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Peek Inside Speaking of Love

Successful matchmaker Mackenzie Simms decides to find a woman for her friend, handsome newspaper tycoon Rick Duffy. Though they’ve been each other’s go-to dates for the past month, Mac and Rick couldn’t be more different. But on the double-date getaway to Rick’s family cabin, neither expect the new feelings that develop. Can Mac ‘fess up to what’s really in her heart when speaking her mind puts everything at risk?

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Speech teacher and successful matchmaker Mackenzie Simms decides to find a woman for her friend, handsome newspaper tycoon Rick Duffy. Though they’ve been each other’s go-to dates for the past month, Mac and Rick couldn’t be more different: she is outspoken, sarcastic, and completely loathes his privileged lifestyle. He’s laid-back, unassuming, and seems comfortable at an upper-class charity function. So why can’t she stop thinking about him?

Rick knows he and the opinionated-yet-adorable Mackenzie are better off as friends, so he agrees to the double-date getaway Mac plans at his family cabin. But seeing Mac cuddle up with her “friendly” date rankles Rick beyond reason, and Mac regrets her matchmaking scheme the minute she sees the way her beauty-queen cousin looks at Rick. Can Mac ’fess up to what’s really in her heart, when speaking her mind puts everything at risk?

Each book in the Perfect Kisses series is STANDALONE:
* Playing at Love
* Speaking of Love
* Falling for Her Soldier
* Making Waves


"I had a dopey smile on my face the entire time I read this book. It is chick lit at its finest. " - K.M. Galvin, Goodreads

"This is a great read. Witty, romantic and fun." - Ginger, Goodreads

"Ophelia London does it again with this fun and light friends to lovers romance."- Cocktails and Books

"Speaking of Love is one of those stories immediately love and show you that sometimes what you're looking for is right in front of you. Plus how can you not love a completely endearing romance with a happily ever after?" - Shortie Says

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622668748
Series: Perfect Kisses, Book 2
Release Date: Feb 1, 2013
Page Count: 230
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: friends to lovers, opposites attract, road romance

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By K.M. February 21, 2013

Well I can honestly say there wasn't anything I didn't like about this book. Ophelia London has a big fan on her hands. Let me just start by asking what has happened to contemporary romance? I mean, if the main characters aren't whipping each other and tying each other to beds, they are dealing with ...more

By Ginger June 21, 2015

This is a great read. Witty, romantic and fun. Love Rick and all his sexiness and really enjoyed the time they spent at the cabin before Brandy showed up. Mac's voice is honest in a way we can all identify with, especially as well all have had doubts at the beginning of a relationship.

Great #2 Bliss ...more

By Jennifer February 26, 2013

What I liked:
The interaction with Mac and Rick was – frustrating, loving, hot, and timid – all those words that feel like falling in love.

Most romance books are over the top with the perfect guy doing the perfect thing - something I have never experienced or witnessed. (You know the ones that exis ...more

By Kadbury March 01, 2013

So currently I've been on a bit of a romance binge and this one fell under my radar. So far Falling For Her Fiance has been my favorite romance novel by this publisher but this comes a close second.
3.5 stars

The main characters are pretend dating.Both of them barely open up about their personal life ...more

By Kassiah August 09, 2016

You already know that I loved Playing at Love, the first book in the Perfect Kisses series by Ophelia London. I didn't love this one as much, but I really, really liked it. It was also sweet, fun, and oh so swoony. I loved the dynamic between Rick and Mac. Friends to more is one of my favorite trope ...more

By Amy R March 06, 2013

This book was such a fun read! I reviewed it for Fresh Fiction, but wanted to let GR members know they won't be disappointed with this one. Very fun!

4.5 Stars ...more

By CL March 24, 2013

A wonderful contemporary romance. The sexual tension between Mac and Rick sizzled and they were both likeable characters in their own right. ...more

By Rachel T March 30, 2013


4 out of 5 for this reader folks!

Simple formula for this read! Almost lovers, friends, lovers! You know, the kind of relationship that is made to last!

Speaking of Love was another wonderful SWEET love ...more

By Trini February 26, 2013

HEAs always make me happy!!

I’m always glad and relieved when two wonderful characters find their happily ever after!
Rick is a journalist who has taken ownership of The Franklin Standard (a local paper) per his grandfather’s dying wishes. He comes from a very wealthy family with deep roots in the ci ...more

By Amy April 15, 2013

I read and finished Speaking of Love the day it came out. My house went to shambles and my husband brought home dinner. I just couldn't put it down.

