Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend

Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend

by Kerri Carpenter

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ISBN-13: 9781640635593
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/11/2018
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 213
Sales rank: 111,336
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kerri Carpenter began writing in her grandmother’s kitchen at the age of seven in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Georgetown University, and working at The Washington Post and several nonprofit organizations, she began her freelance writing career. Happy endings called to her so she turned her focus to romantic fiction. She enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) poodle mix, Harry.

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CHAPTER 1

"Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping."

-Blanche Devereaux

"Everything you need to know about life you can learn by watching The Golden Girls."

Lola raised an eyebrow at her best friend and roommate. Frankie meant well, but sometimes it took a little time and patience to figure out exactly what she was talking about.

"I'm serious," Frankie said after she snagged the carton of double-chocolate fudge ice cream they were currently sharing.

One carton, two spoons, a Ryan Gosling movie marathon with your best friend. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday getting over a breakup. Of course, a better way to spend a Saturday would be hanging out with your boyfriend. Well, if he didn't just dump you for someone younger, prettier, and more fun.

"I know you're serious, Frankie, and I am well aware of your love affair with reruns of The Golden Girls. But I thought we were talking about me and all my lameness."

"You're not lame, Lola. I wouldn't be friends with you if you were. You got dumped."

"Thanks for reminding me." She shoveled a large spoonful of ice cream in her mouth.

"Let me finish. You got dumped and The Golden Girls are going to help you feel better. Trust me. Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia know all."

Lola rolled her eyes. She couldn't help it. "Oh really. And just what would they say to make me feel better about Mark?"

"Mark is a douche. And anyway, it's not what they would say to you. It's what they would do. They have all the answers to the problems of the world."

Curious, Lola put her spoon and the now empty ice cream carton on the coffee table and turned to give her friend her full attention. After she paused Crazy, Stupid, Love first, of course.

Always dramatic, Frankie sat up straight, flipped her curly auburn hair over her shoulder, and took a deep breath. "Okay, so, think about it. The Golden Girls know how to live life. Number one. Get a great roommate."

Frankie shimmied her shoulders and made a kissy face. Lola laughed.

"Obviously, you already have that one down," Frankie said. "Next," she said, holding up two fingers, "cheesecake makes everything better. Third ..." "If you tell me to start dating every guy I meet like Blanche or your next sentence starts with 'Picture it ... Sicily', I'm going to throw up."

It was Frankie's turn to laugh. "No. Although, Blanche may have been on to something. She loved her body, she was confident, and she enjoyed dating. Hmm, all things you don't possess."

"Shut up." Lola threw a pillow at her.

She did enjoy dating. Lola preferred being in a committed relationship to randomly hooking up. As a homebody, her preference was to spend the night with her boyfriend cooking together and binging Netflix rather than getting hammered at a bar and making idle chitchat with some douchey guy who smelled like beer and wore too much aftershave.

Frankie, on the other hand, loved going out. She was always the first to try a new bar or get them VIP passes to the hottest club. Frankie was an expert flirter, and men always seemed to flock to her. If she wanted, she could be out with any of the twenty guys who'd snapped her in the last week. All she had to do was bat her pretty eyelashes. Even when she broke up with someone, he was still enamored with her. She was almost to the friend limit on Facebook. Basically, she was Lola's polar opposite.

Although ... there was something covetable about Frankie's love life. Lola saw it as almost freeing. Frankie was always smiling and laughing. Everyone loved her, and she was the life of the party. Not that Lola didn't have friends and a life. She did. It was just a small, quiet life.

She glanced at Frankie and saw the determination on her face. Lola wasn't getting out of this conversation.

"I'm sure there's some point to all of this," Lola said. "Why don't you just get to it?"

"My point is that you are bummed because Mark dumped you."

"I know this already, Francesca."

Frankie stuck her tongue out at the use of her full name. "Mark was a loser, and you need to get back out there and have some fun. Life is too short. You're young, you're smart, you're totally gorgeous."

Lola caught a glimpse of her reflection in the window behind the couch. Her long brown hair probably needed a trim, although she liked how her bangs had grown out to that perfect length and touched the tip of the black glasses she absolutely needed to wear. Frankie always said her light-blue eyes were so pretty and how she should lose the glasses. But Lola had tried contacts, and glasses were more comfortable. Besides, as a librarian, she was constantly staring at books and computer screens. Contacts tended to dry up and become itchy by the end of the workday.

