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Love Directions by A.F. Zoelle
A Good Bad Idea Story, Book 5
Can a chance meeting lead to true love? I sure hope so, because I’m falling hard and fast for North. I’m normally too shy to be attracted to a playful flirt like him, but he’s full of surprises that bring out the best in me. Even though we’re nothing alike, he’s everything I never knew I needed.
Maybe it’s silly to feel like the cosmic universe conspired to bring us together, but North makes me want to believe in the impossible. After all, it would be stupid to run away from love when all signs point to him being the one, right?
To say I’ve lived a strange life is a massive understatement. I’m used to weird things being the norm, but even I never expected to fall in love with a sweetheart the first time I meet him. Elias makes me feel all warm and gooey inside like a hot brownie. If I get lucky, maybe he’ll want a bite. And if I’m really lucky, he’ll want to come back for seconds, thirds, fourths, and forever.
I know we just met, but is it too soon to plan for a lifetime of canoodling with Elias? Shockingly, I don’t mean that as a euphemism for once.
Love Directions is the fifth book in the Good Bad Idea series. This novel features a shy/flirt, instalove, opposites attract romance. Full of cute sweetness and sexy fun, every story ends with a satisfying HEA and no cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series in order.
North shook my hand as he introduced himself, sending currents zinging through me as we touched. “I’m North Easton. Nice to meet you, Elias.”
That was quite an interesting name. “North Easton?”
“Yeah, and my twin is West Easton. There isn’t a joke about that we haven’t heard.” He grinned, even though he was probably sick of everyone having the same response. “If you think that’s bad, my mom has a cat called Woof. My theory is she’s overcompensating for being named Linda.”
He said it with a straight face, but I couldn’t believe him. “You’re joking, right?”
“I wish I was. When she was a kid, she had a Chihuahua named Meow.”
It was so absurd I had to laugh. “Now you’re just messing with me.”
North pulled out his phone and opened his group text with his mother and sister. He scrolled up a bit to a picture of a very regal-looking gray Siamese cat wearing a gold crown and white fur-lined purple velvet cloak. The texts under it made me snicker.
Mom: King Woof requests your presence at dinner.
West: Kings don’t make requests; they command.
Mom: Fine, he commands you to stop being a smart-ass.
North: Good luck with that. Does Lord Woofie have a specific time in mind?
The conversation was so delightfully weird. “I bet her next cat’s name is Mouse.”
“You’re probably right. That’s absolutely her sense of humor.”
I raised my drink in a toast. “Congratulations, you’re officially the most interesting person I know now.”
“I’m honored.” He clinked his glass against mine. “So, what’s this I hear about me being your stranger?”
As he drank his cocktail while watching me, I found myself tongue-tied. Thankfully, Red answered for me. “His horoscope said he would meet a stranger that would change his life today. It also suggested that he should be open to the possibility of love, hint hint. Mine said I should play Cupid, so this seems like the perfect trifecta to make magic happen.”
It was embarrassing having my horoscope habit being revealed. I hurried to justify my interest. “Horoscopes were my mom’s thing.”
North studied me, his gaze piercing through me as if he could see all my secrets somehow. I felt exposed but remained silent as I waited for him to respond. He took another sip before he shocked me. “You must be a Virgo.”
I blinked at him in disbelief. “How could you tell?”
His cryptic smile did funny things to my heart. “I’m magic.”
“If you’re so magical, what am I?” Red challenged.
“Oh, you’re definitely a Taurus. There’s no question about that.”
His accuracy was uncanny, further intriguing me. “Why do you know that?”
“I told you: I’m magic.” He stated it with so much confidence, I almost believed him. Who was this guy?
~ * ~ Amy‘s Review ~ * ~
If you don’t enjoy insta-love, insta-connections, and magical love matches, then this is not the book for you. However, if you’re open to it, this book may just make you into a believer. As for me, I adore insta-love stories. In fact, I’m living proof they really do happen. So, bring it! I’m ready!
