You Should Smile More

Sourcebooks Casablanca. Jan. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781728253350. pap. $15.99. F
DEBUT Ryan’s debut is a funny novel of fraud, kittens, and romance. Vanessa Blair works as a telemarketer to pay her rent and feed her foster kittens. One day her perpetually barefooted boss, Xavier, calls her into his office and fires her for having a dark soul and an evil face. How is that legal! After the shock wears off, Vanessa files for unemployment. When Xavier contests her claim and it comes under investigation, she meets the handsome, cat-loving Carter Beckett. Vanessa and Carter get to know each other, and an unlikely beginning gives way to a romance. Then, Vanessa’s friend, Jane, who was fired at the same time, wants answers to what is going on with the company. They decide to bug Xavier’s office to see what they can learn through eavesdropping. Their revenge plot goes amusingly awry with the help of some mischievous calico kittens.
VERDICT A quirky coming-of-age tale and sweet romance with unique characters and improbable situations. Great for readers who want a happily-ever-after with a cozy twist.
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