Love isn't always loud. Sometimes it's silent.
Gabby Cosette has always been dubbed the good girl of quaint Redwood Ridge, Oregon, and being permanently put in the friend zone has left her dating life stagnant. With no prospects in sight, she clings to her friends and resolves to not let loneliness drag her under. So when the town Battleaxes set their matchmaking sights on her, she figures it can't hurt. Yet the guy they think is perfect for her just happens to be not only her boss at the veterinarian clinic, but her best friend. Sure, Flynn O'Grady is attractive and the nicest guy around, but going there with him would topple both of their carefully constructed worlds and there would be no going back. Even if he is starting to make her girly parts zing.
Having been born deaf, Flynn has already felt like an outsider most of his life. Aside from his brothers, Gabby is about the only person who's gone out of her way to treat him as more than a handicap. Which is exactly why he's banked his secret attraction for his sweet, beautiful vet tech. Except his meddling family is trying to play Cupid and ruin the best thing to ever happen to him. Without Gabby, his work as a veterinarian, never mind his personal life, wouldn't flow. Determined to ignore the antics, he's secure in the knowledge she's not interested in him romantically. But then a kiss changes everything . . . and he's wondering if taking the ultimate shot at love might be worth the risk.
“The ultimate friends-to-lovers romance...A delightful, touching contemporary small-town romance.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
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By Kelly Moran
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Gabby Cosette smoothed her hand down the simple baby blue sundress she meticulously picked out for this evening and tried not to look too eager. Or throw up. That wouldn't do either.
From a back booth, she glanced around the only Italian restaurant in Redwood Ridge, comforted by the fact it was still early yet for the dinner rush. The place was a good choice. Right? Not as casual as Shooters — the bar she and her friends frequented — but not as formal as one of the seafood restaurants that dotted their Oregon coastal town. A step above grabbing coffee or a beer, yet it didn't scream desperation.
Was a booth in the back too obvious? Had she overdone it with her makeup? Maybe she should've put her hair up instead of down?
No, no. She went for light and natural on purpose. The patrons of Redwood Ridge had known her all her life. It wasn't far out of the realm of ordinary for her to wear a dress and light cosmetics. She was being a basket case.
It's just ... Well, she hadn't had a date in a year. A year!
To calm her nerves, she drew in a deep breath and focused on the red-checkered tablecloth. A votive candle flickered on the windowsill to her right, the flame reflecting off the tinted glass. The parking lot stretched beyond, where her date's car was not in one of the available spots.
It was silly to get this worked up over a first date, especially with Tom. She'd gone to elementary and high school with him. His parents still lived down the street from hers. Strange how he'd never shown any interest in her romantically, yet out of the blue, he'd asked her out this week.
Then again, most everyone in town viewed her as the sweet Cosette girl, everyone's friend. Thus the no date in a year. It was hard to get a guy to think about kissing her, never mind imagining her naked, when she had platonic all but tattooed on her forehead.
The waitress strolled over in her apron, holding a notepad in her hand. "Are you waiting on someone, sweetie pie?"
"Yes." She smiled and grabbed her cell on the table. Tom was five minutes late. "He should be here any minute."
"Ooh. Is it a date?" Mavis planted a hand on her plump waist and grinned, the wrinkles around her eyes growing to crevices. Gabby wasn't sure how old Mavis was, no one really knew, but she never seemed to age past the state from when Gabby was a child.
Gabby opened her mouth to answer, but Tom strode toward her, weaving around tables and plopping in the seat across the booth.
"Couldn't find ya at the bar. I wasn't expecting a table."
It was still early, and Le Italy didn't get that crowded even on a Friday night. How hard could it possibly have been to locate her? "Give us a sec," she told Mavis and waited for her to step away.
Tom had blond hair too short for her preference and a thin mouth. His unremarkable brown eyes darted around the restaurant and back to her. He made no attempt to apologize for being late, and it appeared as if he'd just come from work. His jeans and T-shirt were paint-splattered. The hazard of working for his dad's commercial painting and roofing company.
"Thanks for meeting me." He took off his ball cap and scratched his head.
Why did that sound un-date-like? "Um ... sure thing. How's work going?" Her gaze dipped to his hands, no better off than his clothes. Maybe she should've picked Shooters after all.
Something felt very, very off as her belly twisted. Not with nerves this time. Confused, Gabby's mind scrolled through their conversation from earlier in the week when he'd brought his dog into the vet clinic where she worked. As he was checking out, he'd anxiously spun around to face her and asked if she could meet him.
"Good. Work's good." He put his hat back on and glanced outside. "Getting to be warmer out, so the jobs are picking up."
Perhaps he was just nervous, too. Her tension drained a degree.
Mavis returned and asked for a drink order.
Tom lifted his hand to wave her off. "Nothing for me, thanks. I can't stay long. Got a poker game with the guys tonight. I need to shower before they show up."
The forced smile Gabby had plastered on her face began to wilt like her mom's petunias in August. What did he mean he couldn't stay long? And why would he ask her out and schedule a card game on the same night? Plus, he could shower for his friends, but not her?
Mavis divided her gaze between them, a mix of bewilderment and irritation lifting her brows. She tapped her pen to her pad as the silence hung. "Can I get you something?" She focused on Gabby, her tone indicating she should order something.
"I'll have a sweet tea. Thank you." When the waitress walked away, Gabby looked at Tom. He'd thrown his arm over the back of the booth and had stretched his legs out. The aroma of Eau de Paint Thinner wafted across the table. "So ...?"
"Right, right." Tom leaned forward and crossed his arms. "I appreciate you letting me do this in person."
She stilled. "Do what?" Because she was definitely getting the this-is-not-a-date vibe now.
A warring shift in contradiction took over her body. Everything inside grew rapidly chilly while her skin heated in what she hoped wasn't a blush. Her pale complexion always gave away her emotions and she hated that more than she'd hated freshman algebra. Math was evil.
He let out a tense laugh, which sounded more like a guffaw, and drew several heads from other diners. "Not exactly a conversation you want to have over the phone or somethin', ya know?"
No. She didn't know. "Maybe if you just tell me?"
He played with the parmesan shaker, not meeting her gaze. "Well, the whole town's buzzing about Rachel and Jeff's split."
She frowned, not connecting the dots on his crazy pattern. Her older sister had only dated Jeff for a few weeks which, per Rachel standards, might as well have been marriage. Rachel liked to keep her options — and legs — open.
Guilt immediately consumed her for the crass thought, but it didn't make it any less true. She and Rachel couldn't be any more different. Rachel was aloof and sexy. Gabby was the girl next door. Men desired Rachel. The only thing they desired from Gabby was a shoulder to cry on after her sister shot them down.
She twirled a strand of hair around her finger to keep from fidgeting. "I don't understand what Rachel and Jeff have to do with ..." Unable to finish the sentence — because she had no idea anymore what "this" was — she waved her hand between them.
"Well," he said in an aw-shucks kind of way that made her want to grind her teeth, "now that Rachel's available, I thought maybe you could put in a good word for me?" He blinked up at her hopefully.
She stared at him for several stunned beats.
The reality of the situation slowly crept into her head and shoved around her skull. Her stomach dropped somewhere near her ankles. When he'd asked her out at the clinic earlier this week, she supposed he hadn't actually asked her "out." The phrasing he'd used had been something more like, Can you meet up with me on Friday?
And stupid, stupid her had taken that to mean he wanted a date.
As if. Like anyone would ever be interested in her when her sister had gotten all the good genes and didn't have the reputation of being everyone's pal. Good ole Gabby.
"This wasn't a date," she muttered to herself, more to ground herself to the situation than for confirmation.
Closing her eyes, she shook her head to let Tom know her utterance wasn't important. To him, it wasn't. Because she wasn't the one he wanted, and there was no sense in amplifying her mortification. It wasn't his fault she'd brainlessly gotten excited.
God, she was an idiot.
Her heart sank a little as hope withered a painful death. She shouldn't be surprised, really. It wasn't like this was the first time someone had tried to use her as a go-between. If not with her sister, then her friends. Still, she'd been looking forward to tonight, had thought it was a blessed break in her dry spell.