Speaking of Love follows a new storyline of Mackenzie, the best friend of Tess from Playing at Love.

Mac is a high school teacher who isn't interested i ...more

By Nancy February 11, 2013

I fell in love with this book before I even got past the first page! Rick is such a dream, and Mac is so full of energy, I couldn’t help but love them both right away! Ophelia does a great job letting us see into each of their perspectives, and both are easy to relate to and understand where they ar ...more

By Jen February 18, 2013

If you liked Playing at Love, you will love Speaking of Love! Ophelia London once again delivers characters who are incredibly likeable and relateable, with undeniable chemistry. But the best thing about Speaking of Love is that it had me laughing out loud! ...more

By Brendon February 25, 2013

I LOVED this book! I was such a fun read! Mac and Rick are such likable characters, each in their own way, and I was rooting for them the whole time. This book made me laugh and left a big smile on my face. I can't wait to see more from Ophelia London! ...more

By Rachel January 11, 2014

This is the second of the Perfect Kisses series and my favourite of the three. I loved the humour in this book. Mac and Rick had me cracking up more than once. Like all the Ophelia London books I have read so far, once I started I didn't want to stop. Cue book being read in one sitting.

Mac and Rick ...more

By Shirley March 03, 2013

3.75 stars

Mackenzie and Rick have an non-dating arrangement to be each other's 'date' at public functions. Although their chemistry is very palpable Mac is determined to stay away from Rick because of what she thinks he represents. She has convinced herself that Rick must be like his family and thei ...more

By Karen February 20, 2013

This is a really cute opposites attract story. Mac (short for Mackenzie) is attracted to Rick but is sure her blue color/activist lifestyle won't mesh with his high society/business one. She tends to get herself and Rick into trouble every time she goes with him to a public function. Not to mention ...more

By Cocktails and Books April 26, 2013

Ophelia London does it again with this fun and light friends to lovers romance. Mackenzie and Rick are great friends. Mackenzie is a school teacher bitter and done with relationships. Rick is a wealthy newspaper owner who is laid back and ready for just about anything. So when Mackenzie arranges a d ...more

By Jena February 24, 2013

Speaking of Love is one of those stories immediately love and show you that sometimes what you're looking for is right in front of you. Plus how can you not love a completely endearing romance with a happily ever after?

I love how there's much more than just sex for Rick and Mac. They each a ...more

By Yazmin February 18, 2013

Speaking of Love by Ophelia London is a sweet and fun read.

Mackenzie Simms has decided to find a woman for her friend Rick. She has been attending social event with him for a while now as his non-date, but she is never comfortable in those events. Her solution, to match him up with her cousin, she w ...more

By Julianne August 13, 2013

Another fun read from Ms. London. It is light and enjoyable albeit predictable. The tension between Mac and Rick was well written and you get some good payout in the end. ...more

By Amanda January 20, 2014

I absolutely loved this book! I smiled so much while reading it. I read it straight through I couldn't put it down! ...more

By Hilary September 07, 2014

What a sweet, feel good love story with very relatable and likable characters - Especially Mac! I loved her! There were many moments I just wanted to hug her… A quick read, a perfect beach book ...more

By Chrissy June 05, 2017

Just as good as the first book :) ...more

By Glynis July 27, 2014

Speaking of Love is a highly engaging read! I loved Mac from the very beginning - she is smart, funny and most importantly, full of snark. Her broken heart and strong ideals prevent her from considering a serious relationship with the gorgeous and charming Rick. With the help of a boisterous group o ...more

By Angie November 24, 2015

This was a good friends to lovers story. Mac had to learn that what Rick's father did wasn't Rick's fault. Rick had to break through Mac's walls and show her who he really was. These two were cute when they were stranded and had a snowball fight. Mac realized that setting her cousin up with Rick was ...more

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Ophelia London

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Ophelia London

USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she's lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes. Ophelia is the author of SOMEDAY MAYBE; DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE; ABBY ROAD; the Perfect Kisses series including: FALLING FOR HER SOLDIER, PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and MAKING WAVES; and the upcoming Sugar City series for Entangled's Bliss line. Visit her at But don't call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson's Creek) is on.

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