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Publisher's Summary

Eddie: Cancel your dinky-little roomette on the train. I’m booking us two of the big bedroom suites. 

Birdie: I’ll cancel it after you’ve booked the other sleeper rooms. And reimburse you. 

Eddie: Don’t worry about it. Just cancel your tickets. I got this. Round trip. I’m on the Amtrak website right now. 

Birdie: You don’t have to leave NYC when I do! You’ll hardly be able to spend any time with your Instagram girlfriend who you've never met! 

Eddie: It’s fine. She’ll be fine with it. Cancel your tickets. 

Birdie: You aren’t going to stop texting me until I’ve canceled them, are you?

Eddie: Damn right I’m not. Just do it. You can thank me later....

Eddie: Um. Did you cancel your tickets? 

Birdie: Yes, Edward. I canceled them. 

Eddie: Okay, because it turns out they only had one family bedroom from LA to Chicago. But the good news is I booked it for us. It’s the biggest room they had. The bad news is I booked it for us. And it’s the only sleeper room they have left now. 

Eddie: In related news, there was also only one room left from Chicago to New York. 

Eddie: Hands up if you’re excited! *man raising hand emoji*

Birdie: I am so mad at you right now....

Birdie: I’ve compiled a list of ground rules re: shared train bedroom. Check your email; please read carefully; and refer to it again on the ninth of February. Thank you. 

Eddie: *nerd face emoji* Received. I have some notes. 

This audiobook has dual narration, with portions that are duet-style.

©2021 Kayley Loring (P)2021 Kayley Loring

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A love letter to us all

This book was flippity floppity fantastic. Books like this are proof that no matter what she says, Kayley Loring loves us. This book was just full of happiness and whimsy. I both read the novel and listened to the audiobook. Both are great but the audio really adds a lot to this story. Connor Crais, Mackenzie Cartwright and Dane Anderson brought all these characters to life with amazing performances.
Connor as Eddie made you fall in love with this character. The Romeo monologue would make a Shakespeare fan out of anyone. He had to also deliver lines in Irish, British and Boston accents, sometimes in the same scene. It was ducking brilliant.
Mackenzie as Birdie has the best comedic timing and delivery, Kayley Loring writes the most witty banter and inner monologues and Mackenzie is perfection. And we get a bit more of Piper for everyone who loved her in Bossy Christmas.
Dane Anderson with the small role as Gavin the train conductor was very fun and entertaining, he has a great voice you will quickly love and hopefully we will hear more from him soon.
This friends to lovers story is funny, with clever dialogue, hot sexy times, and low angst. It’s rom com perfection from beginning to end. If you get the audio you’ll listen more than once

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Swoon-worthy Rom-Com, and WOWZA those narrators!

OVERALL: My first experience with Kayley Loring was A Very Bossy Christmas, and I loved it. It was one of my favorite books from 2020. When I heard this book was being released, I was incredibly excited. Connor Crais has easily taken the top spot of “narrator crush” for me, and Loring writes a fantastically funny, sexy, and romantic book.

STORYLINE: After a very long span of angsty, overly dramatic books, I needed a palate cleanse, so I started immersing myself into sweet romances (some rom/coms, some not). This is one of those sweet, yet also hilarious, books. I think I laughed just as many times as I said “awwww” out loud. I love stories that continue with characters we’ve seen in previous books, and I was excited to see where this took Eddie Cannavale’s tale. The train as the vehicle (no pun intended) for their romantic journey was fantastic. I loved the use of it, and it worked really well.

CHARACTERS: Eddie is such a swoon-worthy character! He’s definitely top “book boyfriend” material! He is utterly charming, and so easy to fall in love with! I love his banter with his brothers/cousins. It was hilarious in the first book, and the fun continued in the second book. Birdie is such a relatable character for me. She’s a little nerdy, incredibly witty, loves the show Sherlock, and is involved in the arts. Both characters are so honest and communicative and loving. Their chemistry together was off the charts, and I love their repartee via text/phone and then in person! After finishing the book though, I want two books 1) centered around Billy “Boston” O’Sullivan and 2) featuring Gavin the conductor! I loved these two characters!!

NARRATION: The narration is top notch. I’ve mentioned it previously in this review, but Connor Crais has taken over the crown of my favorite male narrator. He is a MASTER of accents. I am perpetually amazed by the accents he delivers. He is consistent, and every one of his accents (including his natural voice) is incredibly sexy to listen to. His Irish accent is seriously one of the sexiest things I've ever heard (I'd ask for it too, Birdie!). I now seek out any books he narrates. I now seek out any books he narrates. His singing is also fantastic and should be included in every audiobook. Mackenzie Cartwright is fantastic. She is simply fantastic. She pulls you into stories and has this way of pulling you into the story fully. Now for Dane Anderson…. As Gavin the conductor of their “love train,” he was a real delight. His first line made me stop what I was doing, and I literally said, "Hooooooooly shit." What. A. Voice. Damn. I cannot wait to listen to more of him! He has perfect delivery, and he was one of my favorite characters in the entire book. I need a book about Gavin and Michelle next!

