Talk bookish to me

Kate Bromley

Book - 2021

Kara Sullivan's life is full of love--albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she's fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book. But right now? Not only is Kara's best friend getting married next week--which means big wedding stress--but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn't written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly... appear in the wedding party. But Ryan's unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver. With her wedding duties intensifying, her deadline getting closer by the second and her bills not paying themselves, Kara knows there's only one way for her to finish her book and to give her characters the ever-after they deserve. But can she embrace the unlikely, ruggedly handsome muse--who pushes every one of her buttons--to save the wedding, her career and, just maybe, write her own happy ending?--

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Genres
Romance fiction
Novels
Published
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Graydon House [2021]
Language
English
Physical Description
317 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781525806438
1525806432
Main Author
Kate Bromley (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Romance novelist Kara Sullivan has to serve as her best friend's maid of honor and finish writing her next manuscript before she can head off on a six-month dream trip to Italy. Struggling to find inspiration for her writing, Kara suddenly learns that her maid-of-honor duties include hosting her ex-boyfriend (and former love of her life) Ryan and his high-maintenance bulldog at her apartment. Kara soon finds that her old feelings for Ryan are resurfacing in both her fictional characters' love lives and her own. VERDICT The inclusion of the "book within a book" plot device, where the historical romance that Kara is writing mirrors her own relationship, took time away from the central romance. Meanwhile, a sudden third-act surprise reveal and a location change, from New York City to Italy, may leave some readers struggling to believe in Ryan and Kara's happily-ever-after. This novel will suit readers who enjoy romances like Emily Henry's Beach Read that focus on personal growth and change.—Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee P.L. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bromley's appealing debut sees a New York City romance novelist thrown back together with a hated ex. Kara Sullivan has writer's block in the face of an urgent book deadline, but as maid of honor for her friend's upcoming wedding, she has no time to focus on writing anyway. Then Ryan Thompson, the man who broke her heart in college, turns up as a groomsman. After sparring with the infuriating but charming Ryan at a pre-wedding party, Kara's suddenly able to work on her historical romance again. Surely she's not tempting fate by succumbing to his charm a few more times in the interest of finishing her book on time. When circumstances leave Ryan and his dog without a place to stay in the city, Kara invites them to crash with her—all in the interest of her overdue manuscript, of course. But as their old flame reignites, they both wonder if a fresh start is possible. Excerpts of Kara's historical romance often interrupt the story, a cute conceit that grows tedious, and the conflict turns on fidelity issues which may disappoint some readers. Still, Bromley's take on the enemies-to-lovers trope is fun, and Ryan's lovable pup adds heart. The result is a pleasant if imperfect rom-com. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bromley's appealing debut sees a New York City romance novelist thrown back together with a hated ex. Kara Sullivan has writer's block in the face of an urgent book deadline, but as maid of honor for her friend's upcoming wedding, she has no time to focus on writing anyway. Then Ryan Thompson, the man who broke her heart in college, turns up as a groomsman. After sparring with the infuriating but charming Ryan at a pre-wedding party, Kara's suddenly able to work on her historical romance again. Surely she's not tempting fate by succumbing to his charm a few more times in the interest of finishing her book on time. When circumstances leave Ryan and his dog without a place to stay in the city, Kara invites them to crash with her—all in the interest of her overdue manuscript, of course. But as their old flame reignites, they both wonder if a fresh start is possible. Excerpts of Kara's historical romance often interrupt the story, a cute conceit that grows tedious, and the conflict turns on fidelity issues which may disappoint some readers. Still, Bromley's take on the enemies-to-lovers trope is fun, and Ryan's lovable pup adds heart. The result is a pleasant if imperfect rom-com. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Kara Sullivan, a romance novelist, finds inspiration for her next novel at her best friend's wedding, but the muse is a former flame who pushes her buttons.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A USA Today Best Book of 2021!"Bromley does a deft job at keeping the twists and turns of this reunion realistic and utterly romantic.” —USA TodayInspiration can come from the most unlikely—and inconvenient—sources.Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love—albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.But right now? Not only is Kara’s best friend getting married next week—which means big wedding stress—but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn’t written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly appear in the wedding party. But Ryan’s unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver.With her wedding duties intensifying, her deadline getting closer by the second and her bills not paying themselves, Kara knows there’s only one way for her to finish her book and to give her characters the ever-after they deserve. But can she embrace the unlikely, ruggedly handsome muse—who pushes every one of her buttons—to save the wedding, her career and, just maybe, write her own happy ending?"A fun and sexy romp, with chemistry that gave me all the feels!" —Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author of Our Italian Summer"Add this book to your TBR list immediately!" —Sarah Smith, author of Faker

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Bromely does a deft job at keeping the twists and turns of this reunion realistic and utterly romantic.' 'USA TodayInspiration can come from the most unlikely'and inconvenient'sources.Kara Sullivan's life is full of love'albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she's fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.But right now? Not only is Kara's best friend getting married next week'which means big wedding stress'but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn't written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly appear in the wedding party. But Ryan's unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver.With her wedding duties intensifying, her deadline getting closer by the second and her bills not paying themselves, Kara knows there's only one way for her to finish her book and to give her characters the ever-after they deserve. But can she embrace the unlikely, ruggedly handsome muse'who pushes every one of her buttons'to save the wedding, her career and, just maybe, write her own happy ending?"A fun and sexy romp, with chemistry that gave me all the feels!" 'Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author of Our Italian Summer"Add this book to your TBR list immediately!" 'sarah Smith, author of Faker