I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromley
Published by Graydon House Books on May 25, 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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TALK BOOKISH TO ME (On-sale: May 25, 2021; Graydon House; Trade Paperback Original; $15.99) is a laugh-out-loud stunner of a story, perfect for fans of Beach Read and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, that will delight book nerds everywhere!
Kara Sullivan is definitely not avoiding her deadline. After all, it's the week of her best friend's wedding and she's the maid of honor, so she's got lots of responsibilities. As a bestselling romance novelist with seven novels under her belt, she’s a pro and looming deadlines and writer’s block (which she definitely doesn’t have) don't scare her. She's just eager to support Cristina as she ties the knot with Jason.
But who should show up at Cristina and Jason's rehearsal dinner but Kara's college ex-boyfriend, (the gorgeous and infuriating) Ryan? Apparently, he’s one of Jason's childhood friends, and he's in the wedding party, too. Considering neither Kara nor Ryan were prepared to see each other again, it's decidedly a meet-NOT-cute. There is nothing cute about this situation, and a bit of notice to mentally prepare would’ve been nice, Cristina! However, when Kara sits down to write again the next day, her writers' block is suddenly gone. She has to wonder what’s changed. Are muses real…? And is Kara's muse...Ryan?
After reading a couple of dark and heavy thrillers, Talk Bookish To Me was a welcome breath of fresh air. Delving into Kara’s life, fulling engaging me from page one as she struggled to overcome writer’s block and be there for her best friend’s wedding, I could totally sympathize and understand. Light and airy with comedy when needed but also packing in so much emotion, I highly recommend this book to romance as well as women’s fiction lovers.
Kara’s several months out of a break up, just not finding her ex that interesting or exciting, even though they were a good fit on paper. She’s a romance author having published seven books already, but she’s having a very hard time getting this new book of historical romance in by her deadline. She’s uninspired and can’t make herself work, distracted with bridesmaid duties. But at a party a week before the wedding, her best friend wants to introduce her to a childhood friend of her fiancee’s–and it turns out to be Kara’s college boyfriend who broke her heart before she broke it off. Will Kara let Ryan back into her life since neither of them have gotten over their break up ten years before? Or will the be doomed to even try?
There is so much hurt, bad feelings, and distrust between Ryan and Kara. But their chemistry is undeniable. Ryan is supportive of Kara’s career and Kara herself, which was a cleansing breath of fresh air. A few things were predictable, but it didn’t take away any of my enjoyment of their story. The secondary characters were a bit quirky, very supportive, but also unique. I love witty, sarcastic banter, and Talk Bookish To Me was full of all that and more.
I give Talk Bookish To Me a 4.5 out of 5. Set in New York and Italy, I always love getting to know a place through a book–and this gave me a little bit of an escape from my Midwestern suburb. This was an entertaining enemies-to-friends-to-lovers, with a bit of family drama put in for good measure. Neither Kara nor Ryan have any idea what the other has been through for the last ten years, so I enjoyed reading the assumptions and misunderstandings come full circle. This was a quick, entertaining romance that is perfect for an afternoon under the sun.
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About Kate Bromley
KATE BROMLEY lives in New York City with her husband, son, and her somewhat excessive collection of romance novels (It’s not hoarding if it’s books, right?). She was a preschool teacher for seven years and is now focusing full-time on combining her two great passions – writing swoon-worthy love stories and making people laugh. Talk Bookish to Me is her first novel.
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