Broke up with, broke, and with a vicious case of writer’s block, romance writer Gracie Landing is a hot mess. She can hardly be blamed for drinking one (or a few) too many cocktails when out with her besties in an attempt to cheer herself up. Sometime in the foggy wee hours, she recklessly emails her unrequited high-school crush, Colin Yarmouth, who is now a successful attorney harboring regrets of his own. When she receives an intriguingly friendly (not to say flirty) response, her acute embarrassment is overcome only by her fervent curiosity—what would a hottie like Colin be like as a grown up? The two forge an unlikely friendship that’s unmistakably headed for more. Colin’s tales of his own woeful break-up become fodder for Gracie’s fertile imagination and her current work-in-progress takes off. With the deadline looming and her checking account dwindling, Gracie has no idea that borrowing Colin’s story could wreak havoc on her life, her career, and her own chance at happily-ever-after…
My Rating: ★★
I’m going to be honest here, maybe somewhat brutally, but I struggled with this book. Although a seemingly quick read I felt I had to push myself to keep going.
I had difficulty connecting to the characters who seemed like they hadn’t grown past 15 years of age with all the burping, farting and and crude behaviour. I could not picture Grace as a 30 year old woman and a writer no less – her ‘book’ if you could call it that required more than a little help from an old high school crush. And who does that anyway? I understand taking inspiration from the world and people around you but to copy someone’s extremely embarrassing personal story (only changing the names) is a no from me.
Which brings me to….What’s wrong with Colin sharing all of that with someone on a first date, not even a date, a ‘business’ meeting. Self-respect…anyone?
Aside from the characters, I didn’t find the book to be either romantic or funny… kinda ruling it out as a romcom for me. Instead I found it to be quite cringe-worthy and completely unsexy, warranting only 2 stars.
With thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for this advanced copy in return for an honest review.