For Charlie, a beautiful woman flirting with him isn't out of the norm-but a beautiful woman bolting after the hottest kiss of his life sure is. And when he finds out his kiss-and-run Cinderella is none other than Arabella Stone, daughter of his label's CEO, he knows he's in trouble. Because not only is she a Stone, she's also his employee for the next few months at the recording studio he just bought.
Over the course of one thrilling summer, Arabella and Charlie chip away at her bucket list and fight the simmering attraction between them...knowing that once it's all over, so is their time together.
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You're Still the One
A Country Blues Novel
By Rachel Harris, Stacy Abrams
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Rachel Harris
All rights reserved.
"He's not gonna know what hit him."
Arabella forced a smile at her friend's over-the-top confidence, even as her heart thumped beneath the thin blue silk of her gown. Country Roads, Nashville's hottest nightclub, was a maze of familiar faces, complete strangers, and eager journalists laughing and swapping industry secrets, and for once, she was determined to be in the mix. Leaving the cool, comfortable shadows behind.
"That's the plan," she murmured, tacking on a silent from your mouth to God's ears. After all, snagging her crush's attention was Ella's main motivation for coming out tonight. That, and to celebrate another successful release for her father's label. Exchanging a smile with Mr. Tisdale, her future boss and the VP of business affairs for Belle Meade Records, she added, "But if nothing happens, at least I can say I tried, right?"
That response pretty much summed up Arabella's life philosophy. She was a look on the bright side type of girl, a people pleaser to her core, and, for the night at least, a fake it until you make it woman.
What she wasn't, however, and what she would never be, was confident in the art of seduction. Her skill level hovered around basic flirting, and even that left a lot to be desired. She didn't have her best friend's swagger, or her cool, inherent air of mystery. Nope, Arabella Stone was the epitome of the sweet, drama-free, girl-next-door.
Next door, if you lived in the most affluent city in Tennessee.
And if you called Nashville royalty your neighbors.
"Oh, stop it with that devil's advocate crap," Lana hissed, steering them both toward an emptying table near the center of the room. She wrapped a slender arm around Ella's elbow, and a row of thin silver bracelets clanked at her wrist. "I'm telling you, Sexy Charlie's gonna swallow his tongue when he sees you."
At the mention of the bassist's name, Ella eagerly searched the crowd again, hoping for a glimpse of his trademark unruly dark hair. Charlie usually avoided these sorts of events, much to her father's extreme annoyance, but she had it on good authority that he'd make an appearance tonight.
When they came to a stop at the table, Ella slid a high barstool out from underneath. "I'm not trying to be a downer. Obviously, I hope he likes what he sees, but I'm keeping my expectations realistic."
Carefully, she wiggled up onto the seat, trying her best not to accidentally flash sideboob. Between the gown's plunging neckline, the crazy high slit, and the matching peek-a-boo cutouts at the waist, one wrong move had the potential of leading to a serious wardrobe malfunction. Not ideal when one was surrounded by scandal-hungry journalists. Or worse, when one was the daughter of David Stone.
Glancing around the room again, this time to ensure her dad hadn't arrived yet, Ella crossed her legs demurely and felt the slit of her gown creep higher on her thigh. Fighting back a blush, she gave the fabric a covert tug and breathed through another rush of anxiety. Clearly, her fabulous plan had a few minor wrinkles. The main flaw was that with each passing moment, she felt less like a worldly temptress and more like a fraud playing dress-up in her best friend's closet.
Technically that's exactly what she was, but Lana had made a compelling argument for abandoning her usual style. Sensible pumps and retro-inspired gowns wouldn't do for tonight's mission.
Admittedly, the public location wasn't Arabella's favorite. As a rule she avoided making a spectacle of herself, and if her dad found out what she was up to, he'd turn ten shades of red. He and Charlie didn't exactly see eye-to-eye.
Dad's job was to keep country music fans happy, and they wanted their musicians hot, talented, and relatively scandal-free. Charlie was two of those things. They also preferred them to at least appear capable of monogamy, a feat hard to accomplish when you're photographed with no less than a dozen different women in a single month, but for once, Ella wasn't so worried about appearances or her dad's approval. Tonight was her one and only shot. Her internship at Strange Wheel Studios began the day after Memorial Day, and once that was completed, she'd officially join the ranks at Belle Meade Records, thus making Charlie her future employee.
Nope, if she was ever going to follow her heart and scratch the first item off her summer top-ten list, this was the night to do it.
"Realistic is code for boring," her friend muttered.
"No, it's needed for survival. Let's not forget that even if Charlie likes what he sees, it won't change the end of the story."
Lana raised a perfectly shaped brow, and Ella waved a hand, encompassing her father's kingdom. "I'm still a Stone. In this town, that's the equivalent of an iron-forged chastity belt. Guys who want in the music business only slip me demos, and guys already in it steer clear so they don't piss off my dad. After last week's fiasco with the mayor's daughter, Charlie's already on his bad side, which means, at this rate, I'm gonna die a single, dateless, granny-panty-wearing old shrew."
