ROMANCE

Zora Books Her Happy Ever After

Mira: Harlequin Apr. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780778333524. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Zora, an outgoing, super-organized bookstore owner, is over the moon when Lawrence, her favorite author, agrees to do a reading at her store. He, like Zora, is from the DC area, but what interests her most is that he is an excellent writer who is also very hot. These elements combine to make Lawrence perfect for the plus-sized Zora, so she’s surprised by how attracted she also is to his best friend, Reid, who comes to the reading. Zora takes her time and gets to know each of the men, but instead of showing her who she’s more compatible with, she finds herself falling for each of them for different reasons. McCoy (Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell) imbues her delightful female protagonist with a magnetic, engaging personality; it’s easy to see why Lawrence and Reid are so smitten.
VERDICT In the hands of a lesser author, the love-triangle element could feel completely predictable, but McCoy capably avoids tired clichés and gives readers a new perspective on the trope. The romance’s secondary characters are funny, supportive, and intrinsic to the success of this outstanding novel, which is recommended for all collections.
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