I feel that I should preface this review by saying that I don’t read a lot of romance novels. I do, however, occasionally read and enjoy the genre, and I was intrigued by this book’s setting in the literary world. I am so glad that I decided to read it!
Yes, there is definitely a love story as a case of mistaken identity leads to an aspiring literary writer falling in love with a self-published romantic comedy writer. The relationship between the two is handled with humor, but also with a depth of character and plot development that is often missing in love stories.
In addition to the mistaken-identity romance storyline, the reader will enjoy learning a bit about the business of writing and publishing from both main characters’ perspectives. You’ll follow Aaron in his quest to follow the traditional route to publication via an agent and major publishing house, as well as Laurie’s self-published, social-media-heavy career made possible largely by her own determination.
A high point of the story for me was Laurie’s relationship with Aaron’s father, which provided additional emotional depth for both characters. Pet lovers will be pleased by some dog-related antics, and saddened by some not-so-happy moments. The surprise character reveal at the end was delightful, as I did NOT see it coming, and it fit perfectly with the storyline. (I won’t say more to avoid spoilers.)
Although a romance is the key element of this book, the story offers so much more than that. Ms. Gillespie has a lot to say about learning who you really are, accepting that once you’ve figured it out, and truly devoting yourself to going after what you want in life.
Five out of five hunks of my favorite yummy cheddar!