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WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR: a nostalgic romantic comedy (Boston Classics) Kindle Edition
A brilliant-at-math-but-challenged-with-people heroine and a stubbornly frugal hero find love in spite of themselves in this vintage romance debut from award-winning author Karen Grey.
Finance hotshot Kate Bishop doesn’t expect the cute bartender to quote Shakespeare to her when she meets her colleagues for happy hour, nor for him to rescue the rest of her workday with a special cocktail.
Will Talbot’s head is turned by the adorably nerdy young woman who doesn’t seem to belong with the rest of the power-suit crowd, but his heart knows that he’s got to keep his eyes on the prize: his career as a professional actor.
Opposites attract in this romantic comedy, so this quirky pair finally gives in to chemistry stronger than a stiff Harvey Wallbanger. But when real life throws them a curve ball, will love win? Or will career?
Don’t miss this smart, feel-good series starter set in the late 1980’s—an era of big hair and bigger egos. Each Boston Classics standalone romantic comedy guarantees an evocative trip back in time and a Happy-Ever-After for the ages
From the Publisher
Why set a Romance Novel in the 1980's?
For the Fun of it
Initially I chose to set the Boston Classics series in the 1980’s because I thought it would be fun for a reader to experience dating in a “simpler” time—whether she was alive in the era or not—and to explore looking for love before texting, before cell phones, before dating apps, before Googling. When answering machines and pagers were the latest thing and people still sent love letters and had to use pay phones.
TV shows set in the 80’s have surged in popularity over the past few years, evidence to me that others share a nostalgia for simpler times. It’s an era that we love to make fun of—the big hair, the neon fashion, the crocheted fingerless gloves—but for many of us, it was just when we grew up.
From the Nitty Gritty details
Once I started mining my memory, it became clear how much our daily lives have changed.
For instance, if you wanted to go somewhere new, you had to get a map and you had to plot your route before you left and write out the directions.
More important for romance, if you wanted to get in touch with someone you met, you had to hope they were listed in the phone book. If not, you were out of luck.
To the Big Picture
My big takeaways from my trips back in time?
- We got along just fine without the world at our fingertips and without being available 24/7
- We’ve come far in terms of things like gender equity—everywhere from the workplace to the bedroom—but we still have a long way to go.
- The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Five Fun Facts About the Boston Classics Series
- To the characters, “text” means typed words in a manuscript and “#” is the symbol for “number”
- The heroes' and heroines' careers are based on real-life experiences
- Each main character's name is a mashup of Shakespeare character names
- The dairy commercial Will shoots is based move-for-move on one the author shot IRL
- Falling in love hasn't changed much in the years since 1988 (Or 1588 for that matter)
|What I'm Looking For||Forget About Me||Like It's 1999||You Spin Me|
|Trip Back in Time to the 1980's||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|HEA or HFN Promise||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Adorable Pets||Heroine's Cat Ralphie||Too Many to Name but one Dog who steals the show||(It's a novella, I couldn't fit any in!)||Hero's Dog Blondie & Cat Cash|
|Meddling Side Characters||Roommates||Families||The Wedding Party||Co-workers|
|Romance Tropes||Opposites Attract & Nerdy Hero/Heroine||Second Chance & Best Friend's Sister||Holiday, Marriage Promise & Friends to Lovers||Broken Hero/Heroine & Secret Identity|
★★★★★ "This is my first book by Karen Grey and I'm hooked." --Rellim Reads
★★★★★ "This story was bodacious! Totally Tubular!" --Live, Laugh, Love and Books
★★★★★ "I felt like I was in a time warp and I loved it." --Betty Loves Love
★★★★★ "A very character-driven book that took me back to when I was just starting out in the workforce in the mid 1980's (one of the best decades!). Take a trip back in time when people actually left messages on answering machines (before texting was a thing) and enjoy!" --Comfy Chair Books
★★★★★ "Well-written, great lovers, real life. Even took me back to the bad old days of working in the '80s when it was OK for old men in your office to tell you your blouse would look better if you didn't button so many buttons! Seems like a good time for a reminder that things really have changed for the better."--Peggy, Goodreads
★★★★★ "I loved the 80s nostalgia of this novel. I enjoyed how Will and Kate's relationship slowly evolves and feels realistic even in modern times."--Kathy, Goodreads
★★★★★ "Ah, the 80's...pagers, answering machines and waiting days for a call, oh my!" --Kathryn, Goodreads
★★★★★ "This book was a delight. It is a well crafted romance set in the 1980s between two characters who seem to exist in separate worlds yet can't deny their attraction to each other."--Christine, Goodreads
★★★★★ "This was a really cute blast from the past. I loved to read a book placed in a world where there were no cell phones available, people used pagers, and answering machines were a regular thing."--Alex, Goodreads
From the Author
- ASIN : B0876HQBKG
- Publisher : HOME COOKED BOOKS (June 23, 2020)
- Publication date : June 23, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2332 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 284 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #925,652 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
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I don't usually give books I don't finish more than 1 star but this one is a bit of a technical fail AND a bit not to my tastes. It takes a lot for me to not finish a book. But I couldn't do it with this one.
The Boston setting was comforting. The Shakespeare quotes were a lovely touch. I enjoyed seeing if I could guess what they were from. The 80s nostalgia was an interesting twist, even if I wasn't old enough in the 80s to remember all those details. It had all the hallmarks of a promising story.
My issues were with the dialogue between Will and Kate and with the romance. The dialogue often felt awkward and clumsy. Not all the time but enough to be annoying. And the romance seemed to appear out of nowhere. I understand insta-attraction and it can be well done but this wasn't it.
This wasn't for me, unfortunately.