"There's never an excuse for granny-panties," Lana replied, and Arabella shook her head with a smile. Leave it to her bestie to focus on what was truly important. "And what's this about dating? It's a hookup, Ella, not a marriage proposal."
Ah, another wrinkle in her mission. Lana believed that tonight was mere wish fulfillment, a celebrity crush that Ella wanted to scratch. But the feelings she had went so far beyond a simple crush they weren't even in the same conversation.
Charlie Tucker had starred in Ella's dreams ever since she was fourteen years old. Back then, she'd been flat-chested with a mouth full of braces, and he'd been six years older, which meant she'd barely even registered on his radar. If anything he'd seen her as a gawky little kid.
No, she thought with a rueful smile. Not little kid ... Little Bit.
The loathsome nickname proved just how hopeless her situation had been, how pathetic, but neither the name nor the glaring age difference had deterred her heart, because with one playful wink and one slow smile, young Arabella had been a goner.
Sadly, twenty-two-year-old Ella wasn't that much better.
"As long as you get your flirt on and skedaddle before your old man shows up," Lana continued, flicking her wrist to flag down a waiter, "your dad will never have to know."
Her distracted gaze shifted to the dance floor, no doubt on the hunt for tonight's victim. She was always on the prowl. Then, without warning, Lana's eyes zinged back with a snap. "It ... is just a hookup. Right?"
In lieu of responding, Ella studied her fascinating pink nail polish, and the future prosecutor inhaled a sharp breath. "Oh, honey." From the sympathy coating those two words, you'd think Arabella had lost a puppy. Here comes the opening argument.
"Ella, you know I'm all for you letting loose and having a wild night. You deserve that more than anyone I know." Reaching across the table, Lana placed a gentle hand on her arm. "But Charlie Tucker doesn't do serious. You, of all people, know his reputation."
Ella almost laughed aloud. Of course she knew. She'd read the stories like everyone else, saw the published photos, and probably knew more about the bassist's checkered past than his band's bulldog publicist. But did any of that change her feelings one bit? Nope.
It was because of her observation — which sounded so much better than obsession — that her crush had intensified. Unlike everyone else, she saw past Charlie's bad-boy image, looked beyond the scandals and women, and what she found was so much more than the player the media presented.
Charlie's love for his family peppered every interview he gave, although the media never seemed to focus on that. His contribution to the band, also left unheralded, was every bit as vital as Tyler Blue's. The front man wrote the band's lyrics, but Charlie was the one in charge of Blue's music — and anyone worth their salt in this business knew words without melody were nothing more than poetry.
Most importantly, Ella recognized in him a secret longing to prove himself. To stretch beyond his limits and make a difference in the world. The need wasn't blatant. He quickly shut it down or guarded his expression whenever it slipped out, but it was there, in glimpses, in glances, and in offhand, wistful remarks. That was the Charlie Tucker who consumed her thoughts.
Admitting that to the queen of self-preservation, however, was pointless. Lana believed hookups were fun and men were great companionship, but both were only ever temporary. A transaction of sorts. The product of a messy divorce, she deemed romance to be nothing more than a marketing ploy for Hallmark.
So, Arabella looked her best friend in the eyes and gave the only honest answer she could. "I'm not a moron, okay? I have no romantic delusions beyond tonight."
What she did have were a bunch of silly fantasies, ones that involved Charlie kissing her outside their giant tour bus and declaring his love in front of a stadium of thousands. Luckily, Lana was too focused on delivering her closing thoughts to press the point.
"Good," she said as her gaze flicked to the left. "Because the hot waiter headed this way is damn near devouring you with his eyes. Have your fun tonight, but never forget there's always another man waiting in the wings, and none of them are worth losing your heart on."
Before Ella could comment, the waiter appeared.
"Welcome to Country Roads. I'm Kurt and I'll be serving you lovely ladies tonight."
Arabella raised her eyes and then did a double take, shocked to find the cute blond's stare solely focused on her. Normally when she and Lana went out, guys barely noticed her unless it was to ask if the seat next to her was taken.
He leaned close to be heard over the music, and the scent of sandalwood tickled her nose. "Can I interest you in a drink from the bar?"
"Umm." This was uncharted territory. If she had been Lana, she'd have acted coy and ordered something sexy, but Ella couldn't pull off coy ... and she was a freaking lightweight. "Amaretto and pineapple, please?"
That it came out as a question did not bode well for her confidence level, which made the need for a drink even more vital. A hint of liquid courage certainly couldn't hurt at this point, and the sugar rush might even compensate for her foot bob bob bobbing beneath the table.
"You've got it, gorgeous."
Kurt smiled into her eyes, and Ella's belly fluttered at the compliment. Over the years she'd been told that she was attractive, that she had her mother's famous smile (if not her smoky voice) and her father's coveted olive complexion, but she didn't exactly stop traffic or inspire men to cross rooms. Those sorts of things were Lana's department.
She glanced down at her dress with new eyes. Could a wardrobe change really make that much of a difference? Maybe Charlie would notice her after all.
