Waiting for Tom Hanks Series, Book 2
From the publisher:
What happens when your life is a rom-com . . . but you don’t even believe in true love?
Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend, Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America . . . and happens to be inspired by Chloe and her cute but no-nonsense boss, Nick Velez.
As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #4: The scruffy-bearded hunk who’s always there when you need him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a happily-ever-after.
This is the sequel to Waiting for Tom Hanks, which I enjoyed but didn’t love. But I liked it enough to seek out this sequel. This second book worked better for me, and I loved it!
I think it’s probably best to read them in order. In the first book, Annie has secretly been writing a screenplay about her best friend Chloe and Chloe’s boss Nick. When Annie meets Drew, a movie star working on a film in Columbus, Ohio, she gets her meet-cute and eventually her happily ever after, which includes a serious look at her screenplay.
In this book, the movie has been filmed and is about to premiere. The buzz is building and Chloe and Nick are finding it hard to avoid the elephant in the room: does their banter and constant bickering mean they belong together? But the road to happily ever after never runs smoothly, and they have many hurdles before they get there.
One of my minor quibbles with the first book was that I found the constant Tom Hanks and romantic comedies references were just over the top. This time out, they are still there, but in a more subtle, fitting way. Don’t get me wrong, romantic comedies are my favorite movie genre, and I have seen my favorites dozens of times. (Okay, I’m lying, some of them probably way more than that.) But in this book, the story actually moves along in a more natural way for me.
If you want an escape into laughter and love, crack open these books and enjoy.
8/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
NOT LIKE THE MOVIES by Kerry Winfrey. Berkley (July 7, 2020). ISBN 978-1984804044. 320 pages.