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Peek Inside Leave the Lights On

Parker’s back living next to his childhood crush, Sophie, but while their friendship is still strong, so is a secret that could threaten everything they're trying to build together.

Leave the Lights On

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When a devastating car crash dashes Parker Wood’s dreams of being a pro baseball player, he returns to his childhood home to take over the family landscaping company. His dad may be gone now, but some things haven’t changed. Like the crush Parker’s always had on the girl next door.

Sophie Vaughn’s two month marriage and hellishly public divorce didn’t help her wedding and party planning business. She’s determined not to let personal drama get in the way again, no matter how big the temptation, or how long she’s lusted after her old best friend.

When Parker and Sophie discover they are neighbors once again, it’s as if time has stood still. Their friendship is as strong as ever, as is the crush neither of them ever admitted having. They have a second chance at making their dreams come true, unless their secrets tear it apart.


"Leave the Lights On was a pure comfort read, well, that’s if you don’t count all the steamy scenes. Those might make you a little uncomfortable, but in all the right ways!" --Rachel, Goodreads

"Leave the Lights On by Karen Stivali is a wonderful contemporary romance that features two highly likeable characters. I was almost immediately swept away to another place after reading just the first few pages and easily finished this book in one sitting." --Crista, Goodreads

"This is just the sweetest book ever! I loved everything about this story!!" --Reanell Tisdale, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640630604
Release Date: Aug 21, 2017
Page Count: 260
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: friends to lovers, second chance

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By ♥Rachel♥ November 09, 2013

Leave the Lights On was a pure comfort read, well, that’s if you don’t count all the steamy scenes. Those might make you a little uncomfortable, but in all the right ways!

Both Sophie and Parker have had a rough patch. Sophie was married for two months before finding out her dirt-bag-of-a-husband wa ...more

By Crista November 10, 2013

Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

4 stars!

Leave the Lights On by Karen Stivali is a wonderful contemporary romance that features two highly likeable characters. I was almost immediately swept away to another place after reading just the first few pages and easily finished this book in one sitti ...more

By Reanell December 05, 2013

This is just the sweetest book ever! I loved everything about this story!!

The story starts out with Parker Wood moving into his deceased fathers house and taking over his lawn care business. He is greeted by the mailman, who happens to tell him about Sophie Vaughn also being back in town, and living ...more

By Joan December 11, 2013

Wow, what a sexy and sweet book. I adored Parker and Sophie together. Parker was amazing, sexy, and strong despite all he had gone through. Sophie had her share of heartache. It was so sweet seeing them pick right up from their childhood friendship and give into their attraction for each other. Abso ...more

By Laura ( Latteandbooks ) January 19, 2018

Parkers is away at collage and wants to become a pro Baseball player. One nice when he was driving he gets into a car accident and that changes his life for ever.


Parker moves back to his old house after his dad passes away and takes over the family landscaping business.


Sophie went to school with P ...more

By ReadingInThe6ix July 11, 2017

Very sweet romance with a little bit of drama to keep it interesting.

Sophie is a great heroine and was easy to relate to. I found her parents annoying and a little unbelievable, but they weren't featured too prominently.

Parker was an amazing book boyfriend (not gonna lie, an inexperienced hero is pr ...more

By Lisa Wheeler October 15, 2018

I received a copy of this due to the author running a giveaway.

This author was new to me and I must say I really enjoyed Parker and Sophie's story.
The storyline had great flow. Easy to read.
Their story is like a second chance romance, with loads of steamy moments. No complaints here, I love steam ...more

By Marleen November 09, 2013

I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley

People following my reviews will know that I do not like protracted drama. I love it when the characters in a (love)story have issues they need to deal with. I enjoy the tension a misunderstanding can create for the characters as well as for the ...more

By Chu November 04, 2013


Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Two old friends, scarred people, brought back home by issues from their past, destined to meet again and perhaps, brave enough to start something that was supposed to happened years ago…

Parker Wood had dreams of becoming a professional basebal ...more

By Stephanie November 05, 2013

I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review. All opinions are mine.

