Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a cute contemporary rom-com set in upper New York. Adina Geller is a struggling NYC journalist trying to land her first full-time writing job and weed through a dismal pool of men uninterested in a real relationship. She is enamored with made-for-tv romance movies, the Gilmore Girls, and the allure of small town life. When she finds out about a big city real estate magnet developing a large complex in a small town, she thinks she’s finally found the perfect story that will finally land her the dream job and maybe even her dream man. Except the small town is nothing like the ones on tv, the only man she’s found, Finn, is from NYC, and the story she thought she could write doesn’t exist.

I liked the flirtation between Adina and Finn and there was definitely chemistry. There are plenty of pop culture mentions and while I don’t watch made-for-tv romances, I do love Gilmore Girls and loved all of the references. Initially I liked Adina’s energy and the fact that she didn’t give up, but she eventually started to come off as self-obsessed and tone-deaf to what others around her are going through. There was one scene in particular with Finn about 80% into the book in which she was so off the mark, so selfish and in the wrong, that if I had been reading a physical book instead of my ipad, I would have thrown it against the wall. Trust me, you’ll know it when you read it. For that reason, I had to lower my rating. The ending of the book in which we got our HEA seemed rushed to me, but I did like how it ultimately ended. The spice level in this book is a 1.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing). All opinions are my own.