Falling for the Fling - Lili Valente

Falling for the Fling

By Lili Valente

  • Release Date: 2020-08-11
  • Genre: Contemporary
Falling for the Fling book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 337 Ratings)

Falling for the Fling Lili Valente Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The day of my best friend’s wedding, I’m the one rocking the strapless red taffeta and chef’s apron ensemble, running on zero sleep. Being both the event caterer and a bridesmaid is crazy, I know. But, I’m a pro. This is my seventh wedding after all—as bridesmaid, that is. Pretty sure that’s some kind of town record.

Still, no amount of my trademark meticulous planning could’ve possibly prepared me to see him again. The prodigal Doctor Dreamy himself, Mason Stewart. My first (and only) love who disappeared without a word literally the day after proposing to me.

What the heck is he doing back in Bliss River? And how is it at all fair that he looks this good? Also, holy crap, why is he coming this way?

* * * 

There she is. Somehow even more beautiful than I remember. This overdue apology is one I’ve rehearsed since the day I left, pulverized by my own family, positive I'd never be good enough for the only girl I've ever loved. Took a lot of both time and therapy, but I finally managed to fix what they broke. And now I’m here to repair what I broke.

I know Lark. She’ll see this second chance I’m hoping for as a no-strings fling so we can each get closure and move on. Right. Like it’s just that easy. You don’t move on from a woman like Lark. And I’m pretty sure a clothing-optional arrangement will make that feat infinitely more impossible.

Still, it’s a start—a way for Lark to see the man I’ve become. A man who isn’t looking for a fling, but rather, matching rings, kids, the whole nine yards.

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User reviews about this book

  • 2nd Chance done right!

    By Ashel05
    This is a great second chance love story! Mason & Lark. High school best friends turned sweethearts. Mason has some baggage and leaves shortly after a big day for them. 4-year later he’s back to win his Sunshine back! Loved it!
  • Dr Dreamy!!

    By JLKeniston
    I love 2nd chance stories! Lark and Mason have had very different up bringing. Lark comes from a very happy childhood and definitely has her mind set on her future life. Mason had a rough life up until he meets Lark. They fall in love and Mason is going to go to medical school. Lark thought she was moving with him but Mason gets cold feet the day after he proposed to her. He left for New York without her. Years later they meet again. Oh the ups and downs! It just gets better from there! Not going to spoil this great love story! It’s a great read!!
  • A Super Sweet Rom Com

    By BriWhale
    The dating concept in this book is super cute. Of course, anyone can be charming and thoughtful and go all out for a week. And the black moment seemed kind of minor to me. I guess it played on certain sore spots, but I didn’t understand how it became such a big thing. The one I was annoyed with was the one who kept prying into other people’s business. And I don’t know if this is a minor spoiler but... one of my pet peeves is when a book does a time jump after the black moment. All this time goes by and nothing happens. Seriously? Outside of the romance, I hated the way Mason felt an obligation to his uncle. The dude is super abusive. Mason needs to run away and never look back. Being family and taking you in, only to hurt you at every turn, is not a bond worth fighting for. There were a lot of laughs in this book. I had a really good time reading it. And if anyone knows Melody’s ex, I would love his number. I find babies to be pretty gross as well.
  • Nothing Like a Second Chance

