Swap and Smell the Roses: A Romantic Comedy

Afterglow. (The Swap, Bk. 1). May 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781335041647. pap. $12.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
When struggling musician Willow Moore’s BFF gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in New York City, they decide to swap homes for the summer. For Willow, moving from her big-city apartment to her friend’s tiny guesthouse in the Connecticut countryside is a big adjustment, and dealing with her new extremely hot but very grumpy landlord Reid Harrell doesn’t make things any easier for Willow. Reid knows a thing or two about being consumed by dreams—the former award-winning chef has left the fast life behind, preferring to work alone in his garden. Willow can’t help being drawn to Reid, though, and she’s determined to pull him out of his self-imposed exile. But she’ll need to confront her own issues before she can help him.
VERDICT Fans of opposites-attract romances, especially those with small-town charm, won’t want to miss Booth’s (How To Fake a Wedding Date) latest, and the not-so-subtle hints about a follow-up novel (set in Willow’s NYC apartment) are sure to have readers anticipating it.
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