"I know what you're thinking, Lola Susan McBride. You're going to tell me that you're not gorgeous, even though you have the body of a Victoria's Secret model. Damn you," she added for good measure.

"Oh please," Lola said with one last look at her reflection. She was plain and boring. If she really resembled a model, Mark wouldn't have broken up with her. Well, probably not.

"And it's time for you to take that bangin' body out there, dress it up in provocative clothes, have some fun, and find a super-hot rebound guy."

"You know I'm not going to do any of that. Besides, I wouldn't even know how. Or where to go."

Frankie's eyes were practically sparkling. "Well ... you could do speed dating."

Lola scrunched up her nose.

Frankie laughed. "Okay, that's out. We could barhop next weekend. Ooh, you could go back on Tinder or Bumble."

Lola groaned. Like most single people, she'd tried online dating. She'd been on a fair amount of dates and even had a relationship with someone from OKCupid for a couple months. But she'd also been stood up twice, suffered through a date with a man she was pretty sure was batting for the other team, and received three dick pics.

The idea of returning to that Pandora's box of fun? No thank you.

"Lola, you have to put yourself out there. It's a numbers game. The more men you meet, the better your chances of finding someone."

"But I don't know how to do that," Lola whined.

"I do," Frankie said in a singsong voice. "And so do Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia."

"Are we back to that?"

"We never left. Didn't you see the episode where they crashed someone else's high school reunion?"

Because of Frankie's love of The Golden Girls, Lola had seen pretty much every episode at least three times. "Doesn't Dorothy become ... wait a minute. You're not suggesting we crash a high school reunion?"

Frankie's grin spread from ear to ear.

Lola jumped up and shook her head. "No, no, no."

Frankie joined her off the couch. "Yes, yes, yes. And I know just the high school."

"It better not be one of the high schools here in Arlington."

"As a matter of fact, Kennedy is having their ten-year reunion tonight."

"Nope, uh-uh."

"Kennedy is the perfect school. There were like two thousand kids in each class. No way did everyone know each other. We'll wait until the reunion has started, grab a nametag off the table, and then blend right in."

"Don't those nametags belong to alums attending their reunion?" Not that Lola was actually considering this ludicrous plan.

Frankie shook her head. "I know someone on the reunion committee at Kennedy."

Of course she did.

"They said they print out badges for every classmate whether they've RSVP'd or not. Come on, Lola. There's nothing to lose."

"How about my respect? My dignity?"

"Who cares about those things? We are going to live it up and find you a hottie." Frankie clapped her hands excitedly. "You're going to have so much fun. Especially after the makeover I'm about to give you."

"Um, I haven't said yes yet."

When Lola took in Frankie's determined expression, she knew it didn't matter. Whether she liked it or not, she was going to a reunion. And it wasn't her own.

Two hours later, they stood outside Kennedy High School. Lola had been plucked, teased, and made over in every way imaginable. She was wearing one of Frankie's blue dresses that was about six inches too short, although Frankie insisted she show off her legs. She had to admit that her makeup did look good. The colors Frankie used brought out the blue in her eyes, and she loved the pink lipstick from Frankie's collection.

"You look amazing, Lola. There's still time to lose the glasses though."

"No way." That was the one place where Lola had to put her foot down.

"Fine, the glasses just add to the whole sexy librarian vibe."

Lola groaned. "You know I hate that stereotype. It's clichéd."

"And true. I mean, my God. Look at you. I'd totally make out with you in the stacks."

"Shut up." But she laughed as she said it.

They turned to take in the large high school. People were milling about, and they could already hear music filtering out from the gym.

"Looks like our reunion is in full swing." Frankie wiggled her eyebrows. "Let's go Bears!"

Lola rolled her eyes. "They're the Bobcats."

"Oh, whatever. I can't wait to get inside and see all of our friends from high school."

Lola shook her head as Frankie linked their arms and dragged her toward the door. "You are ridiculous."

Lola sighed. She had a feeling she wasn't going to like this. Even if Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia had been there with her. She wasn't going to like this one bit.

* * *

Luke had a feeling he wasn't going to like this.

Going to his ten-year high school reunion wasn't his idea of a good time, but he'd promised some friends he would make it. Since he'd recently returned to Arlington, Virginia, after stints in both San Francisco and New York, he had no excuse. His old high school was only four miles from his current condo.

It wasn't like he hadn't enjoyed high school. In fact, Luke had a great time playing baseball, being goofy with his friends, and, of course, dating. He'd been one person in a very large class with his pick of beautiful dates.

