Audience: Contemporary Romance
Length: 316 pages
Author: Sariah Wilson
Release Date: April 27th, 2021
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The movie star and the dog groomer are one kiss away from the perfect love story. That’s the hiccup in a warm and witty romance by the bestselling author of Roommaid.
The meet-cute award goes to dog groomer Juliet Nolan. It’s one of Hollywood’s biggest nights when she volunteers as a seat filler and winds up next to movie heartthrob Noah freaking Douglas. Tongue tied and toes curling in her pink Converse, she pretends that she doesn’t have a clue who he is. It’s the only way to keep from swooning.
She’s pretty and unpretentious, loves his dog, and is not a worshipping fan. No way Noah’s giving up on her, even if his affectionate pursuit comes with a bump: Juliet has a pathological fear of kissing and the disappointments that follow. What odds does romance have without that momentous, stupendous, once-in-a-lifetime first smooch? Patient, empathetic, and carrying personal burdens of his own, Noah suggests a remedy: they rehearse.
The lessons begin. The guards come down. But there’s another hitch they weren’t betting on. As for that cue-the-orchestra-and-roll-credits happy ending? It might take more than practice to make it perfect.
THE DOGS WERE CUTE.
This was a quick and sweet read! Lots of swoony moments and I was really feeling this trope! It was fun to get a movie star + normal girl read. I haven’t read many that I loved and this would definitely rank up there. It was well-paced and I wanted to keep reading it so that’s a positive.
I liked the initial premise of beaing a seat filler, because honestly, where can I sign up? A nice meet-cute and lots of good banter between the two main characters. I enjoyed all of the dogs that were in it and liked most of the plot. Sometimes very dramatic and over the top, yet I guess when a movie star is involved it can be expected?
Juilet’s character wasn’t always my favorite. She started off strong. Then I would feel like she came off childish and I would want to roll my eyes at her inner monologue. With the big conflict towards the end, I didn’t love how either party handled the situation. And that’s always something I look for in romances. How all of that is handled at the end.
I don’t have a lot to say because it was a simple read, but not necessarily memorable.
Overall audience notes:
- Contemporary romance
- Langauge: very little
- Romance: kisses/make-outs;
- Trigger/Content Warnings: a friend who had cancer (in remission), loss of a sibling, estranged parents, philemaphobia (fear of kissing)