Just Some Stupid Love Story

Flatiron. Jun. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781250328090. $28.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Fifteen years ago, Molly ended a long-term relationship with her high school boyfriend Seth after witnessing her parents’ messy, painful divorce. Now that she writes rom-com screenplays for a living, she’s even more cynical about love. Seth, now a divorce lawyer, is, ironically, the exact opposite—he can’t wait to get married. He hasn’t had any luck finding a soulmate though and can’t seem to forget the girl who broke his heart in high school. At their high school reunion, Seth and Molly are seated at the same table, and the talk turns to the couples around them. Seth proposes a bet. They’ll pick out five couples and predict whether or not they’ll still be together at the 20th reunion. As the years pass, their hunches seem to be spot on. But what about Seth’s prediction that he and Molly will get together? The plot stretches Molly and Seth’s rekindled romance out over the years between reunions, following them through missed chances, crossed wires, and one-night stands as readers wonder if their lives will ever sync up.
VERDICT Doyle, who writes historical romance as Scarlett Peckham (“Society of Sirens” series), pens her first contemporary, a unique, sizzling second-chance rom-com with an HEA that will leave readers cheering.
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