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Also by Christie Ridgway:

Take My Breath Away, June 2014
Paperback
The Love Shack, April 2013
Paperback
Bungalow Nights, March 2013
Paperback
Beach House No. 9, February 2013
Paperback
Beach House Beginnings, January 2013
e-Book
Kiss the Bride, April 2012
Trade Size
Can't Hurry Love, July 2011
Paperback
Then He Kissed Me, January 2011
Paperback
Crush On You, June 2010
Paperback
Double The Heat, December 2009
Paperback
Dirty Sexy Knitting, June 2009
Paperback
Runaway Bride Returns!, May 2009
Mass Market Paperback
I Still Do, January 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Unravel Me, November 2008
Paperback
How To Knit A Wild Bikini, June 2008
Paperback
Bachelor Boss, April 2008
Paperback
His Forbidden Fiancée, April 2007
Paperback
Not Another New Year's, January 2007
Paperback
Must Love Mistletoe, December 2006
Paperback
The Reckoning, May 2006
Paperback
The Care and Feeding of Unmarried Men, April 2006
Paperback
An Offer He Can't Refuse, July 2005
Paperback
Right By Her Side, April 2005
Paperback
The Thrill of It All, November 2004
Paperback
Mistletoe and Mayhem, October 2004
Paperback
Do Not Disturb, December 2003
Paperback
Then Comes Marriage, January 2003
Paperback
This Perfect Kiss, January 2001
Paperback
Wish You Were Here, February 2000
Paperback
The Marriage Maker, January 2000
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Crush On You
Christie Ridgway


Three Kisses #1
Berkley Sensation
June 2010
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Featuring: Penn Bennett; Alessandra Baci
304 pages
ISBN: 0425235130
EAN: 9780425235133
Paperback
$7.99
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Romance Contemporary

She made knitting sexy.

Now she's taking on a dilapidated winery, three sisters, and the bad boys next door.


The Baci sisters are on a mission to save the winery that's been in their family for generations-by transforming it into the perfect wedding destination. If only Alessandra Baci-affectionately known as the "Nun of Napa"-didn't need the help of tempting neighbor and business rival Penn Bennett.

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Comments

146 comments posted.

Re: Crush On You

Well, I can't remember what I was
wearing, but I can remember what he was
wearing. He was wearing a red golf shirt
and jeans. He smelled like Polo and the
rest is history.
(Stacy Stewart 12:18pm June 10, 2010)

We were working in the tobacco fields on a very hot summer day, so I probably had shorts and a halter top on.
(
Joanne Reynolds 6:24am June 10, 2010)

This episode is much debated in our household.

My side of the story:I was changing clothes to go on a bike ride so I put on a long peach colored robe to answer the door.

His side of the story: I was wearing a slinky nightgown!

He was coming to pick up one of my roommates for a date.
Their romance failed and we started dating 6 months later when I started my senior year of college. It sounds like that song... See you in September.
(
Laurie Gommermann 7:51am June 10, 2010)

I firsted saw my husband at the school disco, so I was all dressed up - short skirt, the works. I was 11 and he was going out with my friend. We finally got together at age 15. We've been together 27 years ( he's a leg man luckily for me).
(
Barbara Hanson 8:23am June 10, 2010)

Saw my husband at a dance. His friend started talking to my friend so we ended up talk because we were being ignored. The remaining is history...two kids, two cats later.
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Sherry Russell 10:53am June 10, 2010)

Love all these "when we met" stories! Keep 'em coming!
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Christie Ridgway 11:15am June 10, 2010)

Oh yes, what was I wearing? Haha...now you've made me laugh.

I met my husband in Turkey. He is German by the way, I'm a Brit.