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A HUMOROUS HEARTWARMING FIVE STAR ROM/COM

First of all, a standing ovation for the wonderful narration (.. especially Connor’s swoon-worthy Irish and British accents that were glimpsed not enough times 💕) they both brought the characters, the giggles, the sizzles and the sexy ‘n sweet to life. Warm loving characters who thought they knew each other so well - but were hiding the most important thing. It’s a fun, lite, addictive and very entertaining friend-to-lovers romance.. and the banter, humor, pace, flow and narrative is why KL will always be a ‘one click’ author for me.. and I’m sure a lot of other fans too.

Worth a credit? Definitely.. duck this and you’ll have missed a ducking good ducklicious listen.. shoulders shaking hands over mouth chuckling emoji.

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One of my favorite audiobooks of 2021! 5+ stars!

Ah, Kayley Loing seriously knows the way to my heart. My introduction to her writing was by way of one of her audiobooks, and I swear, every single one I've had the pleasure of listening since then has been a standout. Her latest one, A Very Friendly Valentine's Day, arrived on, you guessed it, Valentine's Day, and I happily allowed myself to fall in love with this story all over again, only this time, with the added bonus of having the fab duo of Connor Crais and Mackenzie Cartwright narrating.

Edward Cannavale and Birdie Beckett have been the best of friends for the past six years. From the moment they sat next to each other in American Lit, they simply clicked. They know one another better than almost anyone else who was close to them, and they equally cherish the friendship that they share. Which is why having not-so-platonic thoughts about each other is a no-no. Why risk it, right? But one froner and many dirty fantasies later, Birdie is beginning to realize that there's no escaping her feelings for Eddie. And now that they're stuck on a train to New York together, there's no escaping Eddie and his not-too-thought-out plan to woo the one girl who sees and knows him most. Friends forever or friends who could have forever?

Oh, audiobook, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.... From the writing to the narration and everything in between, this was, hands down, one of the most irresistibly endearing audiobooks my ears have had the privilege of listening to. I didn't just love Birdie and Eddie's story--I FLOVED IT! These two main characters were such standouts, holding their own and being noteworthy as individuals, but when they were together, it was pure magic. I was absolutely enthralled listening to this wonderfully penned romance from Kayley Loring and she's obviously hit the jackpot with the pairing of Connor Crais and Mackenzie Cartwright because these two weren't merely telling a story. Nope, they became Eddie and Birdie and I felt as if they were sharing their story with me, making this one of the best friends-to-lovers romance audiobooks I've ever listened to, hands down. I'm highly recommending this to anyone who loves listening to romance on audio. Five-plus stars and then some!

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Friends to Lovers PERFECTION!

Gahhh! This book! I am not a big friends to lovers fan. There’s often so much of a slow burn that I get bored or just frustrated and am like just get together already! But this friends to lovers was NONE OF THAT! Kayley Loring gifted us with the funniest, sweetest, sexiest friends to lovers I’ve ever listened to. A Very Friendly Valentine is perfection and a solid new favorite of mine.

I adore the Cannavale family to the nth degree, it is such a fun family to read about. Eddie and Birdie’s story was everything I wanted it to be and more. Eddie being the hot AF actor and Birdie being the nerdy girl who met each other in college they placed each other in the friend zone end never stepped outside of it. But when they do OH LAWD these two ignite in passion! But the thing is they don’t let any of that weirdness in that sleeping with your best friend brings into their hearts. Eddie wouldn’t have it. He knew instantly she was his and he didn’t let Birdie fight it, it was so swoon worthy! In the midst of all this sexiness you have a plethora of laughter, all the warm and fuzzies of two best friends diving head first into love and genuinely a freaking fantastic story.

Connor Crais and McKenzie Cartwright’s narration was nothing short of superb! And the singing! And the accents! And the Piper reappearance! It is just every single thing you could ever want in a feel good romance. And I mean everything. I want to continue to ramble about what made this book so good but just go find out for yourself instead!

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I have a smile on my face!!

Wow!!

Every single time I listen to an audio book of Kayley Loring my heart is full and I’m smiling ear to ear and can we talk about Mr. Connor Crais voice..... swoon!
Specially those Shakespeare monologues, seriously this man has a voice like no other and Mackenzie Cartwright complemented him so good, they both did this characters justice.
The banter was flirty, hilarious and the love that Eddie and Birdy felt for each other shined through.
Loved the story and the characters.
This was such an amazing audio just in time for the Valentine’s festivities.

Highly recommend it!!

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Very Friendly Indeed

I loved this! I really enjoyed A Very Bossy Christmas by this author so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this story. The Cannavale Family is so funny. Eddie and Birdie together are so cute. Plenty of humor and steamy scenes as well. The narrators are great and really bring the story to life. Highly recommend!

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Valentine's Perfection!

Eddie and Birdie were Valentine's perfection! The narration was so good - from their banter to the Irish accent. I loved it!