"I'm sure you get this all the time ..." Kurt trailed off and Arabella lifted her head. He was digging in his apron, and if the overhead lights weren't playing tricks with her vision, a slight blush warmed his high cheekbones. She'd watched this exact thing happen tons of times, servers and random guys stopping to ask Lana for her number. Is that what's happening now? Lana grinned, confirming her hunch.
Kurt shifted his weight and closed his eyes as if seeking courage. Then he raised his head. "Would you give this to your dad?"
It took a moment for the words to compute.
Arabella followed his hopeful gaze to where he held a small flash drive in his hand. "Belle Meade's our dream label," he told her, urging her to take it. With reluctance, she did. "We know everything about them, and a buddy of mine took a class with you at TSU. I can't believe you sat in my section tonight. It's like fate or something."
Lana's mouth tightened with anger, though her eyes held nothing but sympathy. Just that quickly Arabella had forgotten the times that she didn't simply fade into the woodwork ... whenever guys found out who she was and wanted to use her to get to her dad. Normally she tried to play it off like it didn't hurt while Lana went off on the guys, but tonight was important for Belle Meade, and Ella didn't want to make a scene. She was stressed enough as it was. Subtly, she shook her head, silently begging Lana to stand down, and her best friend huffed a breath.
Narrowing her eyes at their waiter, Lana spit out, "Scotch on the rocks."
An oblivious and still smiling Kurt swung his gaze in her direction. After taking in Lana's severe ponytail, smoky eyes, and show-stopping display of cleavage, his lips curved in a smile, a genuinely flirtatious one now that Arabella could see the difference. Had her self-esteem been hanging on by more than a thin thread, she probably would've laughed aloud. Or, you know, cried.
Lana sneered and shot him a look that said, are you for real? "Better make it a double," she muttered, dismissing him with a flick of her wrist, and Ella shook her head.
Lana Mabry exuded confidence and challenge, and she could drink a trucker under the table. The combination proved irresistible for mere mortals, but she rarely used her powers for evil. In Kurt's case, she didn't even encourage it, not that it mattered. He was yet another bug caught in the web, and as he turned on the charm and ignored Lana's stone-faced signs of disinterest, Ella collapsed against her seatback with a sigh.
Men, some would say, were the one thing that didn't come easily for Arabella. Those same people believed her life plan involved riding her dad's coattails to the top of the label's ladder with nothing but a sweet smile and a box of rocks for a brain. No matter what she did, what she accomplished, she was always seen first and foremost as a Stone, an heir apparent to a music label dynasty and the daughter of a beloved late Grammy winner. The prim and proper princess of Nashville.
Real life was far from a fairy tale, but it did teach her humility, and for that, she was grateful. Thanks to the calculating eyes tracking her every move, judging her before she could even say a word, Ella had discovered that if she wanted the industry's respect, she'd have to earn it.
That truth prompted her to hold down two part-time jobs while busting her ass at Tennessee State University, where she recently graduated with honors in commercial music. Come August, she was more than prepared to take her rightful place in her father's company. Not that anyone, especially her former classmates, ever saw it that way.
Arabella had an incredible job waiting for her while so many of her friends struggled to even get an interview, and she knew she was blessed. But the constant scrutiny and second-guessing was what led to her secret application at Strange Wheel. Scoring the internship under her mother's maiden name had been the first true validation of her talent — and a giant first step in proving she was more than a brainless legacy.
Ella blinked away the memories. Kurt was gone, their drinks were on the table, and a napkin with what suspiciously looked to be digits scrawled on top rested under her friend's tumbler. Le sigh.
Lana waggled a finger at her face. "You've got that glowing look again. You're thinking about New Orleans, aren't you?" She set her elbows on the table and leaned in with a scowl. "Ever stop to think you're being selfish, chasing your dreams and leaving your poor roommate all alone?"
Ella rolled her eyes as she took a long pull of her drink. "It's only for the summer," she vowed, grateful that Kurt had at least gotten her order right. "Between texts, calls, and Skype, you won't even know I'm gone. Besides, I'm still hoping you'll join me for the fourth." Stirring her straw, she added wistfully, "Fireworks, a couple of Hurricanes, and a crowded Bourbon Street? Imagine the damage you could do."
Lana's eyes twinkled with mischief, her bout of impending loneliness forgotten. "Hmm. I don't know. Think they can handle me down there?"
"Sweetie, no one can handle you. We just try our best to keep up."