Anyways, I had arrived in Turkey and my suitcase went one way while I went the other. So, while I was waiting for my suitcase, I borrowed a dress. Now, the girl was a bit...ok quite a bit smaller than me and the only thing she had that fit me was a large, bright red kaftan. So, that's what I was wearing when I met my husband. To this day he says red is my colour...hehe!!!
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Valerie Bongards 11:49am June 10, 2010)

I was in favorite business casual clothes when I met my SO who was talking to my girlfriend when I came back from another room.
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Alyson Widen 11:59am June 10, 2010)

Oh my, I met my husband 34 years ago, so I don't remember what I was wearing! I am sure that it was my most flattering outfit, though, because it was a fraternity/sorority social in college.
(
Cheryl Castings 12:09pm June 10, 2010)

I tired to look my best as I went on a blind date that turned out very well indeed!!!
Blessings,
Marjorie
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Marjorie Carmony 12:13pm June 10, 2010)

I don't know what either of us was wearing. We were at work and we didn't start seeing each other for a while. I enjoyed your column. Thanks for visiting.
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G S Moch 12:49pm June 10, 2010)

Wow, "Crush on You" sounds really interesting! I'll be sure to look for that book at my local bookstore the next time i go shopping!
(
Simi Weiss 12:59pm June 10, 2010)

I was wearing a black skirt, and pink tank top, with 3 inch heel sandals.
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Simi Weiss 1:10pm June 10, 2010)

Can't remember exactly what I was wearing, just that I had gotten a really bad sun-burn that day and lathered on Noxema or something. I only agreed to go on this blind date because my best friend got a call from the love of her life and invited us to go to a drive-inn (guess you know I'm no spring chicken by now...) Anyway, I remember we backed in instead of going thru the front, but let me tell you, that was a really fun time and my next date with Mr. Wonderful was just that -- wonderful. And, still is!
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Betty Cox 1:28pm June 10, 2010)

Congrats on the new release. We met in school, so I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt.
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Jane Cheung 1:28pm June 10, 2010)

Have not been lucky enough to find my significant other yet... your book sounds wonderful!
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Colleen Conklin 1:43pm June 10, 2010)

I was dressed in jeans and t-shirt because we met at work! Congrats on your new release! I enjoy reading a good contempary sometimes, I read historical most, but switch off to the contemparies.
(
Gail Hurt 1:54pm June 10, 2010)

i was wearing jeans and a sweater
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Sagrario Vigil 1:56pm June 10, 2010)

I met my hubby when he applied for a job in the restaurant I was working in. Luckily he saw behind the apron splashed with spaghetti sauce that I was currently wearing.
(
Cathy MacDonald 2:25pm June 10, 2010)

I don't recall exactly what dress I was wearing when I met my husband, but I am sure it was a dress for I met him in church and that is what I always wore to church. I do recall how I innocently once made a date angry over what I wore. He was taking me to a football game where his college was one of the teams playing. I wore a beautiful new green blouse, but, oh my, green was one of the school colors of the opposing team. He waited until the next date to give it to me about my mistake. Why he didn't give me a chance to change blouses when he first picked me up for game, I will never know. But he did teach me to find out the school colors before dressing for a football game. I remember that until today.
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Gladys Paradowski 2:29pm June 10, 2010)

Hi Christie. I met my boyfriend through a mutual friend at the time. We've been together ever since, It's going on 15 years now.
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Terri Quick 2:32pm June 10, 2010)

i was wearing work clothes... not nice
work clothes, but ones that you'd be
wearing if you had to get dirty outside.
he was also wearing work clothes and
a hard hat... i think the hard hat was
the turn on LOL!
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Tina Werner 2:36pm June 10, 2010)

i was wearing a white tommy hilfiger t-shirt with blue short sleeves and jean shorts and white flip flops. my i noticed first was the red head, which was #1 on my "My Perfect Guy" list! i knew i would marry a redhead ever since i was in 5th grade!! it is so cool it worked out and now my 2 son has red hair!1 I Love IT!!
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Christy Mitchiner 3:21pm June 10, 2010)

These memories are great! On the day we met (at that Halloween dance where I was Princess Leia) my now-husband was in a jeans and T-shirt. He said he was "The Wind." To this day I don't know what he was talking about.
(
Christie Ridgway 3:38pm June 10, 2010)

Athletic shorts, tank top, a French braid, and sweat! We met playing softball. :)
(
Kelli Jo Calvert 3:56pm June 10, 2010)

