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Wallflower by Cookie O’Gorman

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Wallflower (wohl-flou-erh): Identifier for someone who is shy and/or awkward. For reference, see Viola Kent.

Seventeen-year-old Viola Kent likes being invisible. Well, not literally, but she’s content being a loner, reading her books, and hanging out with the animals at the shelter. She just wants to keep her head down and get through her senior year at Durham High.

Driving Dare Frost to school every day wasn’t part of the plan. And when Viola finds out her dad recruited Dare, his number one player, to be her friend?  Her inner Slytherin demands revenge. 

The solution: Get Dare to be her fake boyfriend. Convincing the star athlete to pretend is easier than she’d thought it would be. The hard part is protecting her heart. With every word, touch, and kiss, Viola’s feelings become more real.

The problem: Viola knows she’s falling for Dare—but he doesn’t believe in love.

This book features two sets of soulmates, one happy pooch named Hermione, so many sizzling kisses and answers the question:  Can a dork and a jock fake their way to true love?

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Welcome to my spot on Cookie O’Gorman’s Wallflower Book Tour sponsored by YA Bound Book Tours. Well, I’m hooked. I can’t pass up a nerd meets jock story with references to teen romcoms because I am the expert on 80s romcoms…and, yes, I was the nerd with no boyfriends in high school. 

Viola is a loner, a lover of animals, a talented cellist, and the soccer coach’s daughter. When her confession to her crush goes bad, her father interferes in her friendless life and convinces her crush’s best friend and top soccer player, Dare Frost, to be friends with his daughter.  When Dare confesses what her father does, Viola blackmails Dare to become her fake boyfriend to get back at her father.  What could go wrong?

I love Viola’s confidence and freedom to be herself. Though she’s bullied and has no friends, she is not afraid to stand up for herself. Her parents are great role models and are very supportive of her though a little too much sometimes. Dare is a really sweet guy, with just a little naughtiness as Viola’s boss, Paris says. Though Dare’s home life is heartbreaking with two unloving parents who don’t even go to his soccer games, he is very respectful of Viola and makes very sweet gestures for someone who doesn’t believe in love. Come on, he gives her the nickname of Flower. Sigh!!!  And the panty-melting kissing scenes are yummy!

I recommend this fun, charming, and clean YA romance with delightful characters and LOL moments. I couldn’t put this book down.

Thank you to Ms. O’Gorman for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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This had to be a dream, I thought. Either that or a hallucination.

Standing in our driveway, leaning back against my little Honda, hands in his pockets like he was Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles or something, was a guy who knew he looked good even in sweats and a hoodie.

Dare Frost.

His six-foot-three frame dwarfed my car. Dare was the last person I expected to see waiting outside my house on my last first day of high school. I was so surprised it took me a second to find my voice.

But Dare just cocked his head.

“Morning flower,” he said. “Better hurry or we’ll be late.”

I shook myself out of it. “Are you lost?”

“Nope, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.”

“What are you even doing here?” I asked.

“Isn’t it obvious?” He held his hands out, a small smile playing on his lips. “I’m here to bum a ride to school. Speaking of, could you pop the locks?” Dare rubbed his hands together. “It’s a little chilly out here.”

I laughed, couldn’t help it. “Are you crazy? Dare, I’m not taking you to school.”

“Yes, you are.”

“No. I’m not.”

Dare shrugged. “Coach said you would.”

My jaw dropped. “He did what? When? Why?”

“That’s a lot of questions,” he said. “But yeah, your dad and I talked the other day after practice. He said you’d give me a ride because we live so close to each other. Said it would be no problem. I run by your house every morning anyway. Plus, my car’s in the shop for repairs.”

“Didn’t you just get that car?” I asked.

The question made Dare smile for some reason. “You keeping tabs on me, Vi?”

I choked. “What? No!”

“Hey, no worries,” he said. “I’m not mad about it. A lot of girls do it. Just wasn’t aware you were one of them.”


Cookie O'GormanCookie 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 and WALLFLOWER are out now! She is also the author of NA sports romance, The Best Mistake.

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