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Publisher's Summary

Can you fall in love like they do in the movies?

It's Evie Summers' job to find out. Because if she can't convince her film agency's biggest client, Ezra Chester, to write the romantic-comedy screenplay he owes producers, her career will be over. The catch? He thinks rom-coms are unrealistic - and he'll only put pen to paper if Evie shows him that it's possible to meet a man in real life the way it happens on the big screen.

Cynical Evie might not believe in happily ever after, but she'll do what it takes to save the job that's been her lifeline...even if it means reenacting iconic rom-com scenes in public. Spilling orange juice on a cute stranger? No problem. Leaving her number in books all over London to see who calls? Done. With a little help from her well-meaning friends - and Ben and Anette, the adorable father-daughter duo who keep witnessing her humiliations - Evie is determined to prove she can meet a man the way Sally met Harry. But can a workaholic who's given up on love find a meet-cute of her very own?

©2019 Rachel Winters (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Evie is a scrappy, winning heroine.... The references to classic films of the genre will delight rom-com fans, as will the sweet romance. The best scenes, though, are with Evie and her three best friends, who have the warmly mocking dynamic of friends in a Richard Curtis film. A lovely, humorous ode to romantic comedies." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Winters’s charming debut combines tropes from classic romantic comedy films to hilarious effect.... Winters employs self-aware, genre-savvy characters to expertly balance humor and heart. This adorable romance is a love letter to cinephiles." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

"Winters offers a relatable take on modern dating, writing, and working. Movie aficionados, in particular, will enjoy references to iconic rom-com moments as lovable, overworked Evie navigates her own series of meet-cute mishaps." (Library Journal)

"A lively, laugh-out-loud story.... Debut author Rachel Winters hits all the right notes in Would Like to Meet, a fun and lively millennial rom-com with a heartfelt message that cleverly plays off tropes from a host of contemporary romance movies." (Shelf Awareness)

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  • 08-08-20

Slow to begin and understand, but overall...cute story!

It took me awhile to catch on to what was happening. It would have made more sense if I saw the words written. The beginning of every chapter is told like the visual of the scene being described but I didn’t know this is what the narrator was saying. This had me really confused in the beginning because I couldn’t tell where the story started. But 1/3 of the way through when I started to catch on and wasn’t confused by the many, many characters introduced all in the beginning at once, then I really liked it! Towards the end, I couldn’t stop listening...I really enjoyed it and wanted to see how it ended. Cute story, really liked it! The narration was excellent.

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Cringey, dnf despite being a rom com fan

Unlistenable. I will let you see others who have done a thorough review. I’ll just say that I would have returned it, but I returned a bunch in a row and felt guilty. Maybe I still will.

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Rambling, painfully slow- DNF

The narration was fine. The story not so much. I never really liked anyone besides Annette. I wanted to keep going but I just could not force myself! It was boring and honestly felt like I was wasting time I could spend on another, better book. Thank goodness for the exchange feature. I would have been SO sad if I’d wasted a credit on this!

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Struggled to finish, painful to read

I had high hopes for the premises of the book, however I was met with a rather painful read. I liked the idea of a woman recreating situations to meet people as they do in movies. You know she's going to fail and maybe it would be light and funny. No, they are cringe worthy. The main character is very unlikeable and her friends are also unlikeable. I ended up skipping the last 4 or 5 chapters of dates before skipping to the the end to hear how it played out.

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Referring to yourself in third person

Referring to yourself in third person is annoying and felt not as personal. I loved the characters except how much the friends accused Evie of wrongs. Otherwise the story was really great. Still worth reading.

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Lacking ROM and COM

I had a difficult time getting into the story and liking the characters. The characters acted unlikely and were odd. The meet cutes lacked creativity.

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Enjoyable - but predictable

I was really enjoying this story, but then a few details dropped. I thought, “Oh no, please don’t be this predictable.” But I was already on the ride, so I kept going and hoping it didn’t end up where I thought. But dang if it didn’t do exactly that. If you can overlook that two major plot elements are completely trite and cliche then you’ll be fine with this book.

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cute story. main character was a little daft

The premise and story played out well with good dialog and funny circumstances. The characters were likeable, but the main character seemed so oblivious during the whole book. it seemed everything had to be spelled out for her. Other than that, it was cute. The performance was excellent.

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loved it

if you are a suckered for rom coms as I am you will love this light hearted and quirky story of the heroine. thumbs up!!

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Entertaining

I purchased this as an Audible book to keep me entertained on my daily 45 minute drives to and from work. At first it was hard to follow but when I caught on to the writers style, I got caught up in the story. It made me look forward to driving to work each day. When I got to the last two chapters, I was so caught up in the story and needing to know how it ended that I finished it at home on a Saturday morning with a cup of coffee. I won't go into the plot here, as I have never been very good at that - I leave it to other reviewers. But I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves romantic comedies, writing, or is curious about how RomComs are written.