Published by Graydon House on May 25, 2021
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 Talk Bookish to Me
Kate Bromley’s debut, Talk Bookish to Me, is romance catnip for me. A second chance contemporary romance where the MC is a romance writing Bookstagrammer? Yes, please!
Kara’s life is nothing but stress at the moment. She’s the maid of honor in her BFF’s wedding that happens in a couple of weeks. As a bestselling romance writer, her deadline’s looming and writer’s block is killing her creativity.
What she doesn’t need is One More Thing in the form of the guy who broke her heart a decade ago crashing back into her life. He’s the best man in the wedding (what an unwelcome surprise) who needs a place to crash after he and his separation anxiety-filled pooch get bounced from their hotel. Kara does the unthinkable and invites him to spend the week at her place.
And discovers that Ryan kicks her creativity into high gear.
My Thoughts About Talk Bookish to Me
This starts off as an enemies-to-lovers story then shifts into a steamy sexy second chance at love. The banter is witty and the dog is adorable.
I loved Kara talking about what’s involved in getting that perfect Bookstagram shot. It was definitely written by someone who’s looked for the perfect prop to pair with a book cover and get the pic before the light changes.
I also loved that Kate Bromley gave us a book within a book, sharing snippets from Kara’s work in progress. Let’s hear it for high-spirited historical heroines and sexy as hell rakes.
The main characters have serious heat between them. Kara’s takes on Ryan were entirely relatable, even when (maybe especially when) they punched me in the feels.
The majority of Kara and Ryan rediscovering their feelings takes place in the days leading up to the wedding. No slow buildup here which really amps up the tension, romantic and otherwise.
Looking for another read about the romance between the characters sparking their creativity? Try 2020 bestseller Beach Read by Emily Henry.
And in reverse, in The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon the main characters’ podcast sparks their romance. Read my full review.
This is an enticing, engrossing, fast-paced second chance romance with serious heat and a thoroughly likable MC romance author/Bookstagrammer. Plus a bonus bulldog!
Thank you NetGalley and Graydon House for the ARC.