Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Publication date: April 20th 2023
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Bookworm (buk-werm): Someone who loves books, reading, and/or studying. For reference, see Charlotte Kent.
Seventeen-year-old Charlotte Kent likes happy endings. Not that she’s looking for one herself. Awkward, never been kissed, and bookish to the core, Lottie would rather read about love than experience it.
But she enjoys helping others find their HEA in books.
Lottie loves working at the library…even if it means running into Bo Stryker.
Broody, athletic, and unfairly attractive when he frowns, Bo works at the flower shop across the street. Lottie is about to get rejected…when surprisingly, Bo steps in, pretends to be her boyfriend, and steals her first kiss.
One viral video later, everyone thinks they’re together.
Bo wants to keep pretending. Lottie wants to make amends—long story short: she was on a ladder; he startled her; the book slap was an accident.
A fake relationship may be the solution. But as they grow closer, Lottie can’t help falling for Bo—which is a disaster because grumpy sunshine only works in fiction…right?
This book features two opposites with undeniable chemistry, one lovable librarian, so many stolen kisses and answers the question:
What happens when a nerd falls for the grump-next-door?
“You enjoy spying on people, Kent?”
I nearly jumped at the sound of his voice.
Taking a deep breath, I slowly closed my locker door—and looked up into the eyes of Bo Stryker.
I hadn’t even heard him approach. He was obviously light on his feet—which was saying something because Bo was a big guy. I’d been avoiding him all day. Literally, this morning when I was leaving the house, I pretended not to hear him call my name from next door and sped out before he could flag me down. I could’ve been listening to earbuds, right? Then at school, I’d surreptitiously checked around corners before walking the halls, hoping to avoid exactly this. But now, Bo was standing with one shoulder pressed against the locker beside mine, his brow furrowed.
“Why are you smiling?” he asked.
“A smile is an excellent way to improve an awkward situation,” I said. “Or at least, that’s what I read once.”
Bo’s jaw ticked.
Gripping my books to my chest, I added, “It may also be a defense mechanism. I laugh at inappropriate times, smile when I’m nervous. That kind of thing.”
“I make you nervous,” he said.
“One hundred percent,” I said back. There was no use lying. My cheeks were starting to hurt I was smiling so hard.
Bo, on the other hand, looked like he was gritting his teeth.
about the author
Cookie O’Gorman Bio: Cookie O’Gorman writes YA & NA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her novels ADORKABLE, NINJA GIRL, The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder, The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad, The Kissing Challenge (YA novella), WALLFLOWER, CUPCAKE, and FAUXMANCE are out now! She is also the author of NA sports romances The Best Mistake, The Perfect Play, and The Sweetest Game. Her newest release BOOKWORM came out on April 20, 2023!