I have been waiting to read this book ever since Alex showed up at Marcus’s flat in Spoiler Alert and started talking about Lauren. So, when I saw it on Netgalley, I requested it immediately.
Alex is a film star with impulse control issues. Lauren is a psychotheapist who used to work in A&E and is supposed to be taking a well earned rest by going on holiday. But when Alex gets involved in a bar fight, his production company gets him a minder to stop him bringing any more bad PR to the show. That minder is Lauren.
Lauren is calm and serious and stoic. So stoic. She’s aware that she’s a bit round and looks a bit like a bird. She’s also aware that Alex’s world demands certain levels of beauty that she doesn’t reach. Alex is beautiful, but also very, very kind. Lauren sees past the drama and the posturing and sees this, while Alex appreciates someone taking the time to find out why he did something before condemning him.
The ADHD rep is great, as is the fat rep. It’s really nice to see a heroine who is genuinely not beautiful (rather than one who THINKS she’s not beautiful, but is really). As a really short person, I genuinely enjoyed that the heroine was much shorter than the heroine.
All in all, it’s a great read – really funny and engaging. I absolutely loved it.
I received a review copy from Netgalley.