The Plot (from Goodreads):
Harper is anxiously awaiting placement into a top oral surgery residency program when she crashes (literally) into Dan. Harper would rather endure a Novocaine-free root canal than face any distractions, even one this adorable.
A first-year dental student with a family legacy to contend with, Dan doesn’t have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does. Though he finds himself falling for her, he is willing to play by Harper’s rules.
So with the greatest of intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs, the two set out to be “just friends.” But as they get to know each other better, Harper fears that trading fillings for feelings may make her lose control and can’t risk her carefully ordered life coming undone, no matter how drool-worthy Dan is.
Blood, gore, and extra-long roots? No problem. The idea of falling in love? Torture.
Am I the only one that thought that was a tube of paint on the cover and that this was a rom-com about artists? I’m pleasantly surprised it’s about dentists, though. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a dentist MC. Since my boyfriend is in medical school, it was fun to compare his experiences with their dental school experiences.
Usually I identify more with the female characters in rom-coms, but in A Brush With Love I was all about Dan’s perspective. I really enjoyed his complicated family background and how he grew throughout the story. Harper’s anxiety and perfectionism seemed very real and relatable. All around, these were very well-developed characters with good representation.
While I loved these characters and their chemistry, I do think the pacing of this book was a little off. Harper and Dan fall for each other right off the bat, but a large middle portion of the book is spent watching them pine for each other and try to be just friends. I think it would have been more enjoyable if we developed the friendship and then the romance, instead of romance-friendship-romance. I felt like Dan could have held Harper a little more accountable for how she treated him.
I’m not sure I’d recommend the audiobook. The way the male narrator voiced the female characters was irritating to me. No complaints about the female narrator or the production, but I don’t really think the audio added anything special to the story.
TW: generalized anxiety disorder, mental health, panic attack, loss of a parent, sexism, ableism
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