F5F Characters

If you haven’t read all of the books, you may find spoilers in this list of characters. Also, several minor character’s names have changed between editions of the books to remove duplication. This list is a work in progress and will be updated.

Aidan Hawke— brother of Shannyn Hawke, born in 1987, adopted, grew up in Harte’s Harbor, did one tour of duty, then drove the length of the Americas. He later drove from Madrid across Eurasia. Aidan first appears in Just One Fake Date.

Alexandra “Sasha” Stuyvesant—also known as Sprout 3, the daughter of Dave Stuyvesant and his wife, born in December 2017. Sasha makes her debut in Just One More Time.

Alfred—Grandma Trixie’s date in Just One More Time.

Allison “Ally-cat”—Cassie’s sister, married to Jonathan, lives in Montrose River where she and her husband bought her parents’ house. First appears in Just One Hometown Hero.

Mrs. Ambrose—Lauren’s client in Just One More Time who arrives for her appointment after Marie confesses to her affair with Mark.

Andrea Thomas—older woman in Montrose River who cleans Reid’s house in Just One Hometown Hero.

Anna—nurse co-worker of Haley’s who usually works in cardiac ward but is on maternity leave in Just One Night Together.

Annika—partner of Thom. Annika and Thom’s relationship is considered by Meesha to be the source of the story that romance is found at F5F and they are the first couple featured in the spotlight series Meesha creates.

Anthony Dias—lawyer and husband of Stephanie McKay. They live in Boston. He is mentioned in Just One Fake Date but doesn’t appear.

Ariel—Kyle and Lauren’s daughter, born in April 2019 in Just One Second Chance.

Ashley Golden—the stylist who buys Lauren’s salon in Just One More Time.

Ben Berenstein—an architect, Simon’s father and Sandra’s husband, who appears in Just One Second Chance.

Mr. Bernard—the doorman at Lauren’s building in Just One More Time. He subsequently takes the job as the doorman at Flatiron Five Fitness.

Bill Whittamore—the plumber in Montrose River, mentioned in Just One Hometown Hero.

Blaine—ex-military, friend of Nate, starting a video-production company that is hired to film the pop-ups in Just One Second Chance.

Brad Slater—Haley’s older brother, born 1984 and a firefighter, married to Katie. They live in Haley’s hometown and have bought her mom’s house. They have three kids, two girls and a boy, who are not named, and first appear in Just One Night Together.

Brendan—one of Reid’s college buddies, along with Troy and Chris. His partner is Lily and they come from Houston for Reid and Cassie’s wedding in Two Weddings & a Baby.

Caelen—Theo’s school friend who was killed in a hit-and-run the summer before college, mentioned in Just One Second Chance. Theo wears his St. Christopher medallion and calls his mom each Christmas.

Caleb—in a partnership with Yvonne, a bartender at the F5F club. Their partnership is also chosen for a feature by Meesha.

Cameron—his relationship with Kendra is also considered by Meesha to be at the root of the F5F reputation for finding a partner at the club and they are featured by Meesha, too.

Just One Hometown Hero, book four of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeCassie Wilson—partner at Flatiron Five Fitness who manages their marketing and teaches aerobics and yoga. Cassie is a former dancer, born in 1984, with a sister Allison. Her story is Just One Hometown Hero.

Cate—Theo’s friend and connection at the American Museum of Natural History in Just One Second Chance.

Chase Stewart—Lionel’s dad, married to Lori, appears in Just One Hometown Hero.

Chloe—a book-keeper who is added to the F5F finance team by Tyler in September 2018 in Two Weddings & a Baby. There’s a mention of her ultimately moving to F5F West.

Chris—Reid’s friend from college who runs a vintage car rental business in California, mentioned in Just One Hometown Hero. He and his partner Megan come to Manhattan for Reid and Cassie’s wedding in Two Weddings & a Baby.

Christa—weekend receptionist at F5F, who moves to weekdays when Sonia is promoted in September 2018, in Two Weddings & a Baby.

Colleen McKay—Tyler’s mom (née Preston) born 1960. Colleen has two sisters (Teresa and Maureen), is married to Jeffrey, and has five children (Tyler, Lauren, Stephanie, Paige, Katelyn). Her mom is Trixie. Colleen first appears in Just One Fake Date.

Crystal—former date of Kyle’s who arranges a tour of the closed City Hall subway station for Kyle and Jason in Just One More Time.

