Talk Bookish to Me

Graydon House. May 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781525806438. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Romance novelist Kara Sullivan has to serve as her best friend’s maid of honor and finish writing her next manuscript before she can head off on a six-month dream trip to Italy. Struggling to find inspiration for her writing, Kara suddenly learns that her maid-of-honor duties include hosting her ex-boyfriend (and former love of her life) Ryan and his high-maintenance bulldog at her apartment. Kara soon finds that her old feelings for Ryan are resurfacing in both her fictional characters’ love lives and her own.
VERDICT The inclusion of the “book within a book” plot device, where the historical romance that Kara is writing mirrors her own relationship, took time away from the central romance. Meanwhile, a sudden third-act surprise reveal and a location change, from New York City to Italy, may leave some readers struggling to believe in Ryan and Kara’s happily-ever-after. This novel will suit readers who enjoy romances like Emily Henry’s Beach Read that focus on personal growth and change.
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