A lump formed in her throat as tears threatened. She looked around the room until she could get the pathetic emotions under control. Many of the tables had filled since she'd arrived. Man, if she started crying now ...
"So what do you say?" Tom set the shaker aside. "Could you help a friend out?"
Friend. She nearly choked on the word. Instead, she cleared her throat and forced a smile. Who was she to stand in the way of potential true love? "Of course. I'll talk to her tomorrow."
His nervous grin widened into something more genuine, drawing attention to the slight crookedness of his two front teeth. "You're the best, Gabby."
Yep. That was her. She resisted patting her own back in a sarcastic response.
Did she really want a relationship with him anyway? Probably not. He wasn't classically handsome, but he had his charms. His looks didn't matter to her anyway as long as he had a good heart or sense of humor. It was more the idea of having someone that appealed.
Which was not going to happen. Not tonight.
Tom rose from his seat and tipped his ball cap as if it were a Stetson. "Thanks so much. I gotta go."
Of course. Alone again. Maybe she should become a poet. It had worked for Hemingway.
She nodded. Her gaze followed him to the front door, and then over to the bar where she was thinking of doing a little Cuervo therapy.
Flynn was leaning against the bar, his direct sights on her. Still wearing his dark blue scrubs, his posture telegraphed his typical laid-back demeanor. Now there was an attractive man. Tall enough for the top of her head to reach his chin and ropy muscle on an athletic build. Wide shoulders, narrow waist.
All three of the O'Grady brothers were sexy in their own unique way. But, they'd grown up together and there had never been any chemistry between her and them. Cade, the youngest brother, was engaged to their office manager as of a couple months ago, and Drake, the eldest brother, was a widower. Gabby couldn't envision him dating again, at least not anytime soon. Flynn wasn't seeing anyone.
Not that it mattered. She worked for Flynn and his brothers at their vet clinic, so that was an automatic hand-slap.
From across the room, Flynn's eyes narrowed as he tilted his head in question toward the door. Where'd your date go?
Flynn was deaf, and through the years, she'd grown to read him easily. They always had a strong connection, being able to understand one another without words. Part of that was being good friends and part was due to working closely together for many years.
She shrugged in answer, keeping her disappointed expression open for him. Sucked to be her.
His brows lowered and he straightened from the bar, poised to head over until the bartender tapped his shoulder. Flynn signed for his takeout and carried it over to her booth, setting the bag down on the table before sitting.
His hazel eyes, framed by criminally long lashes, swept her face. "What happened?" he signed with his hands. "I thought you had a date?"
Per their routine, she signed and spoke simultaneously. "Me, too. Turns out he wanted my help getting in with my sister." At his scowl, she shrugged, embarrassed enough without the urge to discuss it. "My own fault. I read too much into the initial conversation."
He stared at her with disbelief and shook his head. His handsome, angular face was dialed to irritated and his full lips were twisted. He ran a hand through dark strawberry blond hair just this side of wavy. Flynn had a tendency to forget routine trims.
Mavis made her way back to the booth. Her gaze zeroed in on Flynn. "Decided to eat in?"
Habit had him turning to Gabby. He could read lips, but sometimes people spoke too quickly or didn't face him fully so he couldn't see what they were saying. Gabby signed Mavis's question.
He grinned, back to his usual glower-free self, and nodded.
Well, it wasn't a date, but Flynn was better company, anyway. Gabby looked at the waitress. "He'll have a beer, whatever's on tap, and can I get the largest piece of tiramisu you can find?"
"You got it, sweetie pie."
Gabby watched her walk away before letting out a sigh, chest deflating. When she looked at Flynn, his expression indicated he was patiently waiting for her attention again.
He leaned forward as if to punctuate a point. "He's an asshole."
She laughed. "Aren't they all?"
"Not all." He pulled a styrofoam container of lasagna from the to-go bag, opened it, and grabbed her fork from her place setting. He waited for her to take it from him before signing, "Dig in."
