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New Release Review! ROMANCE BY THE BOOK by Sarah Ready (Soul Mates in Romeo #3)

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Romance by the Book, an all new steamy rom com standalone from author Sarah Ready is available now!

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.

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Another adorable Soul Mates in Romeo story!

Though I’m even more skeptical than Will was about Edna’s “soul mate psychic” abilities–I can’t be the only one that thinks those “visions” she has at the beginning of the book are amazingly vague, surely?–it’s hard to argue with the cuteness of the story that results. I thought it was pretty clear that Will, not his twin Gavin, would be the hero of the story (yes, even before I got to the first chapter from his POV, which of course is a dead giveaway–and no, I didn’t read the synopsis first, why would I? I enjoyed the previous book in the series, after all ;)) and the way it all eventually is revealed is OMG just so freaking cute.

And all of Jessie’s (somewhat failed) attempts in between at rom com-style fall-in-love scenes? Icing on the cake. Even if some of them were from movies. Or maybe because some of them were from movies…

Though it has to be said that the fact that she was trying them all to get an already engaged and soon to be married guy fall in love with her is somewhat problematic. Fortunately she realizes how wrong she is before it’s too late and turns herself around…after a teensy little black moment hiccup, that is.

Another tried and true element in any self respecting rom com.

Bring on the next so-called soul mate pairing, Edna; I’m ready!

Rating: 4 stars / B

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

Author Sarah Ready writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy. Her books have been described as “euphoric”, “heartwarming” and “laugh out loud”. Her debut novel The Fall in Love Checklist was hailed as “the unicorn read of 2020”. She loves to write fast-paced, emotionally compelling romances about quirky, smart women and the men who love them.

Before writing romance full-time Sarah had lots of fun teaching at an Ivy League. Then she realized she could have even more fun writing romance. Her favorite things after writing are adventuring and travel. You’ll frequently find her using her degree at a dino dig site, crawling into a cave, snorkeling, or on horseback riding through the jungle – all fodder for her next book. She’s lived in Scotland, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and NYC. She currently lives in the Caribbean with her water-obsessed pup and her awesome family.

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