Book Reviews: The Enemy, Weather Girl & Nora Goes Off Script

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Goodreads blurb: Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.

In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell. Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this charming romantic comedy from the author of The Ex Talk.

My take: 3.5 out of 5. This is an office parent trap story, which I can totally get behind, with the obvious relationship developing both ways. It’s sweet and I really enjoyed the characters but do note: there are lots of trigger warnings as it is a deep dive on depression.

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

Goodreads blurb: Nora’s life is about to get a rewrite… Nora Hamilton knows the formula for love better than anyone. As a romance channel screenwriter, it’s her job. But when her too-good-to work husband leaves her and their two kids, Nora turns her marriage’s collapse into cash and writes the best script of her life. No one is more surprised than her when it’s picked up for the big screen and set to film on location at her 100-year-old-home. When former Sexiest Man Alive, Leo Vance, is cast as her ne’er do well husband Nora’s life will never be the same.

The morning after shooting wraps and the crew leaves, Nora finds Leo on her porch with a half-empty bottle of tequila and a proposition. He’ll pay a thousand dollars a day to stay for a week. The extra seven grand would give Nora breathing room, but it’s the need in his eyes that makes her say yes. Seven days: it’s the blink of an eye or an eternity depending on how you look at it. Enough time to fall in love. Enough time to break your heart. Filled with warmth, wit, and wisdom, Nora Goes Off Scriptis the best kind of love story–the real kind where love is complicated by work, kids, and the emotional baggage that comes with life. For Nora and Leo, this kind of love is bigger than the big screen.

This is an ARC review thanks to a gift from the publisher, the book comes out June 7th, 2022

My take: 4.25 out of 5. This book gave me Bridges of Madison County meets Hallmark vibes and that is actually a fabulous thing. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the little kids! I Loved the meta of it all of me reading a book about a writer who wrote a book who becomes a movie who gets filmed back where it was written – its so random it actually kind of works. And I was even happy to suspend my disbelief that the hottest and most famous male celebrity shows up in the middle of nowhere and falls in love with the country girl, because its cute, and why not? You believe it because it is beautifully written and it makes you go through all the feelings and when is that a bad thing. Also it is an incredibly fast read which I appreciated. Highly recommend getting this one for your beach reads!

The Enemy by Sarah Adams

Goodreads blurb: It’s been twelve years since I’ve seen him. Twelve years since he won our war of wits by outsmarting me with a tactic I didn’t even know was allowed. But tonight…I resurrect the battle. Ryan Henderson is back in town for our best friends’ wedding, and I plan on showing him exactly how much I don’t care about him—or the almost kiss he ruthlessly dangled over me after graduation. A lot has changed since our feuding days. I’m a successful bakery owner now, and I plan to rub every delicious detail of my life in his ugly face. Just one problem: his face is gorgeous.

He wasn’t supposed to look like this or pursue me like a sexy guided missile. I must stay strong until the wedding is over and Ryan scurries back into whatever alternate universe he escaped from. His interest in me is nothing but a continuation of the games we played in high school…right? But the longer he stays, the more I wonder if I’m wrong and his tender smile and heated attentions are genuine. Maybe it’s not a game.Ha! Who am I kidding? This is Ryan we’re talking about. Of course it’s a game. A game called war. And this time, I will win.

This is an ARC review thanks to a gift from the publisher, the book came out May 10th, 2022

My take: 3.5 out of 5 . After reading When in Rome I had to go back and revisit some of the Sarah Adams’ that I had not gotten to since I loved it so much. This was a sweet story, but I did not love it as much as When in Rome. It’s a cute reacquainting story but enemies to lovers it is not. It is more a tale of miscommunication that I wish could get resolved earlier. As great as they are written together, there are just to many barriers that should not be there.

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