Title: Toe the Line
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs
Photographer: Martin Traynor
Model: Christian Ganon @christianganon46
Release Date: February 27, 2023
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward comes a friends-to-lovers story spanning more than a decade…
At first, I thought I’d hate spending the summer with Archie Remington—the conceited son of my parents’ friends.
What I knew about Archie: he was gorgeous, pre-law, and had always treated me like I didn’t exist when we were younger.
When our families bought a house together on an island in Maine, he and I were forced to share a bathroom.
The boy I remembered was now a full-grown man—but with the same attitude.
After a rough start, Archie and I unexpectedly started getting along one day and eventually became friends. We shared secrets and bonded during our morning jogs. I discovered that Archie had a wild spirit and that he struggled to conform to his father’s expectations.
Things were cool until I had to go and ruin it, getting drunk one night, and blurting out my fantasy—involving him.
I took it back, but it was too late. Archie had heard me loud and clear. After that, we never quite knew how to toe the line.
When that summer came to an abrupt and shocking end, I headed back to college, unsure if anything would ever be the same again.
Across the miles over the years, he and I stayed in touch as friends, but fate and timing always kept us from becoming more.
You know the saying: If two people are meant to be, they’ll find their way back to each other?
Let’s just say Archie came back into my life in a way I would’ve never expected.
And this time, my heart would really be put to the test.
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Penelope Ward completely outdid herself with Toe the Line! Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and this super sexy, swoony, funny, and angsty friends-to-lovers romance was absolutely phenomenal in every way. I truly couldn’t have loved it more. Archie and Noelle’s story took me on an unforgettable journey with surprising twists and turns that kept me on my toes. The ending was especially amazing, and it filled my heart with joy and made me so happy. Penelope’s books always give me that feeling, and I’m so glad Toe the Line was my first read of 2023. It is my new favorite from PW to date and will definitely be a top favorite this year. Absolutely exceptional all around!
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About Penelope Ward
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.
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