Just One Night Together, book three of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeDamon Perez—one of the partners of F5F, a weightlifting instructor and a designer. Damon is the one partner who didn’t attend college with the others and is a former marine with PTSD. He lives with his mom, Natasha, who has terminal cancer, and his romance with Haley is told in Just One Night Together.

Daphne—a nurse and Haley’s co-worker, introduced in Just One Night Together.

Dave Stuyvesant—born 1990, younger brother of Kyle, in the service. He lives in California with his wife, Gwendolyn, and her son from a previous marriage, the son they have together and a baby on the way. We meet Dave in Just One More Time.

Deanna—Shannyn’s contact at the college alumni newspaper in Just One Fake Date.

Derek Henderson—a contractor in the Bronx, married Paige (McKay) in 2015. They have one son, Ethan, born in 2016 – they all appear for the first time in Just One Fake Date.

Devin Crawford—a divorced IT guy in Montrose River who drives a Jeep. Cassie’s family try to set her up with him in Just One Hometown Hero.

Diana—Lauren’s client when Katelyn arrives at the salon after her honeymoon in Just One More Time.

Doreen Jackson—Reid’s mom, probably killed by her husband Rick, loved from afar by Marty. We learn Doreen’s story in Just One Hometown Hero.

Ms. Douglas—the lawyer who advises Lyssa on terminating Justin and Mercedes in Just One Second Chance.

Emily—Tori and Nick’s daughter and Cassie’s god-daughter, born March 2018. Cassie goes to Montrose River for Emily’s christening in Just One Hometown Hero.

Ethan Henderson—Colleen and Jeffrey McKay’s first grandchild, born November 2016, son of Paige and Derek. Ethan first appears in Just One Fake Date.

Fiona—Shannyn’s doula who knits Michael a blue baby sweater and appears in Two Weddings & a Baby.

Fitzwilliam—Shannyn’s Maine Coon cat, named for Mr. Darcy, who first appears in Just One Fake Date.

Florence—Kyle and Dave’s mom, born 1955, married and divorced seven times. She sells real estate, lives in California, and first appears in Just One More Time when she visits Kyle in NYC and has a hook-up with Kenneth. She has younger sisters who have grandchildren.

Francis Hawke—Shannyn and Aidan’s mom, a widow and a dressmaker, born 1967. Francis runs a wedding dress shop in Harte’s Harbor and is first mentioned in Just One Fake Date.

Franco—Lyssa’s friend, a photographer and partner of Giancarlo. They have a house in Tuscany, which Lyssa and Logan routinely visit at Christmas. First mentioned in Just One Second Chance.

Foster—the Marine who died when Damon and Buchanan were attacked, first mentioned in Just One Night Together.

Mr. Frederickson—Mark’s boss who has a house in the Hamptons, mentioned in Just One More Time.

Dr. Garrett Smith—Haley’s ex, married to (and divorced from) Dr. Krista Olson, who lives in her hometown in Illinois, introduced in Just One Night Together.

Germain—a fashion student who manages the retail store in the lobby at Flatiron Five Fitness. Germain is mentioned in Just One Fake Date.

Giancarlo—Lyssa’s friend, a designer and partner of Franco, an enthusiastic cook first mentioned in Just One Second Chance.

Giselle—a French stewardess and Tyler’s date to Trixie’s 80th birthday party. Giselle appears in Just One Fake Date.

Grace—Lauren’s popular and pretty college friend and travel companion on their spring-break trip to Santa Cruz, ten years before Just One More Time.

Gwendolyn—born 1987, Dave’s wife, mother of Jason, Moah and Sasha. Gwendolyn was widowed when her husband Josh was killed in action, then fell in love with Josh’s friend, Dave. Dave and Gwendolyn married in 2011. She first appears in Just One More Time.

Haley Slater—born 1986, a nurse interested in alternative therapies. Her father was a first responder killed in 9/11, her older brother Brad is a firefighter, her younger sister Tiffany is a paramedic and her youngest brother Matt is a doctor serving with Doctors Without Borders. Her story with Damon is told in Just One Night Together.

Hunter Tate—a patron and fan of F5F’s dance club, introduced in Just One Night Together when he is hired by the club.

Ingrid—a stylist who works for Lauren in Just One More Time and is inclined to dress in black and white. Ingrid spends Mondays at a women’s shelter in Queens doing makeovers with her friend, Sherry.

Just One Silver Fox, book six of Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeJacqueline (Jax, Jacquie) Morgan—a widow who manages human resources at the club and is known to be fierce, as well as a great kickboxer. Her story (with Pierce) is Just One Silver Fox.

