Romance By The Book by Sarah Ready
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Book Review: Romance By The Book by Sarah Ready

Welcome to Romeo, NY where it’s not a matter of if you find your soul mate, only when.

Book-loving librarian Jessie has loved Gavin Williams for practically her whole life. So when a psychic predicts that Gavin is Jessie’s one fated soul mate, she’s ecstatic.

There’s just one itty bitty little problem.

Gavin’s engaged to marry another woman.

What’s a book lover to do? Easy. Check out dozens of romance books, study the (totally realistic) way characters fall in love, and make a foolproof plan on how to win her soul mate (in one week).

Meet cute? Check.

Dance under the stars? Check.

Kiss in the rain? Check.

Romance books don’t lie – it’ll all go perfectly.

Except, there’s another problem. Gavin’s twin brother: William Williams IV.

Jessie has hated William for as long as she’s loved his brother. William is grump to Jessie’s sunshine, standoffish to her extrovert, cold to her warm. And when William learns of Jessie’s plan to derail his brother’s engagement he swears that he’ll do anything to stop her.

But after William and Jessie (unwillingly) share a dance…a romantic dinner…a kiss…Jessie starts to wonder, is William actually her soul mate? Or is this just another one of his games?

She can’t tell, because this romance definitely isn’t going by the book.

I really like the premise of using romance tropes to land the man you love, so I was excited to read this book. It’s a quick read and has some humor thanks to a supporting cast of the quirky folks of Romeo, NY. Jessie met the twins on the day of her mother’s funeral when she was eight years old and they both left lasting impressions, one fantastic, the other awful. Her fixation on the sweet twin has inspired her to capture her soulmate’s heart, no matter what it takes, but luckily his brother is there to stop Jessie from stopping the wedding.

It’s cute and silly, but I wasn’t crazy about Jessie’s plan to derail Gavin’s wedding at any cost since she really didn’t seem to know him at all. I get taking your shot and revealing your feelings for a friend before it’s too late but they really weren’t friends, Gavin didn’t even know her name. William and Jessie both had hard childhoods that have shaped their adult lives in every way so it’s sweet to see them come together and discover how they really feel for each other but there were no surprises here.

I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

Romance By The Book on Amazon

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