A contemporary romance about 2 rival ghostwriters helping their clients fall in love
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Lately, I find myself drifting towards contemporary novels. I crave that cute romance and the heartfelt characters. Luckily, I was approved for this ARC, written by dual authors, which is always a treat for me (more perspectives to read from)!
Ghosting: A Love Story
Published April 26, 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Data from Goodreads
Dumped by his fiancée, not only is Miles couch-surfing across New York City, but downsizing has forced him to set up shop at a café. Also, he no longer believes in love. Not a good look in his line of work . . .
Do not present a “perfect” image. No one will trust it. Nor should they.
Zoey’s eccentric L.A. boss sent her packing to New York to “grow.” But beneath her chill Cali demeanor, Zoey’s terrified to venture beyond the café across the street . . .
Think of your quirks–such as cosplaying B-movies from the 1980s–as a “Future Honesty.” Save these as a reward only for those who prove worthy.
The only thing Miles and Zoey share is their daily battle for Café Crudité’s last day-old biscotti. They don’t know they’re both ghostwriting “authentic” client profiles for rival online dating services. Nope, they have absolutely nothing in common. . . . Until they meet anonymously online, texting on the clock . . .
Never remind the client you’re their Cyrano. Once you’ve attracted a good match, let the client take over ASAP.
Soon, with their clients headed for dating disaster, both Miles and Zoey’s jobs are at stake. And once they find out their lines have crossed, will their love connection be the real thing–or vanish into the ether?
My Review: Overall… Meh
The Pros: What worked for me
- The premise of ghostwriting/copywriting was so unique! Now, I’m familiar with the concept of having someone else write content for you but I had never thought to apply it to a dating website.
- I really liked the female protagonist in this story. She showed such great character development and was so easily relatable. Everything isn’t perfect for her and it shows through her personality – but all of that just made me love her more.
The Cons: What I didn’t like
- This story took SO LONG to get going. According to my kindle, it only really picked up its pace around the 40% mark.
- Things were just a bit too convenient for my liking. What do I mean by this? Well, let’s just say one character that is present in this novel has only purpose: to effectively remove all roadblocks. As much as I wish I had a fairy godmother in my own life, I don’t really like reading about such a character in a book because it doesn’t lead to any struggle on the part of the main characters. And life does not work out that nicely.
- I did not like our male protagonist. He was whiny and rude – and it didn’t improve later on. I had very little sympathy for him, even though (Click to reveal spoiler) he had been cheated on and dumped by his fiancee. There was just no character development and his behaviour was inexcusable.
- A very personal pet peeve of mine: (Click to reveal spoiler) I don’t like reading erotic scenes. And this novel had one that I was just not expecting.
- At the heart of it all, my biggest issue with this novel was the ghostwriting setup itself. While I found it to be very unique, I didn’t envision it the way the authors wrote it. (Click to reveal spoiler) It was just fundamentally immoral. I thought the protagonists would be writing while their clients watched on, or there would be some kind of screen-share situation (similar to when you need IT help); I never expected the protagonists to have free rein over someone else’s account to use as they see fit! I get that it was done to advance the plot, but it just felt wrong to me, no matter how I looked at it.
Overall, this novel was okay. If it weren’t for the heroine in this story, I would probably have DNF’d it. While it may not be the worst contemporary romance I’ve read, it certainly wasn’t the best. For those reasons, I’m giving it 2.5/5 stars.