There’s a lot to love about this unique, swoony debut, and if it wasn’t plagued by some major pacing issues, then it probably would’ve been an easy 5-star rating for me. First and foremost, I LOVED the hero. He’s a cinnamon roll sweetheart who is too adorable and patient for his own good – literally. He puts up with a lot from our anxiety-ridden heroine, even when she got on my nerves. Their meet cute is the thing rom com dreams are made of, and it took very little time for me to realize that I was going to love the writing. I loved the distinct, layered storyline, and how this felt so fresh and different. It pains me that I can’t give this a 5-star rating, but there were just a few too many fumbles along the way.
The story follows Harper, a dental student who is at the top of her class. She loves what she does, and can’t wait to graduate soon. When she meets Dan, they’re both immediately smitten. He’s also a dental student, but one who is still struggling to find his footing. As the two spend time together, they are forced to acknowledge their mutual attraction. Dan is ready for more, but Harper will be moving soon – and she can’t have any distractions in the meantime. They agree to become friends, but it’s tough to remember all of the reasons they should stay apart when they just want to be together.
If this is the author’s debut, then I’m definitely excited to check out more from her. Dan is one of the sweetest heroes I’ve read about in a long time, and I loved the richness of the storyline. Dan struggles with family expectations while Harper tries to manage her anxiety, and the complexities added that special something to the story. It was easy to feel the connection between them, and the friends to lovers vibes worked here. Unfortunately, it’s almost instalove for these two, so obstacle after obstacle was required to keep them apart. That kind of pacing meant that Harper pushed Dan away again and again and again. It was too much. I wanted to bask in the super swoony vibes and not let the story get bogged down by unnecessary roadblocks. It was enough to put a damper on this otherwise delightful read, but I still enjoyed it as a whole.
The audio was good – the quality is definitely there, and having dual narration made it an enjoyable experience. I liked the female narrator, but the male narrator is not a personal favorite of mine. His voice was a little awkward when depicting Harper’s character, and that sometimes pulled me out of the story. The story itself is good for a workday listen – it’s a slow burn romance with very little steam overall, and the vibe is upbeat and easygoing for much of the story. The runtime is around 10 hours, so you can get through it in a day if you speed it up a little. This isn’t one of those books that’s better on audio, but it’s not a bad way to read it either.
Nine out of ten dentists agree, Mazey Eddings’s rom-com A Brush with Love makes your smile brighter!*
*not scientifically proven
Harper is anxiously awaiting placement into a top oral surgery residency program when she crashes (literally) into Dan. Harper would rather endure a Novocaine-free root canal than face any distractions, even one this adorable. A first-year dental student with a family legacy to contend with, Dan doesn’t have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does. Though he finds himself falling for her, he is willing to play by Harper’s rules. So with the greatest of intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs, the two set out to be “just friends.” But as they get to know each other better, Harper fears that trading fillings for feelings may make her lose control and can’t risk her carefully ordered life coming undone, no matter how drool-worthy Dan is.
Blood, gore, and extra-long roots? No problem. The idea of falling in love? Torture.
About the Author:
MAZEY EDDINGS is a neurodiverse author, dentist, and (most importantly) stage mom to her cats, Yaya and Zadie. She can most often be found reading romance novels under her weighted blanket and asking her boyfriend to bring her snacks. She’s made it her personal mission in life to destigmatize mental health issues and write love stories for every brain. With roots in Ohio and North Carolina, she now calls Philadelphia home. A Brush with Love is her first novel.
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