Title: The Wonder of You: A friends-to-lovers romance (Pacific Vista Ranch Book 5)
Author: Claire Marti
Genre: Contemporary Romance
One lifelong friendship. One snowy night. And one kiss that changes everything.
Renowned photographer Grant Michaels travels the world covering the international sports scene, but after a bitter divorce he returns home to Pacific Vista Ranch. Tired of life on the road, he wants stability and a fresh start.
Archivist librarian Olivia Hanlon spent the last decade stuck in her hometown. Now she has a chance at adventure: a dream job in Greece for one year.
Childhood best friends Grant and Olivia share a forever bond, always there for each other through thick and thin. When they get snowed in together at a snowboarding event, one steamy New Year’s Eve kiss quickly spirals into an explosive chemistry neither can deny. Except he’s ready to settle down just as she wants to spread her wings.
Will their friendship survive this newly discovered passion… or did they ruin the one relationship they each count on?
Best friends Grant and Olivia are back together again for a snowy adventure but one kiss changes everything. Olivia Hanlan cherishes her friendship with childhood chum Grant more than anything else in her life. She’d be lost without him. Grant’s returned home after a bitter divorce and has a hollow look in his eyes. This weekend in the mountains is just what he needs to get that sparkle back, or so Olivia surmises. It is New Year’s Eve, after all, but an innocent kiss leads them down a path they’ve never embarked. Unable to quench the passion between them, they give in and make love while snowed in at their cabin. But what happens when the weekend is over? Can they go back to just being friends or have Olivia and Grant discovered the wonder of love with your best friend?
The Wonder of You is a friends-to-lovers romance I couldn’t stop reading. This is my all-time favorite trope of romance to read, and Claire Marti has written a steamy romance not to be missed. Whether you are at the beach or pool, this is your summertime must-read. The heat between Grant and Olivia will singe your fingers yet you’ll be yearning for more. The romantic tension is addictive and made for an unputdownable read. I’ve been a fan of this series and Claire Marti’s writing since last year. Claire Marti is a gifted writer and her ability for writing characters so loveable, you’ll wish they were your friends. The plot moves at a great pace with singe-worthy love scenes and humorous dialogue. The intricate descriptive narration sucks the reader in. I kept rooting for Grant and Olivia to work things out because they balance each other’s shortcomings out with humor and grace. The ending is perfect, and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series. If you’re a romance reader, you have to read The Wonder of You. If you’re looking for a steamy beach read, pick up TheWonder of You. A brilliant friends-to-lovers romance I will read again and again. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Claire Marti is an award winning and USA Today Bestselling author of swoonworthy Contemporary Romance novels set in Southern California, including the Pacific Vista Ranch series and the Finding Forever in Laguna series. She lives in San Diego with her husband, silly dog, and two clever cats. Claire started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress. When Claire's not writing, she's teaching yoga. You can find her sixty+ online classes on the international website www.yogadownload.com. A breast cancer survivor, Claire is a sought-after speaker on the power of yoga and meditation. She's been published in numerous magazines with articles on wellness and is the author of a memoir, Come Ride with Me Along the Big C, on her experience beating breast cancer.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N