Everyone knows not to fall in love with your best friend.

But when your best friend is Michael Becker, it’s impossible not to.

He’s everything our town knows a Becker brother to be: devastatingly handsome, charming as a thief, and the icing on the cake — a sentimental musician who’s never without his guitar.

And he was mine. At least, that’s what I’d convinced myself.

Our bond was born in elementary school, strengthened by circumstance and the promise to always be there for each other, no matter what. And the best thing about my life was being friends with Michael Becker.

Until it was the worst.

I watched him fall in love with someone else, and helped patch him back up when she left him behind. But when he drops the bomb that he’s moving to New York, I realize it’s my last chance to tell him how I feel. And I ask him to make one more promise.

One summer. One list of adventures to remind him that our small town has more to offer than memories of the girl who left him behind.

One last chance to tell him I’m in love with him.

And I’m just dumb enough to believe that maybe he could love me, too.

My Review: 5 stars

If you know me, you know I usually don’t go for the super sweet, loving romance books. I like some grit and some darkness. But…. this book was totally not that. This book was sweet and loving and heart-touching and wonderful.

Kylie and Michael (Mikey) have best friends since they were 8 years old. They spent every day together until Mikey got a girlfriend in high school. When that girl up and left Mikey, he was devastated, but Kylie was there to put his pieces back together.

But when Mikey announces that he is going to move to New York, Kylie’s world gets turned upside down. Why? She is secretly in love with her best friend and he doesn’t know it.

Kylie plans a summer of adventure for him, a summer to remind him why he loves their town and why he should stay.

Mikey starts to realize that Kylie isn’t the same Kylie he grew up with. That she is now a woman and wonders how me missed the change.

As Kylie and Mikey start getting closer than just friends, a bomb will drop.

Will Mikey make the right decision?

Will Kylie understand his decision?

What will happen once that decision is made?


Kandi is great at writing love stories. You can tell that she puts her heart and soul into her stories.

Watching Kylie and Mikey grow over the summer in this book was great. You got to see their characters develop and you got to see them form a bond like they had never had before.

Now to wait for Jordan’s book.

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About the Author:


Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.



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