on February 24, 2020
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Also by this author: Neighbor Dearest, RoomHate, Stepbrother Dearest, When August Ends, Rebel Heart (Rush Series Duet, #2), Rebel Heir (Rush Series Duet, #1), Drunk Dial, Dirty Letters
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.
The beginning of my sophomore year in college was off to a rough start. On the first day of orientation, I had an altercation with an infuriating British dude in a campus bathroom. (The ladies’ room was out of order. So, I used the men’s room. Don’t judge.)I got home later that night and realized that the foreign student we were expecting to rent a room in my parents’ house was allergic to our cat.So, the spare room went to someone else: Caleb—the British guy from the men’s room. And so it began…my love-hate story with Caleb Yates. Or was it hate-love in that order?
The guy knew how to push every one of my buttons. Sometimes I’d email him to express my aggravation and disdain.He’d actually rewrite my own words and send them back to me. That was the type of infuriating person Caleb was.So frustrating.And…Sometimes incredibly funny and endearingly sweet.And hot.
He eventually grew on me, and Caleb soon became one of my best friends that year. Too bad he was headed back to England soon, so nothing could happen between us—for so many reasons. I definitely couldn't fall in love with him, especially since all we had was just one year.
“Not bad for a love story that started in the loo.”
I think we all have in our hearts that kind of authors who can simply do no wrong. Anything they write, we love. Penelope Ward is like that for me. There’s no way I can’t enjoy her stories, even YA, which isn’t usually my top choice for a trope.
Just One Year is the limited time a British guy has in Boston, living with an American family (thanks to Bo Cheng and his Caitlin Jenner allergy 😂). Of course there’s a girl in that family, a girl who is Mensa genius smart, witty and a little closed off.
“Sounds like you seriously have a serious problem with me and a serious overusage of the word serious.”
They start off on the wrong foot, but the whole thing is hysterical, plus he has a no BS policy and calls her out on everything. He’s super observant, so he helps her a lot repair the broken parts.
The chemistry is off the charts, the flirting starts as innocent, but it gets you slow burning until you’re ready to combust.
I adored this story! Again with a roller coaster of emotions, I laughed a lot, I cried, but the whole experience was amazing. It felt like everything happened for a reason and I love putting all those pieces together and admiring the whole picture in the end. It’s a book you don’t want to miss!