ISBN: 9781838775650. May 27th 2021. Zaffre. With thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Reads for organizing for a copy to be sent my way, and letting me take part in this blog tour.
Inspiration can come from the most unlikely – and inconvenient – sources.
Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love – albeit fictional. As a best-selling 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?
From the moment I heard about this book, I knew that it was right up my street. I’ve been on a little bit of a Romance kick lately, and then seeing this book features a story within the story, I was sold.
I’m not going to lie, I had a few issues getting into this book, but that could be due to my bad health, rather than the book itself. I did, however, feel like I’d been dropped into the middle of the story instead if at the beginning. After a while, though, that feeling went away.
I liked Kara. She is one of those flawed characters who is a little nervous, and yet, sure of herself at the same time. She’s very much aware of her flaws, but is making a clear effort to work through them.
Ryan felt like a ‘boy next door’ type of character, who makes mistakes but has a good heart.
Duke is, by far, my favourite character (but as some of you know, I have a huge soft spot for animal companions). I loved Maggie, she’s one of those kinds of people who I’d love to have as a friend. There’s a few other characters in the novel that we’re introduced too, but I didn’t feel anything for them, as we don’t see them that much. They felt more like plot devices, rather than characters. Everyone except Liam, that is. I appreciated that instead of forcing some misbegotten romance, he became the friend she needed in that moment.
As someone who has lost their dad, and doesn’t have the greatest relationship with their mother, there was a moment between Kara and her mum that I loved. Kara was able to put into words emotions that are really hard to put into words, especially in the heat if the moment. And I loved that her mum took some time to reflect on the pain she’d unintentionally caused, apologized and made an effort to work around her behaviour.
I didn’t know what it was about the plot, but I didn’t enjoy it as I thought I would. Maybe it just didn’t feel quite ‘high stakes’ enough? I’m honestly not sure. What I do know is that I liked it, but I didn’t love it. There were some really great moments that had me laughing. I think Kate has a lot of potential as a writer, so I look forward to reading more by her in the future, also, to future rereads of this book when I need a mood lift.
Overall, I think it was a nice, light fluffy read, and I am glad I had to chance to read it.
I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.