Author: Claire Hastings
Publication Date: May 4, 2020
Rating: ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ out of ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️
From debut author, Claire Hastings, comes a fresh, fun, and unputdownable romance where having a crush on your best friend isn’t the biggest secret at the Indigo Royal!
For as long as Kyle Egan can remember, he has wanted only one thing: to run his own boat charter company. Not that he has much to complain about, as the lead charter boat captain at the Indigo Royal Resort in St. Thomas USVI. He gets to spend his days out on the water, never has to wear a tie, and works alongside his best friend, Drea Miller, who happens to be the only other thing he wants.
Drea Miller has been crushing on her best friend Kyle since the moment she saw him five years ago. Unfortunately, she is fully aware that he doesn’t see her as more than a friend – oh, and the niece of his bosses. Working for the family-owned resort with her three annoyingly overprotective uncles has always been what she wanted, but lately she’s started to wonder what else life might hold. If she can’t have the guy she wants, maybe it’s time that she makes another dream a reality.
When an encounter with a guest brings out the truth, Kyle and Drea are left trying to navigate their feelings, but can their new love survive a revelation they never saw coming?
First I must thank both Claire and her PR team for providing me with an ARC of Can’t Fight This Feeling along with all of the promotional material. Second, I will be perfectly honest and admit that I am both an old friend and sorority sister of Claire’s; but, despite my affiliation with the author, my thoughts and feelings about this book are completely my own and I received no compensation whatsoever for my rating or review of Claire’s debut. With all that being said, the third thing I must say is that I am not, nor have I ever considered myself to be a romance reader; but, like any good friend I agreed to give my friend’s book a read.
Claire first shared with myself, and another of our dear sorority sisters and friends, about her upcoming book a couple weeks before the end of March. In all honesty, I was in no way surprised when she said that she had written a book, nor was I surprised that I guessed that it was a romance correctly. Immediately upon offering me an advance copy of it, Claire did admit that she knows that “Romance” is not my go to when it comes to reading, but I promised her I would read it with an open mind because she’s one of my best friends, and in all honesty I was intrigued.
The thing that did surprise me however, was just how much I would enjoy this book and find it hard to step away from. The blurb says that this is an unputdownable book, and that statement is perfectly correct. The only reason why I myself put it down was due to the requirement of charging my e-reader when I got down to less than 10%, thus it took me a couple days to read this.
As I’ve previously stated, prior to reading Can’t Fight This Feeling, I would’ve never classified myself as a “reader” or the Romance genre. I’d read a “romance” or “chick-lit” book, a la Bridget Jones’s Diary, every once in awhile, but never with such fervor as I did this book to say I both enjoyed the genre and wanted to read more books within that realm. Needless to say, Claire’s book, along with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that’s wrecking havoc throughout the world, has changed my views and feelings towards romance. Since finishing Claire’s book, I’m all for romance and finding true and lasting love.
Some of the things I loved about Claire’s book are how relatable the characters are. Reading of Drea’s relationship with Kyle made me reflect on the crush I had on my best guy friend when we were in college, and no we did not end up together for those who are wondering, but aside from connecting with Drea on that level I found that I was just as able to recognize aspects of myself in the other characters in Drea’s life like her family and their fierce love and loyalty to one another. I also loved all of the 80’s music references throughout the book, most of the songs are ones I can recall dancing and singing along to over the years, they’re the songs that beg for you to let go and just have fun even it’s just for that brief moment. There were many times throughout this book when I found myself laughing out loud so hard that I almost fell off the couch and caused both my dog and my Mom to look at me out of concern that I had lost my mind.
Claire has managed to craft together a wonderfully human story of friends becoming lovers without going over the top or making anything too extravagant or over the top. One of my absolute favorite parts of the book is when Drea and Kyle go to Puerto Rico and Drea shares with Kyle all the details about how exactly it was that her parents died when she was an infant. That particular moment was so real and pulled at my heart strings to the point that I completely forgot I was reading about fictional characters and a fictional incident. Finally learning this key piece of information and truly understanding just how much it had affected Drea’s life, I felt much like Kyle in that moment in that I never wanted Drea to ever experience pain or sadness ever again and I hoped with all of my heart that Kyle would be able to ensure that for Drea.
The one piece of negative feedback that I provided Claire with upon finishing the book (of which I’m more than likely in the minority about), was that despite Drea’s story being so sad, she still didn’t fully bring me to tears. I teared up reading it yes, but I wanted for the writing to take that extra step and push me over the edge into full blown tears sliding down my face; she knows this and has promised me she’ll work on that for me. Aside from this very minuscule fact, I absolutely loved this book and I can’t read to read the next one in the series. As someone who has managed to become jaded when it comes to all things related to relationships and long-lasting love, Claire has managed to give me hope that love and happily ever after do exist and that I myself may even find it one day.
I can’t recommend this start to a wonderfully promising debut enough, so be sure to check it out for yourself:
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Upcoming Titles in series:
CAUGHT UP IN YOU (Indigo Royal Book 2)
Add to Goodreads Shelf: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53309026-caught-up-in-you
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU (Indigo Royal Book 3)