He picked up his fork and took a bite, then did a double take when she just poked at his lasagna. "Hey. You all right?"
"I'll be okay. Just not today. Today, I mope." He was one of the few people she'd admit that to, and since his gaze had softened and worry wrinkled his brow, she forced herself to take a bite. "Thanks, Flynn."
He nodded, watching her intently. "Movie night. My house. I'll even let you pick."
Why the hell wasn't he dating someone? Seriously.
Sad truth was, women tended to overlook Flynn because of his disability, just like they overlooked her for being in the friend zone. People sucked. "Maybe we should make one of those pacts. You know, the one where if neither of us is married by the time we're thirty we marry each other."
One eyebrow quirked in his custom you-done-gone-crazy. "I'm thirty and you turn thirty in a couple weeks. That ship has sailed."
Yeah. "Fine. Throw logic into my delusions."
His shoulders bounced in a silent laugh.
She smiled. "Okay, hot date. What if I pick a sappy movie?"
He shrugged. "I'll hide my man card. Tell no one."
Covering her face, she laughed until her chest ached. When she sobered, her mood was irrevocably lighter. Praise God for good friends. "Just for that, I'll share my tiramisu."
"Deal." He ate a few more forkfuls before his smile slipped a fraction, the hint of seriousness reflecting in his eyes. "For the record, I would've taken the pact."
She dropped her chin in her hand before moving to sign. "We would've had such cute babies, too."
"Word. Now eat or I'll make you watch Die Hard again."
She scooped a bite of cheesy carb goodness. Calories didn't count on crappy days. "Which one?"
He whipped her a "duh" look. "All of them."
Death by Bruce Willis. Could be worse things.CHAPTER 2
Flynn barely resisted an eye roll. Parked on the couch in his living room with Gabby's bare feet in his lap and the cheesiest rom-com playing on his TV, he counted down the last five minutes of ridiculousness. The only saving grace from the movie had been Meg Ryan's fake orgasm. Funny shit.
He didn't even need to glance at Gabby reclined beside him to know her eyes would be red-rimmed with "happy" tears. Women and their romance. At least it got her mind off her non-date tonight. He'd love to pummel Tom's face for putting that dejected look on Gabby's.
She tapped his chest with her foot to get his attention. "Am I unattractive?"
His hand stilled in the process of massaging her arches. No matter how he answered this question, he was screwed. To lie and tell her she was not beautiful would put her deeper in some kind of female depression. To speak honestly would hint at something he'd long buried, even from himself.
Truth was, he always kinda had a little crush on her. Nothing serious or monumental. No pining involved. Just ... there. At the edge of consciousness. An awareness of her.
It had started the first day of kindergarten and had gone into hiatus in high school when he'd forced himself to ignore it. What made him first descend had been a five-year-old blond sprite with compassion in her eyes who'd marched home after school to insist her parents take her to the rec center to learn sign language because there was a deaf kid in her class. That was Gabby, forever thinking of others. He'd dug his heels in to quash his crush for the same reason. She'd do anything for him and had slowly stopped noticing other males. Such blips would ruin what they had as friends.
Pulling her feet from his lap, she sat up, her expression telling him she was forming her own conclusions during his lack of response. Hell.
He went for humor. "You're hideous. I can barely look at you without gagging."
Her pretty pink mouth twisted. Her baby blues narrowed in unamusement. "I'm serious."
"Me, too. I might need to run to the toilet to retch."
She sighed. He couldn't hear it, of course, but he could feel it like a warm caress on his cheek. What in the hell was wrong with Tom, anyway? Gabby was ten times the woman her sister was. He had perfection right in front of him tonight and he'd walked.
