Primary Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
Published: 25 May 2021 by Harlequin/Graydon House
Page count: 320 (print length)
My Format: eBook via NetGalley
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy Talk Bookish To Me
My rating: ★★★★☆
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?
If you have been a regular follower of my blog you should already be aware that I love books about books, bookstores, libraries, authors… you name it, as long as it is book related. This book has “Bookish” in the title and it is about an author and Bookstagrammer! There was no way I could pass this one up! Here are my pros and cons for Talk Bookish To Me:
- The female protag is an author and an Bookstagrammer!! YEAH! I just recently started my own Bookstagram so I was totally relating to her crazy need to share books she loved.
- The lead male protag has no clue what a Bookstagrammer is and he tried to describe it as “a secret librarian photographer”. I laughed out loud… although, he wasn’t really wrong. HAHA!
- I thought the characters were relatable and realistic.
- I enjoyed the snark and tension and obvious strong emotions between Kara and Ryan.
- Since Kara is a romance novelist, she discusses a lot of the tropes used in romance novels and she indicated that the enemy to lover trope was one of her favorites. That is also one of my preferred tropes and this book is a great example of it.
- I was pretty much hooked from the first chapter and raced through the rest of the book in record time.
- This book has some depth to it as well – family issues, unfortunate miscommunications and assumptions, unfortunate timing. It isn’t all snark and swoon!
- Speaking of swoon… I thought this book was pretty tame with regard to the love scenes. I’m not really into the super steamy stuff, so I appreciate that this book included that part of the story without describing every single thing in graphic detail.
- I enjoyed the sections from Kara’s historical romance novel (the book she was writing in the story) that were interspersed throughout the book. I’m also glad a conclusion to her book was included because I was getting interested in that story line as well!
- The ending is perfect.
- As with all romance novels, there must be a conflict near the end that the couple needs to work through and resolve before they can get to happily ever after. I didn’t like the conflict in this one because it didn’t feel realistic to me. All I will say is that Ryan did something bone-headed stupid and it did not feel like something he would have done (based on how he was written in the rest of the story). I wish the “conflict” had been something else entirely, because the situation used in the book felt unlikely and contrived.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the romance, the book-related content, the situations, the traveling… all of it. It is fast-paced, contemporary, angsty, funny, and genuine. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a solid contemporary romance.
Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin/Graydon House for providing an ebook, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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