A Brush with Love

Macmillan Audio. Mar. 2022. 10:30 hrs. ISBN 9781250842701. $26.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
In this debut, fourth-year dental student Harper is stressed about everything—she’s studying hard to get into oral surgery residency and her anxiety isn’t helping. When she crashes into first-year hunk Dan in the stairway, she doesn’t want to fall in love. Harper’s life plan doesn’t include romance, and she has no time for daydreaming or dates. Dan dreams of finance instead of teeth—he’s only in school because of his mother’s wish to keep the dentistry office in the family. Told through alternating viewpoints, their on-and-off-again romance is only rekindled satisfactorily when both adults have tackled their own mental health problems head-on. Narrators Emily Lawrence and Vikas Adam voice their characters with warmth and sincerity. Harper’s nervousness and pain is perfectly rendered by Lawrence, and Adam’s narration of the sexy lovemaking scene will make hearts pound. The novel begins with mental health trigger warnings from the author.
VERDICT Recommend to listeners who want slow-burn contemporary romance with an authentic anxious main character.
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