Not Your Valentine
By Jackie Lau
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From the author of THE UNMATCHMAKERS and THE STAND-UP GROOMSMAN comes a chocolate-filled love story starring a heroine who is convinced she knows what will make her happy and a hero who seizes the opportunity to prove her wrong.
Helen Tsang is tired of the pitying looks. From her parents, her friends, and even the bubble tea shop guy, who recognized her from the video. Almost one year ago, some loser couldn't mind their own damn business and filmed an unsuspecting Helen's very public break-up during what was supposed to be a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. A video of her ex-boyfriend saying, "It's not me, it's you. You're holding me back" went viral.
Desperate to give everyone something else to talk about and with Valentine's Day approaching once again, she asks her long-time friend Taylor Li to be her fake boyfriend, just to prove that she's moved on and hasn't sworn off love. (Spoiler alert: She's totally sworn off love.) Taylor is the perfect option—single for once, and for some godforsaken reason, he loves Valentine's Day.
But Helen didn't expect how easy it would be to get Taylor on board, fitting right into the boyfriend-shaped hole in her life. All she wanted was a couple sickeningly sweet dates to fill her social feeds, not corny text messages of silly heart-shaped cakes, and bouquets of flowers that harbor hidden meanings. Wanting to be around his sunshine attitude and delicious forearms all the time? That definitely wasn't expected.
With February 14 quickly approaching, it's getting increasingly difficult to ignore her feelings, especially when she starts wishing it wasn't all an act.
Oh God. What has she done?
Perfect for fans of Talia Hibbert's TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN and THE DATING PLAN by Sara Desai, NOT YOUR VALENTINE is a grumpy/sunshine, fake-dating romance that will convince even the biggest Valentine's Day non-believers that heart-shaped cakes are just as delicious as regular ones as long as they're baked for the right person.