What I Loved:
Chasing Pebbles has this wonderful message of being who YOU are, not what others expect you to be. I thought it was just an absolutely lovely thing to weave into this beautiful story.
Frida left home a year ago, and she never intended to look back. After losing her living arrangements, she is forced to head back home. Filled with anger, she arrives like a storm and intends to stay that way until the moment she can leave again.
In steps Oliver. Oliver and Frida had been best friends once long ago, but after rumors and deceptive actions ruined their connection, Frida never expected to see him again. Oliver has other plans though. He fully intends to make things right with her. He’s got the summer to do it, and he doesn’t plan to fail.
How I Felt:
I loved that this story was told from both Frida and Oliver’s (Ollie) POVs. They are both wonderfully lovable characters, and I found myself rooting for them from the start. Ollie and Frida are both goofy in their own ways, and it made them relatable and real for me. Felicia Blaedel did an excellent job creating and building their characters!
I have to talk a bit about the building of this world. The author did an excellent job of building the scene and making me feel like I was right there, in the story. She described smells, and I would think, yep, I can smell that. She has an extraordinary way of using words to build a vivid image for the reader.
The romance was quite lovely. This is a friends-to-lovers story, and I felt like just the right amount of friendship-building was used to make this trope work perfectly. There are some steamy scenes, which fit the story really well and helped to build Frida and Ollie’s relationship for the reader.
Overall, I just loved this story. It was a light and easy read, and it was beautifully written. It had a wonderful mix of emotional and steamy moments with the perfect characters, and I enjoyed every page.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Chasing Pebbles for readers that enjoy a friends-to-lovers romance trope with an emotional storyline.
Where to Find This Book:
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Frida left her hometown a year ago. When she suddenly finds herself without a place to stay for the summer, she is forced to go back. A stubborn, foolish part of her wants to show them that she can’t be broken. She’ll hold on to her anger, push the nostalgia away even if the scent of seawater and beach-roses is making it difficult.
Ever since Frida left, Oliver’s life has been a little lonelier and a little greyer, despite him staying busy to distract himself. When he realises that Frida, his favourite human, the one person who was always up for his shenanigans is coming home, he knows he has to make it right.
She’s hurting, and so much is left unsaid.
Oliver might only get one summer, but he’s determined to make it memorable.
Frida is afraid to trust. Oliver can’t let go of his guilt.
Neither of them is prepared for how everything can feel the same and yet so, so different.
Chasing Pebbles takes place in Denmark; it’s a new adult friends to lovers romance with a nerdy, talkative hero and a stubborn, compassionate heroine.
Chasing Pebbles is book one in the Without Filter series and it’s a complete standalone.
Just the Facts:
Chasing Pebbles by Felicia Blaedel
Page Count: 448 pages
Publisher: Cannoli Books
Pub Date: June 4, 2020
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.