“Absolutely unputdownable! Roni Loren is a new favorite.”—COLLEEN HOOVER, #1 New York Times bestseller, for The One You Can’t Forget
New York Times and USA Today bestseller Roni Loren brings the heat in this complex story about a woman battling her anxiety, a man who seems far too good to be true, and a sizzling connection built over sweltering New Orleans nights.
Everyone knows Miz Poppy, the vibrant reviewer whose commentary brightens the New Orleans nightlife. But no one knows Hollyn Tate, the real face behind the media star...or the anxiety that keeps her isolated. All her life, Hollyn's tried to hide her true self behind an online façade, but when her boss tells her she needs to reveal the truth to the world or lose her job, she's forced to rely on an unexpected source to help face her fears.
Enter Jasper Deares: actor, improve star, and way, way out of her league.
Hollyn thinks Jasper must be joking when he offers private lessons to help overcome her fears. Getting up on a stage? Hello, worst nightmare. But Jasper's infectious charm has her saying yes despite herself. They're only supposed to be playing a few improv games, but as the lessons run longer and the lines grow blurrier, Hollyn can't help but wonder if she's acting at all...or if a relationship with Jasper might help give her the confidence she needs to say yes to every imperfect part of herself.
Readers Rave About Books By Roni Loren:
"Phenomenal."—LORELEI JAMES, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
"Unforgettable."—KRISTEN CALLIHAN, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
"Unique, swoony, and lively."—SARINA BOWEN, USA Today bestselling author
"Don't let this book get away!"—M. O'KEEFE, USA Today bestselling author
"A must-read."—Publishers Weekly STARRED Review for The One You Fight For
With this charming contemporary romance, Loren (The One for You) delivers a thoroughly satisfying, slow-burning account of a relationship that feels both inevitable and earned. New Orleans blogger Hollyn Tate is a local favorite as Miz Poppy, her nom de plume, but her Tourette's syndrome and anxiety make it difficult to have a social life outside of her online persona. Then she meets part-time barista and improv actor Jasper Deares, who's funny, hot, and totally into her, tics and all. Relationship-shy Jasper, who has ADHD, offers to be a "practice boyfriend" for lonely Hollyn, and the pair embark on an enthusiastic friends-with-benefits arrangement though media-savvy Hollyn knows how this sort of plot usually works out. The sex is great, the companionship is a welcome change, and soon enough, the two catch real feelings for one another. But when success and stardom beckon, their individual careers threaten to tear them apart. Hollyn and Jasper have excellent chemistry, both socially and sexually, and they talk through their issues in a refreshingly mature fashion. Hollyn's Tourette's and Jasper's ADHD are depicted sensitively without overwhelming the rest of the story, while a fleshed-out supporting cast further brings the world to life. Intelligent, sweet, and fun, this romance succeeds on all levels.
A romcom with a touch of modern depth
A spicy romance that goes all the places you hope it will. I really appreciated how mental health and Tourette’s were incorporated into the story line, giving some depth to the story and awareness around these realities. The social anxiety component inspired my own introverted self to live more like the main character. Was it cheesy? Yes. Was it over the top in moments? Yes. Did I fly through it and feel all cozy inside, filled with love and hope for humanity? Absolutely.
Yes & keep turning the pages
Very cute storyline with unexpected twists! The pages kept turning wanting to find out will they or won’t they make it to the very end.
Witty, contemporary romance!
Yes & I love You is a distinctive contemporary romance. It is beautifully written with witty dialogue and imperfect characters. Hollyn and Jasper will tug at your heart strings while making you blush. Not doubt you’ll cheer the ending!
Can’t wait for book 2!