Jared Jones—born 1990, an artist who lives in Soho with Katelyn and marries her in 2017 in Just One Fake Date.

Jasmine Lang—Lionel’s crush in Just One Hometown Hero.

Jason Stuyvesant—born in 2006, son of Josh and Gwendolyn, also called “Sprout One” by Kyle. He first appears in Just One More Time and is a serious, tall and thin kid with glasses who is good at math.

Javier—a waiter at the F5F dance club, mentioned in Just One More Time.

Jeffrey McKay—a retired investment banket and avid golfer, husband of Colleen, father of five, born 1957. He is an only child himself, and first appears in Just One Fake Date.

Joe Papanopoulos—owner of Pappy’s restaurant in Montrose River, where the choice is chicken or fish, mentioned in Just One Hometown Hero.

Joe—an older gentleman who drives a cab at nights in Queens and often picks up fares at the hospital where Haley works. He’s mentioned in Just One Night Together.

Jonathan—Ally’s husband, first mentioned in Just One Hometown Hero.

Josh—Gwendolyn’s first husband and Jason’s father, killed in action in 2010, mentioned in Just One More Time.

Joy—friend of Lauren’s and a personal shopper at one of the big department stores in NYC. She’s married to Daniel with one child, Megan, and first appears in Just One More Time.

Julius Tremblay—Theo’s father, husband of Louise, a policeman in Manchester England, retiring summer of 2019. He had a heart attack in 2017. He’s mentioned earlier but first appears in Just One Second Chance.

Justin Young—Lyssa’s ex-husband and manager who is terminated for stealing from her in Just One Second Chance.

Katelyn McKay—Tyler’s youngest sister, a jeweler who lives in Soho with her partner, Jared. Born in 1993, she’s getting married in June 2017 in Just One Fake Date. The happy couple honeymoon in Bali, thanks to Jared’s parents.

Kendra—partner of Cameron. Their romance is mentioned from beginning as one of the stories that inspire the legend of romance being found at F5F. They are the second featured couple in Meesha’s spotlight.

Kenneth—born 1947, Florence’s hook-up in Just One More Time.

Khadija—a nurse and co-worker of Haley’s in oncology in Just One Night Together. She compares Damon to her husband Jake who is also taciturn.

Kirsten—Shannyn’s college roommate, a math teacher, who marries Lukas in Just One Fake Date. Their first child, Abigail, is Shannyn’s god-daughter.

Just One More Time, book two of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeKyle Stuyvesant—born 1983, one of the partners of F5F who thinks of himself as the idea guy. Kyle is exuberant, from California, and his story with Lauren is told in Just One More Time and they marry in Just One Hometown Hero.

Lauren McKay—born 1986, a hairdresser with her own salon and Tyler’s favorite sister. Lauren divorces Mark in September 2017 (they married in 2014) and her story with Kyle is told in Just One More Time.

Mr. Lee—the martial arts instructor at F5F who teaches Jason in Just One More Time. His daughter Sandra also teaches at the club.

Lila Sanders—Reid’s girlfriend in college who dumped him when he was injured and married another athlete. Shayla fixes her up with Reid in Just One Hometown Hero.

Lionel Stewart—a clumsy kid who works for Reid at the Shop ‘n Save in Montrose River, introduced in Just One Hometown Hero.

Lisa Petrovsky—a teacher and Shannyn’s upstairs tenant in Just One Fake Date, who lives with her mom. They give notice and move to Orlando to be closer to her brother and family.

Liz—teaches a massage class at F5F and is Haley’s instructor when she goes to the club in Just One Night Together.

Logan Monroe—Lyssa and Theo’s son and secret baby, born in 2009, introduced in Just One Second Chance. His best friend is Simon Berenstein: Theo speculates that Logan gets the pair into trouble and Simon gets them out of it.

Lori Stewart—Lionel’s mom, married to Chase, is given the job of running the farmers’ market in Montrose River by Reid in Just One Hometown Hero.

Louise Tremblay—Theo’s mother, Julius’ wife, Naomi’s mother, an English teacher who first appears in Just One Second Chance.

Lukas—a math teacher who marries Kirsten, also father of Abigail, in Just One Fake Date.

Lyssa Monroe—mother of Logan. She’s also known as Angel, a model who returns to Theo and NYC in Just One Second Chance. She retires from modeling in January 2019, buys an apartment in Manhattan with Theo, marries him and teaches HIIS classes at F5F.

Dr. Madison—Shannyn’s OB/GYN in Two Weddings & a Baby.

