End of Story
"Kylie Scott’s unique voice and engrossing story are perfect for fans of Sarah Hogle and Tessa Bailey"—Library Journal
New York Times bestselling sensation Kylie Scott’s sexy, smart and unconventional opposites-attract love story looks at what happens when fate refuses to give up on what’s meant to be…
When Susie Bowen inherits a charming fixer-upper from her aunt, she’s excited to start living her best HGTV life. But when she opens the door to find that her contractor is none other than her ex’s best friend, Lars—the same man who witnessed their humiliating public breakup six months ago—she isn’t exactly eager to have anyone around whose alliance is with the enemy. But beggars can’t be choosers, and the sooner the repairs are done, the sooner she can get back to embracing singledom.
Things go from awkward to unbelievable when Lars discovers a divorce certificate hidden in a wall and dated ten years in the future—with both their names on it. It couldn’t possibly be real…could it? As Susie and Lars work to unravel the document’s origins, the impossibility of a spark between them suddenly doesn’t seem so far-fetched. But would a relationship between them be doomed before it’s even begun?
“Sweet and spicy—the unique setup, top-notch banter and charming enigma had me hooked.” —Anna E. Collins, author of Love at First Spite
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This slightly supernatural home-renovation romance gave us butterflies—and good vibes. When Susie decides to upgrade the old, musty cottage she unexpectedly inherited from her aunt, the best contractor for the job happens to be Lars, her obnoxious ex’s best friend. But just as the awkwardness starts morphing into romantic tension, the duo makes a bizarre discovery buried behind a plaster wall: a divorce certificate dated 10 years in the future…with both of their names on it. We loved following along as Susie and Lars try to make sense of this mystery and contemplate time travel and their romantic prospects. End of Story is a steamy-fun read with a great message about always being willing to take chances.
For this fun and raucous rom-com, Scott (Fake) places accessible characters in realistic situations then gilds the whole with just a hint of the fantastic. Fiercely independent, fashion-minded social media manager Susie is still recovering from both a bad breakup and the sudden death of her beloved aunt Susan. While dodging her brother's money-grabbing attempts, Susie gets started on remodeling the house she inherited from Aunt Susan. Unfortunately, the best contractor in Seattle just so happens to be her evil ex's best friend, Lars. While working together on the project, the pair discover a divorce certificate in the walls—with their names on it, dated 10 years in the future. In the process of unraveling the mystery, the pair grow steadily closer, opening up even deeper questions: can new friends sleep together without their hearts getting involved? Then, after feelings inevitably develop, can someone who's sworn off marriage (Susie) make it work with someone who's dreamed of marriage his whole life (Lars)? And is any of it worth it when they already know how things will end? Scott nails the pacing and delivers some delightful comedic moments, but it's her masterfully crafted characters that really set this apart. Both Susie and Lars feel like mature, fully realized people who bring their entire selves and past experiences to their relationship, and the book's focus on how they sort through their differences elevates it to the next level. This strikingly fresh romance is sure to win fans. Agent: Amy Tannenbaum, Jane Rotrosen Agency.
What a Read!
I LOVED this book! A mysterious divorce decree found behind a wall leads to more than just questions. The road they each takes to find answers leads them not only better self awareness, but closer together. Susie and Lars are an amazing pair, as much as they fight it. And the steaminess is off the charts!
Enjoyed this read, the lack of arguments and solid communication was perfect for me. I love how the two characters connected and evolved in this story! 1000/10!
Witty, Romantic, and So, So Good!
One of my favorite things as a reader is to jump into a book with only a synopsis and knowledge that you've really enjoyed the author's books in the past. I went into END OF STORY by Kylie Scott, having read only a couple of her books, and none of them the ones that are most often mentioned. I am a big fan of friends to lovers, especially those with a twist, and knew that I like Kylie's style, so in I went. I was absolutely delighted with this story, with Susie and Lars and the whole sort of mystery behind their romance, and so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book.
Kylie has infused Susie, Lars, and really all of the characters, with wit as well as self-knowledge and sensitivity, and their interactions left me smiling and invested in seeing where their journey took them through all of the twists and turns. END OF STORY is a quick read, not because it's short, but because I didn't want to stop until I saw how everything turned out for everyone, and I could not put it down.
END OF STORY is a solid 4.5 stars for me, and one of my favorite contemporary romance reads of 2023. I wouldn't mind at all if we got stories for more of the characters in this world. As a note, END OF STORY is completely different from any of Kylie's books that I've read (or listened to!) in the past. If contemporary romance with characters that you'd want to hang out with are your thing, this one should definitely be on your TBR. Grab it and enjoy! ❤️