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Patricia McLinn

What Are Friends For?

What Are Friends For?


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Read more in this series: Seasons in a Small Town


Best friends always, lovers once . . . and now?

Seasons in a Small Town – Spring

In small-town Drago, Illinois, Zeke came by his "the Geek" nickname honestly, more comfortable with algebra and algorithms than high school's social hallways. Though that didn't keep him from longing for the unattainable prom queen, Jennifer.

The one person who understood his out-of-the-box brain was Darcie, his best friend and complete opposite. At high school graduation, for one night, Zeke and Darcie jolt from friends to lovers. Then he leaves town. Darcie knew her Zeke. He'd never look back, wouldn't ever see her feelings for him. Now, 17 years later, Zeke's a self-made tech billionaire, Darcie's a local cop, Jennifer's divorced and Darcie's friend.

Their town is flagging, but Darcie has a plan. It starts with luring grumpy Zeke back to Drago for its annual Lilac Festival, then persuading him to boost the town's economy. Even if that means matchmaking him with the beautiful Jennifer. Even though it means having to shepherd him through this experience. Darcie will do it for him, for Jennifer, for Drago. 

Zeke swore he'd never come back to where he was miserable, other than his connection with Darcie. But maybe this homecoming won't be so bad. Especially spending time with Jennifer ... and Darcie. Now why did he think of Darcie when things were going so well with Jennifer?

Darcie's plan doesn't get off to the best start when she puts Zeke in handcuffs, but they can get past that. For Drago's sake, they have to.

Just like she'll get past wondering what if friends could have a second chance at turning to lovers again...

What Are Friends For?, Book 1 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's ‘Seasons in a Small Town’ series, will captivate readers who love passionate, contemporary romance with a spark of humor.

What readers say about What Are Friends For?

"Loved this second-chance romance! I liked the geeky-sorta-vulnerable Zeke and the loyal and capable Darcie and I LOVED them together." -5*

"Funny and heart-wrenching at the same time" -5*

“Just wow! Excellent characters . . . Amazing the way I felt like I could see Darcie and Zeke interacting and how well they read each other.”-5*

"You laugh, you angst, you maybe shed a couple tears or two ... and at the end of it you move immediately onto the next book because - unlike teenage Zeke - you don't want to get away, all you want to do is go back." -5*

I had to forego all other daily chores in order to follow the story and characters. Such a well-written book with much emotion has to be absorbed without interruption. . . . Can't wait to read more in this series.”-5* 

Darcie and Zeke are characters like no other characters and they both deserve this ‘stage’ in which to live their stories.”-5*

"What a great book! It has the 'feels', love unrequited, misconceptions, misinformation... Resolved. Knowing that home truly is where your heart lies!" -5*

This is now one of my favorite books of all time. The characters are so real and the story is vibrant. I’m chomping at the bit to read all the books from Patricia McLinn.”-5*

“I've become a HUGE Patricia McLinn fan ever since I read one of her stories in a bundle and then immediately hunted out all of her other works . . . What Are Friends For? is definitely one of my favorites.”-5*

“Zeke and Darcie are strong, realistic characters you will fall in love with. I can’t wait to read more in this series!”-5*

“Great small-town romance. I'm a sucker for small-town romances and this one met my needs so well that I just bought the other three in the series!”-5*

Get all of Patricia McLinn's Seasons in a Small Town series today!

What Are Friends For? (Spring)
The Right Brother (Summer)
Falling for Her (Autumn)
Warm Front (Winter)


What readers say about the Seasons in a Small Town series

"You laugh, you angst, you maybe shed a couple tears or two ... and at the end of it you move immediately onto the next book because - unlike teenage Zeke - you don't want to get away, all you want to do is go back." -5*

"The town of Drago has insinuated itself into my heart and I can only hope there is another installment with this small town as its setting." -5*

"Heartwarming — Absolutely loved it!" -5*

“A great journey. This series has strong characters and great story lines.”-5*

"McLinn delivers a fun, engaging, and emotionally complicated romance." -5*

Can’t wait to read Jennifer’s story next”-5*

“Darn it, Patricia! You’ve written another series I can’t live without!”-5*

Excellent read, looking forward to the next three books.”-5*