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Review: Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

In this charming, feel-good debut novel, a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back–but can a real-life meet-cute be in store for someone who doesn’t believe in happily ever after?

After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.

The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.

But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she’ll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies–and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.

MY REVIEW

Would Like to Meet is the super cute debut novel from author Rachel Winters. Would Like to Meet follows the story of Evie Summers. Evie is dying to get the promotion that she deserves, however, in order for that to happen, Evie is going to have to save the day. You see the company she works for is in trouble and unless she can get Ezra to finish his latest script, she’s going to be out of a job. The problem with Ezra though is that he’s got major writer’s block. He strikes a deal with Evie. He’ll finish the script if Evie can prove that you can fall in love just like people do in the movies. With her future in jeopardy, Evie will do whatever it takes; even if that means subjecting herself to meet-cute situations over and over again. Will Evie save the day and her job? Will Evie finally have her own meet-cute and fall in love? There’s just one way to find out….

Overall, I thought this was a super cute and enjoyable read. As far as debut novels go, I thought this was a pretty good one. It had a lot of really great romcom elements. I found the story line to be fun, entertaining and totally unique. I loved the play on some very familiar romcom movies and all of the disastrous meet-cutes. The meet-cute situations were downright funny and super entertaining. They definitely kept me on my toes and had me wondering what Evie would get herself into next.

However, I did have a couple of issues with this story. I did find the plot to be a bit predicable at times and there were some instances where the pacing would lag. Those issues I can easily overlook as long as I’m having fun with the story. My biggest issue though was the romance or lack there of. We have two potential love interests for Evie and while there definitely is a pull towards one character more than the other, I would have liked to have seen more chemistry. I definitely felt like the potential was there with one of the characters, it just needed to be built up a bit more. I needed to feel their chemistry and be given a reason to want them to end up together instead of it just happening with no build up. So, the romance factor definitely left me wanting more.

Despite the issues that I had with this story, I’m still glad to have checked it out. Like as I said, as far as debut novels go, this one was very entertaining. I think this writer has a ton of really good potential and I’d definitely be in to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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