Too Good To Be Real

St. Martin’s Griffin. Jul. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9781250768803. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Johnson (“Sometimes in Love” series) pulls out all the rom-com stops—and tropes—in this fun and fluffy read. Julia Carpenter, an online writer, agrees to visit and review Notting Hill, a brand-new resort that promises to give guests an immersive romantic comedy experience; Julia herself isn’t convinced that romantic love is possible. Her first night at Notting Hill, she has a meet-cute on the beach with Luke O’Neal, who she assumes is a fellow guest, but he’s actually the resort’s game developer. Julia and Luke each have their own reasons for concealing their true identities, which becomes increasingly difficult as they grow closer. At the end of the week, will they be able to tell what was real and what was just part of the Notting Hill experience?
VERDICT A setting that readers will undoubtedly wish to visit, a relatable hero and heroine, and a flock of feathered and furry sidekicks make this story memorable. It’s sure to please fans of romantic comedies, whether of the in-print or on-screen variety.
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