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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?

(This letter can be found in the beginning pages of Flirty Little Secret) 

Dear Reader,
While I hope this romance will have you smiling and maybe even letting out a few laughs, please note this book does contain a main character who is both neurodivergent and depressed and lives with an anxiety disorder. This character also experiences an on-page panic attack and passive suicide ideation (no attempt). Ableist language is sometimes used regarding mental illness, and there is one scene with antisemitic and racial microaggressions. Reference is also made to the grooming and attempted sexual assault of a minor, but the incident itself occurs off-page. Cheating (past/off-page) is also referenced.

I strove to bring authenticity to this character who shares the same mental health diagnoses I do, but I know that my lived experience may be different from yours. Please read with care if these topics are sensitive to you.


praise for

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

Starred Kirkus Review

"A heartfelt rom-com enriched by an honest portrayal of mental health issues, a beautiful blend of cultures, and the bonds of family. Jessica Lepe’s moving debut reminds us of the importance of loving ourselves just as we are."

USA Today Bestselling author Priscilla Oliveras

"FLIRTY LITTLE SECRET is an absolute dream of a romance! With tons of wit and even more heart, Lepe's debut had me laughing one minute and crying the next. I will be anxiously awaiting Lepe's next book, I can't wait to see what she does next!"

Falon Ballard,
Just My Type

“Exquisitely inclusive, humorous, and original, Lepe's charming prose kept me enchanted from the clever opening post to the satisfying ending.”

Kelly Cain,
Secret Ties Series

"Unputdownable; will leave readers clamoring for more."

Library Journal

"Jessica Lepe absolutely sparkles in this stunning debut that is equal parts heartfelt, funny, and deeply moving! I loved every page!"

USA Today Bestselling author Lyssa Kay Adams

"A charming, heartfelt rom-com that has you laughing, and rooting for the characters from the first few chapters. Jessica Lepe's debut is a must-read for romance fans!"

Jaqueline Snowe,
Snowed in for Christmas

"Hilarious, sexy, and brimming with heart."

Yaffa Santos,
A Taste of Sage

The romance plays out as a fresh, diverse twist on You’ve Got Mail, and it’s a joy to watch Lucy grow in confidence as she learns to incorporate her online persona into daily life. Fans of Abbott Elementary will be especially charmed.

Publisher's Weekly

"Voicey and big-hearted, FLIRTY LITTLE SECRET delivers compassionate mental health rep, classic rom-com joy, and touching emotional depth.”

USA Today Bestselling author Chloe Liese

"FLIRTY LITTLE SECRET is a masterfully done poignant tale of modern love, friendship, and intimacy, that not only is a thrill to read."

Felicia Grossman,
Marry Me by Midnight

“FLIRTY LITTLE SECRET is a hilarious, heartwarming, and it's nearly impossible to put down!.”insightful look at accepting yourself and finding love along the way. Both swoony and sweet,

Elizabeth Davis,
I Hate You, I Love You

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