In honor of Valentine’s Day, each Lily is recounting the book that first made them blush, swoon, and fall in love with romance. Happy reading, heroes! And most of all, happy Valentine’s Day! Love, Lily

I can’t remember the first time I swooned at a couple in a book, or the first time I read something that classified as romance, but I do absolutely remember the first time that I read something naughty.

It was romance, and it made me swoon, but it also made me blush. I loved Jane Green’s “Mr. Maybe” for so many reasons, and it still has a special place in my heart. It was my teenage benchmark for sexiness that everything else was measured against.

Mr. Maybe by Jane Green

Mr. Maybe by Jane Green

To Libby Mason, Mr. Right has always meant Mr. Rich. A twenty-seven-year-old publicist, she’s barely able to afford her fashionable and fabulous lifestyle, and often has to foot the bill for dates with Struggling Writer Nick, a sexy but perpetually strapped-for-cash guy she’s dating (no commitments–really). So when Ed, Britain’s wealthiest but stodgiest bachelor, enters the picture, her idea of the fairy-tale romance is turned on its head. Libby soon finds herself weighing the advantages of Nick’s sexual prowess and tender heart against Ed’s luxurious lifestyle and unlimited retail therapy. But when the diamond shopping commences, Libby is forced to realize that the time for “maybe” is up.

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