Title: Rumor Has It
Author: Magan Vernon
Series: Friendship, Texas #2
Release Date: October 25, 2016
“Rhonda, pst, Rhonda is that the Carrington girl? The writer who was at the bakery with that country singer Eddie Justice? I thought she was in Austin?” one of the old church ladies not-so-subtly asked the woman next to her.
I rolled my eyes and Clay looked at me with a mischievous grin. Slowly I stretched my arms over my head and leaned toward my brother, not so quietly whispering, “I can’t wait to get out of church so I can go home and get some Eddie Justice man meat.”
The old ladies gasped and started whispering. They didn’t need to know that Eddie and I had only ever been next door neighbors and friends, well until we spent the night breaking a tree branch, if that counted for anything.
Magan Vernon returns to Friendship, Texas in Rumor Has It. This sweet, southern friends-to-lovers romance is lighthearted and full of feels, leaving my heart content and full of warmth. Brooke and Eddie are the boy/girl next door and their lifelong friendship often hinted at something more. When Eddie hits it big as the newest crooner on the country music scene and leaves for Nashville, Brooke is left brokenhearted. So even though this adorable couple never quite got a relationship off the ground, Magan Vernon infused their story with a second-chance romance vibe that served to make their journey that much sweeter. Their well established friendship and years of regret brought an emotional component to this book that captured my heart and held onto it as I rode out this rollercoaster ride alongside Brooke and Eddie. Magan Vernon has conjured up an unmistakable chemistry between these two that was instant and heady, making it easy to invest in this couple and the promise of their happily ever after.
“If you do love him. Don’t run unless it’s into his arms.”
One of my favorite things about this book was the honesty with which Magan Vernon created Brooke. As an indie author, Brooke struggled to come up with unique and compelling storylines and make her books a success. As we got to know Brooke, exploring her hopes and dreams and uncovering her insecurities and fears, I felt as if I was getting to know Magan a little bit better. I could sense the heart and soul that went into this character and it made it that much easier to relate to her. Eddie, on the other hand, was a little harder to read. While he seemed genuine in his feelings for Brooke, I had a tough time connecting to this character. I just wanted to shake him, yell at him for being so clueless, and slap him for not acting in a manner befitting his emotions. I appreciated the bit of insight we got into Eddie’s high school days, his evolving feelings for Brooke and how he talked himself out of acting on them, but I needed something more in order to really understand Eddie’s choices when it came to Brooke. This key piece of the puzzle just never really clicked for me, and it kept me from fully investing myself in our hero’s journey.
“Don’t make my mistakes, Eddie. Give her your time. That’s all she wants.”
Rumor Has It was a fast read for me. With the foundation of their lifelong friendship, the couple’s emotions evolved fairly rapidly and it gave this book a fast-paced feel. Admittedly there were times when things were just too rushed and the storyline would have benefitted from a more in depth exploration of the emotions and issues brought forth by Brooke and Eddie’s journey, but it didn’t seriously detract from my overall enjoyment of the story. As I read, I found myself even more intrigued by the fictional town that Magan Vernon has created and I absolutely adored the way she so seamlessly integrated hints of Lia and Jay’s story throughout Brooke and Eddie’s journey. The overlapping timelines really gave the two books in the series a sense of cohesiveness that had me ready for an Edge of Glory re-read. I’ll definitely be back for more of this series, ready to dive into Magan Vernon’s smart, sassy writing and anxious to see which couple we’ll hear from next!
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
Edge of Glory (Friendship, Texas #1)
Meeting Virginia (Friendship, Texas #3)
Part of Me (Friendship, Texas #4)
The One That Got Away (Friendship, Texas #5)