Water Under Bridges by Harper Bliss is an enemies to lovers romance and is the fifth book in her Pink Bean series. Just like the others, this one fully stands alone while letting us revisit friends from earlier books.
Louise Hamilton is back in Sydney, leaving Brisbane behind after her longterm relationship fell apart. With a fantastic job at a yoga studio and the new friends she’s making there, life seems great until she walks into The Pink Bean and is confronted with the worst thing that ever happened to her.
After leaving corporate life behind, Mia Miller is excited to be a new manager at The Pink Bean, learning the ropes until she can open and oversee a location of her own. When a cute yoga instructor walks in one day and won’t even return a smile, Mia is puzzled. Mia may not remember Lou, but Lou remembers her all too well, forcing them both to face long-buried traumas of the past.
Harper Bliss did a fantastic job on the character work in Water Under Bridges. When we meet Lou and Mia, they’ve each been through tremendous change and growth, and are on the precipice of the next stage of their lives. Little do either of them know, of course, that they’re in for even more change. I don’t really want to spoil anything, so it’s hard to get further into it, but suffice it to say that I was very happy with where they ended up.
The Writing Style
Of all of the books in The Pink Bean series, Water Under Bridges is probably closest in tone to Everything Between Us, even if the romance takes longer to get underway. It’s tempting to say that the romance burns slow, but that’s not quite right. They have to build a foundation of trust before even flirting can happen, and that’s done so carefully that it’s masterful. I’ve probably said this before, but I’ve been reading Harper Bliss since before she was even publishing full length novels, and I am just blown away by how much she’s grown in her craft.
Everything? I love that Harper Bliss isn’t afraid to take a difficult subject and create a romance with that as its centre.
Water Under Bridges is a wonderful, angsty, enemies to lovers romance and I highly recommend it. Whether you’ve read the other books in the series or you’re starting with this one, you’ll be sure to appreciate how beautifully written it is.
Excerpt from Water Under Bridges by Harper Bliss
Mia Miller. Louise couldn’t believe it. Just when things had started going her way again. She’d found a great job very close to her parents’ house. She lived and breathed yoga and Amber was the same, and therefore a dream to work for. Micky was a hoot and she and Amber often formed a double act that had Lou in stitches when they went out for after-work drinks. She’d been coming to the Pink Bean for a while now and she liked the vibe of the place, and often came here between classes to relax, have a coffee and read a book. And now Mia Miller had turned up out of nowhere to ruin her life once again.
Of course Mia hadn’t recognized her. Or if she had, she’d certainly hid it well. No, if she had remembered who Lou was, there would have been at least a glimmer of recognition between them. And whereas Mia’s face hadn’t exactly remained blank, there was no sign of her having any idea who Lou was. Which was good, Lou guessed. She didn’t want to drag up the past—especially not that dreadful part of it—and have an awkward conversation in the Pink Bean, which now no longer could be her place of sanctuary. Of all the people in Sydney, why did Kristin have to hire Mia? Oh well, Lou would have to spend more time at the studio then, or go home between classes. Did Kristin say Mia was the new manager? If so, maybe she had an office somewhere in the back and wouldn’t show her face too much in the shop.
“You look like you’ve seen a ghost, Lou,” Amber said. “What’s wrong?”
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- ISBN number: 9789887801306
- Publisher: Ladylit Publishing
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Note: I received a free review copy of Water Under Bridges by Harper Bliss. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.
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