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"This sparkling debut marks Lepe as a writer to watch when it comes to modern rom-coms."

Kirkus Starred Review

You’ve Got Mail meets Abbott Elementary in this sweet, sexy romantic comedy for fans of Lynn Painter and Lyssa Kay Adams. 

School counselor Lucy Galindo has a secret.

To her coworkers, friends, and even family, she’s shy, sweet, and constantly struggling to hold off disaster (read: manage her anxiety and depression). But online? She’s bold, confident, and always knows what to say—it’s how she’s become the wildly popular @TheMissGuidedCounselor. It’s also why she keeps her identity anonymous. Her followers would never trust the real Lucy with their problems.

History teacher Aldrich Fletcher thought a new job would give him some relief from his drama-filled family. Instead, he’s dodging his ex-girlfriend and pining over his new co-worker—who only ever seems to see him at his worst. Thankfully, he can count on his online confidant for advice . . . until he discovers @TheMissGuidedCounselor is Lucy.

Now Fletcher has a secret too. And while Lucy can’t deny there’s something between them, she’s not sure she can trust him. Can they both find the courage to share the truth and step out from behind their screens?

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Jessica Lepe is a former social worker turned website design who spends her days writing, listening to murder podcasts and wrangling knives out of her toddler's hands (sometimes all at the same time).

She discovered her love for reading after sneaking romance novels in her bible at her all-girls Catholic High School and in between the spines of her siddur at synagogue each Saturday and she hasn't stopped reading romance since.

A proud and passionate advocate for mental health, Jessica writes romances with complex and flawed characters with multi-cultural and religious backgrounds that reflect the people she loves most in the world.

Jessica's debut romcom, FLIRTY LITTLE SECRET, will be releasing from Forever on March 19, 2024. She is represented by Jill Marsal at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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