Two childhood best friends reunite in L.A. the summer before senior year—but when one of them ends up starring on a teen reality dating show, their feelings for each other get complicated. Perfect for fans of friends-to-lovers rom-coms and The Bachelor!
Sloane McKinney feels like a background character in her own life. But this summer will be different, because she’s spending it with her childhood best friend, Liam Daniels, in her dream city, Los Angeles. Sure, she’s surprised to find that Liam just happens to have had a Hot Guy glow-up since she last saw him, but so what? A little attraction won’t ruin her plans for their fun—and completely platonic—reunion.
What might, however, is that Liam has been roped into working for his producer dad’s new teen reality dating show, Aspen Woods’s Future Leading Lady. It turns out the show is one contestant short . . . and Sloane is the perfect last-minute addition.
But it’s behind the scenes where the drama really picks up. Because wanting to kiss your best friend? That’s a plot twist neither Sloane nor Liam ever saw coming.
Kaitlyn Hill is a writer, reader, and sweet tea enthusiast who believes that all the world is not, in fact, a stage, but a romance novel waiting to happen. She lives with her real-life romance hero in Lexington, Kentucky. Kaitlyn is the author of Love from Scratch and Not Here to Stay Friends.
Praise for Not Here to Stay Friends
One of Seventeen's Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2023
One of Girls' Life's 2023 Rom-Coms You Need to Add to Your TBR List
"If you never miss an episode of The Bachelor and love a friends-to-lovers tale, look no further for your next read."—Girls' Life
"Not Here To Stay Friends gives huge friends-to-lovers feels with a big dose of girl power, and the twists and turns feel as wild as a reality TV finale. You will root for Liam and Sloane from start to happily ever after.”—Samantha Markum, author of This May End Badly
"Swoon-worthy... Not Here to Stay Friends reminds me of the breathless excitement that comes with being a teenager in love.”—Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties and Well, That Was Unexpected
"A winner, no question."—Booklist
"The attraction between [Sloane and Liam] simmers in just the right way... An absorbing, well-drawn read about a meaningful friendship and growing passion."—Kirkus Reviews
"With snappy dialogue, bouncy narrative beats, distinctly rendered alternating perspectives, and emotional turmoil in place of dramatic stakes, Hill delivers a zealous romance in this relaxed read."—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Love from Scratch
One of USA Today's Best April Rom-Coms
One of Seventeen's 50 Best Teen Romance Books to Read When You're Crushing
One of Goodreads' 54 Buzzy YA Books for Spring
"A delectable rom-com full of enemies-to-lovers romance and baking adventures that will make your mouth water."—PopSugar
"Sweet and satisfying."—Jenna Evans Welch, New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato
"Funny, charming, flirty, and fun!"—Kasie West, author of Sunkissed
“A sweet and savory delight.” —Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Today Tonight Tomorrow
"Reese and Benny's chemistry sizzles in and out of the kitchen."—Auriane Desombre, author of I Think I Love You