The Plot (from Goodreads):
A pair of frenemies navigates the shallow depths of a small-town dating scene only to find the romance they need is right in front of them.
Former ballerina Marlo Jonas has all the right moves—except when it comes to men. Her latest boyfriend? A cheater. In the wake of her breakup, her father has a novel idea for her: try dating men for who they are and not how they look. This makes it easy to ignore her hot nemesis, Seattle Times reporter Ben Wexler-Lowrey.
Ben’s take on romance means spending time with interesting women whose personalities might sparkle more than their looks dazzle. But Ben’s mother thinks he can fare better. He’s never tried online dating before, but what could be the harm in putting himself out there?
As Marlo and Ben both suffer through a series of hilariously awkward dates, they’re left feeling empty. Marlo needs someone empathetic enough to soothe her past hurt. Ben needs someone who truly sees him for the man he is.
I was so excited to get to go back to Harper Landing so soon after reading Sweet Bliss. In the second book in the series we meet Marlo and Ben, who are friends of Julia and Aaron from the first book. Good Catch actually starts at Julia and Aaron’s wedding, but we only catch glimpses of them after that.
Doesn’t this cover just make you want to grab your coziest sweater and curl up on the couch with some hot apple cider? I can’t wait for fall.
Like Sweet Bliss, this book is a Hallmark movie wrapped into a novel. I loved it! Ben and Marlo have been frenemies since kindergarten, and have always overlooked each other. It was really fun to hear the ways they had competed against each other since they were kids, and get both sides of each story.
I also really enjoyed all the bad date stories before Marlo and Ben found each other. The author certainly did a great job of describing how small this small town is, with so many love interests crossing paths. I do wish there was a little more to Ben and Marlo’s romance, which felt a little rushed once they actually started dating. Regardless, I thought they were the perfect match and loved how their romance played out.
This is definitely a romance you should add to your TBR for this fall. If you haven’t yet read Sweet Bliss, you don’t necessarily need it to enjoy Good Catch. However Sweet Bliss is completely adorable too, so I definitely recommend both!
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