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ARC Review: Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley


Kara Sullivan is definitely not avoiding her deadline. After all, it’s the week of her best friend’s wedding and she’s the maid of honour, so she’s got lots of responsibilities. She’s a bestselling romance novelist with seven novels under her belt, so she’s a pro. Looming deadlines don’t scare her, and neither does writer’s block, which she most certainly does not have. She’s just eager to support Cristina as she ties the knot. Right? Right.

But then who should show up at the rehearsal dinner but Kara’s college ex-boyfriend, Ryan? Turns out he’s one of the groom’s childhood friends, and he’s in the wedding party, too. Considering neither Kara nor Ryan were prepared to see each other ever again, it’s decidedly a meet-NOT-cute. However, when Kara sits down to write again the next day, her writer’s block is suddenly gone. Are muses real? And is Kara’s muse . . . Ryan?


Talk Bookish to Me is an entertaining and enjoyable summer read.  The writing is good and the storyline is engaging and humorous and I was hooked from the first few pages. It’s not all plain sailing, we think we know where the book is headed, however with the dramatic plot twist towards the end its difficult to imagine how things are going to unfold. Ten years after breaking each other’s hearts Kara meets Ryan again quite by chance at her best friend’s wedding and coincidentally he is the groom’s childhood friend.  Their initial meeting after all this time was brilliantly written, you can sense the tension and also the fact a lot appears to remain unresolved between them.  

Kara is a romance author and bookstagrammer and I liked this aspect, it is very true to life and I could completely relate to her photographing books and making them look aesthetically pleasing for her Instagram account.  We are treated to little snippets of the historical romance novel she is currently writing which loosely mirrors some of the events happening in her life at the moment.  She is suffering from writers block and she is frustrated because it would appear she can only write and get inspiration when Ryan is around.  

Kara is quirky and funny and I really liked her character.  I liked that Ryan genuinely shows a keen interest in Kara’s writing and her book collection and asks her lots of questions, clearly understanding how important this aspect of her life is to her.  Ryan did go down in my estimations after his big ‘reveal’, however he slowly redeemed himself, particularly after the 24 hour ‘there and back’ trip to Italy to deliver Kara a parcel.  There is undoubtedly strong chemistry between them, I adored their witty banter and the way they bounced off each other.  In one scene they acted out a raunchy scene from the book Kara is writing and the sexual tension was palpable and they sizzled off the page. Duke the dog was an wonderful little side kick who added extra humour to the story and created some lovely funny scenes.

Talk Bookish to Me is humorous, heartwarming, compelling and romantic with the added bonus of having some wonderful bookish references.  A fabulous debut novel and I look forward to reading more by this author.

Publisher: Zaffre
Publication Date (UK):  27 May 2021
Format:  Paperback 
Page Count: 400
Genre:  Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance 
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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