As someone who has watched You’ve Got Mail more times than I’m willing to admit, I can say with all honesty – and much enthusiasm – that this captures the EXACT sweet, swoony, adorable vibe of the film that has held a special place in my heart for years. I loved it. It feels very much like Layne’s signature style… with the dial cranked all of the way up to “fluffy goodness.” Just like the movie, it’s exceedingly low angst and playful, with a heroine who is sweet yet feisty, and a hero who remains something of a mystery throughout. The romance is kinda/sorta a love triangle, in that both characters are torn between “two” people, and I loved the inclusion of the messages. I’m a sucker for a unique meet cute, and this definitely has that.
The story follows Gracie, the owner of a small family business in New York City. While the shop isn’t her passion, it was important to her dad, so she’ll do everything she can to protect it. So when Gracie’s landlord, Sebastian, makes it clear that he has every intention of buying out her lease early and tearing down the building, she sees him as her new enemy. But there’s more to Sebastian than meets the eye, and he might not be the coldhearted businessman Gracie believes him to be. The only problem? Gracie already has a man in her life, and while she’s never met “Sir,” their messages have given him the starring role in her every fairytale fantasy.
Chances are, if you liked You’ve Got Mail, then you’re going to love this. I’ll be the first to admit that there are a LOT of similarities in the progression of the relationship, even if the details are different. They might not be Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, but the essence is there. It’s a slow burn romance with no steamy scenes, and I wouldn’t say that the relationship is fully developed. We only get Gracie’s side of the story, and she’s not always the most reliable narrator. I was completely okay with that, because this is a light, easy, fun rom com – lighter than anything I’ve read by Layne before. It gave me all sorts of nostalgia for the rom com movies I loved back in the day, and that was definitely the intention here. So grab yourself some popcorn and dive into this swoony rom com, because it’s easy to devour in one sitting. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy, and am voluntarily leaving a review of this low angst romance.
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.
About the Author:
Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than three dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies in nine languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City.
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