It’s never a good sign when I struggle to remember the plot of a book one or two days later, and unfortunately that’s where I’m at with this. Unlike Williams’ full-length novels, this novella was utterly forgettable and kinda boring. I didn’t have a bad time reading it, but it’s as if the entire plot has already emptied from my memory just a few days later. The good news is that I don’t have the same expectations for novellas as I do for novels. It’s quick and a little cute; a fun treat if you’re looking for something light and easy to binge in one short sitting. I don’t see myself continuing with this series of novellas, but I still eagerly await Williams’ next full-length novel.
The story follows Bennett and Ollie, two strangers who meet at the airport. Ollie works there and Bennett frequently passes through, so the two soon develop crushes from afar. They’re both a little shy, so a misunderstanding occurs when Bennett tries to ask Ollie out, and… sorry, I’ve already forgotten the other details, lol. Something about her being his muse.
This isn’t a great review, because the novella really is that forgettable. I even took a few notes while reading, and the buzzwords are doing nothing to refresh my memory. It certainly wasn’t a bad way to spend an hour or two, and it worked as a palette cleanser between books. It’s still got Williams’ signature style and charm, just developed in a way that felt very surface level (with a lackluster ending). All in all, it was an okay reading experience.
An airport pet groomer meets her frequent flier crush in this captivating romance novella from the acclaimed author of How to Fail at Flirting
Ollie Wright loves the thrill of taking chances, like opening a pet grooming salon in an airport where every day is a little unpredictable. The one thing she won’t risk is her heart, so catching glimpses of a cute stranger from afar is enough romantic entanglement for her.
Bennett Baker is a professional risk assessor by day while writing popular romance novels at night, except he finds himself facing writer’s block. His life of carefully planned stability comes crashing down when he rescues a slippery pup in the airport and returns it to the enchanting pet groomer whose laugh inspires him to start writing again.
Their chance encounter and instant chemistry thrusts them into a whirlwind of airport dates at pretzel kiosks, stolen glances at empty gates, and late-night texts that leave them swooning. If the risk-adverse Bennett can take a chance on uncertainty and adventurous Ollie will break her own rule, their relationship might stop taxiing and actually take off.
About the Author:
Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD. After growing up a military brat around the world and across the country, Denise now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, and two ornery shih-tzus.
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I agree about the plot being easy to forget. But I did enjoy that it took place in an unusual setting. An airport is an unlikely place for a love story. Great review!
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Yes, it had tons of potential and I’ve enjoyed her full-length work, so not sure why this was so forgettable!