Booked on a Feeling

St. Martin’s Griffin. (A Sweet Mess, Bk. 3). Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250621146. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Los Angeles lawyer Lizzy Chung is burned out. Years of overachieving and overworking have left her with increasingly unmanageable anxiety attacks. After fainting in the courtroom during her first trial, Lizzy takes a leave of absence to rest and recharge. She heads to Weldon, CA, home of her best friend, Jack Park, and rents a room above a local independent bookstore. Jack is thrilled to have his bestie in town, but he’s worried that she’ll find out he’s been in love with her for the past twenty years. He knows he’s not good enough, or smart enough, to be more than her friend. Reunited for more than a quick meal, all they’ve had time for in the past few years, Lizzy can’t stop staring at Jack. When did he get so attractive? Lizzy and Jack are likeable characters, dissatisfied with the paths their lives have taken. Their challenges—career and relationship—are well-written, and readers will empathize with Lizzy’s need for connection and Jack’s desire to stand on his own.
VERDICT Lee has written another heartwarming, upbeat, rom-com featuring Korean American protagonists in the ultimate friends-to-lovers plot. Her third “A Sweet Mess” installment is a solid purchase.
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