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Gabby has the feeling nobody truly sees her. She doesn't have much luck when it comes to men. She hasn't had a decent date in ages and when she's being asked out, it's usually not with romantic purposes. Fortunately she has a lot of friends, so she doesn't feel lonely. Gabby works as a vet tech and mainly assists Flynn. Flynn is her best friend and they've been close ever since they were children. Gabby learned sign language to be able to communicate with him and they always find plenty to talk about. Flynn is a gorgeous man, but he's her best friend and doesn't see Gabby as a potential girlfriend, or does he? Flynn is always a bit insecure because he can't hear. A lot of people made him feel like an outsider, but when he's at the veterinary practice with his brothers he feels completely at ease. Spending time with Gabby makes him even happier. She's the light of his life. Gabby knows everything about him and makes him feel complete. Her friendship means everything to him and as Flynn doesn't want to lose her he doesn't dare to tell Gabby how he truly feels about her. However, when sparks start to fly he has to acknowledge that the feelings aren't onesided. Will he be brave enough to act this time? Tracking You is a wonderful romantic story. Gabby and Flynn are beautiful people. They are sweet, caring and loving, they are main characters you can only keep close to your heart. They are amazing together. There's so much unconditional love and understanding that it made me tear up many times. Kelly Moran combines that beautiful bond with plenty of chemistry, the sparks fly off the pages. Her main characters connect on many different levels and their story is mesmerizing. Kelly Moran's heartwarming writing style makes Tracking You a joy to read. She skillfully paints a clear picture of what living in a small town is like. Gabby and Flynn can use a little help and there are plenty of people who are more than willing to give it. I loved the overall atmosphere of the story. There's such a great community spirit, the main characters are soul mates and there are plenty of adorable animals to fall in love with. Everything about Tracking You is absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this fantastic romantic story, it's one of the loveliest I've read in a long time.
Tracking You, the story of Gabby Cosette and Flynn O'Grady is a delightful, touching, fun, emotional, and passionate tale about friends for life, family, small town living, and finding the happily forever after with you best friend. I absolutely adore this series, the fact that Tracking You is as wonderful story as Puppy Love (book one) - filled with deep emotions and charming characters - was no surprise to me, but it still managed to steal my breath away with poignant, stirring storytelling. Flynn O'Grady and Gabby Cosette have been the best friends ever since they first time met, in kindergarten. The connection they have is unique, their lives have twined together into a beautiful, harmonic balance over the years. The attraction they have for each other is better left untouched, there is no need to rock the boat, right?! What I loved the most about Flynn and Gabby is how they never let the other one feel ignored, how they see each other to the core of the other's being, not the disabilities or handicaps, but the person inside. They celebrate that person, they take care of each other, they constantly look out for each other. It's like the other person's happiness is their own, fulfilling their needs, making themselves complete as long as the other is happy. And this symposium is truly working for them. You can imagine the spark, the fireworks they create when they finally dare to act upon the attraction and deeper feelings that have been building up inside them nearly all their lives. And the inferno they fall into when things don't work as they hoped and when the people's discrimination and doubts against handicapped are voiced, when for the first time ever they have to ignore the other to survive the heartbreak. The O'Grady brother's bond is as strong as ever. I love the fun banter between them. They are always there for each other, either to give hell or support, whatever is needed. Flynn's connection to little Hailey is so tender and poignant, it had me in tears. Overall the dialog is delicious, I was constantly anticipating what on earth comes out of their mouth's the next time. Confession - I read the book twice. I just started over when I finished the first time. Honestly, I'm blown away with the connection I feel to this series and to these characters. It is the earnest love, care, and consideration they have for each other, how their enjoy life, living, and loving. How deeply they feel both joy and sadness, and how well those feelings are balanced in the tale. There is a great energy of acceptance and approval within the tight circle of friends and family. If there is one thing a reader can take home from this story it is the fact that we all have handicaps, each of us is disabled in one way or other, but not to focus on those things that might make us less than 'perfect' but celebrate what we are, who we truly are inside. I said at the end of Puppy Love that I was in awe of the story, well folks, that wonderment has not worn off. I am in love and highly anticipating for the series to continue. Can I give more than five spoons for this one?! ~ Five Spoons!
