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Links

by Lisa Becker

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Overview

Links by Lisa Becker

In high school, Charlotte Windham went through a typical ugly duckling phase - glasses and all, while harboring a crush on Garrett Stephens, the school's athletic heartthrob.

Fifteen years later, Charlotte and Garrett have a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She's a bestselling novelist and no longer "Glasses," the humiliating nickname Garrett gave her. She's a catch and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it's not just her eyes that see better...so does her heart!

Garrett hasn't fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario and is now a successful professional golfer suffering from a possible career-ending injury.

Can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be perfect for him?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682948835
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/17/2017
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

In addition to Clutch, Lisa Becker is the author of the Click Trilogy, a contemporary romance series comprised of Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click. She's written bylined articles about dating and relationships for "Cupid's Pulse," "The Perfect Soulmate," "GalTime," "Single Edition," and "Chick Lit Central" among others. A former public relations professional, Lisa has worked with some of the biggest consumer companies in the world including McDonald's, Ford, Sony and Gatorade. She's also a former college professor, teaching public relations and communications classes at University of Southern California and Oglethorpe University. As Lisa's grandmother used to say, "For every chair, there's a tush." Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there's hope for anyone!

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Links 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Little_MissDQ 10 months ago
Can I rate this in hearts? It's so cute. It has been far too long since I read anything like it and it was like falling in love again. Or for the first time. I absolutely loved the innocence of it; with most books I'm yelling "Just get together already!" pretty early on, but with this it was a beautiful build up with great anticipation. I loved the story, I loved the characters, I just loved everything about it so much. I can't remember the last time a book left me with such a sense of content satisfaction. It's the perfect little love story.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I love everything Lisa Becker has ever written!  Her Click series was one of the most original and creative series I've ever read. And now I am equally in love with Links! This is the story of Charlotte Windham who spent most of her school years as a smart, nerdy girl who tutored her classmates for extra money.  One of the students she tutored was a guy named Garrett Stephens, a gorgeous hunk of athletic loveliness that made her heart race. And now, some 15 years later, their paths unexpectedly cross and sparks fly, not that either of them wants to admit it. This is a fabulous story that explores the trials and tribulations of moving beyond the stigma of one's past, of seeing someone for who they are now than who they once were. It explores how hard it can be to even see yourself as you are now and to really see how much time has changed you. This is a story about life-changing moments and the paths those moments open up. Lisa tells this story with humor, without losing the darkness that life can sometimes hold. Charlotte and Garrett both are the kinds of characters that I love to read about. They are real people, with real problems that I can relate to and understand. They aren't perfect; instead, they make mistakes and are just as flawed as the rest of us!
GRgenius More than 1 year ago
A game of putt putt was never THIS exciting! Charlotte and Garrett make the rather odd couple, if we look at their teenage years. One was a player, on and off the golf course... the other, a tutor, in the legit academia way. If you've traversed the hallowed halls of HS, you know for the most part the two nary meet... but it doesn't stop the heart from wanting. Flash forward 10+ years and a change encounter turns into a second chance... if only he can get beyond the chase, and she can meld the past with the present for a chance at a future. The antics that transpire, the attraction they both keep fighting, and the masterminded plans from those with their best interests at heart that unfold, will keep you turning pages long into the night. They aren't the perfect characters, but they may just be perfect for each other... but you best watch out when the sparks fly because they'll definitely leave scorch marks behind. While I wasn't prepared to like Garrett, he eventually grew on me. Charlotte, on the other hand, I saw much of myself in from the start, so calling her friend was no hard task. The changes they've been through and continue to navigate, only endear them to you more... including that of the supporting cast of friends and family, especially Fi! All the snark delivered with heart, all the friendship and love to spare, truly made this an enjoyable read. **copy received for review
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
I am finding that I really do like books that we get both of the main characters' viewpoints, chapter by chapter, and this fits into that perfectly. We get both Charlotte and Garrett's thoughts in basically alternating chapters. Because of this, it makes you a little irritated with Charlotte at being so hesitant. Although I understand her trepidation, having been in the same types of situations as a nerdy high school girl with crushes on the cute, popular guys. But you're definitely rooting for Garrett, as he has become a pretty good guy, even to the point of realizing what he did when he was younger was stupid, or at least he knew it was part of being a stupid teenage male. The grown up Garrett is all about doing what he can to convince Charlotte he is a good guy and truly interested in her, by getting to be friends with her first. But even when he can tell that the two of them are definitely starting to feel as if they are more than friends, he has to fight to get her to see him that way. While you can see how she might get the right idea with the last little hang-up at the end, I felt that she definitely overreacted, especially after getting to know Garrett as well as she did, and after how he'd told her how he felt about her and wanted more than friendship. Overall it was a very sweet and easy summer read. It had a little bit of sex, but not a ton. It really got into a lot of situations, and I feel like Charlotte was pretty realistic in how she handled it all. I loved when she got to get back at a college frenemy, as well as Chapter 48, and the very last chapter. If you're looking for a perfect summer read, this is one you should pick up.
