The Rom Con

Berkley. Nov. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780593199237. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Looking for guidance after her most recent breakup, Cassidy Sutton, a writer for popular online women’s publication Siren, is incredulous when her Gran hands her a copy of the 1950s-published Rules & Etiquette for the Military Wife that gives tips for women to act demurely and have dinner waiting on the table. However, Cassidy promises to give it a try and, what’s more, realizes it will make an excellent experiment to write about for Siren. When she happens to bump into Jack Bradford, cofounder of the misogynistic website Brawler, her boss pushes her to use Jack as the subject of her experiment. Putting on an act and channeling an inner 1950s-esque “Betty” for the sake of the article seems like an easy play, but when genuine feelings develop, the continued charade becomes way more complex, especially when both her heart and career are on the line. Unfortunately, the heat doesn’t ramp up until late in the book, and readers will struggle to root for the protagonists.
VERDICT Sex and the City meets How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days in Daniels’s (Meet You in the Middle) sophomore effort.
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