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Brush with Love Paperback – March 1, 2022
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"An unbelievably cute and funny debut about friendship, the expectations of family, and mental health. A Brush with Love fills that itch for a STEMinist rom-com with laughter, slow-burn romance, and toothy puns." - Buzzfeed
Nine out of ten dentists agree, Mazey Eddings's rom-com A Brush with Love makes your smile brighter!*
*not scientifically proven
Harper is anxiously awaiting placement into a top oral surgery residency program when she crashes (literally) into Dan. Harper would rather endure a Novocaine-free root canal than face any distractions, even one this adorable. A first-year dental student with a family legacy to contend with, Dan doesn’t have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does. Though he finds himself falling for her, he is willing to play by Harper’s rules. So with the greatest of intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs, the two set out to be “just friends.” But as they get to know each other better, Harper fears that trading fillings for feelings may make her lose control and can't risk her carefully ordered life coming undone, no matter how drool-worthy Dan is.
Blood, gore, and extra-long roots? No problem. The idea of falling in love? Torture.
"A Brush with Love is an adorable, swoony, and tender debut." ―BuzzFeed
“An adorable love story. A Brush with Love blends sweetness, breathless romance, and moments of striking vulnerability.” ―Helen Hoang, New York Times bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient
"A Brush with Love reads the way young love feels. Mazey Eddings stole my heart with this laugh out loud funny, almost unbearably cute debut (and she made me care about dentistry).” ―Rosie Danan, bestselling author of The Intimacy Experiment
"Prepare to smile, laugh, and cry your way through this witty, fast-paced rom-com!" ―Evie Dunmore, USA Today bestselling author of Bringing Down the Duke
“I’m obsessed with this book, and I fully intend to never stop yelling about it. With a shimmering voice and razor-sharp wit, Mazey Eddings has crafted a contemporary romance masterpiece that made me want to hug my dentist. There is an extraordinary amount of empathy in these pages: Harper and Dan are so lovably flawed, and Harper’s mental health journey landed right in the center of my heart. The most intoxicating slow burn I’ve read in ages.” ―Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk
"Harper and Dan have my whole heart. I love everything about this book, from their adorable meet cute to their unconventional first date, to the two of them working through their very real--and therefore not always pretty--issues. Dan is a soft, swoony hero, Harper is a relatable heroine who struggles with anxiety, and every page of the way I was rooting so hard for them to find their happily ever after. A Brush with Love is funny and cute while also exploring serious topics, powerfully underscoring the truth that relationships require work, and that happy endings are for everyone." ―Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other
"Tenderly written and oh-so-sexy, A Brush with Love brims with emotional depth, whip-smart banter, and sizzling chemistry.” ―Chloe Liese, author of Only When It's Us
"Eddings’ debut is equal parts hilarious and heart-wrenching...A poignant debut that will put a smile on your face." ―Kirkus Reviews
"An anxious dentist isn’t sure she can handle taking a study break for love in Eddings’s alternately raunchy and poignant debut...fans of Grey’s Anatomy will feel right at home at Callowhill University’s School of Dental Medicine." ―Publishers Weekly
"Eddings’ prose will hook you from page one.." ―Paste Magazine
"Only a writer as creative and perceptive as neurodiverse author Mazey Eddings could have made a dental school in Philadelphia, Pa., the perfect place to set an edgy romantic comedy." ―Shelf Awareness
About the Author
- Publisher : Griffin (March 1, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250805988
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250805980
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.34 x 0.97 x 8.32 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #280,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2022
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If I could summarize key words that reflect this book I would say, heartfelt, sweet, romantic, and deep. While this story was filled with cute romantic moments between Harper and Dan, the story dealt with some heavy topics such as, the loss of a loved one, and anxiety. The author was kind enough to also mention before the beginning of the story the topics that were mentioned in the story as a heads up. Anyways, I felt like by reading how Harper tried to deal with her anxiety was eye opening because, from the way she would get anxious over different things like big crowds, opening herself up to Dan, or other things that triggered her anxiety. Harper was a flawed character in that she was dealing with her anxiety behind closed doors. While Harper was the top student in her class, and striving for success, she was the “perfect” image that most people assumed to believe because, behind closed doors (Metaphorical speaking) Harper was trying to control her anxiety as to not lose control, but also not wanting to subject herself to things that would cause her to feel overwhelmed. While Dan wasn’t aware in the beginning of Harper’s anxiety, he was quick to notice the subtle changes in her behavior and helped her to become more comfortable such as, engaging in conversations that sparked her interests, or making her laugh, etc. Dan was the man coming through for Harper time and time again, and it was one of the things I admired about him.