I was wearing my fav faded blue jeans with a hole in the knee, and a red long sleeved shirt.... I was out with his brother and his brother dumped me with him and a friend of theirs to go off with another girl.... 21 year, 5 kids later, we are still together going strong!
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Angela Rogers 4:12pm June 10, 2010)

I can't remember! We worked together so we saw each other every day before he asked me out. I can guarantee he was wearing jeans, but I don't know what I wore.
(
Susan Morrison 4:32pm June 10, 2010)

Haven't heard of this author before. I'd love to win the gift card!
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Michelle Fidler 4:32pm June 10, 2010)

We were best of friends in high school and kept up through out the years. I invited him over for dinner and had a cute off shorts and T-shirt. I was young, thin and looked perfect. Two boys and two state later I am not thin, far from perfect but still see how he looks at me as if I am.
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Cynthia Plaza-Harney 5:37pm June 10, 2010)

I was wearing an outfit that my Mom had sewn for me; slacks and a vest that matched with a blouse underneath the vest. Even his Mom commented on my nice outfit. The color was primarily green with others thrown in.
(
Robyn Lee 6:11pm June 10, 2010)

Met in the early 70s in an office. It was a dress or skirt that was the short short styles popular then.
(
Roseann Moss 6:16pm June 10, 2010)

I was wearing jeans and some forgettable shirt. Anyway it was destiny and we have been married 28 years!
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Lisa Garrett 6:25pm June 10, 2010)

I can't remember. It was a very long time ago. Jeans most likely.
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Mary Preston 7:13pm June 10, 2010)

A long dress (typical 70's A-line with a v-neck) that I had sewn for myself.
(
Cheryl Greenleaf 7:38pm June 10, 2010)

I met my then future husband in a country western bar not far from my parents summer home; I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt, was with my brother and his fiancee and my two uncles and was having a blast. And 31 years later I'm still with him, though the bar has burned down.
(
Diane Sadler 7:53pm June 10, 2010)

We met while I was an 18 year old college sophomore, at an old fashioned movie theater. I wore a new angora sweater in shades of pink with (dating me here!) pink stretch pants and white tennies. He was in the Air Force and came in with a buddy who knew my girlfriend. We paired up to see the movie, the Pink Panther, (sense a pink theme?) and we are still married 43 years and 6 kids later!
(
Sherry Weddle 8:03pm June 10, 2010)

It was a rainy day when I met my husband of 52+ years. I was wearing a maroon skirt and white peasant blouse. I asked him to pass the salt and pepper.
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Patricia Hoffmeister 8:09pm June 10, 2010)

At the time, I was dressed in pants and a nice top. I was on my way to work, and stopped for a beverage to take with me. He happened to wait on me, and our eyes met. He also asked me if I would be interested in working for him. Of course I said yes, because I knew that we would be married someday. That day happened 20 years later, after our paths crossed. We've now been married 27 years!!
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Peggy Roberson 8:50pm June 10, 2010)

I haven't met Mr. Right yet, but I'll let you know what I'm wearing when I do. It could be a while, but you'll be the first to know.
(
Joelle Beebe 9:11pm June 10, 2010)

We first met a Kiwanis Circle K Christmas party. It was a casual Florida event, jeans and a cute top for me, he had a black Polo shirt and jeans as well. It wasn't until I began dating his best friend the following year that I even paid any attention to him.... 28 years ago.
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Sherri Covey 9:17pm June 10, 2010)

I was wearing a white dress with outrageous red heels. I was on my way somewhere, dropping his daughter off and he wanted to meet me. I had to get out of the car, was a little irritated until we shook hands. Then it was WHOA. LOL
(
Kirsten Kimball 9:18pm June 10, 2010)

I don't know yet, since I'm not married--yet. Maybe I can get some tips here.
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Sigrun Schulz 9:28pm June 10, 2010)

does it count if he's my ex!!!! anyway, I was wearing my nurse's uniform at my capping; his sister was in my class. so those of you that are "looking", don't pay attention to me!!!
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Barbara Studer 9:55pm June 10, 2010)

