Never Fall for Your Back-Up Guy

Three things I’ve learned this week:

1) Never fall for a client

2) Never fall for your best friend
3) And most importantly, never fall for your back-up guy
…especially if they’re all the same person.

I’m the queen of dating disasters—I’ve had more rotten dates than you can shake a long stemmed rose at.  After years of one disappointment after another, I’m beginning to feel like I’ll never say “I do.”

So after being dumped one too many times I do something stupid:

I make a pact with my best friend Asher.  If neither of us are married by 35, we tie the knot.  That’s five full years of searching for The One.

I’ve got to meet Mr. Right by then, don’t I?

But when I take a job redecorating Asher’s bachelor pad, I realize he’s a lot different from the guy I thought he was. Against all odds, I find myself falling for my best friend.  Maybe my back-up guy could be The One after all?

Except there’s only one problem…

My back-up guy has a secret that could ruin everything.


Catch up with all your favorite characters from the Love Manor Romantic Comedy series in this fun new rom com series. The first book is about Zara Huntington-Ross, Mr. Darcy’s younger sister.

Never Fall for Your Back-Up Guy is a laugh-out-loud and romantic enemies-to-lovers story set in London at Christmas… Check out the trailer below.


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Praise for Never Fall for Your Back-Up Guy:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Never Fall for Your Back-Up Guy is a fascinating take on human preservation—reserving a backup person for contingency measures because everyone you meet in the dating world is a jerk. Zara is not alone in doing this. I am willing to bet that there are men and women out there who have made pacts with their best friends for the same reason. Kate O’Keeffe examines this idea as she creates a character whose relationship concern is something that many of us have pondered over, and we also wonder what the outcome would be. It’s the uncertainty and the thrill of looking forward that makes it exciting. O’Keeffe writes with an intense emotional power so that you step into Zara’s shoes, whether you’re male or female. It’s a thrilling read for anyone who loves a good romantic comedy.” – Readers’ Favorite


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Another fabulous first in series by the talented Kate O’Keeffe. It’s friends-to-lovers romance at its best with ALL the feels. Zara and Asher are perfectly imperfect, and their journey to their HEA is an absolutely delight from start to finish. ” – Melanie Summers, bestselling author

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Irresistibly sweet and funny, this holiday romance is a Hallmark movie in the making.” – USA Today bestselling author, Whitney Dineen

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Never Fall for Your Back Up Guy is a bright, humorous, and irresistibly quirky read. The zany cast of side characters had me in stitches and Asher is a perfect book boyfriend. I stayed up way too late reading but it was worth the extra caffeine I needed in the morning.” – USA Today bestselling author, Gigi Blume


Readers LOVE Never Fall for Your Back-Up Guy:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Perfection.” – Amazon reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Love, Love, Love – This book has it all! Laughs, Tears, Friendship and Love!” – Goodreads Reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This was one of the sweetest, quirkiest, zaniest friends to lovers stories I’ve read in a long while.” – Amazon reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ” It’s definitely a must have if you love friends to lovers romances and sweet, heart felt romances.” – Amazon reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I have never laughed so much with a book.” – Bookbub reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Loved it !!! love this author… love Zara and Asher… this is their story… a fast paced laugh out loud rom/com… a very interesting 30th year… asking her BFF to be her back up plan guy… getting the dog of her dreams…the drama, the betrayal, the everything … a must read !!! OMG !!!” – Bookbub reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “This book had me from the first page. I laughed and cried throughout Zara’s story of finding love with her back-up guy/best friend…I think Zara is my favorite so far. I loved cheering her on as she made her way through a very traumatic and eventful thirtieth year. I certainly hope this will be followed by Zara’s Friends’ stories! What a great read!.” – Amazon reviewer

Titles in the It’s Complicated series:

Each book in the series can be read as a standalone, but if you want to read them in order, here it is:

Book 1: Never Fall for Your Back-Up Guy

Book 2: Never Fall for Your Enemy

Book 3: Never Fall for Your Fake Fiancé

Book 4: Never Fall for Your One that Got Away