Romantic Comedy Recap 2.1.18
So now that I’ve found Penny Reid and Susannah Nix, I have flown through several more rom-com books. There’s just something about it reading a fun, light romantic comedy with smart characters while it’s cold and rainy outside.
The first one I read last week was the second book in the Chemistry Lessons series by Susannah Nix, Intermediate Thermodynamics. Esther, an aerospace engineer, cannot stand her neighbor Jonathan, an aspiring screenwriter. He is constantly smoking on his balcony and always parks his car over the lines into Esther’s parking spot. Pretty much anything Jonathan does annoys Esther. But when he needs help with the science part of a script he’s writing, she strikes up a deal to help him, if he will take her best friend Jinny out on a few dates so she won’t go back to her jerk ex-boyfriend. What starts out as a strange business deal turns into much more when Esther and Jonathan continue to spend time together, even though Jinny and Jonathan didn’t work out. The chemistry between Esther and Jonathan is amazing, and I love the way Nix wrote their interactions in Esther’s apartment. Not only when they discuss Jonathan’s scripts, but just the hanging out and watching movies part. Obviously, it can’t all be rainbows and unicorns, when Esther still hasn’t told Jinny about her friendship with Jonathan and when Esther isn’t used to actually having a relationship. But I just adored Jonathan and wanted him to be happy. I am really excited for Susannah Nix’s next book in the series; I think it comes out sometime this spring!
My next read was the second book in Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series, Friends Without Benefits. This centers around Elizabeth, Janie’s roommate from Neanderthal Seeks Human, and her childhood enemy/first time, Nico. Elizabeth is an ER doctor who isn’t looking for a relationship; in fact, she’s looking for a friends-with-benefits situation with one of her fellow doctors. But then Nico brings his niece who has cystic fibrosis to the hospital where she works for a new treatment study. All of Elizabeth’s carefully crafted plans fly out the window. She and Nico decide to become friends without benefits, even though both are ridiculously attracted to each other. Nico is actually a famous comedian with his own show, so naturally he has a crazy stalker. Hijinks ensue. I loved the banter and sexual tension between Elizabeth and Nico and really loved the interactions between Elizabeth and Nico’s family, particularly his mom Rose and niece Angelica. The only thing I didn’t care for in this storyline was Nico’s show. I had a hard time believing Elizabeth would really be okay with Nico being surrounded by half-naked women while filming his show. I just decided to focus more of my love on the great chemistry between Elizabeth and Nico. I also love how Penny Reid ties in all the characters from the rest of the series. Janie and Quinn are engaged at this point, and we get to spend a little more time with the other girls of the Knitting Group.
I also read the third Knitting in the City book, Love Hacked. Love Hacked follows Sandra, a psychiatrist who works at the same hospital Elizabeth does, and her horrible streak of bad first dates. She has not been kissed in over two years because all of her first dates end up crying and needing therapy, instead of a date. But then her waiter at the Indian place she takes these dates to inserts himself into Sandra’s life. Alex is several years younger than Sandra, only dresses in black, and is definitely hiding something about his past. Alex is nothing like the guys Sandra normally dates, but that ends up being good for her. She needs someone like Alex to stop her from psychoanalyzing everyone, and Alex needs her to not feel so broken and alone. I just adored Alex and loved the ups and downs of their relationship. They are so good for each other in all the ways that really matter.
I can’t wait to read the rest of these series (I'm currently reading Beauty and the Mustache, the fourth KITC book) and any of the other Penny Reid series (next up is the Winston Brothers series). If you’re looking for a smart, fun read, I definitely recommend these books! And if you have any other recommendations like these, please shoot them my way!