A Modern Romance with Humor and Heart
From the publisher:
Fans of Lauren Weisberger and Emily Henry won’t want to miss this funny, sexy, and emotional novel that looks at modern relationships, modern choices, and redefining—not to mention rebranding—your dreams, through the eyes of an Instagram influencer.
“Themes of personal choice and female empowerment underscore this tender rom-com from Guertin… A cast of wonderful supporting characters, led by spunky Addie, add authenticity and tug at the heartstrings. Readers will be charmed.”— Publishers Weekly
A PopSugar Beach Reads Selection
In this #funny, #wise, #emotionally compelling look at modern love and finding your true path, a proudly kid-free influencer meets the ultimate #dealbreaker . . .
It’s the influencer’s golden rule: know your niche. Kit Kidding has found hers on Instagram, where she gets paid to promote brands and share expertly curated posts about her fun, fabulous, child-free life. Kit likes kids just fine, but she passionately believes that women who choose not to become mothers shouldn’t have to face guilt. Or judgement. Or really hot chefs who turn out to be single dads.
Will MacGregor is aggravating, sexy, persistent, averse to social media, and definitely a bad idea. As soon as Kit learns his parenting status, she vows to put their scorching one-night stand behind her and move on. But Will and Kit are thrown together on an Instagram campaign, and the more time she spends with him—and his whip-smart, eight-year-old daughter, Addie—the more difficult it is to stay away, much less sustain what Will so cleverly calls her “Resting Beach Face.” Kit’s picture-perfect career path is suddenly clashing with the possibility of a different future—messy, complicated, and real. Which life does she truly want? Will she have to re-invent herself? And will love still be waiting by the time she figures it out?
I don’t know a whole lot about Instagram, especially influencers, so this was a really interesting read for me. Plus it’s fun, funny, and has a terrific romance at its center. As the bookstagram folks say, it’s got “all the feels”.
Kit Kidding lost her mom when she was only 10 years old. She decided early on that she didn’t want kids, mostly because she was afraid that she, too, would die by her 35th birthday. Her sister also doesn’t have kids, nor do her friends. In fact, she has built a career on it, writing a book about the “child-free” lifestyle. Her instagram feed has a couple of million followers, and her life is in the pictures. At least, the parts of her life that she is paid to share.
When one of her sponsors, a ready-to-cook meal delivery service wants pictures of her actually cooking the food, she panics. Kit stores books in her oven, her cabinets, and well, pretty much everywhere. She has all of her mom’s books, plus all the books she’s collected over the years. She even has a private bookstagram account. But the sponsor is willing to send a chef to help her learn to cook, so she caves. It’s all about the money.
Except the chef is the hot guy she had a one night stand with and now he’s ready for more. There is no fighting the strong attraction between them except he has something she definitely isn’t willing to cave on – a young daughter. Lots of struggles here to get to the happy ending, but what a fun ride to get there! A terrific, entertaining read.
7/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
INSTAMOM by Chantel Guertin. Kensington (June 29, 2021). ISBN: 978-1496735355. 329 pages.