This book was an utter delight, from the moment it started to the epilogue. There’s even a bonus epilogue! I cannot decide what part I loved most, or who was my favorite character. I loved it all. In fact, I wanna read it again, and again…
Elias is struggling. He lost his mom to cancer earlier in the year, and recently ended an abusive relationship, and he’s also working on building a closer relationship with his dad. Elias’ ex, Josh, did a number on him—as did his previous ex. Josh deserves bad, bad things to befall him. It was heartwarming to see Elias gain confidence, and find joy in a healthy relationship. He deserves the world, and I couldn’t have produced a better person for him than North.
North may be 22, and he may have a long history of meaningless sex, but that all changed when he met Elias. Underneath North’s exterior, lies a huge heart. I loved how caring, patient, gentle, and kind he was with Elias. He brought out the best in Elias, and vice versa.
Watching their relationship grow was a great way to spend my time. I only wish life allowed me to read this in one sitting, because it would be so easy to do. The storyline was very captivating, as were the side characters.
It was fun getting a peek at previous characters, and I loved how they were connected to our main characters. North’s family was a hoot! I wanted to spend more time with them! I felt like the characters were all well thought out and provided an added layer of fun to the story. It gave us a deeper look into Elias’ and North’s lives.
I really, really enjoyed this addition to the series. It was well written, and such a great read. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it will make you want to read the others, so be warned. Also, while it gives you plenty of details to know what happened, some of the events discussed happened in a previous book. So, there is merit to reading them in order, but it’s not a requirement.
***A copy of this book was provided for my reading pleasure. A review was not a requirement.***
This series has become one that I cannot wait to get my hands on! Each one has beat the last, as my favorite, and this one is no different.
Elias has to be one of the sweetest characters I have come across, and he makes me wish for a BFF just like him!
North has this free thinking attitude that makes me envy him. I loved his family and the bond that they have together.
I love that we get glimpses of the guys from the other books. It makes you remember how much you loved them as you read it.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement***
I started this series in the middle, with Love Fool, and caught glimpses of Elias there. Going into this story, I wanted so badly for him to have a HEA—after what happened to him in Love Fool. I was happy to see him get that and so much more here. That said, I would caution anyone who doesn’t like insta-connection (possibly insta-love), and a bit of potential ghostly interference, to pass this one by.
Elias has had a rough year. He lost his beloved mother, and just got out of an awful, abusive relationship with the help of new friends. When he meets North, he takes an uncharacteristic chance and gets to know North. These two men are very different in how they view relationships. North finds himself interested in more than a one off for once, and Elias finds himself opening up to North when he is not even sure he wants to risk being in another relationship.<
Elias was a gentle soul, and I really hated everything his ex-boyfriends did to him. I was happy to see him give North a chance, and that North took that trust and delivered everything one could hope for to help Elias. North did his best to show Elias how much he cared and that what Elias has experienced previously was not normal, and not his fault. I loved the patience that North had with Elias. I liked seeing Elias grow closer to his dad and find a new wonderful family with North, his mom, and his sister. The humor and the craziness of North, and his family, was as unexpected as it was a lot of fun. I would have loved to have met Elias’s mother, but the correspondence she left for Elias was heartfelt and fun.
I suspect I know who is next in the series and I can’t wait to see how their story plays out. I need to make time to read the earlier books in this series soon.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***
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A Good Bad Idea Stories
Book 1: Bet On Love
After my bachelor party, I expected to wake up with a hangover. I never imagined I’d wake up in bed with a husband two days before my actual wedding. Realizing I’m straight and married to my best man sobers me up real fast. But nothing could have prepared me for discovering I desperately want to consummate my marriage with my best friend and spend the rest of my life with him.
What are the odds that my bad idea ends up being the best thing to ever happen to us?
