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About the Author
S.E. Harmon has had a lifelong love affair with writing. It’s been both wonderful and rocky (they’ve divorced several times), but they always manage to come back together. She’s a native Floridian with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts, and used to spend her time writing educational grants. She now splits her days between voraciously reading romance novels and hiding away someplace to write them. Her current beta reader is a nosy American Eskimo who begrudgingly accepts payment in the form of dog biscuits.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love Harmon’s writing style, it’s just really easy to read with lots of humor, both obvious and dry wit. I really enjoyed this book. A fun twist on the friends to lovers, not quite as straight as he thought jock. Kelly and Blue had some great chemistry, although it was light on steamy scenes. With the tension and build up I expected more emotions and hotness, but it was very lackluster. But they had awesome banter, that is my weakness. Some good angst that wasn’t what I thought it would be about. When I originally finished I was a bit disappointed in the ending, it just felt abrupt and unfinished. But now I’ve heard there will be a second one, which paints it in a whole new light. It left me wanting more, and so I’m eagerly anticipating the next. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy.
4.5 stars- I first read this author last year and loved that release so much, I immediately bought up her back catalog. Following the announcement of the upcoming release of this title, I was very excited- sports romance combined with friend-to-lovers promised to tick many of my boxes. When I started The Blueprint I was enthralled; heck, for most of the book I had a crazy difficult time putting it down. And yet, there was something that didn’t quite measure up for me, especially when compared to the author’s other romances. Don’t get me wrong, I still thoroughly enjoyed The Blueprint, will recommend it to others, and read it again. The characters were great, the flow and writing smooth, the banter excellent, the humor on point, and the chemistry palpable, but it’s not quite a 5-star read despite having many 5-star aspects. I love friends-to-lovers romances because of their ability to convey maximum levels of chemistry from an early point without rushing the relationship development. Kelly and Blue certainly had that strong connection from the start and I enjoyed seeing the emotional bond and unyielding friendship develop as they pursued something more. I also loved that their friendship went so deep for so long that many of their co-workers, family, and friends never questioned their commitment to one another, even before they were an official couple. This certainly wasn’t a quiet, unknown bond the two shared. Those aspects lent credence to the men’s relationship. What I didn’t love was the back and forth. Initially, Blue’s reticence made sense given his career, his past, and that he had never really looked at Kelly as anything beyond a best friend before now. I liked that things moved more slowly because it gave time for things to fall into place with both men. However, after a while Blue’s back and forth combined with both men’s failure to communicate wore on me and pulled me out of the story a bit. I did like how the couple resolved their issues and that Kelly eventually stood up for himself, I just wish it hadn’t been after I grew frustrated with how Blue and Kelly treated each other and discounted their own and their friend’s feelings. That said, I was wholeheartedly invested in the characters and, even when irritated with them, I couldn’t stop reading. It’s worth noting that while there are some football elements to this book, the sports focus is tertiary to the characters and their relationship. What I’m saying is if you’re primarily looking for a football romance, this may not fit the bill. I think fans of friends-to-lovers and those who enjoy fast, fun banter will enjoy The Blueprint and I most definitely recommend it. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*