Your Next Winter Rom-Com Obsession | Review: Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

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Would Like to Meet should be at the top of your winter reading list--especially if you have a soft spot for charming rom-coms!


In this charming, feel-good debut novel, a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back--but can a real-life meet-cute be in store for someone who doesn't believe in happily ever after?

After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she's been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency's biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.

The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer's block--and he'll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.

But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she'll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies--and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
Ratings: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Would Like to Meet is what rom-com dreams are made of and I thoroughly enjoyed it for all that it was. Not that this is surprising--the premise alone soothes my very soul by engulfing itself with all the romantic comedy tropes I love. The moment I read the synopsis, I was like, yes, give me all the cynical and "I don't believe in happily ever afters" and give them one!! (Seriously, it's SUCH a weakness at this point. I'd be embarrassed but, well, you know, no shame.)

Add in the setting and all the potential it has for cute and hilarious rom-com hijinks, and you've got the definite combination for something to make you feel all warm and fuzzy. And in this day and age? As we near the winter season? We definitely need a little more of that! Would Like to Meet has the effect of all your favourite rom-coms, whether that be literary or on screen, and will leave you feeling like smiling is all you can do.

One thing I noticed about Rachel Winters' writing is that it's warm and cozy and SO easy to slip into. I picked my ARC of this novel, intending to read a few chapters, but before I knew it I was breezing into about half of the book in little to no time. What makes this book so nice to focus solely on is entirely in the characters and how they got about their days.

It felt a little predictably familiar at times, and I definitely felt like I knew what was going to happen for the vast majority of the novel, but it was not unlike having a night in with an old, reliable friend. Would Like to Meet made me smile and laugh, swoon and scoff, dance around a little bit (okay, maybe not quite true but it did energize me and make me want to dance). It's kind of impossible not to like Would Like to Meet, because it's just so dang charming and feels classic in its rom-com nature.

I really enjoyed getting to know Evie and Ezra; their world, and seeing how they develop as the story goes. I didn't think I would like the concept as much as I did, but there's definitely a lot of great to this story and really and truly left me feeling buzzed with feelings.

The romance, the bonds, the character development and meet-cutes of Would Like to Meet will surely charm its way into the hearts, and shelves, of many readers. It definitely did for me. You can't go wrong with such a sweet little gem and I promise you, this is a must-read for the romantic at heart. An instant mood booster, Would Like to Meet is a truly delightful novel. 

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