This book drew me in and the characters make me wish I worked in the vet clinic with them
To say I loved this book would be a massive understatement. Flynn, a Vet and Gabby, his Vet tech, are the perfect base for a friends to lovers romance. The story drew me in with the first page! I relate to Gabby more than most leading ladies having always been "one of the guys" most of my life. She's everyone's rock and always there for Flynn since Kindergarten. Flynn is a leading man who made me want to jump right in the book! He defeated the odds and got through Veterinarian school with his being deaf it wasn't easy but he persevered. He loves those he cares for and is a protector by nature. His insecurities are endearing at times and frustrating at times. It's hard to explain why I love this story so much without giving so much away. Flynn and Gabby wrapped themselves around my heart and still haven't let got. I loved the humor with the town busy bodies getting involved, they're lovingly called the battle axes. I would recommend anyone who loves romance and dogs to check out this story!
4.5 Stars First I have to say if you haven't started reading this series yet you're really missing out!! The next O'Grady brother is up to bat for his HEA. I was really intrigued by Flynn. I couldn't wait for his story. What made this book even better it had one of my favorite troupes friends to lovers. Flynn and Gabby have been best friends forever. Can they risk their friendship for a shot at love? What really worked for me is the deep connection Flynn and Gabby have. Watching the two find their way as deeper feelings develop. I laughed, cried, and smiled my way through this one. I love the special bond Flynn has with little Hailey. There is one scene with the two that is so beautiful I had tears in my eyes. I'm really look forward to the next book. I'll be anxiously awaiting it's release.
Loved this story of friends to lovers. They have known each other since first grade and did not want to ruin what they had as friends and coworkers. Gabby has always been known as the good girl and Flynn, who is deaf, has been known as the outsider always wanting to please everyone. They make the perfect couple that you will fall in love with. I so enjoyed the love of animals they both share. There is plenty of laugh out loud lines as they fall in love. I did shed a few tears though too, for the love of animals that Kelly Moran shows. This is the second book in the series, I now need to go back and read the first story because I am in love with O'Grady brothers. I highly recommend this book.
4.5 Stars! Some wonderful and exciting things happen in the coastal town of Redwood Ridge Oregon. There is newly discovered love, a thriving veterinary practice, and a vicious mountain lion, just to name a few. So you may want to free up some time and pick-up up a copy of Tracking You, the second book from Kelly Moran's Redwood Ridge series. You will not be disappointed in any way and the ending will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Vet technician Gabby Cosette, and veterinarian Flynn O'Grady, have been best friends since kindergarten. Their relationship is quite unique because Flynn is deaf and from the moment they first met, Gabby became Flynn's translator. They work together like a well-oiled machine, while their respective love lives are virtually non-existent. After years of a remarkable friendship, they venture into a sexual relationship, which evolves into so much more. Overall, this is a well-written, emotionally charged book with a great cast of characters. Ms. Moran perfectly combines sexy times, drama and angst into this romantic story. I immediately connected with both Gabby and Flynn, and there was never a moment that I did not want them to be together. The supportive relationship between Flynn and his two brothers is heartwarming as well as amusing. Overall, a great read! Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Reviewed ARC. This is about Gabby Cosette and Flynn O’Grady who all theirs lives have been skipped over for other people because everybody considers Gabby as just a friend especially men and Flynn because he has a disability [he can't hear] and he has a quiet nature. Gabby and Flynn are not only best friends [since childhood] they are co-workers. Gabby has always been there for Flynn and vise versa. Flynn has had feelings for Gabby but, kept locked them up as he is afraid of what will happen to their friendship if he acted on his feelings. Gabby is disappointed that Flynn only sees her as a friend. Then while she was helping with slow dancing [for his brothers wedding] Flynn kisses her hotly and that opens his eyes and he has a hard time getting that kiss out of his mind. They do have a talk about what could/would happen between them. Do you want to know more?? Well then you will need to read this book. I totally loved this book. Thank you Kelly!!
