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I knock on her front door before using my spare key. That’s how close we are—we have spare keys to each other’s places. She waters my plants when I’m out of town and she felt weird about having my spare key if I didn’t have one of hers. That’s how much she trusts me. And how do I repay her? By obsessing about her delicate petal pink nipples.

I scan the living room and spot her in the kitchen.

Shit, she took her cardigan off.

Now she’s only wearing a strappy top thing.

Now there’s one less layer of clothing between me and her boobs.

She took it off because she wants me to make a move.

But she also took out her contacts and put her glasses on.

Mixed messages.

But also hot.

“How you doin’?”

Shit. I Joey’d her. From twenty feet away. Knee-jerk reaction. I am definitely flirting with my face too.

She rolls her eyes at me, but she’s grinning. And blushing. And pouring herself another glass of wine.

Which is interesting.

“I am well. Thought I’d lost you. You want to help me finish off this wine? There’s only a little left in this bottle.”

“I really shouldn’t.” I lift my sweater up and pat my rock-hard belly. Which counts as ab-flirting. Shit. “Got a couple of shirtless scenes coming up. I shouldn’t have had the Guinness.”

“Awww, come on,” she chides, pouring out about two mouthfuls of red wine into a coffee mug. “Your abs called while you were out. They want a pizza. And wine.”

“Oh yeah?” I join her in the kitchen and pick up that mug. “Your brain called while I was out. It wants an orgasm. Or twenty.”

She nearly chokes on her wine and I swear to God I didn’t even think that comment through before I said it.

That was my bad.

“You okay?” I reach over to rub her back, but she steps away from me.

Her eyes are watering, but when she finally regains her composure, she is frowning at me. “I happen to be all good on the orgasm front, thanks.”

And now I’m just thinking about all the things I’d do to the front of her to give her an orgasm. Or twenty.

“Happy to hear it.” I raise my mug. I think it’s about time my friend meets the O’Sullivan side of Eddie Cannavale… “May your giving hand never fail you, Birdie Beckett,” I offer as a toast in my finest Irish brogue.

She blinks once and then I am met with a blank stare.

That may have been too brief of a toast, so I try again. “May your troubles be less and your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your front door.” I polish off my wine.

Crickets.

More blank stare.

Total broguemance fail.

Serves me right. I will have to try harder, re the friend thing. Or possibly try harder at seducing her. But I can’t do both at the same time… Can I?

She takes a deep breath before asking, “Question. Did you, by any chance, see my nipples earlier?”

If I hadn’t already swallowed the wine, I would have done an awesome spit-take. “Yes. Yes, I did.”

“Okay.” She puts her mug of wine down on the counter, combs her fingers through her long, wavy, dark blonde hair and then twists it up into some kind of knot on top of her head. Which is really annoying because now her long, slender neck is exposed, and so are her collarbones and the top of her cleavage and I really like her bare arms too. She sighs and then crosses her arms in front of her chest. “I just want you to know that it was an accident. Revealing them. I forgot that I wasn’t wearing a bra.”

“Understood.”

“But I mean…” She shrugs and then takes a sip of wine before continuing. “It happened. I think we should just acknowledge that we had a brief, nipple-y, mildly boner-y moment and move past it. So we can get back to being friends. Right?”

“Agreed. I hereby acknowledge the aforementioned mild boner and nipple slip and I would also like to acknowledge that both of your nipples looked great.”

She snort-laughs and covers her mouth with one hand and it’s so fucking cute. “Shut up.”

“No, I’m really proud of you. As a friend. They’re top-notch.”

 

Our Review

‘There’s the flash of awareness, the darkness and the nothingness, and then there’s just Birdie, calling me home.’

Well, weren’t we just eagerly anticipating this book! After falling head over heels in love with A Very Bossy Christmas (one of our Top reads of 2020), where we were suitably teased with Declan’s brother, Hollywood actor Eddie’s friendship with Birdie Beckett, the Archivist for the Getty, in and couldn’t wait for this book! Once again, we’ve fallen in love with a Kayley Loring romance. A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day, was a sweet, sexy, and very funny friends to lover’s rom-com. A hot Hollywood actor and a beautiful, sweet nerdy girl. Talk about swoon, and we loved it!

‘I’m going to be the best boyfriend you’ve ever had, Bird. Whenever you’re ready. Because I am beyond ready for you.’

Kalyey Loring is now up there as one of our favourite rom-com authors! Her timing is spot on, her characters are so warm and funny, and each book leaves us fulfilled yet wanting more. We want more swoon, smiles, laughs and hot sexy moments! We can’t get enough! If you want pure fun and escapism, read these books! We promise you loads of giggles, swoon, heart, and heat!

‘Denial is the oxygen that keeps this planet of male-female friendship inhabitable. Denial is the gravity that keeps us from crashing into each other and then floating off into separate atmospheres indefinitely.’

Eddie Cannavale is hot, talented, in a bit of a rut career wise and relationship wise. Caught up in the whole Hollywood image machine with Insta worthy pics and girlfriends to match. The one constant (apart from his Irish/Italian family) in his life, the person who keeps his feet firmly planted on the ground is his best friend of 6 years, the sweet and nerdy Birdie and lately his feelings have been more than friendly.

‘I’m gonna woo the fuck out of that woman.’

There was so much to love about this story. The train trip provided the perfect vehicle (pardon the pun) for their relationship, the text messages between Eddie and Birdie were an absolute hoot, as was the banter between Eddie and his brother Declan and their Irish cousins. The comedic timing blended beautifully with the romance of the story and the passion provided many Kindle fanning moments.

‘Eddie Cannavale kisses like a cross between Romeo and a porn star.’

Oh god, the Irish cousins! These guys are a riot and continue to provide perfect comic relief and big cheesy smiles. Oh boy do we want THEIR stories! Especially ‘Boston’ Billy O’Sullivan – this guy cracks us up every time. The way Kayley Loring writes his character…we can hear every word he speaks and it’s hilarious! We’re dying for his book and hope this author expands on this character because he really is so memorable. God help the woman tasked with the job of taming that guy!

The epilogues were the cherry on the cake! A perfect way to tie up the story and give us a little taste of what’s to come? We certainly hope so. We know one thing. We’ll never tire of Kayley Loring’s wonderful storytelling and her cheeky comedic relief. Oh, and a jealous Eddie will have you in fits of laughter! Just what the book doctor ordered!

‘Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Your butt is fantastic.
And your abs are nice too.
‘ ‘Birdie’

Synopsis

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.

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