Series: The Hollywood Series #2
Published by Harlequin on November 14, 2023
Also by this author: For Butter or Worse
Also in this series: For Butter or Worse
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Plot Twist
Synopsis from the publisher: Romance author Sophie Lyon’s ironic secret just went she’s never been in love—and it’s ruining her reputation. With a manuscript deadline looming, Sophie makes an ambitious plan to overcome her writer’s reunite with her exes (including her last girlfriend Carla, the one person she could have loved) to learn why she’s never fallen in love, and document it all for her millions of new online followers.
Luckily, Sophie’s reclusive landlord, Dash Montrose—a former teen heartthrob—has social media all figured out and is willing to help. What he doesn’t mention is that he’s an anonymous online crafter, a hobby that helps him maintain his sobriety. No one knows about his complicated relationship with alcohol, and with a family that’s Hollywood royalty, Dash has to steer clear of scandal.
As Sophie and Dash grow closer, they discover a heat between them that rivals Dash’s pottery kiln. But Sophie needs to figure out who she is outside her relationships, and Dash isn’t sure he’s stable enough for the commitment she deserves. So Sophie suggests what any good romance author a friends-with-benefits arrangement. Surely a strictly casual relationship won’t cause any trouble.
My thoughts about Plot Twist
PLOT TWIST, a sweet and steamy, contemporary romance, is utterly satisfying in all of the best ways. I laughed at the sparkling banter, got teary over the rocky bits, and cheered on Sophie and Dash from the get-go.
Loved the chemistry between Sophie and Dash from the beginning and how supportive and caring they were with each other.
This had some of my favorite tropes:
- Opposites attract
- Hurt comfort
- But there’s only one bed
- Grand romantic gesture
- BFF’s sibling
Plus I appreciate the author for not just calling her FMC pansexual but for showing Sophie dating peple who weren’t men. Sometimes, it feels like authors call their characters bi or pan then never show them interacting romantically/sexually with anyone who identifies as anything other than cis male.
Erin La Rosa also dealt with mental and emotional health issues in a real and sensitive way. Her handling of Dash’s family dynamics felt very real.
Do be aware that Plot Twist deals with alcoholism including relapsing from sobriety.
While Plot Twist can be read as a standalone, if you enjoy banter, opposites attract, and enemies to lovers, try For Butter or Worse, the first in the Hollywood Series, about Sophie’s older sister, Nina.
Readalike for Forget Me Not by Julie Soto for contemporary, can’t keep their hands off each other energy.
Thank you, Canary Street Press for the DRC!