Oh, I had just lost some weight and had on my skinny jeans-yes!
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Diane Pollock 10:14pm June 10, 2010)

It's been 12 years and even though I can't fit into it, I remember wearing a black and white geometric design jacket with medium black beads here and there on it, a short black skirt, black marilyn monroe piece of lingerie top as a top instead of lingerie with a tank top underneath it, I looked hot, which I can't say so for myself so much these days at age 51. It's been 13 years since we met and I still remember opening the door to my match.com husband and first date! It's still heavenly here even if I've had a few back surgery's and gained a bit of weight. He's aged as well and still loooks HOT!
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Brenda Rupp 10:18pm June 10, 2010)

I was in college and had an all nighter study for the first mid-term of the semester. I got dressed in the dark and didn't know I was wearing my blouse inside out until my boyfriend (he was my classmate at the time)got close to me and whispered "Nice blouse". That was when I realized I was wearing it inside out.
(
Kai Wong 10:45pm June 10, 2010)

My last significant other I
met a few times before really
getting to know him, so I
don't remember the first few
outfits much beyond vague
impressions. I do remember the
one I wore when we first hung
out and had a real
conversation. It was very form
fitting - cropped pants,
sandals and a favorite t-
shirt.
(
Jacqueline Cook 11:18pm June 10, 2010)

I can't wait to read Crush on You,it sounds like a good read.
(
Linda Hall 12:35pm June 11, 2010)

This sounds good. Thanks for the blurb!
(
JoAnn White 1:01am June 11, 2010)

Jeans, budweiser sweater & jean jacket...at a party back in 1987!
(
Darci Paice-Bailey 2:20am June 11, 2010)

Old jeans and a unmemorable top ...
(
Sue Ahn 2:52am June 11, 2010)

I was doing chores in cut-offs and a t-shirt - he was hauling hay on my dad's farm.
(
Marguerite Guinn 11:56am June 11, 2010)

Tomorrow is my 30th wedding anniversary. I was wearing a white halter dress with full skirt. My mother had made it for me! He was wearing jeans, cowboy boots and a cowbow hat! He was a deputy sheriff in the town we lived..We went out Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (saw the movie Urban Cowboy, he proposed). We flew to Las Vegas and was married on Thursday. lol
(
Kimberley Coover 12:31pm June 11, 2010)

I don't remember. Probably jeans and a t-shirt (in college).
(
Shannon Scott 12:39pm June 11, 2010)

We meet at a friends and I was wearing the cutest little swimsuite and i walked through to go lay in the sun and was told that I had a great ass by the cute guy sitting in the corner, We started dateing later in the summer and now we have been married for 23 years.
(
Vickie Hightower 2:42pm June 11, 2010)

I don't remember either.
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Matt Romocki 2:52pm June 11, 2010)

We met in January-1969 and needless to say we were bundled up as we went to a basket ball game--the following march we were engaged and married on 7/19/1969--and have been together ever sinc
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Pam Thurston 5:17pm June 11, 2010)

Well, hopefully I will be wearing something really cute when I meet Mr. Right... but I'm still patiently (sort of :) ) waiting! LOL :) Christie, your book sounds great! Can't wait to read it this summer!
(
Kathleen Evans 9:34pm June 11, 2010)

Hello Christie, Please enter me in your fantastic contest and please let me know when I am a winner too! God bless you with success, Cecilia
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Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 9:55pm June 11, 2010)

I haven't met my Mr. Special yet
but I hope I will be wearing
something flattering!
(
Jennifer Ma 5:24pm June 13, 2010)

Hi. Thank goodness there's no mention of vampires or special powers in your books! I plan to check out "Crush On You" when it hits the stores. Congrats on your latest title.
(
Annette Mardis 5:42pm June 14, 2010)

I was wearing a white nurse's uniform because I was at work when we first met. That was almost 27 yrs ago
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Julie Swaney 8:46pm June 14, 2010)

