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The Rom-Commers

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She’s rewriting his love story. But can she rewrite her own?

Emma Wheeler desperately longs to be a screenwriter. She’s spent her life studying, obsessing over, and writing romantic comedies—good ones! That win contests! But she’s also been the sole caretaker for her kind-hearted dad, who needs full-time care. Now, when she gets a chance to re-write a script for famous screenwriter Charlie Yates—The Charlie Yates! Her personal writing god!—it’s a break too big to pass up.

Emma’s younger sister steps in for caretaking duties, and Emma moves to L.A. for six weeks for the writing gig of a lifetime. But what is it they say? Don’t meet your heroes? Charlie Yates doesn’t want to write with anyone—much less “a failed, nobody screenwriter.” Worse, the romantic comedy he’s written is so terrible it might actually bring on the apocalypse. Plus! He doesn’t even care about the script—it’s just a means to get a different one green-lit. Oh, and he thinks love is an emotional Ponzi scheme.

But Emma’s not going down without a fight. She will stand up for herself, and for rom-coms, and for love itself. She will convince him that love stories matter—even if she has to kiss him senseless to do it. But . . . what if that kiss is accidentally amazing? What if real life turns out to be so much . . . more real than fiction? What if the love story they’re writing breaks all Emma’s rules—and comes true?

Synopsis source: Goodreads


Genre(s): Romance, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Fiction
HB&W Rating: 4
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Expected Publication: June 11, 2024

I was a little nervous about this book when I received the eARC. I had only read one other book by this author, and while she is widely loved, I didn’t care for that one and hadn’t yet tried again. But I believe that just because one book from a particular author didn’t jive with me doesn’t mean another can’t. Second chances and all that, and I am SO GLAD for that second chance. This was such a delightful read!

I loved the characters (both main characters and side characters), the banter, the witty writing and the nuggets of wisdom. It’s such a hopeful book, full of heart, light, and healing, it’s like a therapy session in a book. It hit me in the feels multiple times but made me laugh out loud just as often, if not more often. I enjoyed the way Emma’s POV broke the 4th wall, talking straight to the reader. I found her likable if a little immature toward the end, but she redeemed herself for the most part. Watching Charlie’s arc from pessimistic, jaded Hollywood type to head over heels in love marshmallow was just so good. He started out as a bit of a jerk, but I think Center did a great job illustrating that as a coping mechanism.

Also, I loved that the two main characters were writers. For any word geeks out there, you’ll love this. It reminded me of Book Lovers by Emily Henry a bit in this respect. Where that was a book for book lovers, this book has writing for writers, if that makes sense.

If you enjoy clean, sweet romcoms with a hopeful message, put this on your list!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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