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I LOVED this book. Arabella and Charlie are real, engaging characters with flaws vulnerabilities that make you fall in love with both of them. Arabella has been in love with Charlie since she was a kid, but he never noticed her. Now that she is all grown up, she puts is on her summer bucket list. They share a kiss and she takes off. He can't get the girl out of his head. Suddenly, their lives become intertwined in more ways than one. You're Still the One is fun, flirty and entertaining with a sweet, sexy romance that leaves you with a satisfying ending after a sweet, slow burning build up. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Liked this book and it was a fast easy read...Characters and story line were good and although it was a bit of a stretch to believe Ella could be so naive, she and Charlie were an excellent match... Touring buses usually are one per band but this one must be a caravan since whole families are traveling with them... But, aside for that, it was a fun read and romantic enough, story enough and fun enough to make the pages turn easily. Enjoyyed IUt!!!!
this was a fun read that put a smile on my face
A sweet and sexy contemporary romance set against a country music industry backdrop "Baby girl, you destroy me," he whispered against her lips. "You have to tell me if you don't want this because I'm holding on by a thread." "Then let go," she whispered in reply. YOU'RE STILL THE ONE by Rachel Harris is a sweet and sexy contemporary romance. It is the first book in the author's new Country Blues series. It is the story of Nashville's bad boy Charles Tucker and Nashville's princess Arabella Stone. If you have read the third book in Rachel's Love and Games series, ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE, you will recognize some of the supporting cast in YOU'RE STILL THE ONE. ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE featured Tyler & Sherry Blue's story. Tyler is another country music superstar, Charles Tucker's best friend, and the co-founder with Charles of their band. Tyler and Sherry Blue both appear in YOU'RE STILL THE ONE. No worries if you haven't read it. It is not necessary to have read ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE to fully enjoy YOU'RE STILL THE ONE. As the story opens, we find that Arabella has a bucket list and Charles is on it. We also discover that Charles has starred in Arabella's dreams since she was fourteen. Now she's twenty-two and wants Charles to notice her as a woman and not as a child. She also wants to be successful on her own; and not because she's her Daddy's girl. To that end, she has secured an internship in the music industry away from home for the summer without her father's help. Imagine her surprise when she learns that Charles is co-owner of the studio where she's interning! Her time with Charles will be limited as it's only for the summer, but she plans to make every minute count. I liked both the characters but wanted to shake Charles more times than I can count! I want to applaud the author on bringing attention to teenage depression - a subject that is most-often ignored- herein. Charles' niece, Abby, with whom he was very close, has suffered from it. The focus was a positive one and didn't detract from the story in the least. Applause! YOU'RE STILL THE ONE is well-written with lots of humor. Unfortunately, it took me a bit to get into it, but, once I did, I didn't want to put it down. It could have been the book or the mood I was in... In hindsight, I'm glad I stuck with it or I would have missed the delightful tap dance between these two. Rachel has never failed to wow me with her fabulous endings and this book's finale is no exception leaving me with a happy case of the warm fuzzies. I would recommend YOU'RE STILL THE ONE to anyone who enjoys light contemporary romances. If you're a fan of the country music industry, that would be an added incentive! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 3 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses!
A girl with a summer bucket list and the country star who wants to help her. This book was a lot of fun to read, the characters were very likable and I couldn't help but falling under their music spell. I liked that the book wasn't solely focused on the romance part, there were also other important issues like depression and bullying in teenagers and the way it shows us that there are ways that we as adults can help those kids was really beautiful. Arabella, Charlie and the rest of the gang are characters that I would love to read more about. Keep Calm and Read On
What a fun read! I really liked both Arabella and Charlie, and the two of them trying to check off all the items on Ella's list that summer made for an entertaining angle. Unfortunately for Ella--but fortunately for us--accomplishing many of those goals had her ending up in a laugh-out-loud situation (for the readers that is...Ella was usually a tad bit embarrassed). Ella's had a crush on Charlie since she was an awkward teen in braces, but it's not until she shows up dressed to kill at an industry party ready to check "Flirt with Charlie Tucker" off of her summer to-do list that he really notices her for the first time as something more than the "Little Bit" he'd met a handful of times at the home of the head of his record label. Laugh-out-loud scene number one prompted this thought from Ella: They needed to write guidebooks for this sort of thing. The Idiot's Guide to Flirting With the Man of Your (Literal) Dreams Who Clearly Doesn't Know You Exist. Bonus material could include how to handle disastrous meet-cutes in the john. Yep, you read that right. In the men's room. Poor Ella! Their relationship develops nicely from there--Charlie manfully tries to resist Ella's charms as best he can for as long as he can, but he's no match for the awesomeness of his "sweet girl" who slowly takes over his life and makes it better than he ever thought it could be--but the whole time he's keeping a pretty big secret from her, and you just know that it's going to come back and bite him in the butt. Soon. It does, and it isn't pretty--add to that the fact that Charlie's sure that he can't do relationships and still have a music career (silly, frustrating man!)--and for a while things look pretty bleak indeed. Fortunately Ms. Harris manages to pull out a HEA for them in the end that is highly satisfying and will have readers look forward to seeing Ella and Charlie pop up again in future series books (just so we can squee over how gosh darn cute they are together, of course). You're Still the One is the first book in Ms. Harris's Country Blues series, but it features the hero and heroine from her Accidentally Married on Purpose , Tyler and Sherry; Charlie's the bass player in Tyler's band Blue. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the band members (and Ella's BFF Lana) find HEAs in future series books--there's obviously something going on between Deacon and Hannah, the band's nanny for their upcoming tour--and can't wait to see where this series will go next. Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
It usually takes me about two paragraphs to find myself yanked into one of Harris's stories - and this one proves to be no different. I feel so much for Ella as she struggles with her crush on Charlie and her need to stand on her own. She's a little bit geeky, a lot sheltered, but totally adorable. It's no wonder that she's irresistible. Charlie may be all about the good time when it comes to women, but he's also all about his family and friends. And that dedication has put him right in the path of the delectable, but off-limits, Arabella. In order to get the funding from her father that he needs for his charity he agrees to keep an eye on her (on the quiet) for the summer ... but proximity leads to feelings that he's not ready for. And of course, everyone knows that secrets don't go over well in romances. I'm actually amused that both Tyler (from Accidentally Married on Purpose) and band-mate Charlie have similar issues with relationships, although for different reasons. It totally works though because one of the great thing about Harris is she manages to make their struggles real and their own. I would have hoped that Charlie would have learned from Tyler. But they are guys so .... :) It isn't important to have read any of the other books to enjoy this one. There are some characters that show up here (and we met Charlie then), but Rachel is kicking off a new series - complete with the heartfelt style and wonderful characters that she's known for.