    By Szmoromou
    Dating Mr. Dreamy is one of those second chance romances that you don't want to miss out on. Four years ago Mason made the biggest mistake of his life. He left behind the love of his life, Lark. When he left, he left a heart broken Lark who took a long time to become the woman she is today. Mason didn't know any better, thinking that what he was doing was best for Lark. It took Mason four years of therapy and soul searching to realize that he was worth Lark's love and being the man in her life. You see, growing up in a household where no one showed him that he was loved and special made him believe that he wasn't worthy. Even though Mason had the looks, the brains and the sweet personality he just didn't believe when it came down to it that he was enough for Lark. His family upbringing made him believe that. Four years....four years and Mason finally was ready to come back to Lark and prove to her that he was worthy and that the love they shared was special. But would Lark welcome him back? In those four years that Mason had left Lark, she grew into a strong independent woman. Starting her own catering business and being successful at it was her life. She was finally in a place where she felt like herself again. Although she was in a happy place work wise, in the back of her mind, thoughts of Mason did appear here and there. Especially on the day of her best friends wedding. As if her thoughts had the power to make Mason appear, boom there in the flesh stood Mason. Lark's reaction was not what Mason was expecting as he found himself running after her. Could he make her understand why he did he what he did? Would she even give him that second chance? Seven days...that is what he asked for and what she agreed on. Could he make her fall in love with him again in seven days? Dating Mr. Dreamy was phenomenal. I couldn't put it down, engulfing it up in one day. Mason and Lark's story pulled at my heart strings. Being a BIG FAN of second chance romances, Lili Valente gets a 5+. As always Lili Valente did not disappoint.
  • Loving Mason and Lark!

    By Cheryl33610
    Dating Dr. Dreamy was a great second chance romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. Mason knows he screwed up 5 years ago and will do anything to prove himself a changed man to Lark. He just wants a chance, and his seven days of dating idea is a great solution to keep pressure and expectations low. You know Lark is on board right away, but she’s got a little bird chirping in her ear who may think she only has Larks best interests at heart, but can’t help projecting her own dissatisfaction with men into her comments. If Mason and Lark can learn to be honest and open with each other, there’s no reason they can’t find their way back together, because the love is still there. While they’ve grown as people, we see them grow as a couple now, too. Awesome start to this new Bliss River series! Lark has two sisters so I’m thinking we’ll see their stories soon, too. Lili Valente never disappoints and always keeps me entertained and coming back for more great stories.
  • Perfect Second Chance Romance

    By Singing Secretary
    Five years ago, Mason made the biggest mistake of his life when he left home without saying goodbye to the woman he loved. But after working hard to overcome the struggles with his family and get through medical school, he has returned home in hopes of making things right. When he unexpectedly shows up at the wedding Lark is catering, her anger flares and her first instinct is to run. But Mason is determined to win back her heart. What he doesn’t know is that despite the hurt he caused, Lark’s heart has always belonged to Mason. Though she reluctantly agrees to give him a second chance, as they begin spending time together, the connection they shared in the past begins to rekindle the flames between them. But will Lark learn to forgive the mistake he made and find her way back to trusting Mason again? Lili Valente has been on my must read list for many years, so I honestly never bother with reading the synopsis of her new releases. I just dive right in. And she certainly doesn’t disappoint with Dating Dr. Dreamy. I really enjoyed the connection between Lark and Mason and the way they still really know each other despite the passage of time. I loved the support characters as well and could feel more stories on the horizon for the March sisters. Five stars for this sweet Bliss River romance.
  • A wonderful second chance romance!!

    By KindleKat64
    I absolutely loved everything about this story!! It is sweet, funny and full of so many emotions, with the perfect side of heat. Mason and Lark are both such likable and lovable characters, and rooting for their second chance at love to work out was simply a pleasure! I was praying Lark would give Mason another chance because he sure seemed to deserve it. He did not exactly leave her in a way that would be easy for anyone to be forgiving though. They had some difficult emotional bridges to cross but love isn’t always neat and easy, sometimes it is messy and difficult and needs to be worked at. It was perfectly clear how much they still loved each other and their chemistry was undeniable. Lark has a great support system with her two sisters, Aria and Melody, but sometimes that can have a negative effect as we end up seeing. Looks like the start of another amazing series for Lili Valente!! Besides reading, I also listened to the audiobook. I enjoy doing that when I can. It brings the book to life for me even more than my imagination can do when I read. The narration is on point with Jason Clarke as Mason-he could read me the specials at a dumpy roadside diner and I would honestly swoon! The man has one of the best voices for audiobooks. And Lili Valente as Lark is amazing as always. She also has a great voice for audio. I love that with both of them, you feel their emotions in how and what they are saying and it is almost like listening to a movie from the other room. I honestly can’t wait for the next book! I knew we were not seeing the last of Nash after those sparks with Aria! I hope Jason and Lili narrate that one too!

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