This was a cute contemporary romantic comedy set in a small town north of Los Angeles. Lizzy Chung is an overachiever. She’s an attorney at a high powered law firm on the partner track. But when she faints during her opening statement, she realizes she needs a break. She goes back to the small town where she spent her summers with her best friend Jack to unwind and figure out what went wrong.
Jack Park works as a bookkeeper for his family business, but he’s got ambitions of his own. He is excited to see his life-long crush Lizzy back in town, although he doesn’t know how he’ll keep his crush a secret for the three weeks she’ll be in town. When she decides to help the local bookstore owner revamp her shop, Jack volunteers to help. And of course, in true rom-com fashion, sparks fly.
I liked the chemistry between Lizzy and Park, although it was a long time coming. The book had a much slower pace than I care for and could have been shorter without missing any of the story. Neither character had much growth until the last couple of chapters so it felt rushed. I’m also not a big fan of the “miscommunication” trope, and although it was minor here compared to other books, I just didn’t care for it. However, I did enjoy the “boy falls in love first” and “friends to lovers” tropes that center the book. The book is very chaste, with a couple mentions of sex but not much more. Overall, it’s a cute book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All opinions are my own.
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