Release date: January 11, 2022
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.
In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.
Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?
I fell in love with the authors writing last year when I read The Ex Talk, that was one of my fave romances and I think I may have even liked this one more?! It had amazing representation of the Jewish community, it discussed mental health in an honest and realistic manner, a plus sized hero and scheming matchmaking done in the purest way. I adored this one SO much!
Ari and Russell are the most lovable characters separately and together they are pure magic. They’ve always been friendly coworkers until they decide to scheme to make their work environment more bearable by nudging their divorced bosses together and from the first minute these two were together I just knew they would have the cutest love story. Ari struggles with depression and feelings of inadequacy stemming from her childhood and Russell is a single dad who hasn’t dated in years and while they definitely had their issue they needed to work through before they could be together I really appreciated the way the author handled their conflict. Sometimes conflict in romances can feel forced or just silly, like the dreaded miscommunication and here I felt like it was really authentic and actually how mature adults with issues would behave. Loved, loved loved it and will be impatiently waiting for the authors next book!
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.