Kennedy Walters used to be lucky in love—until tragedy struck. Now she’s come to the lakeside town of Lyra Valley to finally put the past behind her. But while Kennedy’s staying at a local B&B, she is shocked to find herself undeniably drawn to a sweet-talking hometown heartthrob. Kennedy isn’t sure if she’s ready to move on—and yet one look in Aaron Sheppard’s eyes makes her wish he'd make his move.
Aaron returned to Lyra Valley because he was fed up with the big city and everything he was missing: beautiful, down-to-earth girls like Kennedy. Turns out Aaron has more in common with Kennedy than he realized, and suddenly he wonders if he should give her a little space. But after a power outage strands them together, their innocent flirtation turns to intimate conversation. And over the course of a night that neither will ever forget, Aaron and Kennedy learn just how compatible they could be—if only they’d let themselves fall into each other’s arms.
Look for Cassie Mae’s charming All About Love novels:
DOING IT FOR LOVE | NO INTEREST IN LOVE | CRAZY ABOUT LOVE
Praise for Pillowtalk
“Wow, this book! Ow, this book! This book is one of the sweetest that I’ve ever read.”—Reading with the Dark (five stars)
“It is easy to empathize with the characters. I would recommend this as an easy read.”—Linda’s Book Obsession
“I’m running out of ways to say I love [Cassie Mae’s] writing! It just doesn’t get old for me. Her stories have such originality and this one was no different. And the cover is lovely too.”—Celebrity Readers (five stars)
“Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae is a beautifully told romance. . . . I highly recommend it to all.”—Urban Book Reviews (five stars)
“I absolutely loved Pillowtalk! Cassie Mae took a poignant subject and handled it with such delicate ease that I found myself dancing back and forth between tearing up and laughing out loud—and both of those things felt perfectly right in the moment. I will definitely be recommending this book to readers!”—New York Times bestselling author Melanie Shawn
“It takes a skillful hand to write a romance at once achingly sweet and scorchingly sexy, but with Pillowtalk, Cassie Mae’s newest contemporary romance, she’s risen to the challenge and delivers a gorgeous novel about saying farewell to the past and finding the courage to love again.”—New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery
Praise for the novels of Cassie Mae
“Doing It for Love is absolutely one of the best books I’ve read all year. It’s a truly feel-good romance that will make your heart squeeze a million times over.”—USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
“With the sassy, fun and lively No Interest in Love, Cassie Mae delivers an entertaining read.”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde
“Sweet and sexy, funny and heart-wrenching, Crazy About Love is crazy good! I seriously loved this book!”—USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry
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The thoughts she’d been doing so well at keeping at bay started dropping out as soon as her lips parted. “Oh, so that’s how this is going to go, huh? We’re just going to fake pleasantries until everyone comes back?” She snorted. “No thanks.”
The smirk dropped from his face completely, making it look adorable and infuriating all at once. “Uh . . .”
Kennedy turned to face him dead on. “I know I’m a novice when it comes to flirting, but can you really blame me?
It’s been a long time, and I know it was probably weird since I was holding my ex . . . old . . . late boyfriend on my lap, but I wasn’t trying to hit on you. . . . I was only trying to get to know someone, and you seemed polite enough. If you weren’t interested, fine, but don’t give me some excuse that you’re gay and then drive up with another woman in the same afternoon.”
“Um . . . I think you’re confusing—”
“I’m confusing? No. I was pretty blunt, as were you.” Kennedy let out a frustrated sigh, now speaking more to herself than him. “I finally put myself out there and . . . and . . . ooh, I can’t stand a liar. It would’ve been fine if you’d been honest, but I swear, I allow myself to actually be attracted to someone again and the universe pulls this one on me. Of course, who wouldn’t be attracted to someone like you, right? You probably get hit on all the time, and here I am . . . and well, I’m sorry I’m not a fiery redhead with a gorgeous smile, but you could’ve said that you were unavailable. Using homosexuality as an excuse to say no is an insult to all legitimately gay men. Ugh, to think I wanted to spend time with you while I was here.”
