This is the 2nd book within the Pink Bean Series and I must say I really liked it.
What Harper manages to do very cleverly in all her books is to find a very interesting and unique angle and create an enthralling narrative that draws the reader in from start to finish.
That's no different to what she has done with Beneath The Surface. We were introduced to the characters Kristin and Sheryl in the first Pink Bean novel, but Harper's focus was not on their life/situation but rather that of Micky and Robin.
Here, she clearly delves into their relationship, from inception to past the end point of No Strings Attached. This is what is extremely unique about the narrative of this novel, where the whole thing explores a 20 year relationship and the development of the characters within it.
Not only does she cover this angle very well, but she also tackles the dark topic of alcoholism and it's effects, not only physical, but psychological on an individual and their close family members. In light of this, this book is a lot darker than Harper's other novels.
But that's not a bad thing, instead it clearly shows Harper's versatility as an author to tackle such a topic in a professional and yet sensitive way.
My reasoning behind giving it a four out of five stars, and if I could I would have gladly given this a four and a half out of five, is merely due to one tiny thing. Depth.
By Harper covering the entirety of Kristin and Sheryl's relationship she has had to condense it, which means in some places it seemed a bit rushed - it did feel like this could have been three books. But that's just a personal thing from my point of view. We were provided with enough information to allow the flow of the narrative to progress in an engaging way, therefore, not detracting from the enjoyment of the story.
Anyway, book number three in the Pink Bean series is due to be released soon and I cannot wait to see what happens next. I will definitely pounce on this when it is released. Watch this space...