Previously appeared in the e-book anthology Five Golden Rings.

USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret revisits her Wallflower Wedding series with a delightful tale of friends-to-lovers, just in time for Christmas.

Penelope Rutledge longs for passion, but only with the man of her dreams: the brilliant, dashing Ethan Weatherstone. If only her longtime neighbor would open his eyes and realize how much she loves him. If only they weren’t best friends with so much at stake. Penelope knows her future—and their friendship—is in her hands, but is she willing to take the biggest risk of all on the man she loves?

If it were up to Ethan, life and love would be as predictable as the figures in his ledgers—certainly nothing like the adventures Penelope longs for. Yet his childhood friend has grown into a beautiful, feisty woman blissfully unaware of the danger she causes when near. Ethan knows he must save Penelope and her reputation … but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?
November 25, 2014  |  96 pages
(Read from Apr 14, 2018 to Apr 15, 2018)
Grade: B+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 90% Entertainment, 10% Literature
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This was a really tight novella about two neighbors who have been close friends their whole lives, but who are coming up to that point where they need to decide if they're going to risk their comfortable, safe routine to reach for even greater happiness. I particularly liked that the heroine has been low-key pining for years and is fed up and ready to do what she has to do to not waste away because her beau can't get his shit together. Thankfully, he does, & it's SO satisfying.  (+1 vote)