Slick’s Review – Between You and Me (The Harrisons #4) by Jennifer Gracen

Between You and Me was a masterful romance, expertly crafted, and one I won’t soon forget. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

As the only daughter of the wealthy Harrison clan, Tess Harrison has everything—except the baby she longs for. With no husband in sight, she escapes to her family’s retreat in Aspen, Colorado, visions of sperm donors dancing in her head. Instead, she finds Logan Carter. When the ruggedly handsome manager of the Harrison ski house offers to be her baby daddy in exchange for her playing his girlfriend, Tess is breathless to begin the charade. After all, the brokenhearted heiress knows better than to fall in love . . .

She would be Logan’s dream girl, if his dark past had left him with any dreams. Now the brooding bachelor’s only hope is to satisfy his mother’s dying wish to see him happily paired off—and give lovely Tess the baby she longs for. But when he and Tess opt to make a baby the old-fashioned way, he’s fighting hard against the longing to hold on to the elusive Harrison beauty forever . . .

I was curious to see what author Jennifer Gracen had in store for the only female Harrison sibling; the “mother hen” of the group, the one who tries to maintain the peace in the family, and the one who put everyone else and their needs before her own. I love that this story took place largely away from her brothers and overbearing father and gave readers a chance to really get to know her as she worked to make her dreams come true. From acquaintances, to friends, to lovers, to so much more, two people with very different outlooks on life find a love neither one expected in this alluring and captivating story.

All of her life Tess Harrison has wanted her own family; a husband who adores her and children who know they come first in their parent’s lives. Watching her parent’s marriage implode and the damage it did to her and her siblings, she wanted the complete opposite for herself, but an engagement blown to bits by her fiancé’s cheating and another relationship that didn’t pan out and Tess is beginning think after watching all her brother’s fall in love that it isn’t in the cards for her. My heart hurt for Tess because she had given up on love something she so desperately wanted in her life, but I could also understand why she decided to pursue having a baby given her age and the fact that financially she could handle it on her own. I admired Tess greatly for making the decision to become a single parent and I know it wasn’t one she made lightly. I also understood her need to leave New York and go to Aspen so she could do it without the questions and influence of her brothers and her father.

Being a property manager for the rich in Aspen was never Logan Carter’s dream, but after his life imploded it is where he ended up and he is happy to be back near where he grew up and even happier that his mother is nearby especially as she is fighting cancer. Life has knocked Logan around, but he is happy where he is and enjoys his work and being able to enjoy everything the Aspen area has to offer. He always enjoyed the Harrison family because despite their wealth, they weren’t demanding and demeaning like some of his other clients until last year when a conversation with Tess made him realize she was just like the others. Logan had a pretty big chip on his shoulder and it took me a while to warm up to him, I understood where he was coming from, but it was also obvious that he took a conversation and blew it way out of proportion. However, it was easy to see he was a man who loved his mother, was thankful for the life he now had, but was also cautious so as to not repeat the mistakes he made in the past.

Given that the last time Tess was in Aspen she and Logan had a conversation that made her look a bit haughty and him putting her firmly in the “blue blood” category, it took awhile for them to come to terms with that and move forward. I liked that he discovered otherwise organically, that as he observed her actions he began to realize she was a genuine person and he developed a healthy respect for her. I loved that Tess never once thought Logan was beneath her, that she enjoyed his company, recognized his intelligence, and was thankful for his friendship. The fact that she opened up so easily to him about why she was in Aspen was a testament of how much she trusted him and while it did take Logan a bit longer to open up about his past, once he did I think it not only helped him to unload, but made him realize that despite Tess’s upbringing she wasn’t a judgmental person. There were a lot of trials and tribulations to their relationship and while the made some mistakes, it was obvious that the respect and love between them never wavered.

I loved the depth of this story, that these were two people who have suffered hurt and thought they had their lives figured out and love struck them when they didn’t expect it. Their actions and reactions were spot on and the emotion that poured from them was believable. I like that they were in a strange and somewhat difficult situation, that it took some time for them to figure out how to make it work and most of all that despite everything they were there to support each other. Between You and Me was a masterful romance, expertly crafted, and one I won’t soon forget.

4.5 stars

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