I was wearing shorts and a top and a very RED face.
(
Rita Sheppard 7:43pm June 19, 2010)

jean shorts and a pink shirt
that said LOVE on it
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Kristi Davis 12:39pm June 20, 2010)

I love stories like this! I've known a few friends that eventually became lovers, and married. Such a great storyline...especially when it actually happens!
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JoAnn White 9:29am July 6, 2010)

It sounds good, but I have had very good men friends and knew that we would NEVER make it as lovers! That's why we were such good friends. No mess no guess!
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Karin Tillotson 9:31am July 6, 2010)

It all depends on how the material is handled. I agree that the fact that they know each other so well bodes well for their future but unless there has always been some undercurrent or something has drastically changed in the best friends lives it can come off as contrived. Since I usually like humor in my romance reading, the more unusual the course of true love the better.
(
Anna Budziak 10:21am July 6, 2010)

This sounds like a sweet story. It's nice when friends go beyond friendship and find true love.
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Cathie Veres 10:34am July 6, 2010)

I've always told my Daughters you might love someone but you better like them before you marry. My husband & I are still friends after 45 years.
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Pat Wilson 10:57am July 6, 2010)

I love the friends-to-lovers theme in books and movies, but I haven't seen it in my real life yet.
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Cheryl Castings 11:42am July 6, 2010)

Though I've never been in a friends to lovers relationship, they are great to read. It's fun to read along and see how the hero and heroine deal with the makings of a new relationship.
(
Leni Kaye 12:09pm July 6, 2010)

I think that a friends-to-lovers change can be messy...which is why Gil was reluctant to share his feelings. What if he ruined their very good friendship? Thanks for commenting, all!
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Christie Ridgway 12:37pm July 6, 2010)

My Husband and I were friends first. We went our separate ways, then got back together through a mutual friend almost 10 years later. During those 10 years, another mutual friend was always asking me if I ever saw him, which I didn't. It was like he fell off the face of the Earth, and it always bothered me. I always wondered where he was, and if he was doing ok. He always wondered the same thing, and when we got back together, we started back at friends, but got married within a matter of months. We've been married for 27 years now.
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Peggy Roberson 12:46pm July 6, 2010)

I do like the friends to lovers angle but I also love the love at first sight angle as well...
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Dawn Saenz 12:53pm July 6, 2010)

I have already bought and read
Crush on You! LOVED IT!!!! I
cannot wait to check out the
rest of the books in the
series.
I absolutely love the friends
to lovers storyline in books.
Claire and Gil's was a great addition to Crush On You.
Sometimes I have a hard time
getting into the secondary
character's storyline's, but
this was not the case with Gil
and Claire.
My other favorite premise is
the 2nd chance at love stories!
(
Erin Thompson 1:04pm July 6, 2010)

Oh I love the sound of your book!!!It is wonderful when friends for many years finally find that spark between them... Really enjoy friends to Lovers books!!! :)
(
Colleen Conklin 2:11pm July 6, 2010)

I like reading about friends to lover relationships but I have never been in one.
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Cheryl Lynne 2:13pm July 6, 2010)

I love the idea of friends to lover romance even though never happened to me doesn't mean it can't happen. Agatha Townsend
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Agatha Townsend 2:20pm July 6, 2010)

Although I like reading about friends-to-lovers in books, I don't apply that in life. In my twenties, I decided to stay friends with my best guy friend even though I had been crushing on him for years because I didn't want to lose his friendship. On the other hand, my cousin decided to go ahead and date her best guy friend when they were in college. They were in bliss for a few months and then when they broke up, they never spoke to each other again. I think that I value the good friendship that I have more than a possible relationship (a bird in the hand and all that). Of course, we are older now so maybe any relationship may actually have a chance; hard to say.
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S Tieh 2:43pm July 6, 2010)

I do like friends to lovers stories. As you said, they already know each other so well. It sounds like I will enjoy Clare and Gil's story.

