Not You Again

Alcove. Jul. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781639108138. pap. $20.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Former college sweethearts get a second chance at love through a reality show in Pierce’s romantic comedy debut. Andie is an up-and-coming wedding dress designer vying for a spot at fashion week, but she’s in need of funding. Her friend clues her in to a chance at $100,000—if she marries a complete stranger, agrees to participate in the First Look at Forever reality show, which would follow her for eight weeks, and signs divorce papers at the show’s conclusion. Then there’s Kit, who has hustled his entire adult life as a traveling resort architect to provide for his mother and pay her medical bills. She has one request that he can’t refuse, that he try to find a life partner by appearing on First Look at Forever, where Kit’s first look down the aisle at his new bride reveals not the stranger he was expecting but Andie, whom he left brokenhearted a decade prior.
VERDICT Andie and Kit’s second-chance romance follows a slow-burn path that is filled with corrective conversations, healing, and tenderness for each other’s experiences, while the reality-show backdrop provides a contrasting tension.
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