Check out what made Fly Girl into all things Avery Flynn!!
Here is her first read by what she considers one of the Top 10 romantic comedy experts in the genre…
It’s true. I’m not what most people would call “pretty” and, well, high school was rough. Fast forward ten years and life is good…
Until a bunch of jerks think it’s hilarious to put the “butterface” (AKA me) on a wedding Kiss Cam with the hottest guy ever—and that old humiliation hits hard.
I recognize him immediately. The sexiest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my league.
But then he kisses me. And we totally forget the room, the crowd, everything.
Then he tells everyone we’ve been dating for months.
Soon everything starts to feel too real, from adorable fights over “necessary” tools to fix my broken porch to surviving a free-for-all dinner with his six siblings to picking up where our last kiss left off.
But there’s something he’s not telling me about why he’s really hanging around, and I’m pretty sure it has to do with my mob-connected brothers.
Because this is not a make-over story, and Cinderella is only a fairy tale…
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Fly Girl’s Review
I often wonder why I didn’t read romantic comedy more before I read this book in 2019. I know it’s an older book, but I believe it deserves just as much attention as any new release since it had such a profound affect on my reading preferences. Let me tell you a little about my journey to this book.
I normally got my comedy from the television or a shenanigan in a historical romance, but not a full on romantic comedy I read. I’d been writing for the blog as far back as 2017 and been to several book conventions getting the word out about the blog and would constantly see Avery at these events. I’d either sit in on her panels where she would discuss said romantic comedy genre and her path to being published. Always a hoot to listen to and so open and definitely high on the crazy scale. Then I got to meet her back in 2018. I think shortly after this one came out. I fell in love. Not the proverbial true love, hot sex kind of love…No, No, the I wish we lived close by because I think we would make the best of friends, eating Oreos and drinking wine, and speaking our minds. This woman is so fun to chat with and still open and honest even to a total stranger who had the nerve to introduce herself and her blog, but follow up with, “I’ve never read any of your work, what do you write about and tell me about this one.” as I point to Butterface. She must have thought inside, what a quack, stalker or obviously, a historical romance reader (lol)…But she talked to me like she knew me and had the greatest laugh and smile and never once treated me like, “move on, I’m here for my real fans.” I was so intrigued by the book, I bought a copy, for the blog of course…which I decided to keep once I read the story. Sorry passengers, I’m selfish. You should all know that straight up by now.
So the introduction by Avery herself is what convinced me to read it. Once I did, I realized this was me my whole life. It’s like she crawled in my skin and lived my sordid little high school and early adulthood years. This book just seems fun on the outside, and it truly is. Practically from the first scene to the last it is laugh out loud funny and I finally figured out what makes Rom Com so necessary in life. It’s the release of JOY…if you don’t have it in real life, you need it in fictional so you can laugh and laugh. Those deep belly laughs where you cry because you can’t laugh anymore but things are still funny. You need that in your life to keep the sadness at bay and release bad feelings. I don’t think I ever laughed out loud while reading before this book.
Again though, the story was full of substance, but told in that way when you aren’t the pretty one and are always laughing off the things you never get in life. It is both heart-wrenching and warming to know there are others. I’m a home improvement fanatic also, so this story resonated on that level as well. She creates characters with depth and honesty that I love in my reads and seamlessly adds the comedy. It isn’t outrageous unbelievable comedy either, it’s just a different take on what most would look at as a disaster and not funny at all. On top of all this, she gives us our Happily Ever After–every time.
To wrap this up, I’ve talked with her at every convention we end up at together and am working on getting us an interview with her for the blog. I’ll keep you posted on my progress in the near future. I’ve read a whole bunch of her books since this one and have reviewed several on the blog and just have held some of the others close to my heart. She hasn’t let me down in a single book yet and the laugh out loud comedy is still coming from her. She is one of my go to’s when I feel sad, or need a break from angsty romance. I give this book a 5 of 5, obviously. If you are looking for something a little new to you, give her work a try.
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USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are great with a quip and relatable heroines who are feisty, fierce and fantastic.