My husband and I were casual friends for a year in high school and wrote each other a couple of times a year for 7 years after that. We weren't close friends who knew everything about each other, just friends. When we saw each other briefly after 7 years, he came half way around the world 4 months later to propose. A shock, yes, but not an upsetting one. I think knowing someone outside a romantic relationship builds a firmer foundation for that relationship. I think it is true that you should like someone as well as love them.
(
Patricia Barraclough 3:18pm July 6, 2010)

I love friends-to-lovers
stories, both real and
fictional. I think that they
make the sweetest stories and
the best, most stable
relationships. I've never been
in such a relationship, but I
would love for this to be the
case with whomever I end up
married to one day.
(
Jacqueline Cook 3:22pm July 6, 2010)

Ooh! i just love friends to lovers stories. My hubby and I started out as friends but it all changed when he first kissed me. While we are still friends we also have the chemistry of lovers to add to it. A great combination for a great marriage.
(
Cherie Japp 3:50pm July 6, 2010)

Congrats on the new release Christie. I do enjoy friends to lovers stories, but I don't personally know anyone who went through the same thing.
(
Jane Cheung 3:59pm July 6, 2010)

I enjoy stories where the characters grow instead of staying flat. The sense of aliveness keeps me turning the page to see what's happening in the future. I do love when there's a future in the works.
(
Alyson Widen 4:00pm July 6, 2010)

Yes, I love friends to lovers stories. Since they have a really good basis for a relationship, I enjoy seeing the feelings go from good buddy to love interest.
(
Barbara Elness 4:32pm July 6, 2010)

Friends to lovers is beautiful. In real life & in stories. It's like watching a flower bloom.
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Mary Preston 5:44pm July 6, 2010)

I really enjoy friends to lovers stories. My husband and I of 36 years were friends for the first 10 months of our relationship, or so we thought. Everyone else but us realized we were in love long before we did. LOL! I am really looking forward to reading your book, Crush on You, Christie.
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Cathy Phillips 5:45pm July 6, 2010)

Friends to Lovers are great stories but I have never known any in trie life the few times I have seen it the friendship was never the same and the lover part did not last eather.
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Vickie Hightower 5:48pm July 6, 2010)

They say relationships that start out as friends,may work out better in the long run.
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Deb Pelletier 6:08pm July 6, 2010)

Erin: If you like 2nd chance at love stories, the 3rd book in the trilogy (title TBD) is about that.

In a way, though, I wonder if most love relationships don't have a "friends" aspect to them. A romantic life companion implies that there is that sense of just enjoying each other beyond heart-to-heart (or other interesting parts).
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Christie Ridgway 7:20pm July 6, 2010)

Yes I love the friends to lovers thing. The man I married started out just as a friend!
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Gail Hurt 7:51pm July 6, 2010)

I like the friends to lovers theme. I have the book but wouldnt mind winning the gift certificate. LOL. Christie's books are awesome.
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Pat Lieberman 8:38pm July 6, 2010)

I do love the friends to lovers theme for all of the reasons you list, in fact. No, I never experienced it myself.
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G. Bisbjerg 8:59pm July 6, 2010)

I love a friends to lovers story. It never happened to me but when I read about it I get a warm happy feeling. 'Crush on You' will be a great summer read.
(
Rosemary Krejsa 9:13pm July 6, 2010)

I love friends to lovers stories! My husband and I met through match.com and we emailed and talked on the telephone for a very long time before we met. So yes it was a friendly relationship until we met. I always have said he came over for the first date and never left, now 12 1/2 years later we are still happily married!
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Brenda Rupp 10:37pm July 6, 2010)

For me too, friends to lovers stories are a big attraction. I have not been in such a situation myself, but I know someone who was. She first got to know her future husband while she had a crush on someone else. He was best friends with her crush's younger brother. All three of the younger group became very good friends before my friend and her husband "took" to each other.
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Sigrun Schulz 11:13pm July 6, 2010)

Yes, I do enjoy the friends-to-lovers theme in books. I feel that knowing each other well before marriage improves the chances of marriages lasting and the happily-ever sounds more probable in a book.
(
Gladys Paradowski 11:34pm July 6, 2010)

