To get over being dumped, Lola McBride crashes a high school reunion looking for a rebound fling. Instead, she finds Luke Erickson who convinces her to pretend to be his girlfriend at his family reunion. Who said reunions had to be zero fun in this sweet romantic comedy releasing June 2018 from Kerri Carpenter and Entangled Publishing!
Title: Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend
Author: Kerri Carpenter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 11, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Publishing – Lovestruck
It wasn’t shy librarian Lola McBride’s idea to crash someone else’s high school reunion. Her best friend made her do it, insisting that having a little fun with a super-hot rebound would make her forget about her recent breakup. That’s when she meets the hottest guy she’s ever seen.
Architect Luke Erickson had no idea attending his ten-year reunion would turn out to be so fun. He catches the sexy brunette in a lie, and he counters with a proposal—He’ll keep her secret if she helps get his family off his back by pretending to be his girlfriend at an upcoming family reunion.
From one reunion to another, Lola and Luke are suddenly spending a lot of time together. Good thing they’re only pretending, or this super-secret relationship could get really complicated.
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“If you’re not Kelli Martindale, who exactly are you? And why lie?”
Then the whole story came tumbling out.
“The thing is, my boyfriend broke up with me last week, and I’ve been kinda bummed about it. So my roommate had this crazy, stupid idea. She thought I should have some fun by coming here and crashing the reunion.”
Luke blinked. “You didn’t graduate with me?”
“No, not technically.”
“Are you even a librarian?”
“Yes, that’s one hundred percent true. Oh God, are you going to tell?”
“Depends. I have one more question for you.” He’d made his voice as serious as he could. “What’s your real name?”
Her shoulders dropped in relief. “Lola. Lola McBride.”
“Anything else I should know?”
“I’m twenty-six. I don’t usually do things like this.” She took a deep breath. “I’m clean, neat, and I can bake a pretty good chocolate cake. I say I’m going to a body pump class at the gym sometimes, but really, I go to Target and buy a bunch of useless stuff from the dollar bins.”
“I love to read. My favorite book is Wuthering Heights, although I read every genre of fiction. Especially romance novels.” She blushed. “I mean, not the super dirty ones.” A wrinkle formed on her forehead. “Okay, I read the super dirty ones too. I love them. Don’t judge me. But I also donate to the local animal shelter. And I’m afraid of colonial people. I’m totally boring, really.”
Luke didn’t have the answers to the universe but he did know that boring was something that Lola McBride wasn’t.
“You must think I’m insane.”
Quite the opposite. He hadn’t met many women like her, and he was curious as hell. He was about to say so when his phone started vibrating again. He saw another text message.
This one was from his sister, Gwen. Mom said you are bringing a date to our reunion. True? False?
False. I’m not bringing anyone.
Oh well. I have this friend I’d love to fix you up with….
“Sorry. It’s my crazy family.”
It was official—his family was driving him mad. Why couldn’t they just back off? It was bad enough that he was going to have to go to his family reunion next weekend, but to have this kind of pressure about a date…
That’s when an idea started to form. He eyed Lola. She was clutching her basket of Jane Austen books against her chest, looking nervous. Did she really think he cared that she’d lied and crashed his high school reunion? He actually thought it was pretty funny.
“I’m really sorry I lied to you,” she said. She glanced down at the basket. “I know I’m taking this basket away from someone who actually went to school here and…”
“Here’s the deal, Lola,” he said, interrupting her. “I won’t reveal your identity tonight. You can keep your Jane Austen basket and no one will be the wiser.”
She blew out a sigh of relief. “Really? Ohmigod, you’re amazing.”
“But you have to do me a favor in return.”
He flipped his phone over in his hands. “Come to my family reunion next weekend and be my pretend girlfriend.”
Award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter writes contemporary romances that are sweet, sexy, and sparkly. When she’s not writing, Kerri enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) rescued poodle mix, Harry. Visit Kerri at her website, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to her newsletter.