Charlie by Jennifer Hanks

Charlie, the long awaited seventh book in the Dimarco series is finally here. This friends to lovers story is not to be missed!

When I first read Lucy, I fell hard for the Dimarcos. I immediately emailed Jennifer Hanks and asked when Ben’s book would be out. I couldn’t believe she was planning to make me wait until the very end to read his story, but I’m so glad she did, because she made me fall harder and harder for Ben along the way. To say I had expectations for this book would be an epic understatement. I had built it up so much in my head along the way, but this book exceeded them all!

This book brings all the feels. I laughed, I swooned, and I even shed a couple of tears while reading. As the seventh in series, we already know this family so incredibly well, and I love them all so much, but it made this book even more emotional. If you haven’t read the rest of the series, you can definitely still read this as a standalone, but I think it is so much more powerful if you start at the beginning.

Ben Dimarco is perfection. His heart was broken, and he struggled a bit to find his way back to love. But he was still a hard worker who loved his family with all he had. He is a fierce protector with a heart of gold, and a body made for…love? I loved watching him figure out what had been right in front of him all along. I loved watching him go from a little bit broken to more complete than he ever imagined he could be.

And Charlie. If you’ve been reading this series in order, you already know Charlie. I didn’t expect my feelings for her to grow so much since we already know her, but they did. I already loved her as Grace’s bestie, but Jennifer managed to show so many new layers of her. I loved each and every one of them. She is strong and independent, but she is also vulnerable. She is kind, and loving, and a little lost. She needs a place to belong, but she has a hard time seeing what she already has.

Together, this couple is absolutely everything. Their chemistry ignites like fireworks, and yet they are also as sweet as honey. Their story contains angst and longing, but in the end it is all so worth it.

Fans of this series will absolutely love checking in with the whole family in this book, and believe me when I say they’ve been busy! I loved seeing how everyone was doing, and how their family continues to grow. Reading this was so bittersweet, because I love this family so much and I never want them to end. Luckily, Jennifer has already announced her plans to continue to show us glimpses of everyone in her spin-off series and books yet to come!

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Blurb

Nothing will be the same when the only man she’s ever seen, finally sees her.

One.True.Love.

Charlie Donovan has loved one man in her life.

Spending years loving him from afar, she’s watched and waited for him to notice her as more than his sister’s best friend, but he never has. He’s made it clear that he would only ever consider her a little sister and friend. And after her parents’ disastrous marriage and divorce, she’s finally accepted that love is only for the lucky.

But luck has never been on her side.

Ben Dimarco hasn’t been living for a long time.

After a horrible end to a relationship he thought meant everything to him, he’s given up on the idea of love. Choosing to focus on his education and career, he only spends time with women who want something as shallow as he does and refuses to admit his feelings for a woman he shouldn’t desire.

Until she starts living life without him.

And he realizes love has been standing in front of him the whole time.

Just when he decides to go after everything he wants, jealousy rears its ugly head, and life as Ben knows it is torn apart. He’ll need the strength of his entire family to battle a past that should have been buried years ago so he can plan a future that includes the woman he’s always loved.

But can a fragile relationship survive the storm, or will the damage tear them apart?

Charlie is the seventh book in the Dimarco Series. Can be read as a standalone.

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About the Author

Jennifer Hanks is the author of The Dimarco Series as well as The Elite Securities Series and Sinners MC Series. Her stories are contemporary romance and romantic suspense, all with the underlying message of the power and strength in love. She’s also a sucker for a Happily-Ever-After. Her love of reading and books in general started at a very young age and has steadily grown into a love of writing as well. She admits to being addicted to all things romance and has no plans of quitting her habit. Jennifer lives in Pennsylvania with her two children. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found with her kids at their various activities. Her house is frequently filled with any combination of her children’s friends, nieces, nephews and a variety of pets.

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