Arabella has had a crush on the bad boy of country, bassist, Charlie Tucker, since she was 14 years old. Now a grown woman, she shares a light seductive kiss with him, only he didn't know was her. When they meet next it's when she shows up for her internship at a recording studio and he just happens to be the new owner. He knows he's no good for her and her father has already warned him but how long can he resist this beautiful good girl with an irresistible bucket list? Fantastic entertaining story! One that leaves you lighthearted and believing in HEA's. A great mix of the good girl and the bad boy. I love to see those bad boys fall! The writing style of Rachel Harris is fabulous and I can't wait for more. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Those Country Blues-Lovely Romance Read Arabella Stone is the daughter of David Stone who is known as the best music producer and is also owner of Belle Meade Records. Arabella wants to be known for her own things, not be known for being her dad’s kid. She is finally done with college and has an interview for an internship with Strange Wheel Records in New Orleans. She keeps hoping that her dad didn’t get her the job interview and that she got the interview based on her skills and her talent. Charlie Tucker is the guitar player for a band that Arabella’s dad manages and has produced . They became friends when she was a teenager and Arabella has a crush on him which slowly has developed into love but in the beginning Charlie doesn’t realize this (MEN!) . Charlie has been asked to keep an eye on Arabella by her dad so she does and its been an eye opening experience for him. This is an emotional and angsty book about two people who realize what they were to each other in the past and what they are to each other in the present. There is anger, sadness, confusion, joy, despondency, passion, and happiness. Every range of emotion and feeling is felt in this story. Charlie couldn’t believe what he felt for the boss’s daughter so that was part of why he fought them being together but in the end, the steamy times and the emotional connection won out and Charlie & Arabella ended up together. I do think some of the situations could have some more sizzle but overall, great story and chemistry between the MC. I really liked Charlie with his natural dominant command and loved Arabella’s fiery nature. This is a wonderful romance story and definitely something to kick back and read. My rating: 4.2 stars **** *A gifted copy was provided the publisher for my honest review*
Ahh!! She did it again. This woman can make my heart happy withing a few chapters and this book is great from start to finish. You're Still The One introduces to one Charlie Tucker, bass player in one of the most important country bands and favorite player in the industry; and one Arabella Stone, Nashville sweetheart and royalty favorite perfect child. But Arabella is ready to step out of her propper image and jump into the wild side even if it is for one short summer and in an ordely manner with a list of priorities. Rachel Harris did a fantastic job at building the characters personalities and relationship slowly. While reading you get the know Charlie and Arabella, what they want, what they are afraid of and how easily things starting coming together for the two of them. I loved the slow burn and reading how a crush became a friendship and how that evolved so naturally. Their adventures are sure to bring a smile on your face and their heart to heart may have brought a tear or two. You're Still The One is the perfect romance book. Charlie is the bad boy with a soft side every girl wants and Ella is such an easy girl you can't help but fall for them. I love her little quirks and how real and tridimentional Ms. Harris made her. But deep down, one of the things I loved the most about this book is how it wasn't just about the romance but you got some very inspiring lesson along the ride, and I think is a first in Ms. Harris writing. Charlie is starting a foundation to help teens fight depression and while you don't get the back story she treats the subject in a serious matter without making it dark. Ella, on the other hand, is discovering herself, who she is and what she wants in life and that is one journey everyone can relate. Add to that how Charlie and Ella experience love for the first time and it's one amazing story. By know, I love everything Rachel Harris writes, you can be sure you'll get a sweet romance with great characters that you'll feel are like family, a bit of drama and humor. All balanced expertly in one of the best books you'll read.
What a wonderful story from an author that I have never read before! Funny, smart, sexy, with developed characters who quickly involve you in the story. I like reading light-hearted stories every once in awhile that don't get bogged down in the details. Refreshing and enjoyable.
