Published by Graydon House on May 25, 2021
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Inspiration can come from the most unlikely—and inconvenient—sources.
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?
“I just had to believe that I would see you again someday, and then all the waiting would be worth it.”
Kara is on a deadline. Chapters for her next romance novel are due ASAP but she has a bad case of writer’s block – until a chance encounter with her ex, Ryan, at her best friend’s pre-wedding party. Fueled by old love (and hate) for Ryan, Kara gets the spark of inspiration for her next story, and she’ll keep hanging around him if it means more pages. When Ryan gets kicked out of his hotel the week before the wedding, Kara invites him to crash with her before she realizes what she’s done…anything to finish her book. But with forced proximity, it’s only a matter of time before enemies become lovers again.
Success has come relatively easy to you. Now it’s time to fight for it. Only you can decide how bad you want this.
I am a new fan of Kate Bromley. There was so much I liked about this book: fun premise with true LOL moments, amazing friend group with ample girl power moments, book within a book yaaass, VERY hot sexy times (I mean, they act out a scene she wrote fans self forever). This is another case of a strong debut by a clever and talented writer that I’m excited to read more from in the future.
“I have tried to move on from us. I tried but no matter what, I always looked for you, for what we had, in every person I’ve dated since you left, but it doesn’t work. It can’t work because they’re not you. No one will ever be you and you’re the only person who is right for me.”
I will fully admit, the “Big Thing” our MCs must overcome had me compound swearing in a manner that even Samuel L. Jackson would have been like, “Damn girl.” I have a zero-tolerance policy for cheating; there’s no amount of true love that will ever make me feel like the cheater doesn’t deserve to be bitten by fire ants on their fun parts until their dying day. I have never rooted so hard for a character, but against their HEA. I think the situation was written beautifully, with a lot of relatable emotion and growth and feeling, but I ultimately couldn’t overcome the plot point in my lasting impression of the book.
“When making an important decision, I find it’s useful to think abut the life that you want to have. Sit and visualize it, and ask yourself if the choice you’re about to make will help you or hinder you in getting to where you ultimately want to go.
This a quick and satisfying read. It has a bulldog that gets up to some hijinks, scenes eating pizza for breakfast in Italy #goals, and historical AND contemporary romance. It happens to have an MC who makes very bad choices and is a bad communicator…and should momentarily have his peen turned into a lightning rod as penance. That said, would I still recommend this book? Absolutely! It’s perfect for your next weekend getaway or beach bag this summer.