⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.5) Stars
Meet Cute Club could be a template for everything that I want in Contemporary Romance: Extremely swoony, but real and believable – With the representation the genre so badly needs and written with wittiness and care.
Jordan is in love with his romance novels, especially the ones by his favorite author Patricia Hayes. This passion started with his grandma, the queen of romance book clubs in his eyes, and now he has taken it upon himself to keep the tradition going. He started the Meet Cute Club and makes sure that everything in all meetings is picture-perfect – from scented candles, fluffy pillows and homemade cupcakes. But somehow, he keeps losing members, and if he doesn’t figure out how to engage new people, the club will be dead soon enough.
Rex just wanted a temporary job close to his temporary home. He lost his grandma a few months back and is now responsible for clearing out her house – something that his father should clearly do, but they have a complicated relationship. Rex is used from bouncing from place to place, but he didn’t think that working at the local bookshop he would meet a type A incredibly infuriating yet absurdly cute guy buying a stack of romance books.
I loved Jordan and Rex’s dynamic. Their romance was so real, I felt like I was listening to the story of how two friends met. Yet, their chemistry was great and adorable. This book is swoony AF and I just couldn’t put it down.
So, let’s do a recap. Meet Cute Club:
📚 Is meta
📚 Shows so much love for grandmas I immediately called mine after reading it.
📚 Portrays a healthy and believable relationship.
📚Will make you swoon, cry, and laugh in just a few hours like a crazy, happy, weirdo.
ALSO, this book has probably my favorite Grand Gesture scene of ALL TIME. Honestly, if somebody did that for me IRL I would transform into a magical unicorn and disappear into the universe having achieved the ultimate status of happiness.
So, why did I give this 4.5 Stars? Because I just needed more tension at the beginning between Jordan and Rex. This isn’t an enemies-to-lovers, more of an opposites-attract, and that’s ok – BUT from the meet-cute to a sorta relationship things happen too quickly and smoothly. I wanted more push and pull from both in the beginning so that their relationship could be more high stakes. And I say that because their banter was on point and I just wanted more of it.
This book was on my radar for a while, but it’s my first from Jack Harbon – I will definitely keep an eye on his future projects and will certainly have a look into his backlist.
Update: just realized that this is a series and I’m thriving 🥳😍
This was an ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.