Review: A Very Friendly Valentine's Day by Kayley Loring


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Wildfire Marketing Solutions.

I am a very open book right now. A filthy one. Except she still refuses to look me in my eyes so they can tell her exactly what I'm feeling. I want her to look at me. I want her to read me.

I don't think it's fair that Kayley Loring keeps giving her readers these main characters that bump off the ones that came before them on our lists of favorite couples, favorite book boyfriends, and favorite heroines ever. A Very Bossy Christmas set the bar high, and A Very Friendly Valentine's Day leaped over it with ease. Yeah, yeah. I know it isn't Valentine's Day yet, but I have three words for you: It. Doesn't. Matter! You know how people say that Christmas should be celebrated every single day (and no, smartass people, that doesn't mean you need to deck your halls with boughs of holly)? Well, who says you can't do the same thing with Valentine's Day? I mean, we no one can tell us we can't re-read our favorite books, right? And this new Loring book? I see re-reading in my future.

Edward Cannavale and Birdie Beckett have been the best of friends for the past six years. From the moment they sat next to each other in American Lit, they simply clicked. They know one another better than almost anyone else who was close to them, and they equally cherish the friendship that they share. Which is why having not-so-platonic thoughts about each other is a no-no. Why risk it, right? But one froner and many dirty fantasies later, Birdie is beginning to realize that there's no escaping her feelings for Eddie. And now that they're stuck on a train to New York together, there's no escaping Eddie and his not-too-thought-out plan to woo the one girl who sees and knows him most.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue; 
Eddie and Birdie get a froner, 
and for their story, I'm a total goner. 

Yep, I flove this book so much that I just had to pen my own ode of adoration. Birdie was endearing, what with her quirky and nerdy self trying to come to grips with her changing relationship with Eddie. And Eddie... Gah! The guy could be the poster child for swoon-worthiness. He was EVERYTHING. I loved how these two were with each other, but I also adored how they were with the other people in their lives. They were loyal and devoted and absolutely every wonderful thing in between. Kudos to Kayley Loring for the direction she took this story and the creativity she weaved into both the tale she came up with and the main characters who headline it. A Very Friendly Valentine's Day is, hands down, one of the best friends-to-lovers romances I've read in a long time. Five-plus stars.

Birdie and Eddie sitting on a train,
Feelings for each other never going to wane;
And yes to the sex word that is "Cumberbatch",
Because just like Eddie, this Sherlock is quite a catch.

Date Read: 14 January 2021

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