I totally loved this witty, charming, opposites-attract, banter-making-sparks-fly romcom! It really took me by surprise how fun and sweet and wonderful it was but still also with more depth than expected! I read it in one sitting, completely hooked.
The story follows science journalist Megan (think Amy in The Big Bang Theory) who moves in as a roommate to Josh, another science nerd. Josh is the perfect roommate - and also possible love interest - smart, fun, cute, sweet and into science just like Megan. But how come Brandon, Josh’s jock football player for a brother keeps invading Megan’s mind? Brandon is the total opposite of anything she cares about, and also a reminder of a high school trauma that she’s still not quite over. But the heart wants what the heart wants. Which is true also for Josh who’s got a lot more to deal with than Megan knows…
I really loved the hilarious banter between Megan and Brandon! The opposites-attract romance was so well done in the way their teasing and arguing made sparks fly. Even though Megan’s comments were honest to an extent boarding to mean, Brandon soon found himself having internal dialogues with Megan and learning science facts to come back to her with killer punch lines, and starting to appreciate not being constantly smiled to and treated as a celebrity, but as a real person. I also loved the way they both had insecurities to deal with, and how Brandon was not portraited as the jock stereotype, but in addition to being completely buff and charming also was sweet and insecure, feeling unintelligent and how protective he was about his brother. And for Megan, how she had her own trauma to deal with, as well as feeling completely out of her comfort zone being compared to the other WAGs… And the science references were so well done! This hilarious romcom didn’t just make me root for the characters, it even got me interested in things like bioluminescence (animals able to emit their own light).
I also really appreciated the parts involving Josh and his significant other and how one person’s decision to stay closeted effects the other person in the relationship too. Where do you draw the line when the love you feel for someone forces you to hide yourself to the world? When is the denial too much to justify the love?
All in all, this was such a pleasant surprise! Hilarious, addictive, with funny dialogues and amazing chemistry, and with characters that completely stole my heart! Highly recommend!
Thank you NetGalley and Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity to read this romcom gem! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
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