Austin settled his hands on hers, which had grown more and more wild as her words spilled out of her. Kennedy wanted to ignore the jolt she felt at his touch, but she couldn’t, and it made her all the more angry.
“Hold up, will ya?” he said, his smile back on his face. She threw him a grimace and ripped her hands away. “I was saying . . . I think you’re confusing me with someone else.”
“Oh please.” She looked him up and down, noting all the things she’d found appealing about him earlier—now all the things she wished she hadn’t. “Do you think I’m an idiot?”
He had the nerve to chuckle. “No. But I do think you ran into my brother at the train station.”
Something drooped in Kennedy’s stomach as she processed his answer. “Brother . . . ?”
“Yeah. Austin, my twin. Who happens to be gay.”
Silence permeated the air between them. Kennedy’s lips stayed parted as if she were trying to catch flies. She studied him, refusing to believe she’d just made a fool of herself twice within a few short hours of being there. There were subtle differences between the Austin from earlier and the Austin now, but they could very well be things she overlooked. Had to be things she overlooked.
She let out a small huff. “The twin ploy. Wow, haven’t met a man with the guts to use that one.”
He grinned. “Only works when it’s the truth.”
“Well, then. What’s your name?” she asked, hoping he’d fumble with finding one. His mouth opened and then his eyes flicked up to the porch.
“Okay . . .” a breathy Chelsea interrupted as she leaned against one of the patio chairs. “I think I have a second to breathe now.” She smiled and straightened, waving her hand out between the two of them. “Aaron . . . this is Kennedy. In case she hasn’t already told you.”
And now Kennedy’s stomach was definitely filled with something very heavy and leadlike. An involuntary grunt floated from her lips as she turned back to him, humiliation dripping down from the tip of her head. Yet the amusement she expected to see in his eyes wasn’t there—instead it was a look of shock . . . and a little sorrow.
“Kennedy . . .” He paused, eyes flicking to just past her elbow into the open passenger door of Daniel’s car.
“Yes,” Chelsea said, stepping down to join them. “Jared’s ex-girlfriend.” Her brow pulled inward as she looked to Kennedy. “Old girlfriend?”
“I’m still trying to figure out the title,” she admitted, hoping her awkward laughter eased the tension instead of making it worse. Austin’s . . . Aaron’s smile started to form again, and he moved his gaze from the urn back to Kennedy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the first time I've read a Cassie Mae book and I have to say, I liked it! The story was well written with like able characters, both main and secondary. The secondary characters were a bit more like able, at least for me, than one of the main characters. I say that ONLY because I'm not a fan of the 'poor me' type angst....or the 'I love my dead boyfriend but am falling in love with his best friend so I have to sabotage any chance of happiness in a new relationship with my stupidness.' type book/story. Which is why I only gave a 4 star rating. Again, it's just my opinion. Aside from all the angst, I liked the story. The writing was solid and had a good flow. I would definitely read another story by Cassie Mae.
Kennedy lost Jared, the love of her life over a year ago. She's brought his ashes, to his hometown, as he requested. She meets Austin on the last part of the train ride. Their conversation is interesting and fun. She is blown away when he says he's gay! Kennedy was only looking for a friend... Impressive fun romantic read. Serious issues are covered in refreshing ways. The story is told realistically and with humor. And sizzle, too! Add a well told story, likeable characters and pleasant characters and you've got a good read! 3 1/2 stars. Voluntarily read an ARC thru Netgalley and publisher, for honest review.
Pillowcase by Cassie Mae.......This was a great book, it is well written with all the feels. I loved Kennedy and Aaron they were great characters and I enjoyed seeing their stories be told. I highly recommend this book, it will definitely have you flipping pages. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
**I received a copy via NetGalley.** Pillowtalk is the first book I've read from this author and it was a good second chance at finding love romance read. Kennedy and Aaron both know what its like to live with regrets. Kennedy's not ready to let go just yet and Aaron's regret for destroying a friendship without ever asking for forgiveness. These two struggle with what they feel for each other for different reasons but they can't deny what they feel. They have to find a way to let go and move on in whichever way they can. I really enjoyed the characters within this story and it was a light romance read. I look forward to reading more books from this author.
