Hey all, Dani here.
Wow, it’s Saturday already. My weekends feel like they go by so much faster now that they are two days instead of three, which is a bit of a shame really. But overall I guess it’s all right. This is a lazy weekend for Damian and I, though he is going out to spend time with the guys later this evening…so I’ll be relaxing, reading, and blogging while he’s gone. I’m hoping to make a bunch of progress on my review backlog, and if I get enough prepped up I might start peppering bonus review posts into my blogging schedule.
Anyway, before I can get started on all of that, I first need to get started with today’s review.
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
ISBN: 0062964569 (ISBN13: 9780062964564)
Following a year in the life of a twenty-something British woman who falls hard for her London flat mate, this clever, fun, and unforgettable romantic comedy is the perfect feel-good holiday read.
Two people. One house. A year that changes everything.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jess is following her dream and moving to London. It’s December, and she’s taking a room in a crumbling, but grand, Notting Hill house-share with four virtual strangers. On her first night, Jess meets Alex, the guy sharing her floor, at a Christmas dinner hosted by her landlord. They don’t kiss, but as far as Jess is concerned the connection is clear. She starts planning how they will knock down the wall between them to spend more time together.
But when Jess returns from a two-week Christmas holiday, she finds Alex has started dating someone else—beautiful Emma, who lives on the floor above them. Now Jess faces a year of bumping into (hell, sharing a bathroom with) the man of her dreams…and the woman of his.
Rating: 4 stars
I read this during my #Jolabokaflod Readathon, because it seemed like a perfectly timed cutesy romance read. And it was pretty good, overall. I did read it in just a few hours, which is helpful during a short-term readathon.
Yes, this was a cute contemporary romance. Yes, I mostly enjoyed the story. But is this one that I’ll likely end up forgetting after reading 100+ other books this year? Again, yes. I liked the characters enough but didn’t feel invested and connected to them in a way that made me super interested in the story.
Honestly I didn’t feel like there was much else going on with the plot other than the misunderstandings and missed connections for this romance. Sometimes there would be weeks that went by in between the chapters, and while that could be a plot element that helps show off character growth and romantic growth, it just didn’t happen that way for me with this story.
I mean, I guess I can say that I was invested enough to stick with the story, so it wasn’t a total bore or anything, but it also didn’t have a lot of excitement happening either. Basically it was just an everyday romance story. I guess there’s nothing really wrong with that, but I like to feel all happy and emotionally invested when I read contemporary romance.
This does make a nice read while cuddled up on the couch with a nice big mug of hot cocoa with marshmallows though. I can say that absolutely.
Where to Get a Copy
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