Love Songs for Skeptics
"Voicy, heartfelt, hilarious, propulsive—this book is brilliant."—Christina Lauren, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
For fans of Josie Silver and Emily Henry comes a debut romcom about the life-changing magic of second chances. This charming and quirky debut has it all: childhood friends, love triangles, enemies-to-lovers, and a dash of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Zoë Frixos gets the whole love song thing. Truly, she does. As an editor at a major music magazine in London, it's part of her job description. But love? Let's just say Zoë's been a bit off-beat in that department. After falling hard for her best friend, Simon, at thirteen and missing every chance to tell him how she felt before he left town, Zoë came to one grand conclusion: Love stinks.
Twenty years later, Simon is returning to London, newly single and as charming as ever, and Zoë vows to take her second chance. But Zoë's got other problems now: In order to save her magazine from closure, she has to land the biggest interview of her career with a notoriously elusive rock idol. There's just one problem: Nick, the arrogant publicist who seems determined to stop the story and ruin Zoë's life.
With her brother's big(ish) fat(ish) Greek wedding on the horizon, Zoë begins to wonder if her first love is the right love. In the wake of a life-changing choice, Zoë must decide if she's right to be skeptical about love, or if it's time to change her tune…
Praise for Love Songs for Skeptics:
"Funny, sweet, and full of surprises...the perfect rom-com for music nerds." —Kerry Winfrey, author of Waiting for Tom Hanks
"I loved it. It's an absolute joy...I finished the book with a huge smile on my face" —Beth O'Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare
"Immediately cemented itself as one of my all-time favorite contemporary love stories." —Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other
"Zoë's career struggles and romantic woes make for a relatable plot about what really happens after childhood dreams come true, and a vibrant cast of supporting characters adds plenty of humor and heart. Like a favorite playlist, this cozy rom-com hits the right notes." —Kirkus Reviews
"An endearing and engaging story. Highly recommended." —Fresh Fiction
Journalist Pishiris's lackluster debut follows a London magazine editor on her quest for love and career fulfillment. Thirty-something Zo Frixos's hopes for getting together with her longtime crush, Simon Baxter, who is newly single, are complicated when he starts spending time with his college friend Jessica Honey, who is now a famous singer. Zo and handsome publicist Nick Jones initially clash when Zo disparages one of Nick's clients to him. Then Nick signs as a client Marcie Tyler, a multiplatinum-selling artist said to have influenced David Bowie, and Nick and Zo work out a quid pro quo: Zo will convey a message from Marcie to Jessica, with whom Marcie had a falling out, and Nick will arrange for an interview with the famously reclusive Marcie, which Zo believes will boost sales and save jobs at her ailing music magazine. Zo realizes that she's attracted to Nick and frets about him and Simon while uncovering more about the bad blood between Jessica and Marcie, as well as a surprise about Nick. Unfortunately, flimsy characters and ill-advised passages (much ink, for instance, is given to a game of Risk) don't do this any favors, and Pishiris fails to rework any of the many chick-lit tropes at play. This is an easy one to miss.