Kennedy Walters goes to Lyra Valley to scatter her late boyfriend, Jared's, ashes. She meets Aaron Sheppard shortly after arriving and feels sparks ignite in her body immediately. Aaron is also intrigued by Kennedy but thinks he should stay away because of guilt and the knowledge that Kennedy is still in love with Jared. Kennedy was unable for most of this book to move on and it got really old after a bit. It had been a year since his death and she was unable to still function properly. Both characters had guilt surround them with Jared. Aaron had even more guilt since an incident when he and Aaron graduated high school that he never received forgiveness from Jared for before his passing. Aaron was good at heart and didn't want to intrude on Jared's "girl" and tried to keep his distance. Kennedy was hard to follow at points. She felt attraction to Aaron; wanted him to help her forget for a while and even felt stronger feelings developing for him at points. There was too much second-guessing and inability to make firm decisions for me to really like her. She was in her head so much and she was under some pretty big delusions about love and moving on from death. Her inability to think Jared would want her to be happy and move on was ridiculous at points. When she finally does the dumbest thing she could have, I felt absolutely no sympathy for her at all. She should have owned her feelings and not been a coward. Aaron was completely understanding and too kind to Kennedy at points. I did like parts of this book but, overall, it was too in the character's heads for me to really love it. The second-guessing got old and dragged out too long for me personally. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest opinion.
A book of feels. Holy cow this story was just amazing; Ms. Mae did an outstanding job of bringing the reality of the emotions involved in loss, mourning, letting go and moving on. This is a super sweet and touching read and so full of emotions as we follow along in Kennedy’s journey a year after Jared’s loss. Going to his hometown to complete his final request and spread his ashes, etc., Kennedy meets his boyhood friend, Aaron, and the connection she finds with him will grip you as you are pulled into further into the story and face her struggles as she deals with the conflict she feels over Aaron, her moving forward, and her love over two men. Please note that an ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
This was my first Cassie Mae book and althoughI liked it, to be honest I would go with 3 1/2 stars but I don't know how to put the 1/2 star in. I liked Kennedy and Aaron as people and even as a couple, but her grief and his guilt went on a little too long for my tastes. But who am I to judge and say how long it should take someone to mourn the loss of their love. They both knew and loved Jared and that is what they initially bond over but there is a lot more there for both of them. Jared was Aaron's best friend, until they weren't, all over a woman and that ended their friendship. Now Aaron wishes he had made amends before it was too late. Jared was Kennedy's boyfriend/almost fiance but unfortunately cancer took him too soon. He has been gone for more than a year now but she still carries his ashes around with her talking to them and not moving on. Based on some of their last conversations, she thinks he didn't want her to. This story is about how they both learn to deal with their feelings about Jared and try to find a way to let the feelings they now have for each other have a place to grow and flourish.
Kennedy has come to the small town to spread the ashes of the man she loved and brings them to his home to do it. She runs into his best friend who he had a falling out with and never made up and she did not know about and there is instant chemistry. What was hard to grasp is this is a year after his death and she is just now doing this and Aaron has come back to town at the same time. What really works is they came to town at the same time, almost like fate. Kennedy and Aaron are so much alike and they both loved Jared it was heart wrenching to watch them fall in love and say goodbye at the same time. This was a fast read but worth every minute and I recommend it. **Received and ARC copy for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
This is a highly emotional roller coaster of emotions. Kennedy and Aaron first turn to each other as they both work to over come issues they have faced over the last year. What starts out as a purely physical night of passion turns into quiet conversation and the beginning of feelings. Guilt begins to slip in and could ruin any chance they might have. Will they be able to get over the guilt and enjoy the life that could be waiting for them? This is a very well done story and one I would definitely recommend.