To See You by Rachel Blaufeld is NOW LIVE!
New Emotional Standalone
No cliffhanger, only hard-earned unexpected love. And angst.
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No cliffhanger, only hard-earned unexpected love.
What is it about this guy?
On paper, he’s one hundred percent wrong for me. His e-mails are equal parts annoying and funny.
Okay, more funny than annoying. More like refreshing. Different. Exciting.
But as I stand next to him now, he’s giving me head-to-toe tingles, and I find myself dwelling on his e-mails.
Meet smart, sexy career girl and New York snob, Charli Richards. She has everything except happiness until the day she meets Layton Griffin. It’s a random encounter on an airplane; it couldn’t mean anything, right?
Layton isn’t even remotely close to who Charli sees herself hooking up with . . . ever. Her mom and best friend agree he’s not for her, but he makes her feel something exciting, awakens her world.
But then Layton changes, going to great lengths for Charli to see him for who he really is.
Will those changes bring them closer together, or will she never be able to see him in the same way again?
Girl meets boy and she doesn't really see him; boy meets girl and she's all he can see.
Rachel Blaufeld always seems to write romances that aren't your every day cookie cutter stories- and I love her for it. Her characters are imperfect, their stories are unique and their journeys are heartfelt. To See You is no exception.
Our story starts out with a successful fitness editor named Charli. Charli lives in New York and can be a bit selfish and judgmental at times. You might not love her at the start of the book, but that's okay. When Charli first sees Layton, the guy sitting next to her in seat 2D, she gets a little judgey. You see, Layton is a little bigger than the average guy. He's not got the perfect body. He knows this and he can be a little self-conscious about it. Layton may be a little larger in the size department, but he also has a larger than average heart. A larger than average personality, and is one of the kindest guys out there. But Charli doesn't see that. Not at first. She does recognize his kind eyes, though.
His eyes were the kindest I'd ever seen. I could get lost inside them for a lifetime... Well, if the rest of the package was right for me.
After speaking with Layton for just a few minutes, Charli feels bad about her perceptions. He's truly a nice guy. And once they land and go their separate ways, Charli can't get him out of her head. And it goes both ways. Layton is completely enamored by Charli and has been since the second he saw her. Charli likes the person Lay is. She even finds him attractive, she just doesn't know how to feel about that.
Charli is far from the perfect heroine, but here is the thing about her: SHE KNOWS IT. This is why some of her behaviors didn't bother me as much as they normally would. She didn't feel good about the way she was and was acting and she wanted to be better. Layton was completely lovable and relatable from page one. He isn't perfect either, but he's pretty darn close. Layton and Charli have more in common then they think. They're both at a place where they want to make some big changes in their life. Charli with her career, and Lay with is health. This connects then even more.
What I liked most abut this story is the fact that it showcased real people. It showed not to be judgmental and beauty is so much more than skin deep. Sometimes the perfect person for you might not come in the package you expect. I also loved that the author reiterated that Charli wanted and developed feelings for Layton long before any of his changes were made, not because of them. That was important to me.
To See You is a sweet story with a great message and a lot of depth. It has a wonderful mix of sexy, sweet, and angsty. Rachel's writing is consistently strong. Her characters are flawed, yet easily redeemable. If you're looking for a romance that's not the same old same old, this is one I recommend!
I took a long gulp and looked back at my computer screen.
“Do you like working for them?”
I tugged at my turtleneck; it was so freaking hot all of a sudden. My nosy neighbor’s face had a slight sheen to it, clearly from being hot, and now his warmth was seeping into my space.
“I do. They’re a growing company and . . . I’ve made great strides there.”
What the heck? Why was I even answering him? Because he asked, and if I was honest, it was the nicest anyone had been to me in months.
Furthermore, why did I sound like I was on an interview? Or an infomercial?
He was kind—I could tell—and his smile was gentle and calm, his eyes like warm coffee with just the right amount of cream swirling through it. I turned a little in my seat to face him and my knee brushed his thigh. I let my gaze travel his Beastie Boys T-shirt until I settled on his computer.
Playing on it was a rom-com, one I’d never seen before, but Katie What’s-her-name—all stunning, shiny hair, celebrity mom, perfect life—was front and center. Her arms were full of shopping bags and she was wearing a big grin on her perfect face as she walked down a city street.
“You don’t strike me as the romantic comedy type.” I felt my eyebrow lift. I wasn’t sure if I was teasing him or myself as the question floated from my mouth.
He laughed. It was soothing and comforting like a coffee-and-Kahlua on a cold night, and warm like the sun on the first few days of summer.
I allowed my eyes to close and imagined he looked like somebody else—not someone else totally, but just different. Fit, not slender but muscular. He still had the same gracious smile and inviting eyes, but he wasn’t wearing a music T-shirt in my imagination. Maybe a Henley? And dark-wash jeans instead of the regular everyday ragged blue I’d noticed him wearing.
“It’s work too,” he said, interrupting my fantasy.
“Oh.” I chugged the balance of my mimosa, cooling the wash of desire recently conjured up from my brain.
“Actually, I’m pretty sure BubblePOP will end up reviewing this one, will probably have someone at the premiere too. That’s why I asked about the site. Six degrees of Kevin Bacon and all that. Our worlds are connected.”
“I don’t do movies. I’m the fitness editor, but if Katie What’s-her-name is in it, I’m sure we’ll be all over it.”
He shifted his gaze over fully to me now. His eyes weren’t exclusively deep brown; tiny flecks of amber circled his pupil. They were captivating in a weird way, as if they didn’t belong with this guy.
I’d never met a slob who was so interesting before, yet he was definitely intriguing. And not really a slob—that was my own bias. Clearly, I was having some sort of psychotic breakdown on this airplane.
Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog,BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, anti-heroes, and mighty fine epilogues.
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