I’m not too proud to admit that finding Mr. Right involves swiping right. Right? Welcome to dating in avocado toastland.
Here I am, on my first blind date, ever, courtesy of a smartphone app and my two annoying best friends.
So what is Chris “Fletch” Fletcher doing, walking across the room, looking at his phone like he’s pattern matching a picture to find a real person he’s never met before?
The guy I drop-kicked in seventh grade cannot be my blind date. The guy who earned me this infernal nickname.
It was bad enough that last month all my old kickboxing training came in handy when a disgruntled noncustodial dad invaded my preschool class and tried to take one of my kids without permission.
That ended with news coverage of the closed-circuit video that parents saw in real time as I beat him up and pinned his neck to the ground while waiting for police to respond.
We won’t mention the part where I thrust my arm into the air in a power stance and, uh…
Hey. HEY! Don’t judge me. I protected those kids. And the kid most in danger was Fletch’s nephew.
The same Fletch who just now noticed me sitting here.
Being noticed is bad.
Being his dating app match is even worse.
Because no matter how hard I’ve tried to avoid him since high school, every time I see him I have the same reaction.
I wish I’d never kicked him.
I wish, instead, that I’d let him kiss me.
Which it looks like he’s trying to do.
Praise for Julia Kent’s Books:
"Heartwarming and intensely emotional, Our Options Have Changed is witty, sexy and hilarious with a heroine you admire and a hero you can't help falling in love with." -- Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author
"Reading a Julia Kent book is like taking a vacation with your best friends. They'll make you laugh, tug on your heartstrings, and leave you wanting more." -- New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster
"Kent and Reed create rom com magic in this friends to lovers romance. Laughter, tears, and all the swoons." -- USA Today Best Selling author Daisy Prescott
"Witty, sexy, funny and delightfully delicious--love it from beginning to end."-- USA Today bestselling author T Gephart
"An utterly charming celebration of the messiness of love, life, and motherhood... every woman deserves a Nick." -- Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author
"Julia Kent is my go-to author when I want to laugh, swoon and just feel oh-so-good as I get lost in a romance! Hasty delivers on all those fronts!" ~ #1 New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely
"I love Hasty so much! I will never not smile every time I think about Hastings Monahan, her epic fall from the top, moving back home with her parents, her ex, and the cow thing. Bonus, Ian McCrory is a total swoon fest of a hero. Ten thousand stars!" ~ USA Today Bestselling Author Pippa Grant
"From the very first page of Hasty, I knew I was in for a ride. I felt as if I were seeped into the character's lives, feeling second-hand embarrassment and frustration as their paths crossed. I adored this book and I cannot wait to dive into another Julia Kent romance!" ~ New York Times Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan
"Hasty was the perfect antidote to 2020 - utterly adorable and deliciously satisfying." ~ USA Today Bestselling Author Melanie Harlow
"Holy rabbit milk cheese! Julia Kent is the only author capable of making me laugh my lady parts inside out! Hastings, is a heroine after my own heart. The things that come out of that woman's mouth are pure *chef's kiss.* I promise you Julia saved the best for last in this series!" ~ Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Nana Malone
Reader and Blogger reviews:
"Move over Sophie Kinsella and make way for Julia Kent. I haven't laughed so much since the Shopaholic series." -- Reader review
"Shannon reminds me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum character..." -- Reader review
"Another best seller by the Queen of romantic comedy." -- Reader review
"Kent took this fun, sexy tale and gave it a depth that made it so darn easy to read." -- Glass Paper Ink Bookblog
"Nothing has made me laugh out loud this much since I read Bridget Jones' Diary many, many years ago." -- Reader review
"This book is a MUST READ and I can't WAIT for the next one!!!" -- Reader review
"...Julia Kent has once again brought the laugh until you cry scenes, but has added a new aspect to her writing..." -- Avid Reader Book Reviews
"The characters in this book are absolutely magnetic and you can't help but be drawn into their lives." -- Reader review
"This book is bursting at the seams with all the fun and witty banter!" -- Eargasms Audiobook Reviews
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge, with more than 2 million eBook, print, and audiobooks sold and 4 appearances on the New York Times bestseller list. Her books have been translated into German and French, with more languages coming soon.
From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire).
She lives in New England with her husband and three children in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down.
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Cute story. Some laugh out loud moments.
What a storyline!
What a storyline! The beginning of this book had me on the edge of my seat! When a disgruntled parent comes to Fiona’s preschool and she becomes the hero to the entire town, she feels it’s another thing to add onto what she’s known for and can never live down. Chris has had a crush on Fiona for years, ever since she taught him the true meaning of no, and when the situation at the preschool brings him back into her life, he decides to shoot his shot with her and act on his feelings. Reluctant at first, eventually Fiona comes around and they end up learning a lot about each other in addition to a relationship together. Overall, I loved the storyline, but the action in the beginning didn’t necessarily trickle through the rest of the book. I wish there would have been more suspense or action especially after the beginning, but nonetheless I really enjoyed Chris and Fiona finding their relationship with some funny parts in the story along the way.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Julia Kent has a huge talent for creating worlds and groups of friends that I just love and want to be a part of. This group, just like the ones from the Billionaire and Random series, is totally wild and hilarious.
Fiona shows how feisty she really is in the very first chapter when she takes down a guy trying to take one of her preschoolers. Her relationship with Fletch has been so tumultuous over the years. I love a good enemies to lovers romance because the tension is usually explosive and the banter is usually off the charts. Fiona and Chris had all that and more.
These two are my favorites of the whole series. This book totally hit me in all the feels. The emotion is balanced with laugh out loud moments. I was hooked from the beginning and never wanted it to end.