Kate Bromley comes to the blog with a story of second chances and opportunities with
Talk Bookish to Me
Being an author on a deadline is rough – particularly when your best friend is getting married, you’re tasked with helping, and you’ve got a deadline approaching with nothing written. That’s just where we find Kara – a writer and bookstagrammer who’s got a full plate and then some. And with her best friend getting married and deadlines approaching – things are starting to move at a near frenetic pace. No real relationship since college, she’s steady trying to believe that the imaginary romances between the covers of the books on her shelf and those she pens are just enough.
But unexpected twists – some good, others not so, appear. The first in the form of her first love and ex Ryan, with his little bulldog in tow – and needing somewhere to stay in the week before the wedding. Kara seems to be a bit bulldozed and caught off guard – but the two do have things to talk about and unresolved issues from years earlier – maybe this will be the time. And, of course, the historical romance she’s trying (and failing) to write has now started to come to her as if in a dream – perhaps having Ryan around won’t be that bad?
Ok – so the premise here wasn’t horrible, and I love books about authors finding a bit of inspiration and the challenges they often go through. But, Kara’s willingness to take much of Ryan’s crap from the start – appearing out of the blue, engaged but more than ready and willing to take a chance at a dalliance / rekindling, as he compared a trip she didn’t ‘fully inform’ him of as akin to his infidelity and lack of concern for his own fiancé (not at the wedding). I was more than a bit frustrated with Kara, her willingness to play doormat to Ryan’s whims and desires and forgetting her own needs and desires. Told from Kara’s Pov, woven with ‘comparative scenes’ from the historic romance she’s writing to the present day – there was a great idea here, but it felt choppy and rushed. A bit uneven and less than laugh out loud with an ending that I felt did great disservice to the initial set up. Their first meeting when Ryan arrived seemed to hint toward actual resolution of long-held issues and answers to questions, but I felt more were ignored or brushed over or Kara took his ‘word’ without making him work a bit harder to prove his intentions and actual feelings. It was OK for me – and I am curious enough to see if this author can bring a premise that was so intriguing to a satisfying end while dealing with the issues in a more complete and less ‘brush them off’ sort of way.
Title: Talk Bookish to Me
Author: Kate Bromley
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance
Published by: Graydon House
Published on: 25 May, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours
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Inspiration can come from the most unlikely—and inconvenient—sources.
Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love—albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.
But right now? Not only is Kara’s best friend getting married next week—which means big wedding stress—but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn’t written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly appear in the wedding party. But Ryan’s unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver.
With her wedding duties intensifying, her deadline getting closer by the second and her bills not paying themselves, Kara knows there’s only one way for her to finish her book and to give her characters the ever-after they deserve. But can she embrace the unlikely, ruggedly handsome muse—who pushes every one of her buttons—to save the wedding, her career and, just maybe, write her own happy ending?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.