About the Book:
Her brother’s best friend. Her lifelong crush. Her sweetest regret.
For as long as I can remember, Kace Matthews has been my brother’s best friend and my not-so-secret crush. But I knew nothing would ever happen between us. The successful single dad doesn’t fall for the hot mess party girl. Kace + Stella exists in the doodles in my high school notebooks and in my dreams. Never in real life.
Until he finds me on a hookup app and starts flirting shamelessly. It turns out high school Stella was not prepared for Kace Matthews. Adult Stella isn’t much better, but I manage to break down the walls to show Kace the real me–not just the life-of-the-party exterior, but the vulnerable pieces I hide from the world. Combine that with the combustible chemistry we have in real life, and I’m a goner. Too bad it takes me so long to realize Kace doesn’t know I’m the girl he’s been falling for online. Telling him the truth now that he knows my secrets could mean losing everything, and that’s one regret that could break me.
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Review: 4Stars!! This second book in the Orchid Valley series, a fun friends-to-more story, is filled with miscommunication, drama and plot twists. Stella and Kace have history – he’s her brother’s best friend, and they guy she’s wanted for a very long time. The chemistry between these two is strong but their past is playing a role in keeping them apart. Kace sees Stella as the party girl she was in the past and she can’t see how he’d be interested in her for anything long term.
Kace, fresh from his divorce and now a single Dad, isn’t ready for a serious relationship, or so he thinks…but he does need someone to talk to. And, when he finds someone online to share his inner thoughts with, he become conflicted between the online confidant and the feelings he has for Stella. From there, many misunderstandings happen. The banter between these two was great and, although I sometimes got frustrated with their blind spots when it came to each other, I rooted for them from the very beginning. There were so many times that I wanted to reach into the book and tell them what I knew but, of course, it was their adventure to have. It certainly had me turning the pages to see what would happen next.
I enjoyed seeing the characters from the first book here as well as they played a large part in Stella and Kace’s lives. I always enjoy a story more when the secondary characters are strong and in this book, they definitely played a role in progressing this romance. As always, Ms. Ryan’s writing was great and her story unique. I’m definitely enjoying this series and look forward to whatever the author has in store for me next!
Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles and the 2018 winner of the Romance Writers of America® RITA® award for Best Long Contemporary Romance. She considers herself the luckiest girl around to make a living through storytelling. She loves spending time with her kids, weightlifting, ice cream, swoony heroes, and vodka martinis.
Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and a spoiled dog.
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