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About the Book
genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing date: April 4, 2023
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This friends-to-lovers spin on The Bachelor follows two childhood besties reuniting to spend the summer in L.A. after five years apart—but when they both get involved with a teen reality dating show, their lives take an unexpected turn for the unreal.
Sloane McKinney feels like a background character in her own life. But this summer will be different, because she’s spending it with her childhood best friend, Liam Daniels, in her dream city, Los Angeles. Sure, she’s surprised to find that Liam just happens to have had a Hot Guy glow-up since she last saw him, but so what? A little attraction won’t ruin her plans for their fun—and completely platonic—reunion.
What might, however, is that Liam has been roped into working for his producer dad’s new teen reality dating show, Aspen Woods’s Future Leading Lady. Liam figures Sloane can still hang out with him on set while he fetches coffee for the film crew, or whatever it is that production assistants do. Except it turns out the show is one contestant short . . . and Sloane is the perfect last-minute addition.
Once cameras are rolling, the whirlwind of dating teen heartthrob Aspen Woods feels way more real than Sloane expected, and Liam doesn’t exactly enjoy watching it all unfold. But it’s behind the scenes where the drama really picks up. . . .
Because wanting to kiss your best friend? That’s a plot twist neither Sloane nor Liam ever saw coming.
15 Reactions while Reading
1-As someone who loves films, tv, and scriptwriting, I love how scriptwriting plays a role in this story so early on.
2-Sloane and Liam have a really lovely friendship based on the background given so far. I can’t wait to see them interact.
3-I love the interaction between Sloane and Liam. I’m already getting romance vibes from them.
4-I hope the relationship between Liam and his dad improves over the course of this book.
5- I love how the book has quotes from The Cove before the start of the chapter.
6- The first interaction between Sloane and Aspen is hilarious because she was being snarky about him moments before.
7- I feel like You can tell Liam has feelings for Sloane, and she seems to have the same types of feelings for him. I can’t wait to see where the story goes.
8- I loved Sloane’s first note to Lia so much.
9-Aspen wants Liam’s help to win Sloane over, and I’m so here for the drama.
10- The fact that Sloane asks Liam to get her out of the house for a little, and Liam accepts is so cute. I just love the two of them together.
11-I love that Liam has to be crew on Slone and Aspen’s date because you can really tell how much he likes Sloane in this scene.
12-Aspen’s Co-Star Riley coming into the scene when Slone and Aspen were in the school was fantastic to me because I love a little extra drama in my books.
13-I feel like Liam’s dad could care a bit more about Sloane’s health. He seemed to have not read the text saying she was ok until it was too late.
14- While I can see why Sloane thinking about Liam is a bad thing, there’s also another side of me that loves that she’s thinking about Liam.
15- I just loved the end of this story. The romance was sweet, and I loved the characters.
About the Author
Kaitlyn Hill is a writer, reader, and sweet tea enthusiast who believes that all the world is not, in fact, a stage, but a romance novel waiting to happen. She is the author of Love from Scratch and Not Here to Stay Friends.
Kaitlyn has a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and German Studies, which means that she can tell you way too much about the Communist Manifesto in Karl Marx’s mother tongue. Before landing on writing, she worked in roles from city government intern in a small German town to Haunted Mansion Maid at Walt Disney World, and most recently, at her hometown public library.
Aside from books, Kaitlyn’s favorite things are giraffes, ABBA, and excessively long naps. She lives with her real life romance hero in Lexington, Kentucky.
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