Chat Review: Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner

Chat Review: Harley & Rose by Carmen JennerHarley & Rose by Carmen Jenner
October 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 316
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Revelry
Amazon US

Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?

Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.

Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.

She’s always been his best friend.

He’s always been hers.

She’s in love with him.

He’s … not in love with her.

He’s … marrying someone else.

He’s … hiding something.

He’s … well—it’s complicated.

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Ali and Tiffany both read Harley & Rose, and both had similar feelings. While Tiffany LOVES to become an ugly crying mess while reading books, Ali does not. At all. But, that is exactly what happened. Following are some of our thoughts, we want to hear yours though too, so hit us up in the comments below or on Facebook.

Q: First things first – let’s talk about the cover – thoughts?


Tiffany: Its a beautiful LIE! A pink wrapped fucking LIE! 

Q: If you had to pick three words that describe Harley & Rose, what would they be:

Tiffany: Three… Really, oh gosh that’s hard.  Beautiful, sorrow, and UNCONDITIONAL. But trust me there are way more than three words I could use to describe them. 

Ali: Beautiful. Tragic. Epic.

Q: What were your first impressions of Rose?

Tiffany: Sometimes I thought she was a bit dramatic and then there were times I wish she were more dramatic.  For the most part though I LOVED her and that doesn’t happen often but she was my hero, she loved crappy TV so basically she’s a WINNER! 

Ali: SHUT UP! You loved a book girl? 😉  I loved how quirky she was.  I also really loved that she put her heart on the line a couple of times in regards to Harley. So often the girl never speaks up and just gets her heart get broken over and over. While that happened, at least she was able to stand up for herself at times too. I also loved that she was so true to her heart, she knew who it belonged to, no matter what.

Tiffany: I do have the capacity to like heroines too… Most of the time I just don’t! Lol. But yes spot on, she was so true to her heart and it was her nature, most of the time it would annoy me but not in Rose, I think because she was so genuine.

Q: What were your first impressions of Harley?

Ali: I’ll readily admit that I had many, many moments of quite nearly hating Harley. He is so loving and caring yet so fucking stupid at the same time. It was aggravating.

Tiffany: I have to agree with you! SO many times I was so frustrated with him but then I would get all giddy over him.  But he won me over, tubes and all.  He was perfect but an idiot and I think sometimes that’s just a man gene so it wasn’t entirely his fault. 

Ali: I think his intentions were never bad, just misguided…maybe that’s the right word. In the end, I forgave him for everything and that’s really what matters.

Q: Chapter 4, location 343, on a scale of 1 to 5 how much did you appreciate Rose’s love for the perfect man nipples? 

Ali: OMG, perfect! I, too, have a thing about nipples. They can be soooo wrong or they can be perfect. There is not much middle ground for me. I loved that I shared that with Rose!

Tiffany: NIPS are a big deal for all of us, so yes Rose thank you for being so critical and not accepting anything less than the best man nipples! You have standards girl and I admire that. 

Q: Did Harley & Rose take you were you thought it would?

Tiffany: AB-SO-FUCKING-LUTELY! It’s been a year I’ve been waiting for this book, literally FB just reminded me and showed me the shared post from the blog of the cover reveal.  But really though, this was way more than I expected and I think their adventure together was perfect, real, raw, and so honest.  Had it went other way I don’t feel that I could of loved it as much, oh gosh the magnitude of this story will FOREVER BE ONE OF MY NEW ALL TIME FAVORITES! 

Ali: FUCK NO! This book did not take me where I thought it would. HARD FUCKING LIMIT, JENNER! But, that’s okay because it pushed my boundaries and was a really beautiful experience. I think I learned something about love and life and you can’t expect more than that from a book. Ever.

Tiffany: I don’t think Carmen will ever hear the end of this one, I still can’t believe you read it and I still think you’re a liar by omission, but I love you even more for it because you knew I would love this book and I so totally did!

Q: How awesome were the Peter & Wendy references? Did it practically make you shit out flowers from the cuteness? 

Ali: Too. Damn. Adorable. It fit perfectly with how they grew up together.

Tiffany: YES! UGH, him climbing through her window, I loved it! Have I mentioned yet that this has become one of my top reads EVER?! Like ever, like I want to live in this book! 

Q: How satisfied (or unsatisfied) were you at the end of the book?

Ali:  Such a fucking hard question.  If I focus on just the end and not some major factors leading up to the end…I’m absolutely satisfied. There was a moment where it could have gone a different direction and I’m so thankful it didn’t. I’m speaking of the epilogue here. I think it was exactly as it needed to be.

Tiffany: I so agree with Ali again about her answer, there was total content at the end and it had to be that way, there was no other way.  I can’t even bare to think of it going any other way. 

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being a gentle pat on the head and 10 being a pencil to the eye), how upset were you with Carmen while reading Harley & Rose?

Tiffany: A pencil to the damn eye and then for good measures a second one because the first one didn’t cause enough damage!  I was so upset like a beautiful, torturing mess upset.  But I don’t know if I was more upset with the cover LYING to us silently or the events inside the book.  Either way if someone is going to make me cry and ruin good $5.99 lashes I’m glad it was Carmen. 

Ali: Bahaha! Your poor eyelashes. But, I am right there with you. There is no end to the horrible names I called Carmen while reading this book. And she deserves all of them and some more for pulverizing what little heart I had left.

Tiffany: That’s a huge feat! You don’t cry, EVER except for that one time in Seattle at breakfast at 8:52am when you cried and we all saw it.  But I obviously hardly remember the details of that! Hahah!

Q: Not so much a question really, but what was your favorite quote from the book and why? (Kind of a question after all) 

Ali: Shit…too hard! Okay, so I’m not going to give the whole quote. For reasons. But it’s the one that starts with “Tell him that I loved you first…” <— HEARTBREAK CITY!

Tiffany: And I am now CRYING AGAIN! We need ID’s made with our place of residence showing Heartbreak City, if Harley & Rose are there I’d gladly live there. Okay but favorite quote, I had a million but this one was one of my faves, seriously I have too many but this one was one that is just so TRUE! “All of what I told him was true- some people are just meant to break your heart, as if it were their sole mission here on earth to teach you not to fall in love with the wrong person.  Some people will break your heart over and over again, because some of us never learn.” – Rose 

Ali: Such a perfect and true quote.

Harley & Rose releases on October 18, 2016, but you can pre-order it now for only $0.99. Link is at the top of the post.








About Carmen Jenner

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of the Sugartown, Savage Saints, and Taint series.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore MAC addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny north coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

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