Naturally, Charlie by S.L. Scott
Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times.
New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary.
Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Someone’s comment on their names and them being together as upping narcissism up whole level was, me being frank here, true because I reacted the very same way. I mean there’s cute like couple T’s and there’s self loving. Except it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be. He’s not a narcissist at all, well… at least not mostly. He’s just a confident man who knows where he stands and likes where his life is, former rich boy who’d cut links to his former rich boy life, making his way through publishing in New York and not doing too badly at it to boot. She’s not having the same type of luck, love life a disaster and still unable to move on.
That very first subway moment had the makings of an epic cute meet, in fact there were a couple of possibilities in this one that could have started this off with a bang … instead were introduced to this by her dropping her brush down the toilet and things getting worse from there. Different, yes? I enjoyed the two of them too, yes I even eventually got a kick out of the same name thing.
But here we see them go for one thing then settle for another thing completely because she’s just so messed up that she doesn’t see what’s going on and then there’s the guy: he knows that she is messed up and gives her the space to work it through. And it’s that space that allows for that link between them to form. It’s a lovely connection too… a genuine affection and true feeling of belonging, except of course there’s that bit where both want more. The ‘more’ part is what get’s them all twisted. It’s obvious they both want more, but it’s also obvious one of them is not quite ready for it. Cute story, with a female lead who’s head and heart aren’t in the right place, and a guy who seems to have got it all figured out (even if samplings of his writing were too
Thank you Net galley
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