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Fast Forward Friday: How Not to Fall in Love, 12/21/21

Hey y’all! In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I like to use Fridays to look forward to an upcoming release that I’m excited about! Today’s is How Not To Fall in Love by Jacqueline Firkins!
Expected Release: December 21, 2021

Why wait on this one?

  • This is SO FULL OF TROPES. Just ready yourself for this list. First up is the ol’ opposites attract with this pairing of the love cynic and the one who perpetually is meeting “The One.” Our sunshine and grump duo is ready to go!
  • Fake dating, boy does that ever delight me! It makes me feel like a fairy godmother meddling as I make every situation romantic and surprising and lovely, and watch the little sparkle in their eyes as they realize what they thought they’d never realize.
  • And to top if off, friends to more than here. I love a solid relationship built on an existing like of each other. The history adds such a weight to it, but a comfortable one, like those weighted blankets.


Harper works in her mom’s wedding shop, altering dresses for petulant and picky brides who are more focused on hemlines than love. After years of watching squabbles break out over wedding plans, Harper thinks romance is a marketing tool. Nothing more. Her best friend Theo is her opposite. One date and he’s already dreaming of happily ever afters. He also plays the accordion, makes chain mail for Ren Festers, hangs out in a windmill-shaped tree house, cries over rom-coms, and takes his word-of-the-day calendar very seriously.
When Theo’s shocked to find himself nursing his umpteenth heartbreak, Harper offers to teach him how not to fall in love. Theo agrees to the lessons, as long as Harper proves she can date without falling in love. As the lessons progress and Theo takes them to heart, Harper has a harder time upholding her end of the bargain. She’s also checking out her window to see if Theo’s home from his latest date yet. She’s even watching rom-coms. If she confesses her feelings, she’ll undermine everything she’s taught him. Or was he the one teaching her?


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