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What if you found out you were the ugly friend?
Emma Frazier is smart, hardworking, and loves her job as a journalist for a Florida lifestyle magazine. Emma knows she’s no great beauty, but she’s pretty certain she has a shot with her handsome new boss, Ben Gallagher—until Emma overhears a mutual acquaintance refer to her as the “ugly friend.” In an effort to reclaim her battered self-esteem, Emma decides to impress Ben at work by promising an exclusive interview with NASCAR legend, Trip Monroe.
Emma and Trip went to high school together and although it’s been fourteen years since they’ve spoken, Emma is certain she can score an interview with the elusive super star. But connecting with Trip turns out to be harder than Emma imagined. Her quest for the interview leads her back to her tiny hometown of Catfish Cove, where old secrets and a new romantic interest shake up Emma’s views on life and teach her that maybe the key to finding true love is as simple as accepting yourself for the person you were always meant to be.
Well written, well edited, and even the cover looks professional. It pops and catches your eye. I had a real hard time not picking this up as soon as it arrived. Once I did, I couldn't put it down. I have lost sleep, and ignored the breakfast dishes...well all my housekeeping really. lol
All the characters are intriguing. You want to know more about all of them. But this is from Emma's perspective so you really only know a lot about her. The author does a good job keeping that consistent.
It's an awkward story, Emma is not the normal female lead. She was raised by 2 moms and no dad. Add to that it was in a small town, and she's not a size 0. In the beginning she overhears an acquaintance tell her best friend that Emma is "the ugly friend" which really triggers all her low self-esteem issues. I can relate to that.
Also Emma likes to go to the beach and read, she enjoys going out but also savors her nights in. I feel like Emma is like me only she got her poop together and got that journalism degree.
It's also not a normal romance book. She's in love with her boss, but he leaves with that skank who made the "ugly friend" comment. She dates a guy from her home town. She's kind of here and there and you really don't know who she is going to end up with. There are hints, but they are deliciously subtle. And that's where my review ends, because you will have to find out for yourself what happens to Emma.