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  • From a chance encounter fifteen years after high school, former classmates Charlotte and Garrett develop a friendship that could lead to love.
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Release Date:
August 1, 2017
ISBN:
9781682941096
Cover Artist:
Carol Fiorillo

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In high school, Charlotte Windham went through a typical ugly duckling phase - glasses and all, while harboring a crush on Garrett Stephens, the school's athletic heartthrob.

Fifteen years later, Charlotte and Garrett have a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett gave her.She’s a catch and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart!

Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario and is now a successful professional golfer suffering from a possible career-ending injury.

Can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be perfect for him?

Excerpt

I stand but hesitate when I see Tamika's disapproving look. Fi notices as well. "It's okay, T. I got this," she says, motioning for me to follow her back. When we get to her small office, she closes the door and gestures for me to sit on a red vinyl chair, circa 1972. She stands in front of me, leaning against the desk, and crosses her arms in front of her chest. "Spill!"

"Where should I start?"

"At the beginning." She walks around to her chair behind the desk and pulls out a yellow legal pad.

For the next half hour, I go over my encounter with Garrett, from the moment we bumped into each other and he didn't recognize me, to the embarrassment of being called 'Glasses.'

Fi takes notes furiously on her pad and grins, nods, and cringes at all the appropriate times. When I finish, she puts her pen down and asks, "Do you want the 'best friend experience' or the 'brilliant legal mind experience'?"

I can't help but laugh. "Are they mutually exclusive?"

"They are," she says nodding.

"Okay. I want the best friend experience."

She rushes around from behind the desk, wraps her arms around me soothingly. "I'm so sorry, hon. That sounds just awful. Let's go get margaritas tomorrow and drown our sorrows in tequila and lime wedges."

"Thanks, Fi. You're the best."

"Anytime," she says, rubbing my back. She pulls away and walks around to the back of her desk. She sits down and puts the legal pad to the side. I can't help but notice the writing scrawled across it.

"Just for kicks, what would you have said if I had asked for the 'brilliant legal mind experience'?"

"You sure you want to know?" Her lips pull into a grim line. Honestly, I'm not sure I do want to know, but curiosity gets the better of me.

"Lay it on me," I say.

"You need to get laid. Not the kind of bland, missionary style sex you had with Alex. You need hot heat, sweating up the sheets, crazy animal sex."

I bust out laughing. "That's your brilliant legal advice. Crazy animal sex?"

"Yes. That's my brilliant legal advice," she says with complete seriousness. "Listen, hon, it's been a year since that insecure jerk Keane dumped you. I have no doubt it's been even longer since you've, well, you know." She wags her eyebrows up and down. "Before that, you only seriously dated Travis the cheater and Alex who, let's face it, despite being completely gonzo for you, was a cold fish and a bore. It's time to stop comparing every man to this fantasy of Garrett Stephens and just do it with him to get it out of your system. He asked you out for Saturday night. Go! Enjoy!"

"I don't compare every man to Garrett," I snap at her.

"Don't you?" she asks, looking down at me sternly.           

"I'm offended you even suggested that." She looks at me, her sharp eyes boring into me, like she can read my every thought and knows I'm full of it. I imagine this is how she bears down on witnesses on the stand. I don't like being on the receiving end of that look.

"Even if that's true," I start and she nods her head, "and I'm not conceding it is." I point my finger at her. "Even if he did mean to ask me out, there's no way it's a good idea. He's a total player. It would only be one night of fun and I don't think I could get over that kind of hurt."

"Then you need to get over it now. Sorry for the tough love, hon, but you need to move past the fantasy of this man and find someone passionate and amazing who is deserving to love you for all of the great things you have to offer including your messed-up childhood and your incredible success today."


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In high school, Charlotte Windham was a typical student going through an awkward phase -- glasses and all. She harbored a crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob everyone can’t help but fall for during that unfortunate ugly duckling phase of one’s teen years. Flash forward fifteen years later, and Charlotte and Garrett have a second chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett called her in high school. In short, she’s a catch now and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart! Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario. A now successful professional golfer, he’s recently suffered a major setback in the form of a possible career-ending injury. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?
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  1. Wow!! I fell hard for this story and I regret nothing!! ^_^ 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    A second chance romance at it's finest.. sweet, alluring, fun, sexy and romantic. This story is definitely on my top faves list for 2017. How can it not be after this......

    Go"one-click" and enjoy, it's definitely a book not to be missed.


  2. This is the first book I have read by Lisa Becker and it won’t be the last. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    This is the first book I have read by Lisa Becker and it won’t be the last. The characters Garrett and Charlotte are some of the best developed characters I have read in a good while.

    I loved the way Charlotte was sexy, nerdy, caring and strong. Garrett gets a second change to win Charlotte over. Really liked these two together.


  3. I adored this book start to finish... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    I adored this book start to finish and giggle-snorted my way through this delightfully amusing and smartly written tale. I believe I may well be hard-wired and innately predisposed to love characters who bond over lines from the Princess Bride, use ironic and extremely clever pub trivia team names such as “Trivia Newton John,” and play an uproarious and hilarious bout of the drinking game “I Never.” But really, who wouldn’t? The writing was stellar with witty banter, clever humor, and smirk-a-minute teasing exchanges. Lisa Becker is a comedic genius and my new favorite author.


  4. I really enjoyed reading Links... 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    Although I have heard of the author Lisa Becker, I had yet to read any of her book so when an email landed in my inbox asking if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her latest book I took a chance and said yes. The idea of the story is what initially drew me in, being able to meet an old classmate and be completely different than you were sounds like a dream come true, being able to show how far you have come despite their teasing.