Arabella Stone. Charlie is famous and has developed a reputation as a lady man. He has decided to change his ways, and largely because of his relationship with his family, especially his niece. He has created a foundation to help depressed teens express themselves through music. He approaches his boss and Arabella's father for a donation for the program, and Mr. Stone agrees with the condition that Charlie buy a record label where his daughter will do an summer internship at. He quickly agrees and soon Charlie and Arabella are reunited, reigniting feelings that Arabella thought were long gone. Charlie does his best to avoid his feelings but soon he can't imagine his life without Arabella... How they work out their working and personal relationship... Enjoy read the book to find out! Rachel Harris is my go to girl for writing enjoyable and realistic romances with a country music spin. I love her characters because the suck me into their world! I am happy to recommend this book to fans of romance anywhere! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Fun, sweet, funny and at times poignantly perfect. This romance is a quick read with enjoyable characters, relate-able feelings, fun time and some hot scenes! RH gifts us a book where I think everyone can remember their first real crush, how they hope certain events or sentence or looks mean something more, how someone will shout out their love, how they want to prove they can succeed on their own and more. More than just a romance though, RH covers the topic of depression and potential bullying in a very compassionate and helpful manner. I say helpful because part of the story is Charlie, Arabella and others coming together to use music to help those in need. While some parts were a bit predictable, it is those scenes that make this such an enjoyable, charming and happy love story. This is the first book I have read from RH and I can't wait to read more!
Arabella AKA Ella met Charlie when she was a young teen. He was already a star. He would never see her as desirable. As a woman he would want. Or would he? Charlie sits and talks with Ella at a music event. She realizes when she hits on him he does not recognize her. What a wonderful opportunity. If she can only go through with it. Can she lie to him to get what she wants? Ella and Charlie start up an amazing friendship. They grow close over the summer. If the friendship is tested at the end of the summer, will it bend or break? Can Charlie stand up for what is real? Does he have what it takes in his heart? I was literally blown away! This book has such an amazing storyline. At the end of it... an absolutely EPIC HEA! I loved the character development and the pace was just as it should be. The author, is just getting started with this series and I cannot wait to see the next story. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
5 stars I loved You're Still the One! The storyline was beautifully written with great characters that will capture your interest and touch your heart. I really connected with both Arabella/Ella & Charlie's characters. They made this a fun, sweet, heartfelt read and even though the sexy times were fade to black you could see the chemistry between these two was off the charts. Rachel Harris has once again written a beautiful, heartwarming love story that will leave you with a smile on your face and a heart full of love. I highly recommend You're Still the One, this was an excellent start to the Country Blues series. Looking forward to the next book ;)
4.5**** I loved this book. It was unbelievably sweet with a heroine who was full of life and positively upbeat. Arabella was a sweet young lady who despite being a famous father's daughter was so positive, friendly and finally coming out of her shell. Charlie was a good time guy, fun and exciting, but skiddish on forming lasting relationships. However, he was drawn to Arabella and I loved their friendship. Despite his agreement with her father, Arabella and Charlie bonded, friend-wise and love wise. And it scared him. The chapter when everything came out, I could feel my heart hurt, pause, swell during that conversation. And I think that is why I liked this story so much. It has a lot of heart and feeling. Charlie niece, Abby, was a definite scene stealer. She was.hilarious and called Charlie on his issues. She was fantastic! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
I absolutely can not get enough of Rachel Harris's books. Seriously. They always leave me feeling so damn happy and hopeful! I love how her heroines are not only kick butt, but they also have their quirky traits too! Harris does such a great job of appealing to regular women and I love how relatable her books are! I've been super excited for Charlie's story and I couldn't be more pleased with the end result. I loved him and Arabella together! Watching these two navigate their attraction and feelings for one another was such a blast. And whew! These two have some super sexy moments together too! I loved seeing how intimate they were and I seriously had butterflies in my stomach and a ridiculous grin on my face while reading. Arabella has been infatuated with Charlie Tucker since she was a teen, but having been older than her, he never paid her much attention. She was his boss's kid daughter, certainly not the stunning woman he comes face to face with at a record label party. He does not recognize her, and she doesn't correct him, thus initiating a searing hot kiss that left both of them affected. Things definitely get complicated, as Arabella's father has asked Charlie to watch out for her over the summer. That might not be so bad, had Charlie not been privy to some other information that would surely crush Arabella if she found out the truth. Charlie was such a great love interest, but he did drive me a little crazy. I get his resistance to pursuing a relationship with her, but I thought the tension was going to slice me in half. Arabella was just so sweet and wore her heart on her sleeve and I didn't want to see Charlie break it. His words might say he can't do anything serious, but his actions certainly contradict him. He wants her just as badly as she does him and I love that intense moment when he just says 'screw it all' and goes after her. *dreamy sigh* I loved seeing the Robicheaux clan again, as well as Charlie's bandmates! I am SUPER excited for Hannah and Deacon's story next. Harris gave us just enough to already ship those two so hard and I can't wait to see their history unravel! If you're in the mood for a feel good romance with loads of kissing, sexy times, and memorable characters- you need to pick this one up!
