Title: Book Smart
Author: Amanda Pennington, SmartyPants Romance
Series: Work For It #3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Format: eBook, Novel
This novel is definitely one of my favourite friends-to-lovers stories. There is something wonderful about Melanie and Cameron, you are hoping for their eventual get-together from pretty much the first page. But it also has all of those wonderful moments and complications that you kind of expect from this trope. And they’re both just so damn cute about their crushes on one another, even if they are also both kind of oblivious to each other’s indicators…
Melanie is a complete kook in this book and kind of self-centred. Which is her hurdle to overcome in realising how much Cameron means to her. But anyway, I love that even though she’s a little self-centred, she’s also incredibly kind and giving. A fun little dichotomy throughout. The fact that it’s her idea to follow a 50’s list to meet men that acts as the catalyst… priceless. Actually, pretty much every moment in which Melanie tries to follow the list and just epically fails is completely priceless. And had me laughing out loud a few times throughout my read through.
Cameron, although adorable is kind of a dope. Many of the moments and confusions throughout this would have been completely solved if he had’ve stepped forwards and actually said something. Instead of relying on some weird, arbitrary expectations of interest-indication. But I also love that although I got a bit frustrated with him throughout, Pennington still made him so completely dorky and loveable. The way Cameron is also able to begin to truly come to terms with and find closure after his stroke was also incredibly fun. In fact, it introduced me to another side character that I would love to experience more of – his best friend. Maybe there will be a future SmartyPants Romance book featuring him…?
The shenanigans and mishaps throughout this book make a beautiful romance sassy and funny. There is the moment when Melanie is escorted by a security guide (I smirked a whole lot when this happened) and then there’s the whole almost killing a workmate fiasco. I would most definitely read a book written by someone who tried to use the 50’s list to meet men today – especially if there were as many mishaps as happened in this beautiful romance.
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