cover image He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Aimee Brown. Boldwood, $16.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-80426-807-0

Brown (Love Notes) delivers a funny and touching friends-to-lovers tale with considerable heart. After Hollyn’s longtime boyfriend dumps her, cheats her out of money, and proposes to another woman, she flees Seattle for Oregon, returning to the comfort of her pop-star mother, physician father, annoying little brother, River, and the boy next door, Dax, River’s formerly nerdy, now smoking hot best friend. Florist Dax’s longtime crush on Hollyn immediately reemerges, though he’s hesitant to admit his feelings. Then Dax’s cousin secretly enters him in a reality competition series about flower arranging, and he asks Hollyn—who’s desperate for a job—to step in as his assistant. Love soon blooms, but both worry about how River will react when he finds out. Dax’s sensitivity and clear love for Hollyn will melt readers’ hearts while Hollyn’s growing pains as she searches for a new life path are well rendered. Strictly PG but thoroughly heart tugging, this sweet rom-com is sure to put a smile on romance fans’ faces. (Self-published)