Published by Cipher-Naught on April 12, 2022
Genres: contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Winnifred Gobaldi and Byron Visser are not best friends.
Yes, they’ve known each other for years, but they’re not even friendly. Winnie considers them more like casual, distant acquaintances who find each other barely tolerable, especially when he's being condescending (which is all the time).
The truth is, they have nothing in common. She’s a public school science teacher with stars in her eyes, and he’s a pretentious, joyless double PhD turned world-famous bestselling fiction author. She loves sharing her passion for promulgating women in STEM careers and building community via social media, and he eschews all socialization, virtual or otherwise. She’s looking for a side hustle to help pay down a mountain of student debt, and his financial portfolio is the stuff of fiduciary wet dreams. So why are they faking a #bestfriend relationship for millions of online spectators?
When a simple case of tit-for-tat trends between nonfriends leads to a wholly unexpected kind of pretend, nothing is simple. Sometimes, it takes a public audience to reveal the truth of private feelings, and rarely—very rarely—you should believe what you see online.
Ten Trends to Seduce Your Bestfriend is a full-length, complete standalone, adult contemporary romantic comedy.
Ten trends to Seduce your Bestfriend is a new adult contemporary romance by Penny Reid. Penny has long been at the top of my favorite romance authors, because her books are the epitome of “smart romance”. She writes characters that I love, with witty banter, amazing slow burn chemistry and the romance payoff is always top notch. And I am happy to report that Ten Trends to Seduce your Bestfriend was everything I wanted it to be and more. I loved this book.
In Ten Trends, we meet our main characters Winnie and Byron. Winnie is a teacher with a popular science tik tok presence and Byron is a famous author who is a total social media recluse. Oh yea, and Winnie and Byron hate each other…at least they do from Winnie’s perspective. So when Winnie is trying to get a fancy new job, she is convinced that she needs to try and grow her social media channel, and she decides to rope her crush into helping her channel go viral. Together they decide to do a whole bunch of “best friends” challenges, but through a comedy of errors a video of Winnie and Byron gets posted instead and goes viral. I bet you can guess where the book goes from there.
Penny Reid writes such compulsively readable stories and characters. I just can’t get enough of her books. I fell in love with Winnie and Byron, and I did not want their story to end. They are just way too adorable. I loved watching them film their videos, and hang out. This book was one of the best romances I have read this year. It is perfect for fans of the Love Hypothesis. If you have not yet experienced the magic of a Penny Reid romance, you are really missing out. She is the best and one of my favorite authors.