Rating: 4.25 stars
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Key West hometown boy turned TV star, Blair Fletcher, caught his big break by accident. Playing Coconut Cove’s resident diva, Ryder, is as far from normal as Blair can imagine, but he’s making it work. For the most part the cast is great, if you discount the real life diva, Howie. The one thing Blair is missing is his knight in shining armor. Except Blair is pretty sure that knight would be a certain Thor-like god of his former high school, but Sander moved on to bigger and better pastures long ago.
When Blair arrives home late one night to discover Sander has returned to Key West and is living with his parents, his life is turned upside down. Sander gets a job on set and Blair sees him every day. And when Blair begins having problems putting on his Ryder role, Sander works with him. Their nights together on the front porch give Blair something to hold onto, something to dream about. Sander’s mixed signals are enough to drive him crazy, but having Sander—the real Sander, not the high school god Blair put on a pedestal—as a friend might be enough. Maybe. Then Sander promises to tell Blair a truth… but only when he’s ready.
Nerdy Little Secret by M.J. O’Shea is the second book in the Coconut Cove series by Poppy Dennison and M.J. O’Shea. I adored this story. It’s super cute. And I have to say, as much as I liked the first, and we all know I did, Blair and Sander’s story is my fave of the series so far. It was so easy to read and moved really well. The characters, especially Blair and Sander, melded really well. I loved… absolutely loved Tony/Joey and can hardly wait for his (and please, oh please Cutter’s) story. But yes, this one, we’ll call it NLS for short, was a bright, fun, and easy read. The reconnection of not quite friends from high school with secrets—one who’s been fanning the flames of an old crush and the other who’s been hiding who he is for far too long. When their worlds collide and they find themselves then find one another, sparks fly and cameras roll.
We met Blair/Ryder in the first book, and one of the things I like most about him is the contrast in the real Blair and the character he plays. Blair is very mild, though as the story progresses he finds his voice and his boldness. But for the most part, Blair is everyone’s friend. He’s the guy with the sweet smile and kind word for everyone. Ryder, on the other hand, gives diva a whole new meaning. Ryder is brazen and bold and entitled. He thinks the world owes him and he takes what he wants when he wants it. So totally opposite. The struggle Blair has in finding Ryder within himself is part of what brings out a little bit of his own confidence by the end of the book. It’s very interesting to watch happen.
And we meet Sander for the first time in this story—sexy, Nordic god, drool worthy Sander. What I like about Sander is that he was this impossible guy in Blair’s eyes to begin with, and he’d made himself that way for a reason. Yet he did his very best to break that version of himself so that Blair could know and see the real Sander. Then he helps Blair do the same for himself. It’s enlightening for Blair and their relationship.
I loved this story. It’s light, sweet, short, and fluffy. I’m hoping to see more of Blair and Sander in the future and now I’m hoping for so many more stories for so many more of the cast members in the future (still crossing my fingers for Tony and Cutter though). I definitely recommend Nerdy Little Secret by M.J. O’Shea.