“A simmering slow burn bursting with banter… This is a romance for anyone who’s ever felt too messy to be loved.”
—ROSIE DANAN, author of The Roommate
In this fierce and funny battle of the exes, Ashley Winstead's Fool Me Once explores the chaos of wanting something you used to have.
Lee Stone is a twenty-first-century woman: she kicks butt at her job as a communications director at a women-run electric car company (that’s better than Tesla, thank you), and after work she is “Stoner,” drinking guys under the table and never letting any of them get too comfortable in her bed…
That’s because Lee’s learned one big lesson: never trust love. Four major heartbreaks set her straight, from her father cheating on her mom all the way to Ben Laderman in grad school—who wasn’t actually cheating, but she could have sworn he was, so she reciprocated in kind.
Then Ben shows up five years later, working as a policy expert for the most liberal governor in Texas history, just as Lee is trying to get a clean energy bill rolling. Things get complicated—and competitive—as Lee and Ben are forced to work together. Tension builds just as old sparks reignite, fanning the flames for a romantic dustup the size of Texas.
With this tension-fueled love story set in the world of Texas politics, Winstead (In My Dreams I Hold a Knife) pivots from murder mysteries to rom-coms. Hypercompetent Lee Stone the hard-partying Stoner to her college friends is a competitive and driven woman committed to friends, fun, and her career as communications director for an electric car company. But after what she thinks of as her "Four Great Heartbreaks," she's uninterested in romantic commitments. Ben Laderman, number four on Lee's list, has come a long way since Lee broke both his heart and his focus just when he needed to keep his spot at the top of his law school class. Now he's working with the Texas governor on his Green Machine bill which happens to be Lee's political passion project. With both her bill and the promotion she hopes it will bring suddenly tied to Ben, Lee panics, convinced Ben plans to steal her project as revenge for the way they broke up. But as they're forced to work together, it becomes clear that she's fooling herself if she thinks she's over him. Sparks fly and laughs abound as Winstead rides the line between enemies-to-lovers and second-chance romance tropes. Readers will want to snap this up. Agent: Melissa Edwards, Stonesong.