Drama. Jerks. Another new school.
Those are three things Kassidy Perry vows to avoid her senior year of high school. Unfortunately, it looks like the Universe didn’t get the memo. When her mom marries the football coach from a rival high school, Kassidy’s forced to move (again), enroll in a new school (again) and adapt to life with three stepbrothers, including the school’s star quarterback who’s barely said two words to her. And what’s up with her incredibly hot-yet-cocky neighbor who’s developed a weird habit of climbing the trellis to her bedroom’s balcony? Nothing about her senior year is turning out the way Kassidy planned—and that’s before a revealed family secret drops the biggest bombshell yet.
Jordan Lawson could care less about football, even though he’s starting his senior year on the radar of college recruiters. He just wants to play music with his band, win a national contest with a record label and pursue his dream of being a musician. When those plans are threatened, his saving grace lies in the hands of his new stepsister. But how can he ask Kassidy for a monumental favor, when he’s partly to blame for derailing her life? And what if getting what he wants puts her dreams in jeopardy?
In her debut YA novel, Kelli Warner weaves a humorous and relatable story about finding your way in a world you can’t control—and what happens when the people you least expect turn out to be the ones you need the most.
Kelli Warner writes humorous and relatable young adult and contemporary romance novels, the kind of stories that get your insides so wound up in an ooey gooey mess that you forget about the un-fun stuff in life. She’s passionate for a good cup of coffee (even a bad one on a desperate day), enjoying time with friends and family, and spending lazy Saturday mornings watching the Food Network. Kelli and her husband live in Oregon with their two teenaged children and an outstanding border collie named Lucy.
Lucas was a great character to develop. On the surface, he appears to be the typical school jock, the class clown, the I-really-couldn’t-care-less kind of guy. But there is so much beneath his exterior that he manages to keep from those around him. When Lucas meets Kassidy, he begins to reveal his inner demons, and she discovers that his “bad boy” persona is really hiding a broken soul.
Not with the Band
“But maybe he just hasn’t met the right girl,” I offer. I’m smart enough to know I’m probably grasping at straws, but I do it anyway because—because the Lucas that comes to my balcony nearly every night is not the guy standing over there flirting with the girls draped all over him. He’s not the guy joking around obnoxiously with his teammates. There’s another side to Lucas, but for some reason, he hasn’t let anyone but me see it.