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Peek Inside My Forever Plus-One

Best friends make the best lovers and it’s mind-blowing for Evelyn and Owen. But when they hit a bump in the road, they might prove the adage—you should never sleep with your best friend—true.

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Evelyn is a woman who has everything--a successful career as a TV producer, and her best friend—sexy firefighter Owen Hanson—who looks mighty fine as her plus-one to awards dinners and backyard picnics. But something is missing and it’s not just the sex.

Owen Hanson is living the dream—a Chicago firefighter who volunteers at a youth center on the Southside and he’s got his best friend Evelyn—who knows him better than anyone. When Evelyn starts hinting about wanting something more, Owen panics.

Sex changes everything but taking their relationship to the next level surpasses even their wildest dreams. Until Evelyn’s ex-husband shows up and could make even the most perfect couple crash and burn...


“The writing is great, funny at times and had me smiling. No dull parts, the characters were great. This is a great book if you just want to lose yourself in an engaging novel to escape life. It will make you smile and laugh and there are even a few parts that will tug at your heart. A wonderful read.” -The Butterfly Reader

The author does an excellent job of bringing out the human element. She shows that there is hope to start over later in life. The characters are smart and witty. They have fun while living their best life and are able to face the realities of a relationship.” -Suzette P., Goodreads

My Forever Plus-One is my first book by Shannyn Schroeder and I was enchanted from the start!” -Kristy B., Goodreads

“This is a great friend to lovers novel that will leave you with a good feeling and the need to come back for more.” -Jennifer L., Goodreads

“There was so much to love about this book, but the hands down best part is how FIERCE (!!) Evelyn is.  She rolls over for no one and I actually cheered out loud for her several times during this story and if I ever got to meet her, I'd be giving her a million-high fives.  She's so strong even when you would think the strongest would fall apart. I love this series and can't wait to see which one of this group gets their HEA next!!” -Laura F., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638662
Series: Daring Divorcees Series, Book 3
Release Date: Oct 14, 2019
Page Count: 268
Imprint: august
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: friends to lovers, overcoming odds

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By Carrie (The Butterfly Reader) October 03, 2019

I don't usually like friends-to-lovers but this one is one of the few that I thought was cute! Owen and Evelyn have been friends for a while having bonded in a divorce support group. They really learned to lean on each other when needed and it's just adorable! They decide to take things further but ...more

By Rochelle October 14, 2019

This is the third book in the series and the first book that I have read from this author and I really enjoyed it. This can be read as a standalone. I love a good friends to lovers’ story and this was it. Evelyn and Owen helped each other through their respective divorces and they became closer and ...more

By Maggie October 04, 2019


So good , so touching, so emotional.
I had a tear or two on this book .

Two people, best friends, soul mates .
These two where meant to be together.
When they finally take the plunge , old trust issues and ex husbands rear their ugly heads.
Can they overcome their demons and make this work . ...more

By Jody October 20, 2019

I love Shannyn’s books and characters. This was my favorite book in the series. ...more

By Becky October 17, 2019

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 10/17/19.

Finally--Owen and Evelyn's story!

I feel like I've been waiting forever for them to figure their way out to an HEA (okay, so it was just two books, but it *felt* like ages!) Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and Ms Schroeder does a fantas ...more

By Kristina October 14, 2019

Friends to Lovers✔️
Mature couple✔️
Hot firefighter and cute dog✔️

My Forever Plus One is my first book by Shannyn Schroeder and I was enchanted from the start! Evelyn and Owen have been best friends since they met in a divorcee group, despite having one night of steamy sex early on, but now they both ...more

By Isabelle October 15, 2019


Adult Contemporary Romance, Friends-to-Lovers

Third Person, dual-POV

This is book #3 of the Daring Divorcee series, but it can be read as a standalone. I haven't read previous books and I have understood completely.