I want to thank Entangled for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I've only ever read Rachel Harris' YA writing. And I loved every bit of it. So I was super excited to get to read this book, which she has been talking and teasing about in her Flirt Squad group for forever! I wasn't sure I would love it because adult romance isn't really my thing, but I ended up truly enjoying it. Arabella is such a great character. She is soft around the edges, or at least to the first glance, but she has a strangeness within that is hard to beat. She takes the reigns of her life and pushes through things. I love her lists that she makes. They remind me so much of myself. And I especially like that she takes the time to complete things and make them accomplishments. And as she crosses each thing off her list, she only becomes stronger and more aware of herself and what a truly terrific person she is. Plus, she's super talented, and that becomes more and more obvious as you read through her story. Charlie, what can I say. Is he swoon worthy, sure. But we are introduced to him as a true ladies man. Not one to ever settle down, he is perfectly clear on where he stands with relationships. That's until he is reacquainted with his boss' daughter. Never one to lead ladies on, he vows to keep things between him and Ella friendly. But his past mistakes threaten to jeopardize even their friendship. And his current secrets will through them both over the edge. While he's made out to be this womanizer at the beginning of the book, you certainly see it's not really what Charlie is about. He's actually a complete softy who will do anything for the people he loves. The romance in this book is off the charts. My favorite thing about it is it is built on a solid friendship. Sure, Ella has had her crush on Charlie for a long time but this was more a teen dream. Once she really gets to know him, and see him for who he truly is, she can't help but fall for him more than her crush ever would have allowed. The tension is slow building and fun. There are laughs between them as well as a bit of steam that has you wanting to throw them at each other and find out what comes back at you on the other side. And a romance novel wouldn't that if it didn't include a bit of drama. Each character certainly has their insecurities that help pile it on. But each character also owns up to this in the end, allowing the full force of what they feel for each other to shine through. I really like the secondary characters in this book. Ella's best friend, Lana, is snarky and spunky and truly cares for her friend. And all of Charlie's band mates, especially Tucker, really show they are definitely brothers in all but the blood sense of the word. And Charlie's cause that he's fighting for is so prevalent in the world today: teen depression. I love how Harris worked this seriousness into the book. The idea of Life and Lyrics is an incredible one that has such merit and I think could actually accomplish what it sets out to do. Overall, I really fell for the characters in this story. I loved their progression and development. And I especially loved that they didn't give up, on themselves or each other. I'm not much of a country fan, but it didn't matter because the meat of the story went so far above and beyond anything country music than you could fathom. Fans of Harris will tuck this
This is a delightful, superbly written contemporary romance. Arabella Stone is the daughter of a mogul in the country music industry and has had a crush on Charlie Tucker, the Bassist, since she first saw him when she was a young teen and it has never gone away. Now she’s all grown up, finished her degree and determined to get a job without family influences being applied, she wants it on her own merit. Little does she realise that her Dad has his financial fingers in so many other music businesses and is determined to keep his daughter safe, even if it means making a deal with Charlie Tucker…. Deals are fine, when they are out in the open. This one certainly isn't. What will happen when Arabella finds out the truth? The way the two fight their mutual attraction, work together, learn more about each other is a great change that is brilliantly portrayed. Their interactions are great, with some humorous moments as well as plenty of turmoil as they try to resist their attraction. The characters are well rounded, including some of the secondary characters, too, making them easy to relate to and empathise with. I liked how the author showed the heroine seeing past the public image of the hero, recognising qualities in him that others have ignored and which she proudly acknowledges. I also respected the heroine in her determination to prove she can be self sufficient and get a job on her own merit rather than just because of her parents. The plot ensures that nothing goes smoothly, keeping the reader thoroughly entertained. It is a thoroughly enjoyable contemporary romance with plenty of twists, turns and angst along the way to a well earned HEA. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
A fun cute romance, that will have you laughing out loud. Arabella has a bucket list for this summer, and one of the is to kiss her teenage crush, rocker, Charlie Tucker. After the first kiss, they know they are in both in trouble. Arabella will be working for Charlie for the summer, the big problem is that Charlie is suppose to watch over Arabella, the daughter of the CEO of his label. Loved the chemistry between these two, which they tried to fight off but finally caved in. Will it last the summer or forever? Loved how Charlie soon found out what he was missing in life. Rachel Harris did a great side story on the awareness of teenage depression. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review, I highly recommend it for a cute light read.
"You're Still the One" by Rachel Harris is book one in the "Country Blues" series. This is Arabella "Bella" Stone and Blue bassist Charlie Tucker's story, Arabella wants to accomplish things without her father's help. She has a bucket list of things that she wants to accomplish. Arabella has always had a crush on Charlie. The first thing she wants to check off her bucket list is to kiss Charlie. Charlie is used to women flirting with him. But he has never had one kiss him and then run off. Wait until Charlie finds out who she really is. Arabella's father is the CEO of Charlie's label so she is off limits to him. Charlie and Arabella end up working together on a project for the summer. Wait until you find out how they end up working together for the summer. The chemistry between them was intense. They tried really hard to ignore it, but plans don't always work out. I loved how they became friends first and their relationship developed over time. The intimate scenes were sensual, even though the scenes faded to black. This is a really sweet story. Both Charlie and Arabella had things that they needed to work out in their life so they could truly be themselves. I look forward to reading other books by Rachel Harris. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Entangled Publishing for an honest review.
