⭐️⭐️⭐️ Bridget Jones, not 10 Things

Ten Things My Cat Hates About You

More Bridget Jones than 10 Things, this light and funny British rom com sits solidly somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me. There’s a whole lot that I liked about the book – it’s a true rom com with such a fun vibe, solid writing that moves quickly, and an interesting plot that feels like a modernization of a 90s movie. However, there’s a whole lot that I DIDN’T like as well – our heroine romanticizes things so much that she can’t see what’s right in front of her, the “wrong” guy plays a role in the story for far longer than I would like, and events are told exclusively from her perspective so the reader is left with her flawed interpretation of things. Did I enjoy the whole book as I was reading it? After a slow start, yes, absolutely. Was I disappointed by how things played out in the end? Kinda.

The story follows Clara, an art historian who is a serial dater. She gets attached quickly and blames the inevitable breakups on her moody cat, but her friends claim that her judgment is just flawed. After her most recent breakup, she’s feeling low and wonders whether her cat really does have better judgment about men than her. But suddenly two men enter her life, and while they’re extremely different, they both evoke feelings in her. One’s a charming, easy-going veterinarian and the other is a grumpy, awkward professor… in other words, one is her ideal man and the other is anything but Prince Charming.

If you’re looking for cute cat antics, this is definitely lacking in that department. The story follows much more like Bridget Jones, with two love interests who don’t seem like they should be in competition and a storyline that focuses on Clara’s work (plus a completely British feel). Probably the biggest issue I had with the book was how long the wrong guy was in the picture – it’s a clean romance, but there were definitely sexy times and strong feelings between Clara and the wrong guy until VERY late in the book. I would’ve loved more time for our hero to really shine, because what we know of him seems to be great. This one probably won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but it held my attention from start to finish and provided many laughs along the way. I received a free copy via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this romantic comedy.

Ten Things My Cat Hates About You by Lottie Lucas. My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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