Love Is Blind meets You’ve Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy following two thirty-somethings who meet on a blind dating app—only to realize that their online chemistry is nothing compared to their offline rivalry.
Perpetually cheerful and eager to please, Gracie Cooper strives to make the best out of every situation. So when her father dies just months after a lung cancer diagnosis, she sets aside her dreams of pursuing her passion for art to take over his Midtown Manhattan champagne shop. She soon finds out that the store’s profit margins are being squeezed perilously tight, and complicating matters further, a giant corporation headed by the impossibly handsome, but irritatingly arrogant Sebastian Andrews is proposing a buyout. But Gracie can’t bear the thought of throwing away her father’s dream like she did her own.
Overwhelmed and not wanting to admit to her friends or family that she’s having second thoughts about the shop, Gracie seeks advice and solace from someone she’s never met—the faceless “Sir”, with whom she connected on a blind dating app where matches get to know each other through messages and common interests before exchanging real names or photos.
But although Gracie finds herself slowly falling for Sir online, she has no idea she’s already met him in real life…and they can’t stand each other.
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Lauren Layne’s homage to You’ve Got Mail features a heroine who’s as fun and bubbly as the champagne her family-run wine store specializes in. Gracie Cooper has always dreamed of Prince Charming—could the man she’s been messaging on a blind-dating app be the one? As she flirts with her mysterious suitor, Gracie must also shoulder the responsibilities of running the shop and deal with the arrival of a handsome but aggravating real-estate developer who keeps pressuring her to sell. We love how Layne builds up the slow-burn romance of Gracie and “Sir” through text messages. The book’s final reveal makes for a perfectly sweet and satisfying fairy-tale romance.
Layne (Marriage on Madison Avenue) crafts a gleefully shameless homage to Little Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail that sparkles like champagne fizz. Onetime aspiring artist Gracie Cooper reluctantly took over her family's Manhattan champagne shop, Bubbles & More, after her father's death. The "more" includes an art corner where she pedals her whimsical prints of colorful cocktails and New York City scenes—which bring in the only revenue keeping the struggling business afloat. Gracie's flirtatious, text-based relationship with "Sir," an anonymous and unavailable guy she met on a dating app under her own moniker, "Lady," keeps her spirits up—so she's conflicted by the instant zing of attraction she feels upon meeting Sebastian Andrews, and even more so once she learns that he's a developer looking to buy out her lease. Rom-com fans will see the resolution of this love triangle coming from a mile away, but it's so fun that they won't mind. Layne grounds her Manhattan fairy tale by surrounding Gracie with supportive friends and family who advise her to step out of her comfort zone and take a chance on love. This is a delight.
Sugary sweet, heartwarming, and well written. This PG page turner is adorable and brings in family dynamics and communication challenges in the best way.
Fun read with good characters, easily my favorite Lauren Layne book.
Such a cute storyline!
Such a cute storyline! Gracie decides to give online dating a shot and downloads an app, and actually meets someone that she has a connection with! The bummer is that the guy isn’t really on there for a relationship but was put on there by his friends but decides to continue to message Gracie and the forage a friendship of sorts. In real life, Gracie meets Sebastian and cannot stand him, especially since he is trying to get Gracie to sell her family business to him. As they continue to have moments together, both of them realize that they are attracted to each other, but with Sebastian in a complicated relationship and Gracie feeling that she’s in a relationship of sorts with the mystery man on the dating app, things don’t progress – until Sebastian realizes it’s him that Gracie has been speaking to! This was such a cute storyline, although we already knew that Sebastian was the guy Gracie was messaging the whole time, so at points it did get somewhat annoying because it was so clear that they were one in the same, but overall, I loved the style of writing and the storyline from Lauren!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.