Author: Alexa Martin
Publisher: Berkley Books
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 336
Date of Publication: November 8, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Love isn't always by the books in this charming romantic comedy about a bookseller discovering how to be the main character in her story.
As a self-proclaimed book hater and a firm believer that the movie is always better, Drew Young didn't anticipate inheriting her grandma's bookstore, the Book Nook. She's in way over her head even before the shop's resident book club, comprising seven of the naughtiest old ladies ever, begin to do what they do best--meddle.
Bestselling author Jasper Williams is a hopeless romantic. When he meets Drew at his Book Nook signing event, he becomes determined to show her the beauty of reading. He curates a book bucket list in exchange for her help exploring the local Denver scene for his current manuscript. From river rafting to local restaurants, Drew begins to connect with Jasper in a way she only thought happened in fiction.
When messy family ties jeopardize the future of the Book Nook, Drew is caught between a bookshelf and a hard place. She's reminded that real life isn't always big dreams and sweeping romance. But Jasper is the plot twist she never saw coming and he's writing a happily ever after just for them.
Drew Young hates books. Always has and she can never imagine that changing. However, some of her fondest memories were spent at her grandmothers book store called the Book Nook. She was very very close to her grandmother, and she misses her now that she has passed away. Something else Drew misses. now is her love of photography. Her grandmother has left the bookstore to her and now this is where Drew must spend most of her time. For years she has also spent time around the shop’s resident book club that included seven old ladies who kept her on her toes. They are still very involved in Drew’s life.
A book signing has been set up by best-selling author Jasper Williams, a guy who Drew really likes on sight. As Jasper is plotting out his next book, he stays in town for a while looking for a Inspiration and he comes up with a plan. If Drew can help him he can teach her what it takes to really love reading. As Drew is a quite accomplished photographer, she knows all of the best places in and around Denver, including white water rafting, mountain climbing, and more.
One thing is clear in this wonderful read by Alexa Martin, Drew and Jasper are very drawn to one another and the more time they spend with each other the more this is made clear. Meanwhile, Drews father is very unhappy with the decision that his mother left the bookstore to Drew and he will do anything he can to get it back, further underlining the fractured relationship the two have always had. while Drew has to deal with her difficult father, she has two very good people on her side and that is her sister and her dearest friend.
With any romance there is conflict and while it is wonderful to see how close Drew and Jasper get, wondering where the shoe will drop in their growing relationship is something that was handled quite well in this book. This made this book of a talented author and a book hater coming together as a beautiful couple despite the hurdles that they faced. As this book is my very first introduction to Alexa Martin, I can say that it was well worth the wait.
Many thanks to Berkley Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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