**This review originally appeared on Night Reads**

At some point in their lives, I think every woman, happily married or in a relationship or otherwise, has always thought about the one guy in


By Literati Literature March 03, 2014

Robbie’s Review
Do you ever need to read a book that makes you feel like you’re wearing your favorite sweater and sipping hot chocolate in front of a warm fire even if you’re not? Have you ever read a book whose story came to you at just the time? Author Karen Stivali has written that book and it’s a ...more

By The Book Tart November 14, 2013

Originally posted on

Leave The Lights On by Karen Stivali reminded me of dark chocolate. A delicious treat with sweetness and some bitter dark notes that added to the rich flavor… And now I’m hungry! But it’s true too. ;) I kept thinking how sweet this romance ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews November 10, 2013

Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Review copy provided for an honest review


As I finished this book I asked myself, “Why in the hell have you not read this author before?” My only excuse if that I didn’t take the time to do it, I will however be reading her backlist soon. ...more

By Tee loves Kyle Jacobson November 06, 2013

Leave The Lights On came right on time for me to read. I have been reading these crazy books with cliff hangers and bad guy meets good girl good girl tries to reform bad guy but gets her heart broken. So to say that this was a breath of fresh air is an understatement. I love a great love story but t ...more

By Jessica November 26, 2013

What a pleasantly surprising read! I never know what I'm going to get when I start a new romance novel, and this one definitely threw me for a loop. I was hooked from page one. Hooked into Parker's story, hooked on the fact that these were childhood friends, and totally enamored with everything abou ...more

By Emily (All in a Book) November 10, 2013

*Received a review copy as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.*

The friends-to-lovers scenario tends to be one of my favorite romance story lines, and Leave the Lights On didn't disappoint. From the beginning the chemistry between Parker and Sophie was abundant and it didn't take lo ...more

By Tammy November 17, 2013

From the very first page I was hooked! I couldn’t put the book down.

Parker was living the perfect life. He had a great girlfriend (he thought), playing college baseball, and living with his childhood best friend Joey. Then his girlfriend stops by the dorm.

“I’m so sorry. I never meant for it to ha ...more

By Kylie Lacovich October 12, 2013

The night Parker Wood's girlfriend breaks up with him after admitting that she is pregnant with another guy's child, he has a horrific car accident that lands him in hospitals and rehab centers for over two years. Gone is his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. After returning to his c ...more

By Trader October 17, 2013

Leave the Lights On is a sweet childhood friends-to-lovers romance that warmed my heart. There’s not a lot of high drama in this, and there is just the right amount of tension to make this a really enjoyable romance.

Karen Stivali does a great job of taking a simple, everyday story and sprinkles jus ...more

By Jessica November 01, 2013

Parker found out his girlfriend was cheating on him and leaving him for another guy. Looking for a distraction he drove off and was in an accident that ruined his chances of becoming a professional baseball player. He ended up in the hospital recovering from his injuries for 2 years. Sophie was seen ...more

By Jessica November 09, 2013

Leave the Light On by: Karen Stivali 4 heartwarming stars

***Arc provided for an honest review***

this book is a wonderful, heartwarming book. It is a classic love story. It’s different from a lot of the other book out right now because there isn’t all the drama, its like a breath of fresh air.

Sophie ...more

By Roni November 04, 2013


This was a nice read. I liked Parker and Sophie together, and it’s too sad they didn’t share their feelings for each other when they were younger. All that time wasted, but at least they were able to reunite. Love like that is so rare. Parker’s best friend w ...more

By Cassie June 29, 2015

This was my first read from this author. I found it to be up they with one of my favorite reads. It had an innocence that was unexpected but welcomed. Parker and Sophie had a love story that captured me from the start.

Parker was going to be one of the hall of gamers in baseball. He was destined to ...more

By Anasheh November 05, 2013

What happens when two childhood best friends who had feelings for each other without the other knowing move back to town around the same time. Will those feelings return? Will their friendship pick up where it left off?

As other reviewers have been labeling this story, this is one of second chances. ...more

By Darra November 08, 2013

I really liked this book. It was a very sweet and gooey book. There was a lot of heartache in the past for Sophie and Parker. First off I love that Parker was a baseball player (we have gone over my athlete fetish) and the fact that they were best friends growing up. So Parker and Sophie both move b ...more

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Karen Stivali

About the author

Karen Stivali

Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She's also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary straight and LGBTQ romances. She writes novels about real life, only hotter. Karen's lifelong fascination with people has led her to careers ranging from hand-drawn animator, to party planner, to marriage and family counselor, but writing has always been her passion. Karen enjoys nothing more than following her characters on their journey toward love. Whether the couples are m/f or m/m, it’s guaranteed that Karen's novels are filled with food, friendship, love, and smoking hot sex—all the best things in life. When Karen isn’t writing (and often when she is), she can be found on Twitter attempting witty banter and detailing the antics of her fruit-loving cat, BadKitteh. She loves to hear from readers (and other writers), so don't hesitate to contact/follow/like her at: Twitter: Facebook: Website: Pinterest: Goodreads: E-mail: [email protected]

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