They had all been divorced for years, and t


By Angel October 14, 2019

Evelyn tossed the headset onto the console, just as the director called “Cut.” Another day, another group of young women armed with the knowledge of which man had fathered their children. As she turned to leave the control room, the new intern, Aisha came barreling through the door and said “Mr. Emu ...more

By Heather February 18, 2020

This was such a great book. First off, neither of the characters are twenty-somethings, but rather people a little older who have lived life and understand who they are and what they want a bit better. Owen and Evelyn have such a great relationship and I loved seeing how supportive they were with on ...more

By Eva November 09, 2019

evelyn and owen are best friends who have come to rely each other in every way, except it's all platonic. he's her date for work events. she's his for the same. my forever plus-one is actually aptly titled. they have each other's keys. they talk every day and know what's going on in each other's liv ...more

By Connie June 26, 2020

I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

This was the first book of this series and from this author that I have read. This book could be read as a stand-alone but maybe starting at the beginning to fully understand the individuals of the group and their dynamic ...more

By B. September 08, 2019

I really enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope and this is a good entry into that line of romance novels. Evelyn and Owen have become best friends as they bonded after both being in a group for the divorced. They are just comfortable together even though they have little in common from their professiona ...more

By Fizza October 12, 2019

This is a classic best-friends-to-lovers story. Two people who have known each other for years and are comfortable in each other's company slowly fall in love. Evelyn and Owen met a few years ago and they've been close friends since then. They're always there for each other. And they're used to bein ...more

By Tara October 14, 2019

Owen and Evelyn met after their marriages ended, via a divorce support group, and have been best friends ever since. They spend all their spare time together and are each other’s dates as required. They crossed the line one time but decided their friendship was too important to jeopardize so they cr ...more

By Diane September 30, 2019

Friendship becomes love!

Television producer Evelyn Rhodes has always asked her best friend, firefighter Owen Hanson to be her plus-one for any work functions or family stuff that she needed a date for and Owen did the same because neither of them was dating anybody. But when Evelyn wanted to make mo ...more

By Laura October 14, 2019

When I met the characters in this series in the second book (since I missed the first), I instantly fell in love. I wanted HEAs for everyone but I also wanted to know so much more about the friendship between Owen and Evelyn.

Owen and Evelyn are the very best of friends. They met after going through ...more

By Lori September 30, 2019

I love best friends to lovers stories. How sweet is it that the person who knows you best is the perfect one for you! I enjoyed meeting Owen and Evelyn in the first books and was happy to now read their story. It touched my heart in the scenes where they both just knew what the other needed without ...more

By Sherri September 14, 2019

I love this series. This is the third book and this book is about Owen and Evelyn. They have been best friends for a long time. They are part of the same divorce support group. Everyone around them can see how much they love each other except for the two of them. They soon come to realize that perha ...more

By Kari October 13, 2019

Owen and Evelyn met after their marriages ended and have been best friends ever since. They spend all their spare time together and are each other’s dates as required. They crossed the line one time but decided their friendship was too important to jeopardize so they crossed back and have been only ...more

By Amanda October 15, 2019

3.5 Stars

**I received an ARC of this book from Entangled Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts are my own**

This book follows two best friends, both having been divorced from their respective spouses for several years, as they realize their love for each other and face the struggles of taking ...more

By Pbkreader October 05, 2019

Schroeder is onto something big with her Daring Divorcees series. We all love a good second chance romance, but this time the second chance come with a new partner!

Evelyn and Owen have both been in a marriage that ended in divorce. They met at a coffee group for divorcees and became fast friends. A ...more

By Suzette October 14, 2019

This is a magnificent story. Evelyn and Owen are both divorced and have become best friends. Their relationship is comfortable and they trust each. After years of going on like this they decide to change their status and start having sex. This changes everything. Evelyn is strong and very focused on ...more

By Book Him Danno September 16, 2019

3 1\2 stars
Best friend romance stories are hard to be creative and made it just different enough from other authors out there. The book is interesting with both leads having been divorced and marriage not what they expected it to be.
The best friends are very much apart of each other lives and it isn ...more

By Alicia September 13, 2019

This is my first time reading anything from this author and I really enjoyed this book from cover to cover.

This is the third book in her series Daring Divorcees but is a stand-alone. It's Owen and Evelyn's book. Owen is Evelyn's best friend and both are beginning to wonder if everyone is right abou ...more

By Jennifer October 14, 2019

Owen and Evelyn are best friends, platonic best friends. But when Evelyn starts hinting for more, Owen pulls back from the relationship. It isn't until he does this that he realized that he can't live without her.

This is a book that contains some twists and turns that you may not expect. You have a ...more

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Shannyn Schroeder

About the author

Shannyn Schroeder

Shannyn Schroeder is the author of contemporary romances about big families, both those created by blood and by choice. Her books are set in the city of Chicago because having grown up there and lived near the city her whole life, she writes what she knows. When she’s not chauffeuring her kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

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