"An unbelievably cute and funny debut about friendship, the expectations of family, and mental health. A Brush with Love fills that itch for a STEMinist rom-com with laughter, slow-burn romance, and toothy puns." - Buzzfeed
Nine out of ten dentists agree, Mazey Eddings's rom-com A Brush with Love makes your smile brighter!*
*not scientifically proven
Harper is anxiously awaiting placement into a top oral surgery residency program when she crashes (literally) into Dan. Harper would rather endure a Novocaine-free root canal than face any distractions, even one this adorable. A first-year dental student with a family legacy to contend with, Dan doesn’t have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does. Though he finds himself falling for her, he is willing to play by Harper’s rules. So with the greatest of intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs, the two set out to be “just friends.” But as they get to know each other better, Harper fears that trading fillings for feelings may make her lose control and can't risk her carefully ordered life coming undone, no matter how drool-worthy Dan is.
Blood, gore, and extra-long roots? No problem. The idea of falling in love? Torture.
An anxious dentist isn't sure she can handle taking a study break for love in Eddings's alternately raunchy and poignant debut. When final-year dental student Harper Horowitz falls down a flight of stairs onto first-year Dan Craige, she's momentarily startled out of her habitual worry by his good looks and easygoing demeanor. As their paths keep crossing, Harper only likes him more but she's afraid a relationship would interfere with securing an oral surgery residency or cause stress she can't handle. Dan is also struggling: he left a job he loved in finance to please his mother, who needs help at her dental practice, but he's bored by dentistry and struggles in class. The refreshingly diverse supporting cast includes Harper's brash but well-intentioned friends and Dan's endearing roommate and it's clear to all that Harper and Dan are made for each other, if Harper can just muster the courage to let Dan into her life. Harper's struggle with anxiety is well drawn but sometimes threatens to overwhelm the rest of her characterization and even the plot itself. Still, fans of Grey's Anatomy will feel right at home at Callowhill University's School of Dental Medicine. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary.