Once upon a time, every girl in school had a crush on Bash Anderson. He was the hottest thing on legs, with a smile to knock you on your ass and eyes that would go ahead and melt you right into the ground while you were down there. Kind of like now but with homework.
I wasn’t someone that Bash would give a second look back then, but in addition to helping his dad with one single beehive, he worked as a busboy at the diner when my dad was running things and I waited tables. We became friends in that way that people do when they can’t be in real life. When shallow social circles don’t allow the golden boy and the trailer-park girl to hang out in public or have lunch together in the school cafeteria. But at work, closing up late at night, those silly walls faded away. Words came easy to us, snarky personalities melded, dreams were confessed, and secrets unveiled. We both had mothers that had passed away when we were young, leaving big holes behind. Things weren’t all that golden over in the Anderson household, and where my home life was fine, the guy I was seeing from nearby Denning was a neurotic, controlling prick. I didn’t see that yet but Bash did. He became my secret best friend. My ally.
Then the stick turned blue, and my entire senior year became a blur of oh-my-god’s and tears and learning how to hurl quietly so my dad wouldn’t know. Then it was learning how to dress baggy so the school wouldn’t know. Then it was wanting to disappear completely when everyone knew, when my boyfriend decided to bail, and the only person to shoulder my tears was Bash. Through thick and thin and so much drama, he was the one constant that never wavered.
Now we were dancing all around each other because I was a fool.
Charmed, Texas, is a close-knit small town where people’s dreams of love can come true. That’s not to say that some people aren’t still waiting, and dreaming . . .
By day, Allie Greene stays busy with her family diner, and keeping tabs on her teenage daughter. What’s really exhausting Allie, however, are the nights. Not that she minds Bash Anderson unbuttoning her naughty desires—if only in her dreams. But what was he doing there at all? He’s her best friend, and a father figure to her girl. Talk about awkward. Talk about
OMG-heat-and-fireworks that are flipping fifteen years of normal upside down. And now, when Allie needs him as a friend more than ever, logic doesn’t stand a chance against his lips and irresistible deep-blue eyes . . .
Sure, Bash has fantasized about Allie, but there’s no way he’d act on it. She and her daughter are the closest thing to family he’s ever known. With the exception of one drunken moment fifteen years ago, he and Allie have stayed on this side of the line—until that impulsive kiss of hers knocked him on his butt. That’s just one hurdle. Not only does Allie need Bash’s help to save her diner, but his apiary is in trouble, too. To stir the pot further, they’ve been roped into vying for the town’s Honey King and Queen contest—a sweet event that’s making them closer than ever. Something’s bound to come undone. Bash just hopes it’s not the friendship he’s worked so hard to hold on to.
“Once a Charmer is an utterly delightful best friends-to-lovers story that will leave readers with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Lovelace has done a wonderful job of making each book in this series feel different and original. The constants in this series are compelling characters, complex relationships and amazingly sexy chemistry. If you enjoy heartfelt small-town romance, don’t pass this series up.”--RT Book Reviews