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Peek Inside Love and Other Secrets

Bailey enlists Alex’s help to plan an epic promposal to someone else. Too bad the only prom date Alex wants anywhere near Bailey is him

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Star lacrosse player Alex “Kov” Koviak has it all. Or so everyone thinks. He’s real good at pretending his life is perfect...until he meets Bailey. The girl challenges him and pushes him and makes him laugh like he’s never laughed before. Their friendship is their little secret, and he’s happy to keep her to himself.

Between school, two jobs, and trying to get into NYU film school, Bailey Banfield has zero time for a social life. But then she meets Alex in her express lane at the grocery store, and their secret friendship becomes the only place she can breathe. She refuses to complicate that with more. No matter how charming Alex can be.

When Bailey decides to film outrageous promposals for her NYU application, she enlists Alex’s help to plan an over-the-top, epic promposal to someone else. Too bad the only prom date Alex wants anywhere near Bailey is him.

For a guy who seems to have it all, he’s about to lose the only thing he’s ever wanted.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Crush contains a cocky lacrosse player in over his head with his secret best friend, unexpected midnight kisses, swoon-worthy slow dancing, and movie-night cuddling that’ll make you ache. You’re going to want an Alex of your own!

Each title in the First Kiss Hypothesis series is STANDALONE:
* The First Kiss Hypothesis
* Love and Other Secrets
* Stuck with You


Love and Other Secrets by Christina Mandeleski a five-star read that will make you breathe deep to your toes and smile. This was my first read by this author and I am certain I will go back and read her other books, there was a sweet romance to this story that kept me hooked.” -Sara O., Goodreads

“I couldn't read this book fast enough, it's so charming!” -Danielle M., Goodreads

“AHHHHH!! I. LOVED. IT! As always - any Entangled Crush novel, I'm always going to be obsessed with. But Bailey and Alex? I really have no words. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. I loved them. I loved them soooo much.” -Viv Y., Goodreads

This book was adorable and I couldn't put it down.” -Laura F., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636262
Series: A First Kiss Hypothesis, Book 2
Release Date: Sep 3, 2018
Page Count: 305
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, sports romance, young adult
Tropes: opposites attract, unrequited love

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By Danielle's August 10, 2018

What a sweet ending!
Alex and Bailey are friends outside of school. He's a popular, rich lacrosse player. She's a smart, coffee house worker from the trailer park. Bailey has dreams of going to film school and Alex is so laid back he hasn't realised he's in love with his best friend.

Bailey wants to ...more

By Taylor September 08, 2018

3.75 out of 5 Stars.

“With how much everyone talks about it, you'd think prom is a huge deal at our school, but it's really the promposals that get everyone worked up."

Opening a month before the big day, Love and Other Secrets tells the story of a seemingly mismatched pair dancing the sacred “w ...more

By Aneesa September 06, 2018

Received a copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to Entangled Teen

OMG!!! I loved this book so much. I feel like I have been starved from this kind of genre for too long. I miss reading these type of books..ha! It reminds me of my own time at high school gosh I sound so old!

Set in a high scho ...more

By Amy Leigh September 14, 2018

This book was so good! I could not put it down and even though it is a standalone I am really looking forward to reading the other book under this umbrella (The First Kiss Hypothesis). I loved following Alex and Bailey as they grow closer together and struggle with trying to decide if crossing the b ...more

By Lindsey (Linz Readz) September 07, 2018

So cute, sweet, and fun!

I want more of this story! I have not read a YA contemporary that I liked as much as this one in a long time. It was a typical high school YA story but I enjoyed it so much.

Alex and Bailey are polar opposites. He’s a popular, lacrosse player from a rich family while she is a ...more

By Arceli September 11, 2019

I really loved this romance. Alex and Bailey are such a sweet couple. I loved them as a couple. There is tons of sweetness and cuteness. I had so much fun with them. My only pet peeve was that the ending was rushed. Otherwise, really cute novel. ...more

By Samantha (WLABB) August 13, 2018

Rating: 3.5 Stars

A friends-to-more romance featuring promposals? Yes, please.

I was pretty much all over this book. Between the description and my enjoyment of Mandelski's prior book, The First Kiss Hypothesis, I knew I could expect a fun and cute romance, which would leave a smile on my face.

