Release Date: July 21, 2020
SYNOPSIS: Imagine lying in a hospital bed and the doctor who pulls the curtain back to treat you is the one who got away. Even if you never really had her in the first place. She’s not only your high school crush, she’s the ex-girlfriend of your ex-best friend. The one girl you’ve always wanted.
Here’s a step-by-step list to finally win her over…
Key to win #1: Try not to take offense that she snuck back into town without telling you—six months ago.
Key to win #2: Rekindle the friendship to ease the awkwardness. But… DO NOT enter the friend zone.
Key to win #3: Ignore the fact that she went speed dating the night before. Take it as good a sign—maybe she’s looking for a relationship.
Key to win #4: Attempt to keep the two of you out of the town gossip blog and away from your large family.
Make sure you don’t let this last one throw you off your mission.
Key to win #5: Don’t get deterred when you find out the past is about to repeat itself. Because the man she met at the speed dating night is your best buddy from work.
Just remember, you sat back and let her slip away once, you won’t do it a second time. Failure is not an option.
REVIEW: We see very little of Kingston throughout the Bailey books, except for some volatile moments with his best friend from high school. This is where we get a hint at Kingston’s love interest. We also hear about him smoke jumping, so he’s out of Lake Starlight most of the time. He’s just kind of a mystery, so it was really great to finally get to know him better in this story. Something I really loved about this story was how Austin and Holly interact with Kingston. It just speaks volumes to how amazing Austin was when he stepped into a parent role with Savannah to take care of their youngest siblings. That is the heart of these books that make them some of my favorites–The Bailey’s themselves. I love the family dynamics so very much.
Okay, on to Stella and Kingston. I’ve got to be honest, they weren’t my favorite of the Bailey stories leads, but that isn’t saying much, because I love them all so damn much. My issue was that they made everything so much harder for themselves than it needed to be. That being said, as I read and learned a lot of the reasoning, I understood why they were the way they were. Piper Rayne does a wonderful job of fleshing out the story and giving the character realistic depth. I also enjoyed Kingston and Stella’s interactions with the friends in the group and possible dating scenarios happening. What I did love is Kingston’s love for Stella. Even though he’s definitely not perfect, he always wants what’s best for her. That’s how you just know he’s a Bailey. It’s really heartwarming and makes their HEA so much better.
Now, if you read book 7, Secrets of the World’s Worst Matchmaker, you know that epilogue was a perfect way to get me dying for Sedona’s story. But then Piper Rayne had to do what they do best, and one up their own work, and make this epilogue even more outrageously awesome! I sincerely CANNOT wait for book 9, Rules for Dating Your Ex!!!! September 1st cannot come soon enough.
Thank you to Piper Rayne and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!
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CHECK OUT MY REVIEWS OF THE OTHER BAILEY BOOKS:
The Bailey’s Book 1: Lessons from a One-Night Stand
The Bailey’s Book 2: Advice from a Jilted Bride
The Bailey’s Book 3: Birth of a Baby Daddy
The Bailey’s Book 3.5: Operation Bailey Wedding
The Bailey’s Book 4: Falling for my Brother’s Best Friend
The Bailey’s Book 5: Demise of a Self-Centered Playboy
The Bailey’s Book 6: Confessions of a Naughty Nanny
The Bailey’s Book 7: Secrets of the World’s Worst Matchmaker
Meet Piper Rayne:
Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.