This was a good sweet read nothing earth shattering and is predictable. I thought it was well written with great characters that are really likable. Charlie was sweet, single who can look down on him for having one nightstands. It is true he isn’t as bad and the news makes him but isn’t that the case with most singers. Stardom hasn’t gone to his head and his ego isn’t so great he can’t fit through the door. In no way is he innocent but a likable man. Arabella does what is expected of her but I do not think she is as innocent as the author makes her. Things just do not add up all the way for me. I do love the fact that Charlie is a family man his sisters and their family mean the world to him. When one has a problem he does all he can to make it right. I did think he over did the long term relationship, what happen to him was when he was in his late teens. I would hope women would have grown up more in the years to follow. Plus he could have had his women go on tour with him. I would have respected him more had he just said I am not ready to get tied down. I did like him and thought he was sweet just a little over the top. Arabella is very sweet I loved her bucket list and how she went after what she wanted. Wanting to do things on her own and be her own person you have respect that. There is just no way she can be as sweet an innocent and do some of the things she did in the way she did them. You do have to like her with her go get her ways. Helping where she is needed nothing really stood in her way. I thought the supporting characters were good. Her best friend is a trip she had me chuckling a few times. I understood her dad totally it isn’t easy letting go of one’s child to let the swim or sink. I thought this was a good sweet read but nothing that will stick with you after you finished. Is it worth your time yes I think it is. Some people will say it is an ok read and other will say it was a great read and they loved it. I recommend you pick it up and give it a read.
This is a quick, sweet story with humor and a slow build up. It is well written and the characters are very likable. Ms. Harris does a wonderful job of showing the individual growth of Arabella and Charlie. I enjoyed how the secrets didn't create a big conflict and a lot of angst. I look forward to reading more stories in this series and would love to see Lana get her own story. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Awwww!! This book is so sweet that it gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling. It’s full of love, friendships, and hope. Arabella Stone is the daughter of one of the most powerful men in the music business so she has grown up with some very famous people who happen to come into her home from time to time. That’s great unless you are a shy teenager who hasn’t come into her own yet. She is like most teenagers with her acne, awkwardness and crushes on famous guys. From the very beginning she has always had a huge crush on Charlie who happens to be the bass player for Blue which is an up and coming band at the time. Nothing like have your crush showing up at your home and you weren’t expecting it and seeing you with some ugly outfit on and your hair looking a mess. Now fast forward a few years and that awkward teen has become a beautiful woman even if she doesn’t see it herself. Arabella has graduated from college and she has a bucket list that she wants to take care of which is totally out of her comfort zone. Arabella may have grown up being the daughter of David Stone but she has always been protected from paparazzi and the dirtier side of the music world. She loves and respects her dad very much and has never done anything to make him think anything different. Arabella has turned into a beautiful woman who wants to step out of the safety zone and live life on her own a little bit. That’s where the bucket list comes in and on that bucket list is to make a connection with Charlie. Every shy girl has to have a best friend like Lana because Lana is bold and likes to live life to the fullest and always has your back. The girls go to a party which they know Charlie will be at and Lana is right there trying to get Arabella to make that move and go to Charlie. She probably didn’t have in mind for Arabella to follow Charlie into the men’s bathroom which shocked the heck out of Arabella herself once she realized where she was. Charlie had no idea that Arabella was David’s daughter and that he had actually known her during those teen years. This hits her self-confidence even more letting her think how she is so forgettable. Charlie is a typical bad boy as it looks like to the public because he has never tried to hide the benefits that come along with being someone famous…women and lots of them. He has been told he needs to stay away from trouble and the paparazzi for a while to help clean up his image. That’s the famous Charlie but Charlie is also the brother to five sisters and godfather to his niece, Abby. Abby is a teenager who has had to deal with depression and it is now Charlie’s mission in life to bring attention to teen depression and try to help in any way he can by starting a foundation where these teens can turn to and are helped. Charlie needs David Stone’s help financially by being a backer of this project. Now here comes the stipulation; David wants Charlie to watch over Arabella when she is in Louisiana doing an intern job at a recording studio without her knowing it. Charlie takes the deal and is stunned to see that Arabella is the women who gave him that unforgettable kiss the night at the party and has left him thinking of the beautiful captivating women who ran out on him after that kiss. So is Charlie able to keep Stone’s secret from Arabella and try to distance himself from her especially if he is to be cleaning up his act? And now that Arabella is working side by side with her crush since she was a teenager is she able to deal w
Absolutely adored Charlie and Arabella's story! Arabella Stone, heir to Belle Meade Records is tired of living in other people's shadows. Determined to be seen for herself, she applies for an internship away from home. She makes a list of 10 things for her to accomplish and first up is Charlie Tucker, her childhood crush and famous bass player for Blue. After she gives him the best kiss of his life, she walks away but little does she know that he's her boss for the summer! Arabella and Charlie both have their own unique pasts. The chemistry between them is hot and as they work together, it's gets harder and harder for them to deny it. A heartwarming love story that has it all!