Mandy—Lauren’s college friend on their trip to Santa Cruz, mentioned in Just One More Time.

Marco Perez—a carpenter and Damon’s father. He taught Damon about massage before he died. He is mentioned in Just One Night Together.

Marcus—owns the parking garage beside F5F and provides detailing services for cars like Tyler’s Porsche. His son, Zachary, works at F5F and goes to college. Marcus is first mentioned in Just One Fake Date.

Marianne Wilson—Cassie’s mom, mentioned in Just One Hometown Hero.

Marie—a stylist at Lauren’s salon who has an affair with Mark (and conceives his child) in Just One More Time.

Mark Thompson—Lauren’s ex-husband and a commercial real estate agent. They were married in 2014, separated in 2017 after he was caught having sex at F5F by a security camera and divorced in 2018. He first appears in Just One Fake Date.

Marty Blackford—the previous owner of the Shop ‘n Save in Montrose River, Cassie’s uncle and Reid’s mentor, mentioned in Just One Hometown Hero.

Matt Slater—Haley’s youngest brother and a doctor, mentioned in Just One Night Together.

Maureen Sinclair—née Preston, born 1964, Colleen McKay’s younger sister, divorced from Richard with one daughter Maxine. She owns a gardneing design business in CT and is first mentioned in Just One Fake Date.

Max—Francis’ “huge black dog of indeterminate breed” who lives with her in Harte’s Harbor. He’s afraid of Fitzwilliam. First appears in Just One More Time.

Maxine Sinclair—born 1990, Maureen and Richard’s daughter, a social klutz but brilliant organizer, an actuary. She’s first mentioned in Just One Fake Date.

Meesha—a social media “goddess” who comes to work at F5F in Just One Fake Date. She’s in her early twenties, enthusiastic, and considers pink to be her signature color.

Megan—a nurse and co-worker of Haley’s in the cardiac ward in Just One Night Together.

Melanie—a petite redhead and teacher who meets Nate on his day at F5F in Just One Night Together.

Mercedes—Lyssa’s publicist who had an affair with Justin, lied to and stole from Lyssa. She and Justin are terminated in January 2019 in Just One Second Chance.

Mia—the girl who is bullying Jason at school and taking his lunch in Just One More Time.

Millie—owner of a hair salon in Montrose River who is sweet on Reid in Just One Hometown Hero.

Naomi—Theo’s sister who lives in England, first introduced in Just One Second Chance. Naomi is married to Graeme and they have two kids: Nolan (born 2013) and Krista (born 2015). They all come to NYC for Theo and Lyssa’s wedding.

Natasha Perez—a ballet dancer who fled Russia for love, married Marco, and is Damon’s mom. We meet Natasha in Just One Night Together, although she’s mentioned in Just One Fake Date.

Nathan Buchanan—a former Marine who served with Damon and lost his hand in an attack. He works in his uncle’s hunting store when we first meet him in Just One Night Together, but later takes a job at the club.

Nick—Cassie’s cousin who owns a garage in Montrose River. He’s married to Tori (Cassie’s best friend from high school) and father of Emily. We meet Nick in Just One Hometown Hero.

Ninja—the black cat with attitude who Haley adopts in Just One Night Together.

Noah Stuvesant—born 2012, Dave and Gwendolyn’s son, called “Sprout Two” by Kyle. He’s short and chunky and resembles Dave as a kid. Noah first appears in Just One More Time.

Paige Henderson—born 1991, Tyler McKay’s sister, married Derek in 2015 and had a son, Ethan, in 2016. Known for her curiosity and persistence, called Princess Paige by Tyler, she appears in Just One Fake Date.

Paolo—owner of the bodega near Lauren’s apartment where she tells off Mark in Just One More Time.

Paul Wilson—Cassie and Ally’s father, Marianne’s husband, who first appears in Just One Hometown Hero.

Peter—one of Lyssa’s bodyguards at her appearance as Angel at F5F on New Year’s Eve 2019, mentioned in Just One Second Chance.

Rachel Meyer—one of Reid’s tenants in Montrose River who is always calling him for maintenance in Just One Hometown Hero.

Rachel—Kyle’s second-in-command at Flatiron Five Fitness West, first mentioned in Just One Second Chance.

Raylene—weekend receptionist at F5F, first mentioned in Just One Fake Date.

Raymond Carter—the kid defended by Reid in the locker room in high school in Montrose River, as mentioned in Just One Hometown Hero, who later went to MIT and works in California.

