Monday, May 31, 2021

Blog Tour: Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley

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Today I have the pleasure of shining a spotlight on the debut novel by Kate Bromley, Talk Bookish to Me. 

This is a contemporary rom-com fiction centered around romance author/bookstagrammer Kara and her exRyan. Kara is struggling to find inspiration to finish writing her historical romance novel, and her deadline is looming. The last thing she needs is for Ryan (and his dog) to come crashing back into her life after the two had a disappointing breakup a decade before. Maybe Ryan will provide the inspo that Kara has so desperately been searching for? 

I mostly enjoyed this. I'm going to get my main negative out of the way - something Ryan does or has been doing is usually a deal breaker for me in books. What saved it for me was the way Kara reacted when she found out about it, and although it still annoyed me that it was included, this is something that people deal with and I thought the resolution was satisfying. The other thing that I didn't find necessary was the inclusion of the book Kara writes. I'm fine with a book within a book but this didn't add anything to the main story for me personally. It's worth saying here that I'm not, for the most part, a fan of historical romance so fans of that genre may enjoy Kara's book.

The positives - I loved the writing style. It reminded me of the writing in some of my other favourite contemporary romcoms - Beth O'Leary, Mandy Baggott, Sophie Kinsella. I liked Kara a lot, but I imagined her very differently to the character depicted on the cover. Annoyingly, I also really liked Ryan despite his shortcomings. I was also a fan of the change in setting towards the last third of the book, I didn't see it coming but I was glad that it happened. 

Talk Bookish to Me is available now. 

You can learn more about Kate Bromley below, and keep up with her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or her Website.

Thank you to the publisher for having me on the tour and for the advance e-copy via Netgalley. 

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