Genre: Romantic Comedy
“Brian Hawkins has had the worst year. He watched his girlfriend marry another man, lost his job and his apartment, and after a summer under his parents' roof, has taken refuge with his younger sister. A quiet few months in Philadelphia are just what he needs to clear his head and get back on his feet. But he's barely unpacked before the bane of his existence, his sister's best friend, shows up. His planned solitude is replaced by pop songs, rom-coms, and bright-pink hair. All that would be bearable, except there's only one extra bed, and there's no way he's sharing it with her.
Sarah Webb didn't think anything could be worse than a marriage-proposal-gone-wrong walk of shame to her best friend's apartment. But she was wrong. So wrong. Because she's not just staying with Jess. She's also sharing space with Jess's older brother. Brian is grumpy and stubborn and—not that Sarah would ever admit it out loud—totally hot. He's also off limits, which is why she should let him have the bedroom, stop staring at his abs, and keep her distance. But playing nice isn't in her nature.
As Sarah and Brian pull pranks and place wagers over who can lay claim to the bed, things between them start to shift. Sarah can admit that Brian has his moments, and Brian sees a side of Sarah she usually keeps hidden. When she needs a last-minute date for a charity gala where her doctor-ex is going to be in attendance, Brian seems like the perfect fake date. But as they spin around the dance floor, their fledgling friendship turns to something unexpected—and only one thing's certain: more than just the bed is up for grabs.”
“Casey Dembowski loves to write stories that focus on the intricacies of relationships—whether romantic, familial, or platonic. Her novels focus on the inner workings of women and how everything in their lives leads them to exactly where they are, whether they like it or not.
Casey lives in New Jersey with her family. She has an MFA in Fiction from Adelphi University and currently works in corporate marketing communications. In her (limited) spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, and watching her favorite television shows on repeat.”
For more, visit Ms Dembowski’s website.
As I was thinking about this story it occurred to me that I wasn’t sure if the romantic comedy genre is the same as the romance genre in that you can assume the potential couple will end up together in the end. A quick Google and a visit to the Wikipedia page indicates that normally they do end up together although an occasional rare exception will happen. This isn’t one of those times and the description makes that clear.
However, despite knowing how things are going to end you’ll find yourself questioning that at times. Even if Sarah and Brian realize what the reader does, that they belong together, there are other things where they don’t seem to be a fit. Sarah has a great job that she enjoys where she lives in Philadelphia whereas Brian is eager to move back to New York for just one example. Plus, we have Brian’s sister, Jess, who is also Sarah’s best friend in the mix, complicating things exponentially. The ups and downs as Sarah and Brian navigate their eventually romantic relationship are an adventure and, yes, the word comedy also applies. The results are a fun read.
Some adult language and mild adult situations.
No significant issues.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words