We can’t wait to share this friends to lovers, fake dating romance with y’all!

 

Here are some things you can expect:

๐Ÿ’ Childhood friends to lovers

๐Ÿ’Fake engagement

๐Ÿ’Mutual pining

๐Ÿ’Small-town drama

๐Ÿ’ย Big family dynamic

 

 

Keep reading for a little sneak peek!

ETHAN POV:

โ€œWhat does your hat say?โ€ย  Elle asks and continues as she reads it aloud, โ€œSingle & Searchinโ€™?โ€

I immediately look for myself because I hadnโ€™t noticed it said anything.ย 

Harper snorts. โ€œNo it doesnโ€™t. It says โ€˜Hello Sunshine.โ€™โ€ย 

Elle looks at me with a raised brow. โ€œYour reaction though told me everything I need to know. The classic I wish Harper was my girlfriendย  panicked look. When are you two finally gonna admit it?โ€ She crosses her arms over her bump, and I scowl at her lack of filter.

โ€œAdmit what? That weโ€™re best friends?โ€ I keep up with my denial. For years, Elle has consistently teased about how Harper and I act when weโ€™re together. Iโ€™m sure my sisterโ€™s hoping one day weโ€™ll confess our undying love and sheโ€™ll gloat about how she was always right. Sometimes itโ€™s easier to just bury my feelings than to actually confess being in love with my best friend, especially since she doesnโ€™t feel the same and itโ€™d just make things awkward.ย 

โ€œMmhmm,โ€ Elle says, pointing between us. โ€œYou two ainโ€™t foolinโ€™ me. Just wastinโ€™ time when you could be makinโ€™ me an aunt. Youโ€™re my only chance to become one, ya know?โ€

I scoff. โ€œNo pressure.โ€ย 

Wishing we werenโ€™t having this conversation right now, I glance over and notice the water balloons, and my eyes widen in panic.

โ€œWhat?โ€ Elle and Harper ask at the same time.ย 

โ€œDad told me to tell Uncle Jackson absolutely no water balloons this year.โ€

Elle grunts. โ€œDad canโ€™t control him. No one can. But damn, heโ€™s gonna be pissed when he sees these special ones he got. I heard Kane say they ordered them months ago.โ€

โ€œAre they super sized?โ€ Harper asks just as Jackson holds up a water balloon thatโ€™s five times the normal size. His gaze zeroes in on usโ€”his targets. Seconds later, heโ€™s running with it.ย  Elle puts her fingers between her lips and releases the loudest whistle Iโ€™ve ever heard.ย 

Conversations stop and everyone focuses on her.ย 

Elle clears her throat and points her finger at our uncle who looks like he just got scolded. โ€œI am pregnant. And Iโ€™ll kill you. So save it for someone else.โ€

โ€œDonโ€™t do it, Dad,โ€ my cousin Kaitlyn adds. Soon everyone in the family is running off and begging Jackson not to throw it at them.ย 

My eyes go wide as Jackson takes four steps forward before lifting his arm and throwing the balloon straight toward us. Elle screams at the top of her lungs moments before Connor blocks her and takes a direct hit. When Connor turns, heโ€™s soaked. Olivia bursts into a fit of laughter, then everyone else does too.ย 

Minutes later, Grandmaโ€™s hurtling through a crowd toward us.ย 

โ€œJackson Joel Bishop!โ€ No matter how old grandmaโ€™s children get, theyโ€™ll never be too old to get yelled at.

โ€œMama, calm down,โ€ Uncle Jackson says, chuckling when Grandma takes off her boot and acts like sheโ€™s gonna whip Jackson with it.

โ€œYou never irritate a pregnant woman in her third trimester!โ€ Kiera, Jacksonโ€™s wife and love of his life, scolds just as she throws two balloons in Jacksonโ€™s face.ย 

Harperโ€™s laughter fills the air just as I hear a groan from behind us.ย 

โ€œUh-oh,โ€ I say, seeing the irritation written all over my dadโ€™s face.ย 

โ€œDidnโ€™t you tell him what I said?โ€ he asks as he passes me. Next thing I know, thereโ€™s a full-blown water balloon fight between them allโ€”one that Uncle Jackson starts. It ends with Grandma threatening to kick all their asses if they donโ€™t stop acting like children.ย 

โ€œEvan Tyler, youโ€™re supposed to be the responsible one,โ€ Grandma scolds as she picks up the balloon scraps.

โ€œYou mean the old, boring one,โ€ Jackson taunts, shoving my dadโ€™s chest.

โ€œAhh yeah.โ€ Alex sighs with a smile. โ€œItโ€™s a good day to be the youngest sibling.โ€

John snorts, shaking his head as he helps grandma with the trash. โ€œSays the first one to become a grandpa. Youโ€™re the old man โ€˜round here.โ€ย 

At that comment, Alex chases after him but John speeds up, weaving around the food and nearly knocking over the dessert table. The fact that theyโ€™re in their fifties and can still run without getting a cramp shows how hard and long theyโ€™ve worked on the ranch.

โ€œNo one better ruin my pies,โ€ Maize chimes in as we watch our fathers act like idiots. Though this is nothing we havenโ€™t seen before. Itโ€™d be a rare event without their antics.

โ€œJohn Joseph Bishop, you stop it!โ€ Grandma shakes her head as Grandpa joins the party, barely phased by what heโ€™s stumbled into.

โ€œAlexander Scott, get back here and clean up this mess,โ€ Grandma demands.

You know itโ€™s serious when sheโ€™s whipped out all four of their middle names.

 

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