Unrealistic Expectations

Berkley. Sept. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9780593200087. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Jessica Gallagher, a clinical therapist and the author of the book Ten Things Not To Do If You Ever Want To See a Naked Girl Again: The Straight Man’s Guide To Not Dying Alone in a Pile of Dirty Underwear, never imagined that her book would become the inspiration for her own love story, especially when its release coincides with the end of her 15-year relationship. Needing to spin the situation, Jessica’s publicist suggests that she and Galvin Baker, an architect with a reputation for flightiness, should fake-date for a couple of months. Galvin recently faced backlash from a popular social media star who accused him of underperforming in bed, making him the perfect person to create buzz around Jessica’s new book. Their pretend relationship starts off well, but unexpected encounters with toxic parents and self-doubts stall their seemingly perfect connection. As Jessica’s book inspires men to be better partners and communicate effectively, her love story with Galvin might just become real.
VERDICT Christopher (Thank You, Next), known for her witty and steamy contemporary romances, once again proves her talent for crafting engrossing stories about love and relationships.
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