- Title: The Girl He Knows
- Author: Kristi Rose
- ISBN: 1616505605 (ISBN13: 9781616505608)
- Series: Stand Alone
- Published: August 18th 2014 by Lyrical Press, A Kensington Publishing Corp Imprint
- Format: eARC
- Genre: Contemporary Romance
- Page Count: 218
- Source: Publisher
- Rating: B+
It could be said that “no strings attached” should be in the same category as “there is no such thing as a free lunch”. If you are not acquainted with the term in the economic sense, it could be stated even if something appears to be free of charge that there always a cost no matter how obscure or innocuous seeming.
Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. Especially since Paisley missed all those opportunities in college, when she was too busy supporting her no good, thankfully now, ex-husband. The problem? This hottie is Hank, her best friend’s older brother, a guy she’s known her entire life.
Stopping after one night is the right thing to do. Being with him clearly breaks the best friend code, and from his career as a Naval officer to his Boy Scout reputation, everything about him screams monogamy and commitment. Two things Paisley has had enough of.
When Hank presents a “no strings attached” offer, it’s too good to be true. She can enjoy him while still embracing being single. But, poor choices force her to confront old fears of love and loss, and Paisley has to decide if Hank is worth the risk. The alternative is never experiencing the real deal. Or far worse, settling for less.
When Paisley awakens beside Hank “the morning after” it is an unqualified disaster in her mind. Following her ignominious exit through the window of her best friend Gigi’s childhood bedroom window, she finds to her chagrin that she cannot keep her hands off of him, though why she would try was a mystery to me. Determined to keep their affair away from their families Paisley swears Hank to silence about the change in their relationship.
For the most part I found The Girl He Knows to be a very enjoyable read, Kristi Rose crafted an appealing story with likeable characters. What I found problematic was Paisley herself at times, you would think that she was the first person to ever get a divorce and the way that she reacted at times throughout the story could test ones sympathies. Determined to stay a course that she has laid out for herself she decides that she needs to gain experience with men having devoted herself completely to her ex-husband and that the best way to achieve this end is to date as much as possible completely overlooking Hank as he is obviously just her “rebound man”.
I wouldn’t necessarily characterize my frustration with Paisley as a negative as the worst reaction I can imagine would be ambivalence particularly when this author excelled in her characterization of Hank and the majority of her secondary characters. This being said I was impressed by this author’s debut novel and I was intrigued enough that I would definitely read her in the future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. Today, she’s a proud military wife and a mother. She’s been lucky enough to travel the world and has lived by an active volcano, almost fallen off a German Alp, and eloped in Arkansas. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wonders about their story. That’s what Kristi writes about: everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey. Kristi is a member of RWA. The Girl He Knows is her debut novel.