In the Clear by Tamara Morgan

In The ClearWhy I read it:  I received a review copy from the author via NetGalley.

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  Fletcher Owens is full of secrets.

Few people know he spends his nights volunteering for a Search and Rescue team, saving lives while risking his own. Even fewer know he’s in love with his best friend’s sister. And since he’s not willing to give up their friendship for a chance at something more, that’s exactly how things will stay.

Lexie Sinclair has nothing to hide.

The zany daughter, the wacky sister, the quirky fundraiser for a children’s charity — Lexie couldn’t hide her true self even if she wanted to. So when her brother’s best friend is revealed to be a local hero, she’s determined to stand up and prove she’s ready to be more than just friends.

What worked for me (and what didn’t):  This novella was a lot of fun. It is also a good example of self publishing done well.  The cover looks professional, the formatting and editing was good – tick, tick, tick.

Lexie Sinclair is a vivacious, enthusiastic young woman who is also a bit of a klutz. Her twin brother Sean makes fun of her pretty much all the time and even though she’s accomplished in her job (as a fund-raiser for a children’s charity), he’s not alone in doing so.  Lexie is treated by most everyone as someone whose heart is in the right place but who screws up all the time.  While it’s sort of true, it’s also unfair.  She has landed in a role which is perfect for her. She can charm and manipulate money out of rich people like nobody’s business and her friendliness is genuine, which makes the wallet-loosening easier to bear.

Fletcher Owens is Sean’s best friend and has been part of Lexie’s life since they were children. He is a dear friend and she’s a little jealous that Sean seems to get most of his attention.  Fletcher sees Lexie in a different way to her brother and her co-workers.  He doesn’t see her as a screw-up in need of a keeper.  He’s in love with her but he’s too afraid that doing anything about it will mean he won’t even have her as friend, so he says nothing.

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