This year is the year I finally came to terms with how much I love romance novels. Specifically, romantic comedies. Which is really no surprise since I love rom coms. Why I never thought I would also love them in book form, I will never know. But I have seen the light, and I’m not planning on stopping anytime soon. And one upcoming romantic comedy I am very excited about is Rachel Winters’s debut novel, Would Like to Meet. So excited that I read it four months early (don’t worry, you won’t have to wait that long to get your hands on this one – it’s out December 3).
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.
The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.
But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she’ll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies–and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.
If you’ve ever binge-watched romantic comedies or geeked out over any rom com ever (whether you’re a fan of Love Actually or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days), Would Like to Meet is probably right up your alley. It takes all of the quintessential meet cutes (which we learned about in The Holiday) and makes them feel like exactly what would happen if you attempted them in real life (which we all know, is not a movie). Never fell in love with a guy who after accidentally spilling your coffee on him? Neither has Evie Summers. One of the notes I took while reading (because I decided to do that for once): “romance with a healthy helping of second hand embarrassment”. Which perfectly describes this book.
And lest you think Would Like to Meet is a rom com parody, it’s more like a love letter the genre. There are references to every single romantic comedy you could think of (and also The Fault in Our Stars and The Great British Bakeoff, because why not?). For me, this was an opportunity to nerd out over something that brings me so much joy. And it was kind of amazing. It somehow made the expected tropes feel original (like a love triangle you don’t hate with a satisfying ending). They were cheesy, but in a good way. I loved it.
I can’t talk about this book without mentioning my favorite character: Annette. She’s a young deaf girl who meets Evie in a café (after watching her spill her coffee on two different men, with unsuccessful outcomes each time). She made this book for me. I honestly love her so much, and thinking about this book still gives me warm fuzzies because of Annette. I honestly wouldn’t be mad if she got her own book. Or series. More Annette please! I think children in romance novels can be kind of hit or miss, but Annette was such a source of joy and humor (and snark). I don’t think this book would have been the same without her, and I honestly want to read this book again already, just to get more.
★★★★☆ – Would Like to Meet has become one of my favorite romantic comedies. I’ve read quite a few this year, and this is definitely the one I’m most likely to pick up a second time. It’s absolutely perfect for this time of year and I would highly recommend it if you’re a rom com fan like me! I can’t wait to see what Rachel Winters comes out with next!
Would Like to Meet will be available in bookstores starting December 3. You can preorder a copy on Amazon now.
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This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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