There was also a lot of depth and emotional moments that really spoke to the nature of Harper’s struggles. Harper was someone who always dealt with her anxiety behind closed doors, she never wanted others to see as vulnerable or weak. Towards the middle/ ending of the story, seeing just how much Harper’s anxiety affected her day to day life was really intense for her, but also as a reader I knew realized just how much anxiety could affect someone so strongly. Harper being the type of person who needed to maintain a schedule, control over all aspects of her life and decisions was something she relied on, but it was also a bit of an unhealthy habit because, she didn’t have an equal balance from her studies and personal life. While I could understand Harper’s intentions to wanting to do the best in order to secure a position for her career as a dentist, I also agreed with her friends and Dan that she needed to get help in order to help herself. Seeing Harper become defensive and angry towards the people in life pointing out their concerns over her well-being was shocking because, for the most part Harper was usually a positive person, but even the most positive people have their darkest moments. Mazey Eddings, the author did a good job illustrating Harper’s struggles with her anxiety and the reality of it. As someone who tends to get a anxious, even over the smallest things, I could somewhat empathize with Harper. Obviously I couldn’t fully comprehend the level of anxiety Harper dealt with, but reading about her experiences made it more eye opening, and made me aware of the how anxiety and mental health isn’t something to just brush off.
Harper and Dan were both sweet, lovable, precious, and funny. I loved their interactions, and how they were both obviously drawn to one another. Dan definitely didn’t hold back in letting Harper know his intentions towards her and while he was always hoping for more with Harper, he was always respectful of her boundaries. WE LOVE A UNDERSTANDABLE MAN! In addition, Dan was an absolute softie and kind of “golden retriever boyfriend” type of vibe (in my opinion). The way Dan would always check his phone to see if Harper texted him, or him wanting so badly to hold Harper’s hand or even simply resisting the urge to kiss her endlessly, (sigh) Dan had me swooning and smiling over his actions and words towards Harper. Harper was indeed lucky to have met Dan, they were adorable together.
This was such a cute and sweet story with heartfelt and emotional moments that highlighted heavy topics. Mazey Eddings really did a great job weaving together Harper’s narrative and the reality of anxiety. This story had a good balance of absolute delight with lighthearted energy while still maintaining depth to the inner struggles both Dan and Harper were faced with. Would recommend reading this story!
I really enjoyed Harper and Dan's story; both have suffered losses in their lives which have led to subsequent emotional issues that have defined their lives. I loved Dan beyond words, especially because he very honestly and openly adored Harper. He was extremely patient with her and I appreciated that he allowed Harper to move at her own pace. Dan has his own stressors including, his resentment toward his late father and the pressure he feels to live up to his legacy and help his mother with their family dental practice, but in Harper he found a source of happiness and comfort.
Harper suffers from debilitating anxiety and finds it nearly impossible to open herself up to anything that may lead to potential heartbreak. She is laser focused on becoming an oral surgeon and that means not allowing anything or anyone to distract her form her life plan; she has no time for feelings. I have to admit that at times I wanted to shake her. I realize that my frustrations with Harper were because I have not dealt with crippling anxiety and mental illness in the same manner in which she has. Therefore, I could not understand why she couldn't just "shake it off" and learn to fully trust in Dan and his love for her.
I am glad that Harper's character was able to seek professional help for the sake of her mental health, which allowed her to finally love Dan in the way he deserved to be loved and more importantly, allowed herself to stop living in a constant state of pain.
A Brush with Love was a lovely story about love, grief, mental health and healing. I very much hope Harper's wonderful friends get their own stories soon
This was a great read that touches on the pressures of women in stem, anxiety disorder symptoms, and what a difference a supportive friend can make in those situations.
I loved the love story. I can’t wait to read Mazey Eddings next book. I enjoyed the way she writes.
The audiobook performance was very good. The only downside was I like to listen to the audio sped up, and it got somewhat distorted when I would try to listen faster.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to listen to A Brush with Love.
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In this book, I think Harper’s worries about how hard she worked so far and not wanting any distractions and her anxiety were all valid. It was described in a perfect amount of detail and I found the pace was good too.
Although the climax of the story would have some of you questioning Harper’s decision, I see where she’s coming from. The ending sounds a tiny bit cliché but I think we can all admit that’s what we’re hoping for.
The book held my attention enough that I finished the entire book within a 14 hour flight (and still had hours to spare!!!)
That being said, I had some troubles with Harper. I mean, I was glad her anxiety and panic attacks or mental health issues were getting some attention because a lot of people are dealing with them –including myself, but her lashing out to her friends and also to the hero were way too much. Also her being so selfish and not able to see how much she was hurting those people around her –or not caring, not really my kind of style. For the rest she was a really relatable character I think.
Dan however, I loved him so much. The way he always had Harper's back, even though he had a hard time himself, yes. That's what's love is all about. Were Harper just has some relatable parts, Dan was really realistically and relatable from beginning to end. His feelings were the way you'd expect them to be in his situation and he was just a great hero.
I did like the book, it was good and definitely had hilarious moments, it has a lot of cute and romantic moments as well, but for me it's a bit overshadowed by Harper's behaviour. I won't reread it anytime soon, but I'll definitely read Lizzie's book!
The main characters backstory seemed so forced in order to create a certain depth but eventually didn’t work out.
The whole „love at the first sight“ is also a boring trope and it the „we touch and have goosebumps“ trope is just not it.