Toe the Line
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward comes a friends-to-lovers story spanning more than a decade…
At first, I thought I’d hate spending the summer with Archie Remington—the conceited son of my parents’ friends.
What I knew about Archie: he was gorgeous, pre-law, and had always treated me like I didn’t exist when we were younger.
When our families bought a house together on an island in Maine, he and I were forced to share a bathroom.
The boy I remembered was now a full-grown man—but with the same attitude.
After a rough start, Archie and I unexpectedly started getting along one day and eventually became friends. We shared secrets and bonded during our morning jogs. I discovered that Archie had a wild spirit and that he struggled to conform to his father’s expectations.
Things were cool until I had to go and ruin it, getting drunk one night, and blurting out my fantasy—involving him.
I took it back, but it was too late. Archie had heard me loud and clear. After that, we never quite knew how to toe the line.
When that summer came to an abrupt and shocking end, I headed back to college, unsure if anything would ever be the same again.
Across the miles over the years, he and I stayed in touch as friends, but fate and timing always kept us from becoming more.
You know the saying: If two people are meant to be, they’ll find their way back to each other?
Let’s just say Archie came back into my life in a way I would’ve never expected.
And this time, my heart would really be put to the test.
I loved it!
I loved this so much!
Mismatched Socks made in heaven ❤️
‘Mismatched socks reminded me a lot of my relationship with Archie Remington. Our path certainly wasn’t orderly or sensical, but somehow in the end, when the two of us finally came together, it was perfect.’
Ward has taken this Friends-To-Lovers trope and put the ultimate twist on it in only the way she can do it. She is the ‘it’ factor author of slow burn romance and she has brought it in true fruition with ‘Toe The Line’. From the moment these two characters arrive at Whaite’s Island they have a magnetism unlike no other. Thinking Archie is a cocky jerk, Noelle learns otherwise after getting to know him on their summer vacation they form a true friendship but then they become so much more only to be torn apart before the even began. Will their stars ever align? Archie and Noelle, are so charismatic that to me they are the most powerful characters to date in all of Ward’s books. This book has you flipping through the pages and at the same time hoping it never ends. Ward is another one of my ‘one click’ authors and never disappoints in her books. If you are hung up on what to read next then this is the book for you. You can find it in the link in my bio.
Oh my god….. Penelope you have knocked it out of the park again….. the chemistry between archie and noelle is off the charts… i was literally crying for noelle… what she had to go thru with archie and just her being there for him thru out the years…. I don’t know if i could have gone to the wedding it would have torn me up just watching the man that i was in love with get married to another woman…. Well done…. Its amazing that a writer can get you into your feels…. Can’t wait for more!!!!!!