The text messages, the train ride, their chemisty? All so amazing! This story was quick and cute and so funny. Favorite Valentine read for sure!

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One of my favourite books of the year!

Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVED this story. Birdie and Eddie, sigghhh. They’re so cute. A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day was a PERFECT follow-up to A Very Bossy Christmas.

We first meet Eddie and Birdie as they’re texting each other. I love how Kayley Loring has text conversations in her book. It makes it feel more real. Birdie is terrified of flying but she wants to see New York City so she decides to take the train across the country. Eddie doesn’t want her to be alone so he books a family room to go with her. Insisting on the whole time that they’re friends, the time on the train brings out their true feelings.

I laughed out loud during so many parts of this book. I read a couple out loud to my friend who’s going to read both books now. Eddie is a perfect book boyfriend. And I loved Birdie so much, my fellow book nerd in glasses.

Connor and Mackenzie were absolutely wonderful. And Connor quoting Romeo and Juliet? Swwwooooonnnnnnn

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So Ducking Funny 🚂🍩🎆

Once again Kayley Loring has written a hilarious romcom that gives us ALL the feels! This friends-to-lovers story is a follow up to A Very Bossy Christmas and focuses on Eddie, the younger Cannavale, and his best friend Birdie. Climb aboard the Love Train as these friends travel to New York and discover much more than the beautiful scenery along the way. Oh and make sure to avoid the skinny fingers 😉

The audio narration in this book is five stars! Kayley sets the challenge with her incredible words and the narrators more than meet it! Mackenzie Cartwright is always a joy to listen to. She brings sweet and smart Birdie to life with passion and her amazing comedic timing. Connor Crais brings us major swoony vibes as he voices the cocky yet caring Eddie, gives a heart fluttering Shakespearian monologue, and causes many lovely tingles with his Irish and English accents in the mix of side characters.

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  • 02-26-21

Lovely

This is just a sweet, fun romance.
A very easy listen.

Narrators were excellent.
Very enjoyable.

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  • 02-19-21

Everything I want in a friend's to lovers romance.

Yet another hilariously funny book from Kayley Loring. I just can't recommend this book highly enough. There is zero angst and just a great ride all around.
The male narrators voice is so delicious, just beware that at certain points you may actually swoon so make sure you have someone around to catch you!

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  • Ruhla1
  • 02-14-21

5 flippity floppity awesome stars

I was lucky and so very happy to get an ALC (Advanced Listener Copy) for this ducking adoring, flippity flappity awesome book!

This is a friends to lovers story that has you laughing all the way with rib-tickling one-liners, text & voice messages, drunk singing, sexy comedic banter & dialogues as well as the overall feel-good emotions this story brings with it.

A very Friendly Valentine’s Day gives you the story of Eddie Cannavale, who is a side character in A very Bossy Christmas, and Birdie Beckett, his best friend of 6 years. They have known each other since college until a drunk voice message and a train ride from LA to New York questions the way they feel about each other.

I already had so many snort-laugh moments eyeball reading the book but then the audio performances took it up a nudge and knocked it out of the park!

This is Dual narration with part Duet narration performed by Connor Crais, Mackenzie Cartwright and featuring Dane Anderson, who make this a truly awesome audio experience!

Connor Crais can recite Shakespeare to me any day! He portrayed Eddie like we imagine him cocky, adorable & sexy! ... and OMG the singing! Also, I think one of my favourite imitations of his is Ma Cannavale!

Mackenzie Cartwright's singing gave me goosebumps. I already imagined her singing when I read the book. Mackenzie is awesome and she was such a loveable nerdy Birdie!
Also, I love her imitation of Piper who is one of the side characters.

Dane Anderson, who is a new voice on the romance horizon had a brief feature as Gavin the conductor aboard this love train! I hope we get to hear more of him as his voice is also very swoon-worthy!

I just love Kayley's style of writing and what hysterically funny one-liners and dialogues she is coming up with. If you love angsty dramatic romance stories this is not for you. If on the other hand, you love sexy fun romance stories that make you snort-laugh than this is definitely for you.

“Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
You will laugh all the way,
And ducking love this book too!”

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  • 02-22-21

The best ❤️💕

Omg I can’t get enough of these two . Love these guys and I especially love this family . God I hope we get more of them . They are the best especially his cousins Friggen hilarious and
Also I definitely love piper she has to have her own story . I will definitely look forward to that . Awesome 💕❤️💕❤️💕

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  • Kibbit
  • 02-15-21

Amazing!

Super sweet story! Very funny, scorching hot and I think Connor Crais has just taken over the top spot for my favourite male narrator. He does many accents, a Romeo monologue, sings and nun of it is cringe worthy. I had a smile on my face the whole time. Thank you for a lovely read. Enjoyed having Piper, the niece from Bossy Christmas and the cousins Nolan from Ireland and Billy Boston make reappearances too, so funny. Love how his mum sets them all straight too. Well worth the credit.