Publication date: March 25th 2021
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Wallflower (wohl-flou-erh): Identifier for someone who is shy and/or awkward. For reference, see Viola Kent.
Seventeen-year-old Viola Kent likes being invisible. Well, not literally, but she’s content being a loner, reading her books, and hanging out with the animals at the shelter. She just wants to keep her head down and get through her senior year at Durham High.
Driving Dare Frost to school every day wasn’t part of the plan.
And when Viola finds out her dad recruited Dare, his number one player, to be her friend?
Her inner Slytherin demands revenge.
The solution: Get Dare to be her fake boyfriend.
Convincing the star athlete to pretend is easier than she’d thought it would be. The hard part is protecting her heart. With every word, touch, and kiss, Viola’s feelings become more real.
The problem: Viola knows she’s falling for Dare—but he doesn’t believe in love.
This book features two sets of soulmates, one happy pooch named Hermione, so many sizzling kisses and answers the question:
Can a dork and a jock fake their way to true love?
This had to be a dream, I thought. Either that or a hallucination.
Standing in our driveway, leaning back against my little Honda, hands in his pockets like he was Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles or something, was a guy who knew he looked good even in sweats and a hoodie.
His six-foot-three frame dwarfed my car. Dare was the last person I expected to see waiting outside my house on my last first day of high school. I was so surprised it took me a second to find my voice.
But Dare just cocked his head.
“Morning flower,” he said. “Better hurry or we’ll be late.”
I shook myself out of it. “Are you lost?”
“Nope, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.”
“What are you even doing here?” I asked.
“Isn’t it obvious?” He held his hands out, a small smile playing on his lips. “I’m here to bum a ride to school. Speaking of, could you pop the locks?” Dare rubbed his hands together. “It’s a little chilly out here.”
I laughed, couldn’t help it. “Are you crazy? Dare, I’m not taking you to school.”
“Yes, you are.”
“No. I’m not.”
Dare shrugged. “Coach said you would.”
My jaw dropped. “He did what? When? Why?”
“That’s a lot of questions,” he said. “But yeah, your dad and I talked the other day after practice. He said you’d give me a ride because we live so close to each other. Said it would be no problem. I run by your house every morning anyway. Plus, my car’s in the shop for repairs.”
“Didn’t you just get that car?” I asked.
The question made Dare smile for some reason. “You keeping tabs on me, Vi?”
I choked. “What? No!”
“Hey, no worries,” he said. “I’m not mad about it. A lot of girls do it. Just wasn’t aware you were one of them.”
Cookie O’Gorman writes YA & NA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her novels ADORKABLE, NINJA GIRL, The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder, The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad and WALLFLOWER are out now! She is also the author of NA sports romance, The Best Mistake.
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Rajeeva Jayaratne says
Best of luck with the book.
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a good book.
Great excerpt! I’d love to read more.
Cindy Merrill says
Doesn’t sound realistic or plausible, but I’d like to read the book.
Linda FasT says
I think this would make a good movie.
Bridgett Wilbur says
Karen H says
Sounds like a good story.
Terri Shaw says
This sounds like a great read.
Denise Duvall says
The title really stands out on the cover! Love it!