Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friends to Lovers, Rom-Com, Romantic Comedy
EDDIE: Cancel your dinky little roomette on the train. I’m booking us two of the big bedroom suites.
BIRDIE: I’ll cancel it AFTER you’ve booked the other sleeper rooms. And reimburse you.
EDDIE: Don’t worry about it. Just cancel your tickets. I got this. Round trip. I’m on the Amtrak website right now.
BIRDIE: You don’t have to leave NYC when I do! You’ll hardly be able to spend any time with your Instagram girlfriend that you've never met!
EDDIE: It’s fine. She’ll be fine with it. Cancel your tickets.
BIRDIE: You aren’t going to stop texting me until I’ve canceled them, are you?
EDDIE: Damn right I’m not. Just do it. You can thank me later.
EDDIE: Um. Did you cancel your tickets?
BIRDIE: Yes, Edward. I canceled them.
EDDIE: Okay, because it turns out they only had one Family Bedroom from LA to Chicago. But the good news is I booked it for us. It’s the biggest room they had. The bad news is I booked it for us. And it’s the only sleeper room they have left now.
EDDIE: In related news, there was also only one room left from Chicago to New York.
EDDIE: Hands up if you’re excited! *man raising hand emoji*
BIRDIE: I am so mad at you right now.
BIRDIE: I’ve compiled a list of ground rules re shared train bedroom. Check your email, please read carefully, and refer to it again on the ninth of February. Thank you.
EDDIE: *nerd face emoji* Received. I have some notes.
A Very Friendly Valentine by Kayley Loring is a friends to lovers, laugh out loud, rom-com. If you read A Very Bossy Christmas, you’ll know the adorable Eddie and his best friend Birdie. I fell in love in the first book with Eddie and I could not wait to get my hands on his book.
Eddie Cannavale just might be the best guy alive.
Eddie and Birdie are polar opposites in every aspect, and yet they compliment each other so well. Birdie is a Nerd with a capital “N” who is going to NYC during Valentine’s to go to a TEDx Talk and see museums while Eddie is an actor, stuck playing the role of the buff High School jock, going to NYC to finally meet his Instagram girlfriend. But when Eddie finds out that Birdie is going via train to NYC because she’s scared of flying, he books himself a ticket and goes along for the ride to “protect her”. Of course, that means they end up having to share a room because it’s last minute and of course it means that things get heated, even though they are both scared of ruining their friendship. And while Eddie is in a “sort of but not really” relationship with a person he only knows over the internet, it isn’t hard for him to realize that the one for him has been in front of him for the last six years.
If you were an art history book, I’d need a magnifying glass to read you because your print would be fine. — Eddie
I can’t with these two. The banter between them had me cracking up. The text messages, that voicemail (my heart!), the way they bring out the best in each other, the cheesy pick up lines. This entire book is gooey deliciousness. This was that perfect pick me up after a stressful day/week/year(?). Eddie and Birdie are wonderful friends but even better as a couple. The book is light and sweet and if you don’t finish the book with a goofy grin on your face, I’ll eat my favorite hat. Seriously. Five stars for my first favorite read of the New Year.
Roses are red, Violets are blue. Your butt is fantastic, And your abs are nice too. — Birdie