Lucien “Luci” St. Amour
Rhys may legally be my husband now, but that doesn’t mean he’s mine to love and cherish for the rest of our lives. We’ll get an annulment, then go back to being just best friends. But all those feelings I’ve suppressed since we shared our first kiss as teenagers have been stirred up, forcing me to confront the fact that I wish our marriage was more than a mistake.
How do I tell my best friend I want a second chance to be his husband for real?
Bet on Love is the first book in the Good Bad Idea series. This novella features a friends to lovers, second chance, bisexual awakening romance. Full of cute sweetness and sexy fun, every story ends with a satisfying HEA and no cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series in order.
Book 2: Love Means More
I’ve dropped at least 1,846,957 hints that I want to be more than Augie’s best friend. Despite my best efforts, my reputation as a straight playboy means he’s not picking up what I’m putting down. If I’m going to win his heart, I’ve got to get creative.
Maybe if I show him what an awesome fake boyfriend I am, he’ll want me to be his real one?
August “Augie” Murphy
Secretly being in love with your straight friend sucks. Secretly being in love with your straight friend who won’t quit flirting with you really sucks. When Ambrose suggests we go on a fake double date as boyfriends, the temptation is too much to resist. Even if we’re only pretending for one night, I want to know what it’s like to be loved by him.
Is it possible to turn my fake boyfriend for a night into my real one forever?
Love Means More is the second book in the Good Bad Idea series. This novel features a friends to lovers, fake boyfriends, bisexual awakening romance. Full of cute sweetness and sexy fun, every story ends with a satisfying HEA and no cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series in order.
Book 3: Fancy Love
A twenty-year-old like me doesn’t stand a chance with an older playboy like Rune. Yet despite being total opposites, I’m lucky enough to call him my friend. Anything more than that would be greedy, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing he would teach me how to satisfy the passionate desire I feel for him. All of my fantasies are about experiencing my first time with him.
Could I be lucky enough that it happens for real?
The only relationships I used to be interested in were meaningless hookups with no strings attached. But Callum’s kindness touched a part of my heart I didn’t know existed, changing me forever. I desperately want him, but he deserves to be cherished by someone who thinks true love is real and isn’t a jaded thirty-year-old like me.
Can he really turn a sceptic like me into someone who believes we could have a romantic happy ever after together?
Fancy Love is the third book in the Good Bad Idea series. This novel features a grumpy/sunshine, age gap, first time, opposites attract romance. Full of cute sweetness and sexy fun, every story ends with a satisfying HEA and no cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series in order.
Book 4: Love Fool
Everybody thinks my best friend is in love with me, including my cheating ex-boyfriend. When I have to see that jerk at my boss’s wedding, bringing Jules as my fake date is the perfect revenge. But why stop there? After all, if everyone is going to accuse Jules and I of being together, why shouldn’t we enjoy ourselves as friends-with-benefits?
Ohhhh, it’s because our arrangement makes me fall in love with him for real. Oops?
I’ve ignored my feelings for Xander so many years that I’m convinced I only love him as a friend. It’s totally a coincidence that thinking of him with his awful ex-boyfriend makes me burn with raging hellfire, right? When we’re fake dating, I’m obviously going to have fun teasing him with obnoxiously cutesy nicknames, like calling him my pookie—crap, I’m actually in love with Xander, aren’t I?
How do you tell your best friend, “Surprise! I just figured out I’ve been stupid in love with you forever,” without sounding like the world’s biggest idiot?
Love Fool is the fourth book in the Good Bad Idea series. This novel features a friends to lovers, fake boyfriends, banter-filled romance. Full of cute sweetness and sexy fun, every story ends with a satisfying HEA and no cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series in order.
About A. F.:
Under constant siege from persistent plot bunnies, A.F. Zoelle enjoys humoring them by writing about gorgeous men being in love. Her contemporary romances are full of witty banter, sexy fun, and lovable smart-asses. She’s left academia behind for a new adventure, which will hopefully include adopting Ragdoll cats of her own someday soon.
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