Release date: May 25, 2021
Publisher: Graydon House
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
After reading the description of this book I knew it was one I had to read as soon as I got my hands on it. I love reading books where an author is the main character and the fact that she’s also a bookstagrammer made it all the more fun for me! Add in some romance and I was sold in a major way.
Kara and Ryan had the whole enemies to lovers thing going on with a side of second chance romance since they have a history. Kara can only seem to be inspired to work on her book after she spends time with Ryan, and while it’s doing wondering for her historical romances and is a wonder source of inspiration for her, it’s aggravating her in her personal life. I loved getting glimpses into Kate’s work in progress, it had the whole book within a book thing which is always fun. Their banter and chemistry was pure fire and I was rooting for them SO hard. This one was perfect for me with one minor exception that’ll I try to explain without spoiling it completely. Ryan has a huge secret that’s revealed about halfway in and it seriously pissed me off. I found it a little difficult to be team Ryan after it was revealed, but by the end he did redeem himself for me for the most part. I have to knock off some points because it irritated me quite a bit. Other than that small complaint it was such a charming, funny and sexy read. I think this will be huge this summer and I will definitely be following the authors work closely, super impressive debut!
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.