Book Review: Clueless by Willow Thomas


Author: Willow Thomas
Series: Squad Goals, book 1
Publisher: Independent (May 10, 2023)
Kindle edition, 164 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary M/M Romance


The Cheerleader and His Twin’s Best Friend


I’ve been in love with Ryder Jackson since my twin sister brought him home and declared him her best friend five years ago. He is funny, smart, gorgeous. The perfect man. Except he’s never shown any romantic interest in me. Ryder only does hookups, but my poor demi heart wants the whole package.
I vow to get over him and focus on my upcoming cheer competition, but suddenly, he’s everywhere, making me fall harder.
When he accidentally walks in on my self-love time, everything changes. One night with Ryder isn’t enough.
I know it’ll hurt when it ends, but if friends with benefits is all Ryder can give, I’ll take it.


No boyfriends, no repeats. That’s always been my motto. But when I nearly get my ass handed to me by the disgruntled ex of a former hookup, I realize I need to change things up.
No sex until I learn to avoid the walking red flags.
I can do this.
Except, suddenly, all I can see is Lexi, my best friend’s brother. I’m creating situations to get cuddles from him during nineties movie night and even going to a football game just to watch him cheer.
After one hot night, I want more.
But how do I get Lexi to see me as more than just a hookup?


Rating: 5 out of 5.

THREE CHEERS for the first book in this awesome new series!! I fell so hard for Lexi and his long-standing crush on his twin sister Kait’s (totally oblivious) bestie Ryder. This is an awesome best friend’s sibling/sibling’s best friend trope, and I love the way the dynamic shifts between Lexi, Kait, and Ryder’s relationships with each other as Lexi and Ryder grow closer.

My heart HURT for Lexi, trying so hard to get over his unrequited crush on Ryder and also come to terms with accepting some truths about himself (like his love of pretty underthings and satin nighties). And then I wanted to smack some sense into Ryder – come ON, dude!!

Lexi’s friend group is so close and supportive, I love them all and wish I could just go hang out with them (shopping trip montage!!) There are so many fun 90’s (jokes? bits? easter eggs?) in this book and I am LIVING FOR IT. Willow Thomas delivers the perfect balance of humor and heartbreak, and has quickly been added to my “buy it now” author list!

This is the first book in the Squad Goals series, and can be read as a standalone. I CAN’T WAIT to read the happily ever afters for the rest of the guys on the Squad – and !! Book two, Restless, comes out November 2023 and will be about Gio and Tucker!! I fell so hard for Tucker in this book, and I can’t wait for him to get his happy ever after. 🙂

This is the first book I’ve read by Willow Thomas, but you’d better believe I’m going to read more! I added Bolt From the Blue, the first book in the Caught Off Guard series, to my TBR, and I also can’t wait for Willow Thomas’ upcoming Fallen Gargoyles MC series, coming in August!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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