Review Head Over Heels: A Novel by Serena Bell

They thought they were wrong for each other. That was before she moved in. . . .

Chase: Take it from me, never hire your best friend to be your live-in nanny. Because it’s a lot easier to be friends with a woman who isn’t prancing around your house in yoga pants. As a newly full-time dad, I needed help fast. I knew she was good with kids. And I thought things between us were strictly platonic. Now, with Olivia Stratten crashing in my guest room and steaming up the bathroom with the scent of her shampoo, it’s getting harder and harder—no pun intended—to remember all the reasons we’re supposed to be incompatible.

Liv: When Chase Crayton asked me to watch his five-year-old daughter until he could find someone full-time, I was afraid we’d drive each other nuts. But with Chase’s job on the line, I couldn’t say no. What I didn’t anticipate was how combustible our chemistry would be in close quarters. Neither of us did. After all, we first met on a blind date, and by the end of it, we were laughing about how terrible we’d be as a couple. In the two years since, nothing ever happened between us, not even a kiss—not until last night. . . .

Head Over Heels is a standalone novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a satisfying happily ever after. This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Advance praise for Head Over Heels

“I love a good friends-to-lovers story—Head Over Heels will pull at your heartstrings and have you rooting for Chase and Liv!”USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson

Head Over Heels is intensely romantic and emotionally gripping. I adore Serena Bell’s writing!”—Jessica Lemmon, bestselling author of Rumor Has It

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“I love a good friends-to-lovers story—Head Over Heels will pull at your heartstrings and have you rooting for Chase and Liv!”USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson

Head Over Heels is intensely romantic and emotionally gripping. I adore Serena Bell’s writing!”—Jessica Lemmon, bestselling author of Rumor Has It

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Maria Rose

Head over Heels by Serena Bell is a fun and sexy romantic comedy with a ‘friends to lovers’ theme and a single dad who discovers the woman he wants has been there all along.

Chase Crayton is in a bit of a bind. He’s recently become the sole parent to his five year old daughter Katie and he needs someone to help him at home. While searching for a full time nanny, he asks his best friend Liv Stratten, currently couch surfing while waiting to start her new marketing job a few states away if she’d consider being Katie’s live-in caretaker for the few weeks until she leaves. It would give Liv a place to stay and she’d earn some money before heading off. Plus, they’d get to spend some time together.

Liv knew right away when she and Chase went on their ill-fated blind date that they were meant to be just friends. Or were they? Because now that she’s moved in, there’s a spark of attraction that they’d somehow avoided before. A friends with benefits arrangement suits them both, with the promise that their friendship won’t change. But when it’s time for her to go, will it be so easy to say goodbye?

I love reading Serena Bell romances. She writes high quality, thoroughly enjoyable stories with the right mix of laughs, possibly a few tears (she always manages to pull a few out of me) and characters who are people you would want to have in your life. Ivy and Chase are great examples. Likable, friendly and easy going, they have an opposites attract friendship. They have different tastes in movies and restaurants but it makes for lots of banter and teasing.

Both Liv and Chase have their share of issues. Chase’s ADHD in school made for frustrations for him, his teachers and his parents. As a result, Chase’s dad didn’t trust Chase to not screw up his company and sold it, leaving Chase to find something else. The outdoors is his calling, and working at a sporting goods store is enjoyable and fulfilling, though he hasn’t been able to make the leap to purchase it outright from his boss who wants to sell. The lack of confidence from those around him that he experienced when he was younger still resonates and makes him question whether he wants to be tied down to a permanent business. But he knows one thing – he’ll do anything to make his daughter happy. He’s a great dad, concerned and caring, willing to play dress up and calm her nightmares.

Liv grew up in a succession of foster homes after the early death of her mother. She learned that the only home you have is the one you bring with you, and not to rely on people to make you feel safe. While she and Chase have had an awesome friendship, when it turns to something more it’s a scary feeling. Their love scenes are steamy and passionate, but when they connect emotionally Liv has to decide whether it’s worth the risk to trust in Chase that he won’t let her fall. Her relationship with Katie is sweet, and they bond quickly. In the end she decides that home is indeed where the heart is and we get a lovely happy ending for this new family. While it is a standalone romance, Chase’s friend Jack is from Ms. Bell’s equally enjoyable second chance romance Do Over and I’m hoping his other friend Brooks is in the running for a happy ever after too!

michelle casper
Serena has a hot, sexy and complicated set of characters that keep you wanting more. The sizzling chemistry between Liv and Chase is off the charts.
Miss Claire L. Robinson

It’s been a while since I have read anything by Serena Bell, and Head Over Heels was a great re-introduction to her writing.

“Man up.”

Best-friends-to-lovers is one of my favourite tropes and the author hit the pitch pretty well with Chase and Olivia’s story, add in the fact that he is a single father who is struggling through the complexities of unexpected sole custody, and a five year old’s grief and confusion at the loss of her mother, and he was a character I fell-in-like with really quickly.

I knew Chase was hot. I strongly suspected he could kiss a woman into stupidity. But what I wasn’t expecting was how good it would feel…

This is a couple that make no bones about the fact they are ‘just friends’ one date, three years previously, and they both agreed it wasn’t going to work because they were polar opposites. But as they say opposites attract, and when Chase is left in a bind in relation to last minute child care arrangements for the adorable Katie, Liv steps in to the breach to offer a temporary solution. Temporary because she is leaving Seattle for a new job in Denver in a couple of weeks’ time.

It didn’t occur to me that she’d leave Seattle… Even though I shouldn’t be surprised. She changes her hair, her clothes, her nannying jobs, and even her boyfriends all the time, so why not cities…?

So with two weeks counting down, and being stuck in close proximity with each other the good ole’ friends-with-benefits arrangement is agreed on. And as you would expect lots of sexy times ensue. But there is another story playing out around this, and it’s to do with the scars left behind by their upbringings. Childhoods that have massively shaped the adults they have become, and how it impacts their relationships with the opposite sex as a result of it.

I want Liv more than I’ve ever wanted anyone…

It’s not difficult to see where the conflict is going to derive from in this one, what with their backgrounds and the two week countdown, but with the dual POV and the quickly moving plot it wasn’t a struggle to read. My one gripe and it isn’t a new one is the use of 1st person POV, because it once again lowered the emotional impact level of the story for me.

“You crossed the line and you can’t go back, and you might as well enjoy it…”

I’m not saying the author didn’t do it well, but there are very few that manage to do it in such a way that I forget I am reading and just enjoy a story. I don’t want the characters talking to me, I want them talking to and thinking about each other, I don’t know it seems to have started to become the medium of choice for a lot of authors to write in now, but I still struggle to fully invest in a story when its being played out like I am the third wheel in the relationship.

Sill a decent read, I’m sure the previous books I have read by the author were written in 3rd person POV, but it’s been a while so I could be wrong. Either way I hope that it is a style she goes back to in future books.

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