Release Date: July 21
Imagine lying in a hospital bed and the doctor who pulls the curtain back to treat you is the one who got away. Even if you never really had her in the first place. She’s not only your high school crush, she’s the ex-girlfriend of your ex-best friend. The one girl you’ve always wanted.
Here’s a step-by-step list to finally win her over…
Key to win #1: Try not to take offense that she snuck back into town without telling you—six months ago.
Key to win #2: Rekindle the friendship to ease the awkwardness. But… DO NOT enter the friend zone.
Key to win #3: Ignore the fact that she went speed dating the night before. Take it as good a sign—maybe she’s looking for a relationship.
Key to win #4: Attempt to keep the two of you out of the town gossip blog and away from your large family.
Make sure you don’t let this last one throw you off your mission.
Key to win #5: Don’t get deterred when you find out the past is about to repeat itself. Because the man she met at the speed dating night is your best buddy from work.
Just remember, you sat back and let her slip away once, you won’t do it a second time.
Failure is not an option.
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Stella and Kingston have been teased as a couple we were going to meet, but there wasn't a lot more given to us, until we go to this book. And, then, finally we get their story.
I can't lie, there are moments in this one that just got me...the scene when they take a walk so they can talk about where they are as friends and how they can possibly go forward both broke my heart and made me cheer for the amazing man Kingston was becoming. I really enjoyed watching both Stella and Kingston evolve, and find the things that were truly important to them and the things that they could let go, but I was really drawn to Kingston.
I struggled with mentioning this, but I do think it needs to be mentioned when it's done well. Hopefully, we will get to a time when this is no longer necessary, but it feels like we aren't quite there now.
I also need to give props to the authors...not only for including a Black woman as their heroine (YAY) but doing so in such a way that she was a person, and authentic and not someone who I felt was tossed into the story as a way to "meet the moment". At the end of the book, they mention that the cover for this book with Stella a POC was in the works from the beginning...and, I think this comes through in the book as it never feels forced, or like they are fulfilling an expectation so they don't lose readers. And, it's perfection...as it allows Stella to be a Black woman and also a character all readers can connect with...and, really, that is the absolute ultimate goal.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.
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