Pub Date; November 12, 2019
Length: 313 pages
FTC: Review copy courtesy of the publisher
POV: 3rd, past
I read this book way back in April after receiving it at Apollycon. It’s been a long 7 months, because not talking about this book felt like torture. It’s one of my favorite books of the last few years. Fake relationships or secret agendas really aren’t my usual thing since they often involve so much dishonesty, but Christopher’s strong voice just draws you in. The whole book is delightful.
Knowing my well publicized distaste for cartoon covers might make you a little leery, but I assure you: this book is a ROMANCE. It’s not chick lit. It’s not women’s fiction. It’s not mainstream fiction. It’s a romance. I promise.
Jack is a nice guy who doesn’t date casually, and he takes an assignment about how men sabotage relationships. Hannah needs to stay in a committed relationship to improve her standing at work, despite her lack of luck in the romance department. The farce plays out as two people who are genuinely right for each other pretend to want the opposite of what they should. And it provides a lot of comic relief. Most of what’s funny, though, is the author’s pithy voice throughout:
“Jack could tell by the look on her —beautiful, gorgeous, absolutely perfect—face that she’d heard every word that his asshole, knuckle-dragging squad of buffoons had just said. Her eyes were so narrowly squinted that he couldn’t tell what color they were. Her nose wrinkled up and her red-lacquered lips compressed with anger. Couldn’t hide the fact that she was a knockout from all of the angles. Not even with the raised middle finger partially obscuring her face.I enjoyed this book cover to cover. I gave up highlighting passages because the whole thing is hilarious and sweet and fantastic.
She was like a sexy, rabid raccoon. And he was a goner.”
My Grade: A
Jack Nolan is a gentleman, a journalist, and unlucky in love. His viral success has pigeon-holed him as the how-to guy for a buzzy, internet media company instead of covering hard-hitting politics. Fed up with his fluffy articles and the app-based dating scene as well, he strikes a deal with his boss to write a final piece de resistance: How to Lose a Girl. Easier said than done when the girl he meets is Hannah Mayfield, and he's not sure he wants her to dump him.
Hannah is an extremely successful event planner who's focused on climbing the career ladder. Her firm is one of the most prestigious in the city, and she's determined to secure her next promotion. But Hannah has a bit of an image problem. She needs to show her boss that she has range, including planning dreaded, romantic weddings. Enter Jack. He’s the perfect man to date for a couple weeks to prove to her boss that she’s not scared of feelings.
Before Jack and Hannah know it, their fake relationship starts to feel all too real—and neither of them can stand to lose each other.