Release date: March 1, 2022
Publisher: St. Martin’s
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Harper is anxiously awaiting placement into a top oral surgery residency program when she crashes (literally) into Dan. Harper would rather endure a Novocaine-free root canal than face any distractions, even one this adorable.
A first-year dental student with a family legacy to contend with, Dan doesn’t have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does. Though he finds himself falling for her, he is willing to play by Harper’s rules.
So with the greatest of intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs, the two set out to be “just friends.” But as they get to know each other better, Harper fears that trading fillings for feelings may make her lose control and can’t risk her carefully ordered life coming undone, no matter how drool-worthy Dan is.
Blood, gore, and extra-long roots? No problem. The idea of falling in love? Torture.
Have you ever read a romance with dental students as the leads? I have not and I thought that was such a fun and interesting angle that provided something unique to the genre. There was so much to like about this one besides the career paths of Harper and Dan. I thought their meet cute was adorable and it showed just how lovably goofy Harper can be. The anxiety representation was also really great and I appreciated how Harper’s anxiety tied into her grief and felt the way she dealt with things was authentic. Dan has his own issues, the main one portrayed here was his struggle to live up to family expectations even though dental school is absolutely miserable for him. It was kinda nice to see a truly flawed hero. The audio was dual narrated just like the book and both narrators were enraging and showed emotional depth in their performance. My only minor complaint is the insta love aspect, I really hate that trope but that’s just a personal preference. Overall a really nice debut and I’m excited it’s the start of a series.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.