He pushed through the front doors and made his way toward the gym. Ten years later and he could still navigate these hallways with his eyes closed. The place smelled the same, like pencil erasers and heavy-duty cleaner. Although, everything seemed smaller somehow.

Right outside the gym, he saw a long table set up with about a million nametags. He smiled at the two women manning the table, found his nametag, and made his way into the gym.

Already a good number of people were on the dance floor, moving to a song from their senior year of high school. Luke imagined the whole night would be filled with old-school songs and memories of yesteryear. Fine by him. While this wasn't exactly his favorite way to spend a Saturday night, he was looking forward to catching up with some of his friends. Speaking of, he saw one of his buddies making his way toward him.

"Ryan, great to see you." The two grabbed hands and pulled each other in for a brisk man-hug.

"You too, man. Wasn't sure you'd make it. You seemed kind of down on the reunion."

Luke shrugged. "You know how it is. It will be great to see the old crew. But the rest of these people ..." He gestured around the gym that was becoming more packed by the second.

"I hear ya. Who the hell are all these people?" Ryan laughed.

They caught up for a few more minutes and were joined by more guys from their crew, Tyler, Jamal, and Oliver, who brought beers for all of them. Luke had to admit that it was nice to catch up. He was already laughing more than he had since returning to Arlington.

"So, what made you move back?" Jamal asked.

"He missed me so much he just had to come home," Oliver said.

Oliver had been his best friend since kindergarten. And he had missed him over the years, not that he'd admit that out loud.

Luke tipped his beer back and took a long slug. "Got a great job."

"Luke Evans, architect. Who would have thought it?"

"Yeah," Tyler added. "What happened to that whole professional baseball career?"

"Dick." Luke punched him on the arm. "And what happened to your dream of being a ballerina?"

"Now who's the dick," Tyler said, and the other three guys all laughed.

"Language, language."

Luke turned to see a petite blonde saunter over with a big smile and eyes that were clearly only made for Tyler. She wrapped her arm around him.

"Everyone, this is my fiancé, Lacey. Lacey, these are the guys."

"Ah yes, the guys. Of course." She smiled. "I've heard a lot about you."

"I saw it on Facebook and I read your group text, but I still can't believe you're taking the plunge," Luke said.

"You should try it. Water's nice and warm. It's not a bad life. Having someone to come home to every night."

Oliver snorted. "Yeah, right. It's only been ten years since high school and already you forgot how averse Luke is to dating."

"Hey, hey, hey. I am not averse to dating. I love dating. I love women. I just don't do commitment. Never have. Never will."

As the guys laughed, Luke took a moment to peruse the gym. He recognized a person here or there. He liked that the reunion committee had blown up different photos from their high school yearbook and hung them around the room.

His phone vibrated in his pocket. Pulling it out, he rolled his eyes at the text message from his sister Mia.

Why haven't you asked Gretchen out yet?

Luke stifled the sigh that wanted to surface. He had three sisters. All three of them had jobs and busy lives, and yet they really seemed to enjoy spending their time trying to set up him. Coupled with their mother, the whole family wanted to see Luke married off.

He quickly typed back, I've been busy at work.

Mia made quick work with her reply. If you had a serious girlfriend you wouldn't work so much.

Luke loved work. He loved to date, too. What he didn't love was being pressured to ask some woman out who would then expect him to fall into a serious relationship. Before he knew it, he would be spending his Saturdays shopping for window treatments. There would be Sunday brunches in Adams Morgan and game night with other couples. He'd have to plan a Virginia winery trip and a weekend at a bed and breakfast in Annapolis. Next would come meeting the family followed by sharing holidays. Next thing he knew, he was married, tied down, getting a dog — not that he would mind the dog — and then came two-point-five children and a minivan. Luke did not do minivans. No thank you.

At the same time, he hated men who played with women, so he made a point of being as upfront as possible. He always explained that he wasn't looking for anything serious. Luke thought this was an admirable trait. Apparently, when word made it back to his sisters, they just tried harder to fix him up with someone new.

He rolled his shoulders. He didn't want to think about his sisters or their feeble attempts to penetrate his casual, carefree existence. Luckily, he spotted a large table with food in the back of the room. He excused himself from his friends and made his way toward it. Just as he was about to pop one of those delicious little Swedish meatballs into his mouth, he froze.

At the table next to him, he spotted the back of a gorgeous brunette in a super-short blue dress. The reunion committee was already hard at work raising money for their fifteen-year reunion — something he couldn't even wrap his mind around — by holding a raffle. There were baskets and items throughout the gym. The hot brunette was checking out a basket with a bunch of old-looking books in it.

She was probably about five-four or five-five, with long, shapely legs that disappeared into the short hem of that killer dress. From the back, she had a perfect hourglass figure. His mouth watered more than it had when he'd spotted the meatballs. Plus, all that long hair.

Her friend sauntered up to her then and noticed him checking her out.

Uh-oh, busted.

Luke tried to appear interested in the food once again, as the hot brunette's friend elbowed her and then whispered something. He pretended to study the large bowl of spinach artichoke dip while he strained to overhear the women's conversation, which seemed to be a bit of an argument. The only words he caught were hot guy, over there, give me, and he thought glasses. Then he was absolutely positive he heard one of them say The Golden Girls.

But before he could process that, the hot brunette spun around. It seemed like she may have been pushed. He didn't care, though, when he took in her gorgeous face. Pouty lips painted a vibrant pink, high cheekbones, and flawless skin. Plus, he was a sucker for women who had those bangs. There was something intriguing and mysterious about it.

(Continues…)


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Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
WLRagan More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Lola is just coming out of a bad break up that shattered her self confidence. Her best friend Frankie, who gets all her life wisdom from the Golden Girls, talks her into crashing a class reunion. Frankie assures her the class was big enough no one will even notice them. Lola crashes into Luke instead. He realizes after talking to her that she isn't who she claims. Lola is worried about getting in trouble so agrees to go to Luke's family reunion as his fake girlfriend in exchange for his silence. Having no family of her own Lola quickly falls in love with Luke's. One date and done is all it is supposed to be, but they have to spend the week before getting to know each other. This is a fun, easy read. You know from the beginning you will get your happily ever after and enjoy watching Luke and Lola figure it out. I liked Frankie and that she isn't afraid to push Lola a little bit to help her find happy. Luke's sister are great and would be fun to read their stories. If you are looking for a nice, light and happy read I recommend Her Super Secret Rebound Boyfriend.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Luke and Lola - what a great match between two people who had exactly what the other needed. My heart definitely went out to both of them. For Lola because she was all alone in this world and for Luke because he felt he could not trust getting close to others. I thoroughly enjoyed their story - them getting to know each other and still a little hesitant despite the sweet attraction. I laughed out loud at a couple of scenes between Lola and Frankie as well as with Luke's family. Throw in quotes from a favorite classic TV show and this story is golden. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Luke and Lola - what a great match between two people who had exactly what the other needed. My heart definitely went out to both of them. For Lola because she was all alone in this world and for Luke because he felt he could not trust getting close to others. I thoroughly enjoyed their story - them getting to know each other and still a little hesitant despite the sweet attraction. I laughed out loud at a couple of scenes between Lola and Frankie as well as with Luke's family. Throw in quotes from a favorite classic TV show and this story is golden. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Luke and Lola - what a great match between two people who had exactly what the other needed. My heart definitely went out to both of them. For Lola because she was all alone in this world and for Luke because he felt he could not trust getting close to others. I thoroughly enjoyed their story - them getting to know each other and still a little hesitant despite the sweet attraction. I laughed out loud at a couple of scenes between Lola and Frankie as well as with Luke's family. Throw in quotes from a favorite classic TV show and this story is golden. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Looking for a way to lighten the mood. Kerri Carpenter always delivers. Who needs to look for love, if it's destined to find you? Lola and Luke begin as a fluke and work their way up to forever. With multiple mishaps along the way. Her Super - Secret Rebound Boyfriend is the perfect cure to heal a broken heart. Chaos, laughter and happily ever after.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Her Super-Secret Rebound Boyfriend by Kerri Carpenter is a sweet cute romantic story of a fake romance that turns into the real thing. Lola McBride, our heroine, is a shy librarian, who is coming off a break up and her roommate, Frankie convinces her that she needs to get out and have some fun. After much convincing, they end up at a high school reunion (not their school) using names of those not attending. Lola spots a hot looking guy, who approaches her. Luke Erickson, our hero, attends the reunion only because his friends put him on the spot. When he spies a beautiful girl, Luke decides to introduce himself and in a short time, Lola’s gig is up, as Luke used to date the girl’s name she took. However, Luke thinks it’s funny, and says he will keep her secret, if she will do a favor for him. Luke wants no permanent relationships in his life, as he is haunted by his father leaving him and his family years before; he never wants to allow himself feel the hurt again. His family (mother & 3 sisters), are very close and loyal, but they drive him crazy, pressuring him to find a girl to marry. Luke tells Lola he would like her to be his pretend girlfriend at his upcoming family’s reunion. Lola though not liking to lie agrees to help Luke. What follows is a cute, fun story, as Luke and Lola begin to spend time going out to dinner, so they learn more about each of their lives for their pretend romance; which includes about Luke’s father & Lola having no family left. When they attend the reunion, Lola finds herself loving being around Luke’s family, who welcome her with open arms. When the reunion is over, instead of ending things, Luke and Lola find they are both attracted to each other. Soon another visit to Luke’s house has Lola feeling like part of the family, and Luke feeling things he refused to acknowledge. But his relationship fears are deep rooted. Will Lola and Luke find a way to stay together? As I said above, this story was a cute, fun and a fast read. I thoroughly enjoyed Lola and Luke, as well as his family. Frankie, her best friend, was a fanatic of the Golden Girls television show, and used many things from that show throughout the story. Her Super- Secret Rebound Boyfriend was a refreshing and charming read. This is my first book by Kerri Carpenter, and I will be looking out for more books from her.
Susanmc81 More than 1 year ago
Lola has been dumped by her boyfriend. Lola’s roommate Frankie feels that all of life’s problems can be solved by gleaning the wisdom from The GoldenGirls. Frankie suggests that Lola can her over her ex by going to a random high school reunion ala Blanche, Dorothy and Rose. They go to the reunion, where Lola meets Luke. Luke is a afraid of commitment due to abandonment issues. He convinces Lola to pretend to be his girlfriend at his family reunion to get his mother and sisters off his back. Classic set up for love. As a fan of The Golden Girls, I enjoyed how they integrated lessons from the show to Lola’s life. The characters were sweet, I enjoyed the secondary characters as well. What kept this from being a five star review was the plot was a little thin, and the romance seemed a bit rushed. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a sweet, heart-touching, lighthearted, and hot romance then this book is perfect for you. It's such a great story, written in a way that it will keep you interested from the very beginning until the end. Also I loved all the characters; Lola, Luke, as well as all the side characters are amazing. I really enjoyed this cute story which made me laugh at times and sigh at others. Lola's boyfriend broke up with her and she is a mess. So, to cheer her up her roommate decides to crash a high school reunion... One thing led to the other and Lola finds herself agreeing to become someone's pretend girlfriend. What seems like a good idea and the time soon turns into something she will live to regret... Luke finds Lola attractive. She is such a gorgeous woman and has no idea about it. While talking to her he suddenly comes up with this insane idea... Why not ask her to be his pretend girlfriend? That way he can get rid of his family's constant pestering and also will get to spend more time with her. However, he fears that he might end up biting more than he could chew.... I really enjoyed reading Lola and Luke's story. They've perfect chemistry and their story is quite romantic. It was a quick read for me. I'd definitely recommend this book to romance lovers.
belllla More than 1 year ago
Short but funny, sweet, hot amazing love story and don't forget the Golden Girls. I loved the story and how Lola and Luke met. Loved both of them, they are both great characters, developed and funny, interesting and both with mommy/daddy issues, that could mess their relationship. This type of story I loved to read, with heart and soul and all the funny, witty dialogues, the romantic end and hot action between the sheets. Recommended! I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Super cute fun read. Luke is determined never to fall in love. He's seen how bad things can be when they don't work out. Lola is a forever kind of girl. She wants it all. A great guy who adores her, kids, a loving family. These two would never work long term so Luke things he'll be safe asking her to pose as his girlfriend to keep his family off his back. There's a family reunion coming up and he just can't face all the questions he'll get bombarded with. Too bad his stupid heart didn't get the "don't get involved" memo. This is a very well written story and Luke and Lola will steal your heart. I highly recommend this one.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, quick read that I just loved. All Lola wants is a family of her own, but has an uncanny knack of picking losers. Luke is never going to be in a relationship as he doesn't trust them. They meet when Lola and her friend crash Luke's high school reunion. This novel is peppered with so much wisdom from The Golden Girls that it could have been called the gospel according to The Golden Girls.....Frankie (Lola's friend), uses the show to guide her decisions and to nudge Lola in the right direction. This book made me smile and laugh, while hoping for Lola to get her HEA. Fans of the genre will love this book and its out just in time to be the perfect beach read.
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
Super-Cute. A fake relationship grows into the real thing but will Luke let his fear of emulating his father destroy his future happiness? Loved this story and the characters, both major and minor. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.