TALK BOOKISH TO ME by Kate Bromley

From the publisher:

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely—and inconvenient—sources.

Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love—albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.

But right now? Not only is Kara’s best friend getting married next week—which means big wedding stress—but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn’t written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly appear in the wedding party. But Ryan’s unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver.

With her wedding duties intensifying, her deadline getting closer by the second and her bills not paying themselves, Kara knows there’s only one way for her to finish her book and to give her characters the ever-after they deserve. But can she embrace the unlikely, ruggedly handsome muse—who pushes every one of her buttons—to save the wedding, her career and, just maybe, write her own happy ending?


There are a bunch of books coming out with book, bookish, bookstore, library, or librarian in the title and of course, I want to read them all. I started with this one by mistake; I thought I was going to be reading a book about a woman who goes to work in a bookshop in Scotland, but that’s a different book! (The Bookshop of Second Chances.) I figured it out pretty quickly, but I got sucked into this story so happy accident. Turns out I ended up liking this book way more than the one I originally set out to read (review of that one will be up soon.)

This was a charming story with many laugh out loud moments, I loved the humor here. And it’s a debut! I love finding new authors.

Kara and Ryan had a really bad breakup, the kind that left them hating one another. But turns out Ryan is a childhood friend of Kara’s best friend’s fiance, so as the wedding approaches, they end up having to deal with one another. And the funny thing is, after Kara’s first run in with Ryan, it seems her writer’s block has ended. Ryan is giving her the impetus to write again, and as her deadline looms, Kara is desperate enough to take advantage of that. And did I mention Ryan has an adorable dog?

Ryan ends up sleeping on Kara’s couch, but not for long. The chemistry they once had has grown even hotter, but Kara lives in NYC, and Ryan is in North Carolina. Plus Kara is moving to Italy for 6 months after the wedding. Between their history, their geography, Kara’s looming deadline, and the stress of the wedding, things are really crazy. For Kara and Ryan to reach their happily ever after is not going to be easy, and we, the readers, get to enjoy every moment of it. A happy beach read sure to leave a smile on your face – don’t miss it!

6/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

TALK BOOKISH TO ME by Kate Bromley. Graydon House; Original edition (May 25, 2021). ISBN: 978-1525806438. 320 pages.

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