halfway through it before I realized it. In spite of a couple technical inaccuracies that were easy enough to overlook by a willingness to suspend reality to a degree in the name of fiction, Reese and Dawson easily captivated me with their solid, lifelong friendship and comfortable ease with each other. Other than Dawson's brain cramp the fallout from it, I loved these characters and their story.

C.A. Harms is an avid romance and mystery reader. She's always had a love for books, getting lost in writing and storytelling even as a young girl. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. 

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She holds an addiction for Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha’s and KitKat when she should really be focusing on water and maybe a fruit or two to make herself feel less guilty, but that feeling quickly passes...thankfully. 

She is easy going, fun, and although she may seem like one of the quiet ones at first, you just wait until she gets to know you better...that quietness changes, fast.

Until next time, dear reader

Much love between the covers,


(See my other reviews here.)


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