Thing ...more

By Jackie September 13, 2018

This was such a cute and fun read! I love the world that Christina has created and I'm so happy that we were able to hear more about Nora and Eli from the first book! I'm going to be honest and say that neither Alex nor Bailey had stuck out to me with the first book but I did read that one about a y ...more

By Ambur September 03, 2018

A sweet best friends-to-lovers young adult rom-com. This one was definitely adorable! I loved Bailey and Alex and thought this story was incredibly cute. :)

Full review to come! ...more

By Susan August 12, 2020

5 stars. Absurdly cute book with a super duper cute friends to lovers ship. Bonus points for helping me snap out of my month+ reading slump. It's been brutal folks. ...more

By Carly August 07, 2018

Im such a sucker for this cheesy stuff and i loved this ...more

By lacy October 16, 2018

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read an eARC of this book early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

tw: underage drinking, neglectful parents

As I read books about teenagers falling in love, I've come to the realization that I am old as hell. Everyth ...more

By Shirley October 11, 2018

Original review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Crush and Netgalley!

Love and Other Secrets
tells the story of Alex and Bailey. Alex’s been in love with his best friend Bailey for such a long time that he’s finally going ...more

By Megan September 03, 2018

This is a cute and sweet book.
Alex is a great character and Bailey is a great counterpoint.
I do think this book is a little young for me, more suited to a teen audience rather than anyone older than that.
The story is solid, with a heap of drama which keeps things interesting, but ultimately a little ...more

By Colleen's Conclusions August 18, 2018

I received Love and Other Secrets by Christina Mandelski from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has no impact on my review. My thoughts are my own.

I have a hard time getting into prom books now mostly because I'm getting older and each year certain young adult stuff just isn't my thi ...more

By Lenore September 03, 2018

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4.5 stars — I don’t know what it was about this one, but I was just sucked in and connected with both Alex and Bailey, hardcore. I felt all the tummy tingles, and ev ...more

By Alexandra September 23, 2018

I love reading YA high school romances, so when I saw that this one was going to come out soon, I just knew that I had to read it!

Bailey was such a unique character. She wasn’t rich and worked two jobs to save up for college and film equipment. She had dreams to win awards for her films in the futur ...more

By Bree August 28, 2018

It's the week of release (September 3, 2018)
Make sure you add it to your Want to Read shelf!

My addiction to reading started early, I remember my teacher in first and second grade really opened my eyes to the world of books. My mom really did everything from there to feed my love by filling my w ...more

By KarenJo October 30, 2018

I love reading light and fluffy teen romances and Entangled Teen Crush books never fail to win me over. They’re delightfully adorable, swoony, and just really fun to read. Love and Other Secrets was no exception and certainly had me feeling the FEELS.

I enjoyed Christina Mandelski’s “The First Kiss H ...more

By Olivia August 08, 2018

I am so in love with "Love and Other Secrets"- it's gooey and adorable and all the things! Alex and Bailey are secret friends- they met while Bailey was working one of her two jobs at Publix in the express lane where Alex was checking out. Alex eventually invited her to hang out, and since then, the ...more

By Navina August 22, 2018

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC!

This was soooooo cute!! Classic will they/won't they. Alex and Bailey are secret friends - they mostly hang out at Alex's house, since they don't take any of the same classes at school and Bailey is working 2 jobs to save for college. She spends her lunch hours doing h ...more

By Natalie January 29, 2019

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Entangled Crush reads and Mandelski's style of writing. It's fun, fast and a little predictable. If you like Sweet Valley High style books then you have found new author and a new publisher! Stand tall friends, don't let people dim your light for SVH!

Promposals. 🤔

I f ...more

By Yessica January 16, 2020

So I was desperate for more YA contemporary romance and although this didn't sound particularly looked okay. So I guess that's why we're here haha

I enjoyed this book and I liked the relationship between the main two characters. After a long time, I also really enjoyed the dual perspective ...more

By v September 03, 2018

AHHHHH!! I. LOVED. IT! As always - any Entangled Crush novel, I'm always going to be obsessed with. But Bailey and Alex? I really have no words. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. I loved them. I loved them soooo much.
Bailey - I really loved how hard working and determined she was. Working two jobs ...more

By Catreena September 02, 2018

#YA #Teen #SportsRomance #HighSchool #Player #GoodGirl

Dual POV


I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is the first book that I've read from this Author.
Each book can be read as a standalone.

Alex ...more

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Christina Mandelski

About the author

Christina Mandelski

Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at

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