    I really enjoyed reading Links, I loved getting to see how this duo knew each other, and how that affected their lives growing up, especially Charlotte. Seeing how far she has come, and is now a popular author is really inspiring, seeing that she never let it bring her down and how she followed her calling. Garrett was someone who I thought was arrogant, selfish, and a complete player, someone who I never pictured Charlotte to like. I liked seeing this duo reconnect and how they took things slow, getting to know each other as they are now, flaws and all, and really building a great friendship.

    The flow of the story felt real and not rushed, which makes this relationship feel more realistic. The character within the pages of Links are unique with their own personalities that make them stand out from each other. Although it took me a few days to read Links, when time allowed I read as much as possible, squeezing in pages whilst cooking and cleaning.

    Final Verdict
    Links is a relatively quick and light read. I loved some of the comedic moments, and the t-shirts that Charlotte wears with quirky sayings. If there was a sequel or spin off to this book I would not hesitate to read it.


  5. Once again, Lisa has written an engaging story... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    that we can all probably relate to in some way. Charlotte is a young girl, a very plain girl, who has a major crush on a very cute boy in high school. And.... she's his tutor. Now that's challenging, to be that close to the guy you dream about and he doesn't even know you are alive, in that kind of way, anyway. Haven't we all been there at some point in our lives?

    Links is a fun, delightful story that I devoured on my vacation. It is the perfect get-away book that leaves you with a good feeling. Thank you, Lisa, for another very entertaining story!


  6. Ms. Becker is a wonderful author... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    Links by Lisa Becker is another wonderful book. Ms. Becker is a wonderful author that can transport you into her stories, that once you leave you just want to hop right back into it to keep on living with the amazing characters.

    Speaking of amazing characters, I felt like I was best friends with both Garrett Stephens and Charlotte Windham. Granted I probably felt more like a best friend to Charlotte more than Garrett but seeing from both sides of their perspective in this book made it seem like anyone could be friends with both of them.

    I am giving this book a five-star review because it was totally awesome and I am still having a little bit of a book hangover over as it was that good.
    Links by Lisa Becker was such an awesome book and I can’t wait to read another book by Ms. Becker. She is an outstanding author and an even better storyteller that makes you, at least for me, feel like you are a part of the book and hanging out with her characters.


  7. This was one of the best “chase’s” I have read in quite a while. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    Lisa Becker is a new to me author and this was definitely a book that called to me because of the synopsis.

    This was one of the best “chase’s” I have read in quite a while, Garrett goes all out to prove to Charley that he is a changed man. From establishing a friendship to months of pursuit, Lisa Becker regales the reader with a man desperate to catch the only woman that has made him want more. As much as Garrett irked me in the first instance, he was a hormonal teen but the adult Garrett was a man that will have many women swooning. I loved that Charlotte stuck to her guns even though it was emotionally painful for her, but when these two finally let those lines blur I was jumping up and down.

    As I said above, this was a real feel good read, one that had me smiling from ear to ear and one that left me with the warm and fuzzies. You cannot ask more from a romance. Loved it and I will definitely be checking out other books by this author.


  8. I HAVE NEVER READ ANYTHING BY LISA BECKER BEFORE AND I AM SO GLAD I DIDI 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    I HAVE NEVER READ ANYTHING BY LISA BECKER BEFORE AND I AM SO GLAD I DID. I REALLY ENJOYED LINKS. IT WAS A FAST READ FOR ME AND I LOVED ALL THE CHARACTERS ESPECIALLY CHARLOTTE.

    THE AUTHOR DID A GREAT JOB WITH THE CHARACTERS IN THE STORY. I ENJOYED HER WRITING ALOT. SHE DRAWS YOU INTO THE STORY WITH HER WORDS AND CHARACTERS. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PART OF THE STORY AND UNDERSTAND THE CHARACTERS' FEELINGS. I REALLY CAN RELATE TO CHARLOTTE AND I UNDERSTOOD HER. I UNDERSTOOD HOW SHE FELT AND WHAT HIGH SCHOOL WAS LIKE FOR HER. SHE IS DEFINITELY MY FAVORITE CHARACTER IN THE BOOK. GARRETT WAS VERY HOT AND HE DID ALOT OF GROWING UP WHICH MADE HIM A BETTER PERSON.

    IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A GOOD ROMANCE, I RECOMMEND YOU READ LINKS. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MORE OF LISA BECKER'S BOOKS. SHE DID NOT DISAPPOINT ME.


  9. ... a very sweet and easy summer read ... 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    I am finding that I really do like books that we get both of the main characters' viewpoints, chapter by chapter, and this fits into that perfectly.

    Overall it was a very sweet and easy summer read. It had a little bit of sex, but not a ton. It really got into a lot of situations, and I feel like Charlotte was pretty realistic in how she handled it all. I loved when she got to get back at a college frenemy, as well as Chapter 48, and the very last chapter. If you're looking for a perfect summer read, this is one you should pick up.


  10. ... I was very impressed. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    This is my first book that I've read by Lisa Becker and I have to say that I was very impressed. This book came at a good time because I had just read a really ANGSTY book and this was just the book I needed to get over my hangover.

    I read the synopsis, which I try not to do often because I like to go into the book completely blind. I love the unknown and just seeing where the book takes me but in this case I read it ahead of time and thought, I HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. It's about a former nerd becoming uber successful and connecting with the super popular, sexy high school crush. AHHHHHH it gave me all the feels.

    I am rating this book 4 stars because I was able to read the book very quickly and it was a fun, light read. I look forward to reading more books by Lisa Becker.


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