Friday 15 April 2022

Book ~ "Not Like the Movies" (2020) Kerry Winfrey

From Goodreads ~ Chloe Sanderson is an optimist and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early onset Alzheimer's, she's pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time - or interest - in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that's about to premiere in theaters across America ... and happens to be inspired by Chloe and Nick Velez, Chloe's cute but no-nonsense boss.

As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man and now she can't see him as anything but Reason #2: The Scruffy-Bearded Hunk Who's Always There When You Need Him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn't so sure her own story will end in a Happily Ever After.

Chloe works in a coffee shop owned by Nick.  She's good at what she does but she has a lot on the go ... her father is in a home with Alzheimer's and Chloe is his sole caregiver.  She is working on getting her BA degree online.  Her best friend, Annie, recently wrote a screenplay fictionalizing the attraction between Chloe and Nick, which is attracting unwanted attention.  Plus Annie is getting married to Drew, an actor, and in addition to being her maid of honour, Chloe has promised to make a bunch of pies and pompoms for the wedding. The attraction between Nick and Chloe can't be denied but she doesn't have time for a relationship, which adds even more pressure.

This was a cute light story and is the second in the Waiting for Tom Hanks series ... I read the first one last week.  It works as a stand alone and you don't have to read the first one in the series to know what's going on.  It’s written in first person perspective in Chloe’s voice. I like the writing style … it was a fun read and I look forward to reading others by this author.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

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