Release date: November 22, 2022
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Opposites become allies to fool their matchmaking friends in this swoony reimagining of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.
Jamie Westenberg and Bea Wilmot have nothing in common except a meet-disaster and the mutual understanding that they couldn’t be more wrong for each other. But when the people closest to them play Cupid and trick them into going on a date, Jamie and Bea realize they have something else in common after all—an undeniable need for revenge.
Soon their plan is in place: Fake date obnoxiously and convince the meddlers they’re madly in love. Then, break up spectacularly and dash their hopes, putting an end to the matchmaking madness once and for all.
To convince everyone that they’ve fallen for each other, Jamie and Bea will have to nail the performance of their lives. But as their final act nears and playing lovers becomes easier than not, they begin to wonder, what if Cupid’s arrow wasn’t so off the mark? And what if two wrongs do make a right?
This was such a sweet and deeply romantic romance. That statement may seem kinda silly, it is a romance novel after all but the way Bea and Jamie handle their relationship is so gentle and tender. They do start out as enemies, but soon enough they decide to scheme against their meddling friends and family to fake date which is one of my fave tropes. These two were just so adorable together and per usual the author shone a light on neurodiverse characters in the most sensitive and authentic way. Besides the cutest romance developing between Bea and Jamie you have a cast of secondary characters that were so incredibly likable and fun. I’m hoping this isn’t the last we see of these characters, it definitely has series potential! Overall a lovely and well rounded romance.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.