A USA Today Best Book of 2021!
"Bromley does a deft job at keeping the twists and turns of this reunion realistic and utterly romantic.” —USA Today
Inspiration can come from the most unlikely—and inconvenient—sources.
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?
"A fun and sexy romp, with chemistry that gave me all the feels!" —Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author of Our Italian Summer
"Add this book to your TBR list immediately!" —Sarah Smith, author of Faker
Bromley's appealing debut sees a New York City romance novelist thrown back together with a hated ex. Kara Sullivan has writer's block in the face of an urgent book deadline, but as maid of honor for her friend's upcoming wedding, she has no time to focus on writing anyway. Then Ryan Thompson, the man who broke her heart in college, turns up as a groomsman. After sparring with the infuriating but charming Ryan at a pre-wedding party, Kara's suddenly able to work on her historical romance again. Surely she's not tempting fate by succumbing to his charm a few more times in the interest of finishing her book on time. When circumstances leave Ryan and his dog without a place to stay in the city, Kara invites them to crash with her all in the interest of her overdue manuscript, of course. But as their old flame reignites, they both wonder if a fresh start is possible. Excerpts of Kara's historical romance often interrupt the story, a cute conceit that grows tedious, and the conflict turns on fidelity issues which may disappoint some readers. Still, Bromley's take on the enemies-to-lovers trope is fun, and Ryan's lovable pup adds heart. The result is a pleasant if imperfect rom-com.
I love when the main character is quirky and funny like Kara & I liked that Ryan was quirky and funny, too. All around great story and writing. I wish i felt more of the passion that they were said to have had. They seemed more like friends, especially with how he called her by her last name. It didn’t feel as romantic as it was maybe supposed to, but I did actually really enjoy it!