Sounds delicious and lots of fun.
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Patricia Mellert 11:49pm July 6, 2010)

i haven't read a friends-to-lovers theme in forever! i didn't realize how much i miss it until reading this post. thank you! now i'm off to look for books...
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Michelle Santiago 12:39pm July 7, 2010)

I love when a friendship grows to love and when their is that background and history between characters. Your books are upbeat.
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Darci Paice-Bailey 1:14am July 7, 2010)

This sounds like a great book! I love friend-to-lovers stories :)
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Raelena Pavey 1:38am July 7, 2010)

My relationship started with a friendship. I remember that we werw playing a game of darts twice a week and that we were having more fun every week that went by. Still, it took us over a year to finally kiss for the first time. That was in 2000 and we are still together. Married for five years. So, yeah, i like friend-to-lovers stories very much!
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Annemiek de Vries 2:38am July 7, 2010)

I love all the movies whit best friends finding love there great.I see you have one of my faves up there in picture some kind of wonderful good movie.I think that is the name of the movie.and I like it in books two.all most happen to me but he went in to the army and came out a diffrent person so sad.
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Stacey Smith 2:45am July 7, 2010)

I met my husband at work. And
even though people tried to
fix us up we were just
friends. We grew up in the
same area. Knew a lot of the
same people. We were
comfortable with each other.
After two years of being
friends we decided to get
married and just celebrated
our 17th wedding anniversary.
I love to read your books and
will enjoy this book
especially.
(
Martha Staes 5:13am July 7, 2010)

I have no personal experience of friends to lovers, but I enjoy reading about it.
(
Jung Ja Ahn 5:45am July 7, 2010)

It can be special to fall in love with someone you've known for a long time and can be "real" with. But, it can also be tragic if it doesn't last and you end up losing the friendship you've had for years.
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Megan G. Rey 7:25am July 7, 2010)

I think statistically friends-to-lovers relationships are supposed to be "better" as far as being lasting and "more successful" according to research. My husband and I started dating from the get-go, though!
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Carmen S. 8:11am July 7, 2010)

Sounds like a great book, can't wait to read it!
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Linda Dowdy 9:15am July 7, 2010)

This book sounds great and I will definitely be purchasing - hopefully with the gift card!!
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Edwina Cowgill 9:23am July 7, 2010)

I love the friends to lovers theme because I think that when bad things happen,they always do, that because you have a history of being friends that you are prepared to stand by each other - it gives your relationship added depth. That's not to say that lovers can't become friends afterwards though...lol...this series looks great and definitely like something I'll be adding to my purchase list
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Maria Durst 9:31am July 7, 2010)

I enjoy friends to lovers themes. Its so satisfying when both characters begin the realization of being lovers.
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Armenia Fox 10:15am July 7, 2010)

I was at school with my husband, he was 2 years older and seemed to go out with my friends before he got aroud to me! We have been happily married for 27 years so far and going strong.
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Barbara Hanson 10:27am July 7, 2010)

I have guys that are friends but never a friend to lover. I met my husband my senior year of college and never looked at anybody else.

I do like the friends to lovers theme. I don't know of any friends to lovers couples. Your book sounds fantastic! I'd love to read it!
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Laurie Gommermann 10:47am July 7, 2010)

These are my kind of stories. I would love to read Crush on You.
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Felecia Digsby 11:25am July 7, 2010)

This sounds like such a great story. I love when friends become more.
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Stacey Brucale 11:57am July 7, 2010)

I can totally relate to the friends to lovers
concept. Keep up the great books!
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Lisa Abraham 12:46pm July 7, 2010)

i want to read this right away!
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Debbi Shaw 1:30pm July 7, 2010)

I love the friends to lovers theme.. Its the best way to things to progress in a relationship.
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Sue Nodes 2:31pm July 7, 2010)

Much better chance for the relationship to survive than the instant lover thing.
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Karen Gervasi 2:35pm July 7, 2010)

I enjoy the friends to lovers theme because you know the person pretty well and you know that you have things in common with your lover if you have been friends with them before you went to the next stage of the relationship.
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Amanda Gardner 2:42pm July 7, 2010)

I think that it is so romantic when best friends find another aspect to their friendship and opens new avenues for them to explore.
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Joanne Reynolds 2:44pm July 7, 2010)

Absolutely, friends to lovers is a great way to go. You get to know the person first!
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Jessica Badeaux 3:12pm July 7, 2010)

I like friends to lovers, but in real life I also like lovers to friends transitions...
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Shannon Scott 5:05pm July 7, 2010)

Sounds like fun!
Blessings,
Marjorie
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Marjorie Carmony 5:08pm July 7, 2010)

friends to lovers is a wonderful story line. No personal experience other than dh and I are friends even after 40 years LOL
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Barbs Ferris 5:53pm July 7, 2010)

My husband and I were also "friends to lovers"...we started dating when I finally realized I needed to stop dating jerks and pay attention to the "nice guy"!
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Alyssa Caralla 7:38pm July 7, 2010)

yes I really like the ideal.This book sounds really good can't wait to read it!
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Latisha Depoortere 8:56pm July 7, 2010)

This is one of the best ideas because you have a basis for a great love to develop from, as opposed to meeting someone and falling in love on the spot when they know nothing about each other.
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Pam Howell 9:12pm July 7, 2010)

I have a friend who met this guy. They were best friends and then became husband and wife. They are so cute together. Now they worry about me because I'm still single. They want me to have what they have in a relationship.
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Kai Wong 10:03pm July 7, 2010)

Love the idea that you could marry your best guy friend. Looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the chance to win a copy
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Teresa Ward 10:45pm July 7, 2010)

Thanks for reminding me of Some kind of Wonderful I love that movie.
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Catherine Myers 10:46pm July 7, 2010)

I think friends who realize they like each other romantically can be interesting.
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Rachael Haas 10:59pm July 7, 2010)

I believe a life mate needs to be your best
friend as well as your lover. I've always
envied those that have the best of both
worlds.
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Sue Ahn 11:11pm July 7, 2010)

This sounds like a really good
book, I can't wait to read it!
Thanks!
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Pamela Alder 10:52am July 8, 2010)

I like the friends to lovers idea. Trthfully, your lover really needs to be a friend also or it just won't last.
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Deborah Lary 10:54am July 8, 2010)

You're book sounds cute :)
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Terri Quick 12:09pm July 8, 2010)

i like the sound of the book
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Debbi Shaw 1:38pm July 8, 2010)

Hello Christie, Please enter me in your fantastic contest and please let me know when I am a winner too! God bless you with success always, Cecilia
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Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 1:44pm July 8, 2010)

I have a lot of your books and enjoy reading them also looking forward to this one, Agatha Townsend
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Agatha Townsend 2:47pm July 8, 2010)

Never had a situation like that for myself. Would love to read the book though.
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Darla Ray 5:14pm July 8, 2010)

I love the friends-to-lovers theme!
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Joelle Beebe 6:19pm July 8, 2010)

I love friends to lovers and
can't imagine a relationship
would work without it.
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Lisa Richards 9:07pm July 8, 2010)

I love stories like this one. This way the couple get to really know each other well. Another HEA..
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Brenda Hill 9:10pm July 8, 2010)

Great theme, the friends to lovers thing. Doesn't always work tho, because the physical spark might be absent.
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Christine Schultz 10:47pm July 8, 2010)

I think friends to lovers is
my favorite theme of all time.
The characters see each other
in a new light and they have
to figure out how to balance
the friendship they have
together and the new feelings
their experiencing. They
already trust each other completely, so that's not an
issue. They just have to be
willing to sacrifice what they
had for what they want. It's
sweet. It reminds me of the
movie "Just friends" with Amy
Smart & Ryan Reynolds. I'm
actually reading Isabel
Sharpe's "Surprise Me..."
which is a friends to lover
theme. So far sooooo Good. :D
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Jessica C. 10:48am July 9, 2010)

I didn't learn much from the review more from reading the excerpt. The book sounds like a great read!
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Brenda Rupp 10:32pm April 12, 2011)

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