This is the first book I read by this author, and it won’t be the last. IMy only regret it that I somehow missed book one in this series. That said, know it’s a stand alone . The story centers around Gabby Cosette and Flynn O’Grady. Gabby and Flynn have been inseparable friends since elementary school. She was the new girl in school, and a very shy one as well. Flynn is deaf and was frequently made fun at in school. But Gabby never saw his deafness as a handicap . He is now a vet in a clinic he shares with his brothers and she is a vet assistance. Together they make a great team in and out of the office. Both have held back their feelings of wanting to take it further. Neither wants to lose that special friendship. The story is very well developed and will keep you engaged. But above all, the author’s sensitivities to the individuals that are deaf, is amazing. We feel Flynn’s emotions and insecurities. The relationship between Gabby and Flynn is very touching and the love and support Flynn’s family has for him, is wonderful. Sadly, it also highlights how society might think of individuals that are deaf, because of lack of education. Definitely a story that you will love and remember for quite sometime. Hopefully, next time one of us interacts with an individual with a so called “ handicap”, we will take the time to really “see” the person. Kudos to Ms Morgan for this great story. I was gifted this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
An absolutely wonderful friends to lovers story. Gabby and Flynn worked so well together and the more they tried to resist their relationship changing the more difficult being together became. They have been best friends since kindergarten and while they have both been attracted to the other they never wanted to jeopardize their friendship to pursue the attraction. Their family and the rest of the town feels certain they belong together if they will just give it a chance. A book you don't want to miss. I highly recommend it.
Get lost in this fabulous small town romance. Gabby and Flynn have been friends since kindergarten. Gabby insisted on learning sign language so she could talk to her new friend. Gabby has a heart of gold. She is everybody’s buddy and nobody’s everything. She is coming up on her thirtieth birthday and wants someone bad enough to let the town Battleaxes (aka matchmakers and busybodies) set her up on a blind date. When that date turns out to be her best friend Flynn things start to get strange. This best friends to lovers tale will make your heart sing and renew your faith in love.
Favorite Quotes: Most of the town knew to take off sprinting when the Battleaxes headed their way. The women meddled. A lot. Not only as a hobby, but a life mission… Flynn could no more thwart the Battleaxes than a Band-Aid could help with an amputation. You are no star, Gabby. You’re the sky. The rest of us are just circling your orbit. Seriously, look at you. The good girl, a great buddy, the town sweetheart. Annoying, really. You make the rest of us look like henchmen with leprosy. Did you happen to pay attention to Gabby last night? You broke her. You made her cry. Gabby who burps sunshine and farts rainbows. I love you, Gabby. I love you so much I can’t think if you’re not in my vicinity. My Review: Tracking You was an amusing, heart-squeezing, panty-melting, friends to lovers romance. I adored every page of this thoughtful, well-written, and engaging story. Kelly Moran has an extremely enjoyable and fluid writing style that I find highly entertaining and easy to follow. I just seem to free-fall into her delightfully sweet and steamy stories and smirk and gasp my way through to the conclusion. I am in love with these quirky and endearing characters, even the Battleaxes, and am already eager for the next installment.
Gabby Cosette and Flynn O’Grady have been friends since first grade. They know one another well but their friendship is JUST a friendship. Maybe once or twice one or the other the other has thought “what if” but with their friendship and close work relationship a relationship with “more” might destroy the comfortable cozy situation they have grown to treasure. That begins to change when others help them take another look at one another and when they look they begin to see the potential that has always been there but hidden. Whether or not they can find a HEA is up to them. And, even though they know one another well they still have trouble communicating completely when some topics are raised. This is a small town friends-to-lovers story that includes a group of matchmakers, veterinarian brothers, potential love interests for future stories, and close supportive friendships. This was a fun easy read that will appeal to those looking for a fun way to spend the day. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books-Lyrical for the ARC – This is my honest review.
Tracking You reminded me why I fell in love with reading. Reading is less about the words on the page, but about the emotions felt. Ms. Moran totally got that. She captured the abject loneliness of a man born to be different and the restlessness and heartache of a woman wanting to be loved. Forced to live in a world void of sound, Flynn has had to overcome many obstacles. His heart and determination have helped him blossom into a caring soul and a loyal friend, but something is still missing. Gabby is full of love to give, but has no one to share it with. Maybe, a fresh set of eyes and a little matchmaking is just what the doctor ordered. Tracking You is sunshine, inspiration, humour and heart rolled into one small powerful package. One taste is never enough. Copyright of Night Owl Reviews