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
I recieved this book as an ARC for an honest opinion from the author. My take on this book: Links by Lisa Becker is another wonderful book. Ms. Becker is a wonderful author that can transport you into her stories, that once you leave you just want to hop right back into it to keep on living with the amazing characters. Speaking of amazing characters, I felt like I was best friends with both Garrett Stephens and Charlotte Windham. Granted I probably felt more like a best friend to Charlotte more than Garrett but seeing from both sides of their perspective in this book made it seem like anyone could be friends with both of them. Charlotte Windham is the main character, and the main female lead, of this book and she, is such a wonderful character. She makes you fall in love with her and want to be her best friend. The entire time of this book she knew about Garrett’s past of being a player back in high school and thought he was the same now that they are adults especially, due to the number of girlfriends that he has had. She also changed from what she looked like in high school but she never really got over her insecurities. She was still thinking that Garrett is the same boy that she had a crush on back in high school without realizing that he was doing things with her that he has never done with any of his past girlfriends at all. She took a while to figure out that she was worth his attention and love. It was wonderful to see her open herself up to those possibilities. Garrett Stephens is the main male lead of this book and he is also such a wonderful character. At first, you hate him for not realizing that Charlotte is there in his house and then to also not recognize her when we are in his first perspective. He would be clueless if his sister didn't tell him. The further you get into the story, though, the more you realize that oh hey he isn’t that such of a bad guy. I especially liked when he wants to protect Charlotte from all the harm that has happened to her when he wasn’t around. He tries to protect her now from anyone that doesn’t want to say anything nice to her. I also truly enjoyed Garrett changing and trying to be a good person for Charlotte. It was like I was there watching the story unfold. The copy I received had some mistakes here and there with words being in the wrong spot or the author’s editor made a change that wasn’t taken out before it was sent as the was an ARC copy. Besides those things, which weren’t bad enough to take me out of the book. The words just fixed themselves in my head. I am giving this book a five-star review because it was totally awesome and I am still having a little bit of a book hangover over as it was that good. Links by Lisa Becker was such an awesome book and I can’t wait to read another book by Ms. Becker. She is an outstanding author and an even better storyteller that makes you, at least for me, feel like you are a part of the book and hanging out with her characters. Anyways until the next time enjoy this review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. To read other reviews like this one please visit my blog site: baronessbooktrove.com
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: Well, you spend hours every day hanging out with a bunch of guys talking about washing your balls… Really, if you think about it, lots of golf vernacular is so sexual -- all that talk of threesomes, strokes and holes, and shafts and grips. I don't give the recipe out. It's my secret… but come to my funeral. This will be on the back of the program… I figured if I gave the recipe out, people would show up. "Dear, you've been wearing the wrong size bra," she says. "Before we look for dresses, we'll need to start there. I'll be right back," and with that, she's out the door. I pick up the phone and text Fi. “Florentina just felt me up and it's the most action I've had for the better part of a year.” What about the grip and rip? … You know. Bikini wax. I have two ex-boyfriends and one why -- as in why did I ever date you. Victor always says sweat is just your fat crying. "That's E = mc Hammer," says Charlotte. "We pretty much hate them.” One of the guys, wearing a t-shirt reading, ‘Nerd? I prefer the term Intellectual Badass’ and a pair of low-slung jeans he keeps having to pull up from behind, approaches the table. My Review: I adored this book start to finish and giggle-snorted my way through this delightfully amusing and smartly written tale. I believe I may well be hard-wired and innately predisposed to love characters who bond over lines from the Princess Bride, use ironic and extremely clever pub trivia team names such as “Trivia Newton John,” and play an uproarious and hilarious bout of the drinking game “I Never.” But really, who wouldn’t? The writing was stellar with witty banter, clever humor, and smirk-a-minute teasing exchanges. Lisa Becker is a comedic genius and my new favorite author.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
Once again, Lisa has written an engaging story that we can all probably relate to in some way. Charlotte is a young girl, a very plain girl, who has a major crush on a very cute boy in high school. And.... she's his tutor. Now that's challenging, to be that close to the guy you dream about and he doesn't even know you are alive, in that kind of way, anyway. Haven't we all been there at some point in our lives? Fifteen years pass and their lives cross again. Charlotte is a successful writer now and is still attracted to Garrett. But can they get past the way things were in high school? And can Charlotte trust Garrett to not break her heart and leave her when he is ready to move on? I immediately loved Charlotte and was rooting for her as she puts Garrett in his place for the way he treated her in high school. She grew up to become a strong, beautiful woman who deserves to be treated right. Links is a fun, delightful story that I devoured on my vacation. It is the perfect get-away book that leaves you with a good feeling. Thank you, Lisa, for another very entertaining story!