Love Is Blind meets You’ve Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy following two thirty-somethings who meet on a blind dating app—only to realize that their online chemistry is nothing compared to their offline rivalry.
Perpetually cheerful and eager to please, Gracie Cooper strives to make the best out of every situation. So when her father dies just months after a lung cancer diagnosis, she sets aside her dreams of pursuing her passion for art to take over his Midtown Manhattan champagne shop. She soon finds out that the store’s profit margins are being squeezed perilously tight, and complicating matters further, a giant corporation headed by the impossibly handsome, but irritatingly arrogant Sebastian Andrews is proposing a buyout. But Gracie can’t bear the thought of throwing away her father’s dream like she did her own.
Overwhelmed and not wanting to admit to her friends or family that she’s having second thoughts about the shop, Gracie seeks advice and solace from someone she’s never met—the faceless “Sir”, with whom she connected on a blind dating app where matches get to know each other through messages and common interests before exchanging real names or photos.
But although Gracie finds herself slowly falling for Sir online, she has no idea she’s already met him in real life…and they can’t stand each other.
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Fly Girl’s Review
This was a cute story with a slow burn romance in which neither really sees the other coming and there is a very strange “meet cute” moment early in the story. The big issue addressed in this one is the ability to realize you are living someone else’s dream and how to extricate yourself to pursue your own dreams. She discusses the “middle child syndrome,” which I find interesting as I have a friend who claims this personality trait. Finally we have Mr. fix-it who simply can’t just do corporate takeovers unless the people he buys out are taken care of. This is how he builds his found family and significant relationships.
They are truly two misfits who find themselves in the big city and somehow keep coming back to one another when all else fails. As each little discovery Gracie makes about herself happens, Sebastian seems to be there somewhere in the mix whether it’s his offer making her realize running a champagne store wasn’t her dream. He’s also there in the contact that comes to check out her artwork. All the little times he’s inserted himself into her life is what makes her see how her life could be if she just lets go.
Sebastian on the other hand, must find his ability to stand up for himself and go after something he wants…Gracie, rather than letting life happen around him. He is constantly taking care of everyone else but himself. His relationships with women are lack luster and there because it’s expected, not because he wants it. When he finally finds his own courage he gets swept up in the romantic idea of being someone’s one and only. He starts to feel unsure of whether Gracie will accept him the way he is.
Again, two misfits who happen upon each other on a windy day in NYC and somehow keep getting blown together until they finally stick together. This is a story about discovery and personal evolution that at points breaks your heart and then puts it back together. She give us our HEA in “meet cute” fashion so it starts and ends similarly. I’m giving this a 4.5 of 5 because it’s a cute story, some laughable moments, some emotional points, and of course our HEA. Pick this one up, grab a glass of champagne and have a good read.
4.5 of 5 Propellers
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