Penny Reid has released a new standalone romance that is an opposites attract, frenemies to lovers, slow burn romance!
Curious to know what I thought of it? Check out my full book review below of Ten Trends to Seduce Your Bestfriend.
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Category: Contemporary Romance
Tags: Opposites Attract, Frenemies to Lovers, Tortured Hero, Slow Burn, Unrequited Love, Mental Health
Published April 2022
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Winnifred Gobaldi and Byron Visser are not best friends. Yes, they’ve known each other for years, but they’re not even friendly. The truth is, they have nothing in common.
She’s a public school science teacher with stars in her eyes, and he’s a pretentious, joyless double PhD turned world-famous bestselling fiction author.
She’s looking for a side hustle to help pay down a mountain of student debt, and his financial portfolio is the stuff of fiduciary dreams.
So why are they faking a #bestfriend relationship for millions of online spectators?
When a simple case of tit-for-tat trends between nonfriends leads to a wholly unexpected kind of pretend, nothing is simple.
Sometimes, it takes a public audience to reveal the truth of private feelings, and rarely—very rarely—you should believe what you see online.
In the words of Byron Visser: “You are extraordinary. You are exceptional.”
This review is probably going to be a rambling of statements about how much I loved this book and this couple because I have so MANY thoughts that I’m not sure I’ll do it justice.
I think Reid said that it is her longest book and honestly, I just wanted it to go on and on forever so that I could get more of Winnie and Byron.
Reid is one of my favorite authors and this book is classic Reid.
It’s smart and witty and has the best character development. It gave me a similar vibe to Dating-ish (which is another book that I adored!).
Marie and Matt are one of my favorite romance book couples (as are Billy and Scarlett and Sandra and Alex) but I honestly think that Winnie and Byron are my favorite Reid couple and that is really saying something.
First, I adored the story.
I am SO not a TikTok fan or social media fan in general, but I liked how Reid really made this story relevant to the times and yet highlighted both the positives and negatives to being on social media.
The challenges that Winnie and Byron took part in together were the perfect way to bring them together though they sort of faded into the background after awhile and that was totally OK.
This was a beautiful, opposites attract, frenemies to lovers, slow burn love story and I ate up every moment.
But really, this book was all about the characters, their dialogue, their honesty and the conversations they had.
They are poster people for why communication is so vital in a relationship.
Winnie is this carefree science teacher/ part YouTuber of awesome STEM videos and people person on the surface but underneath she’s a product of a childhood where she learned that she shouldn’t or can’t ask for what she needs.
She’s had various, uncomfortable and infuriating encounters with Byron Visser who is part of her college friend group over the last six years and now he’s volunteering to do these challenge videos with her to help increase her social media following.
But Byron is NOT a people person. He is all about honesty though definitely a man of few words which can make him come across as arrogant, righteous and mean.
“I can’t talk to you! Even when you tell me you like me, it pisses me off.”
I LOVED everything about this man, faults and struggles and all, and found him to be so fascinating. I already claimed him as one of my favorite book boyfriends of 2022.
I just wanted to stay in this Winnie and Byron world as they came to really KNOW each other and find love in the process.
“I love you.”
“What does it feel like…”
“It feels like you snuck past my defenses when I wasn’t looking, Byron Visser. You were simply yourself and I had no choice but to love you.”
This is definitely one of those reviews where I feel like I just can’t do the book justice nor can I really put all my feelings into words. You just have to read it for yourself. Really, go on and do it!
If you love Penny Reid books then you are going to soak up every word of this novel and find it be one of her very best.
I can’t recommend it enough which is why it made my list of best romance novels of 2022!
*I received an advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.
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