Reid Jackson—bad boy from wrong side of the tracks in Montrose River who won a football scholarship then returned home to make changes for good and Cassie’s partner. Reid’s story is told in Just One Hometown Hero.

Rick Jackson—Reid’s abusive father, married to Doreen, he fell asleep smoking and died in the subsequent fire. His story is included in Just One Hometown Hero.

Robyn—nurse and co-worker of Haley’s who has an active sex life in Just One Night Together.

Ryan Nichols—one of the gang in Montrose River who bullied Cassie. He appears in Just One Hometown Hero.

Sandra Berenstein—a socialite and organizer of charity functions, wife of Ben, mother of Simon, lives on the Upper East Side. She first appears in Just One Second Chance.

Sarah Monroe—Lyssa’s older sister, a nurse who has taken a leave of absence from her job to provide palliative care to their mother in Just One Second Chance. The sisters are reunited and Sarah attends Lyssa and Theo’s wedding.

Seth Harrison—chef who started a restaurant in Montrose River with Reid’s help, mentioned in Just One Hometown Hero. His friend opened a bakery across the street and her sister opened a coffee shop next to the bakery. Reid sees this sequence as the key to restoring the town’s downtown.

Shannyn Hawke—born 1985, adopted, grew up in Harte’s Harbor, married Cole in 2008 and divorced him in 2014, has a brother Aidan, a mom Francis, a cat Fitzwilliam and is Tyler McKay’s partner. They marry in September 2017 and their story is told in Just One Fake Date.

Shayla—married to Troy, tries to fix up Reid in Just One Hometown Hero. They have a running joke about her needing a hat for his wedding.

Simon Berenstein—Logan’s best friend, Sandra and Ben’s only son, who first appears in Just One Second Chance. Simon is tall and thin with glasses and reserved – especially in comparison with Logan.

Mr. Sinclair—Lyssa’s private banker in Just One Second Chance.

Sonia—receptionist at the club, she’s tall, blonde and serene, and first appears in Just One Fake Date, where Tyler notes that Sonia doesn’t take any trouble from Kyle.

Stephanie McKay—born 1989 and married Anthony in 2016, wearing her mom’s wedding dress. She’s a grad student living in Boston and Tyler McKay’s sister, first appearing in Just One Fake Date.

Tanya—Kyle’s father’s current girlfriend in December 2017, mentioned in Just One More Time.

Teresa Fanshaw (née Preston)—Colleen’s older sister, born 1957, married to Robert. They have four kids and nine grandchildren. She’s mentioned in Just One Fake Date.

Auntie Tess—Theo’s aunt who keeps score of her family’s love lives, first mentioned in Just One Second Chance.

Just One Second Chance, book six of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeTheo Tremblay—the British member of the F5F team who is an excellent networker. Theo was born in 1985, he catches the garter at Cassie’s wedding and his story with Lyssa is told in Just One Second Chance.

Thom—instructor on the rock climbing wall at F5F, first mentioned in Just One More Time.

Tiffany Slater—born 1989, Haley’s younger sister and a paramedic, she’s engaged to Stefan. Tiffany appears in Just One Night Together.

Timothy—client/member booked with Kyle for personal training in Just One More Time who is always late.

Tori—Cassie’s best friend, a former dancer, wife of Nick and mother of Emily. She’s introduced in Just One Hometown Hero.

Trixie (Patricia) Preston—Tyler’s maternal grandmother, born in 1936, introduced in Just One Fake Date. Trixie dies in Just One More Time, leaving her house in Mamaroneck to Lauren.

Troy—Reid’s friend from college who is an investment advisor in Chicago. Troy is married to Shayla and they have two sons. They first appear in Just One Hometown Hero.

Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeTyler McKay—partner at F5F and the finance guy on the team, at the beginning of the series, he still has a day job at Fleming Financial. Born in 1985, graduated from college in 2007, his partner is Shannyn and their story is told in Just One Fake Date.

Vicky—a former date of Kyle’s who works at the American Museum of Natural History, she married in April 2017 and is mentioned in Just One More Time.

Yolanda—one of the bartenders at the F5F dance club, mentioned in Just One Second Chance.

Yvonne—an Aquafit instructor at F5F and partner of Caleb. She first appears in Just One More Time when Kyle audits her class, although her partnership with Caleb is mentioned earlier.

Zachary—the son of Marcus, who works summers at F5F and is the first in his family to go to college. He’s mentioned in Just One Fake Date.

Zeke—owner of the gym where Damon worked after leaving the service who gave neighborhood kids free classes. He died in a car accident and his gym closed. He’s mentioned in Just One Night Together.