To See You
Synopsis: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?
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An Excerpt from To See You
“Cheers.” My seatmate good-naturedly tipped his glass toward me. He wasn’t going to leave me alone.
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.
I have loved Rachel since she came on the scene with the Electric Tunnel books. Which I truly loved. To See You was just another wrung on the ladder for Rachel. She’s a fantastic writer when it comes to stretching the story line into the unconventional.
In this story we get an unlikely meeting between a snotty judgmental NYC woman and a sweet yet not quite attractive man from California. You will really dislike Charli from the beginning. She will truly piss you off with her judgement of Layton, and her dismissal of him just at the sight of him. Yes he’s overweight and unfortunately she can’t see past her nose to spite her face. But really, isn’t this reality? We all look at people and judge them by their clothes or their appearance. The first thing that attracts us to a person is their looks. Do you look at someone a second time if they are overweight, even if they are the sweetest person in the world, and you should really love them for all the right reasons instead of the wrong ones. That’s why I loved Rachel’s portrayal in this book. It’s so dead on accurate for most women and men for that matter. I’ve struggle with weight issues most of my life and I know what it’s like to be out with friend and have them all have guys looking at them and staring when nobody gives you a second glance. So I really and truly connected with Layton’s character in this book.
What I really liked the most was that Charli did have feeling for him, but everything about what society says about what is attractive made her dismiss the tingly feelings that she was getting talking to this super sweet man that she truly didn’t deserve. She did realize that she wasn’t actually good enough for this man repeatedly, and rightfully she probably wasn’t, but Layton was determined to make her see his worth and her own. I enjoyed the development from an awkward man into a confident and sexy man in this story. It was like the ugly duckling turned into the beautiful Swan.
The connection between Charli and Layton wasn’t truly instant and I loved that it took a long time for them to both deal with their personal issues and learn to fully trust each other. This story developed slow and stead and in the end I was happy with the results and became a true cheerleader for them as a couple. This book is truly an unconventional take on romance and will really warm your heart if you give it a chance! Pick up Charli and Layton’s story in To See You today! You won’t be sorry.