Title: Not Like the Movies
Series: Waiting for Tom Hanks #2
Author: Kerry Winfrey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 7th, 2020 by Berkley Jove
Source: my library
Rating: 4 wines
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 Nick Velez, Chloe's cute but no-nonsense boss.
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 #2: 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.
Pop that popcorn and grab a cuddly blanket—Annie’s rom com based on her bestie and her very attractive, coffee shop boss is about to show!
And by show, of course we mean it’s time to crack that cover!
We met Chloe in Waiting for Tom Hanks, she was the supportive best friend that urged Annie to do the big gesture that won her her Tom Hanks. And now Annie’s screenplay turned movie is about to be released. But this is Chloe, and she can’t handle all the gossip rags talking about how perfect Nick, the attractive coffee shop boss, is and how adorable their romance is—because there’s no romance!
Chloe has a lot going on: she’s working her way through business school, has her shifts at the coffee shop, she’s responsible for any and all calls from the care facility about her father—who has Alzheimers, and she committed herself to making all the pies for Annie’s wedding as well as a pom wall!
And then there’s Nick. He’s quiet and doesn’t open up to people, but he’s always there for Chloe and lets her leave at a moments notice when things pop up with her dad. We finally get to see what kind of person he really is when one of his friends shows up at the coffee shop because Nick’s late for bowling. Of course Chloe is there and finagles an invite—but she wasn’t prepared to meet Nick’s two besties. They shed some light on the mind of Nick and, even though Chloe was already in love with him yet still denying it, she really falls for him then.
Nick and Chloe end up attending an out of town coffee convention and in true rom com fashion, there’s only one room left and it’s a single bed! Yes it’s classic rom com, but hey—would you really be reading this book if you weren’t in the mood for one? So it is perfect!!
Everything culminates perfectly, or not so perfectly for Chloe, right before Annie’s wedding. Who doesn’t love a good wedding?! And in the end, it’s happily ever after. But trust me, you’ll want to read this for all the fill in the gap stuff, it’s just too good not to!
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