Everyone who reads romance has a favorite kind of meet cute – my personal favorite is when two characters distinctly don’t like each other when they meet – and they take the time to slowly warm up to each other. Would Like to Meet takes a different approach to the traditional meet cute: instead of just one, this book explores all of the popular types of meet cutes.
In this charming, feel-good debut novel, a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back–but can a real-life meet-cute be in store for someone who doesn’t believe in happily ever after?
After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.
The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.
But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she’ll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies–and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.
Normally, I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, but this one I definitely enjoyed. It took me a while to figure out who I was rooting for, but it was super fun getting to know both of the guys Evie was interested in. I especially loved Ben and his daughter Annette – where he was a grump and a total rain cloud, Annette was a ball of sunshine who clearly looked up to Evie. It was wonderful reading about Ben slowly opening up and losing his edge towards Evie – they made an adorable pair.
Would Like To Meet definitely leaned into the comedy side of romantic comedy – every time Evie threw herself into a meet-cute situation, things inevitably went awry and ended with hilarious results. From causing a child to spew in a cafe to ending up stranded on the side of a road after a disastrous road trip. Even though her situations were often self inflicted and sometimes cringy, it was impossible not to root for Evie. She was courageous and dedicated to a fault, and would clearly do anything for her friends. Also, watching her slowly grow a backbone at work was one of the most rewarding character journeys I’ve read in awhile.
Would Like to Meet is a perfect cozy winter read – it has practically all the popular meet cutes, a decent love triangle, and a lovely grumpy love interest. What more could you want out of a rom-com? If you enjoyed this book and are looking for similar reads, I highly recommend checking out The Roommate by Rosie Danan or The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. 5/5