Not that kind of ever after

Luci Adams

Book - 2023

"Bella Marble's life isn't what she imagined. Instead of an author, she's receptionist at a small press. Instead of happily married, she's single, and her lovey-dovey parents are divorcing. And to top it off, her best friend of twenty-nine years, Ellie Mathews, is moving out and marrying the heinously boring Mark. (He's not worthy of her. No one could be). Bella feels rudderless, only slightly soothed by time spent with Ellie's (not hot) brother, (he's not hot) Marty (okay, he's hot. But he's also the aggravating brother she never had-right)? When Marty recommends Bella stop looking for "the one" and just have fun, Bella finds a new, empowered side of herself. But when she posts a ...fairy-tale retelling of a disastrous one night stand on a storytelling app, all of a sudden, Bella has become @B.Enchanted. And she's gone viral. Now, Bella's in a fight with Ellie, her new roommates are so, deeply, weird, and the pressure is mounting to find new fairy tales to write about-but she's got to live them first. A bold and brilliantly funny novel, Not That Kind of Ever After celebrates empowered women, the complexities of dating, and the nuances of lifelong love in all its forms. Because sometimes you need a lost shoe, a drunken escapade with some Smurfs, and one very potent Gingerbread House, to show you how to find your way back to those you love"--

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Romance fiction
Humorous fiction
New York : St. Martin's Griffin 2023.
Main Author
Luci Adams (author)
First U.S. edition
Item Description
"Originally published in United Kingdom by Little, Brown Book Group."
Physical Description
390 pages ; 21 cm
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Adams's spirited contemporary debut follows hopeless romantic Bella Marble, 29, who dreams of being a successful writer and marrying Prince Charming. Unfortunately, she's battling writer's block while working as a receptionist and her efforts at "husband hunting" have only turned up frogs. When her parents, whose relationship Bella has always idolized, announce they're divorcing, Bella has a crisis of faith. Her best friend's attractive but insufferable twin brother, Marty, suggests that she stop focusing on forever and instead have fun dating around: "If you started trying to find someone you actually wanted to spend the night with you'd have much better luck." Bella takes his advice and her renewed outlook on relationships inspires her to write. She posts fairy tale--ified versions of her dating misadventures online, gaining viral success that leads her to seek out more experiences she can turn into material. But when the steps she takes to get life to imitate art backfire, she learns that her real Prince Charming has been there all along--and, more importantly, that life is not a fairy tale. As much a story of self-discovery as a romance, there's plenty of secondhand embarrassment here, but Bella remains a heroine to root for throughout. This is a charmer. (Mar.)

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Review by Library Journal Review

DEBUT Adams's debut novel is a British rom-com with quirky characters finding their happily-ever-afters. Bella is not yet 30 and is struggling with her parents' impending divorce, her unfulfilling job as a receptionist in a small publishing house (she really wants to be a writer), her best friend Elle's engagement to a boring, unworthy man, some very odd roommates, and a sad dating life. Elle's brother Marty suggests she stop looking for the "one" and just have some fun, which leads her to turn bad one-night stands into funny fairy tales on a Wattpad-type website. No one is more surprised than Bella when her stories start going viral. She should be happy, but she misses her best friend, and the one-night stands are getting old. Luckily she has Marty on her side, but it takes her a while for realize that he wants to be more than friends (and that she does too). Expect laughs, angst, and a few surprises before the satisfying ending. VERDICT A charming British rom-com for fans of Josie Silver, Sophie Cousens, and Christina Lauren.--Stacy Alesi

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