Talk Bookish To Me [Book Review]

May 26, 2021

Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromley

Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromley (cover) (mage: yellow title against a blue background.....a graphic of a young woman riding a bike across the pages of an open book

Genre/Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Rom-Com

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My Summary:

Thanks #NetGalley @HarlequinBooks for a complimentary eARC of #TalkBookishToMe upon my request. All opinions are my own.

Kara is a romance writer and her best friend is getting married. Pressure mounts as a deadline for her next novel is approaching along with the typical wedding stress and activities. What she wasn’t expecting was for her first love, Ryan, to be a part of the bridal party. Although this unexpected meeting is uncomfortable, his appearance does spark some creative writing and adds some steam to her historical fiction work in progress. Maybe she should embrace this turn of events which would facilitate her writing and ease tensions in the wedding party. Could she save her career and create her own happy ending?

My Thoughts:

Meta: A love letter to the romance genre! Reading a romance about a romance writer is very meta! Kara is struggling to write her romance while we enjoy a romance read. Talk Bookish To Me reminds me of Beach Read by Emily Henry where two writers (one a romance writer) work on their novels while we enjoy a romance featuring them!

Story-Within-a-Story: We are treated to passages of Kara’s histfic romance within this story. I’m not a huge fan of the story-within-a-story structure, so I sort of skimmed over those parts! (bookish confession)

What I enjoyed most:

  • Likable Characters (mostly….see disclaimer below)
  • Engaging and Fast-Paced
  • Snappy Writing
  • Second Chance Romance
  • Enemies to Lovers Trope

What I wished:

  • Ryan was likable until he wasn’t. I didn’t care for the turn of events that caused a pause in his relationship with Kara. He was earnest in his attempts to make things right with her…..but it left me feeling disappointed with the inevitable (romance genre) HEA (Happily Ever After).
  • I could have done without the story-within-a-story.

Content Consideration: Moderate steam (2-3 on a scale of 5); some open-door romance

If you enjoy an occasional romance (rom-com) and an engaging (and somewhat steamy, open door) read, you might want to consider Talk Bookish To Me. For fans of light women’s fiction…perfect for weekend or vacation reading.

My Rating:  3.5 Stars (rounded to 3)


Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley (cover) yellow title on a blue background.....a graphic image of a girl on a bike riding across the pages of an open book

Talk Bookish To Me Information Here

Meet Debut Author, Kate Bromley

Author Kate BromleyKate Bromley lives in New York City with her husband, son, and her somewhat excessive collection of romance novels. (It’s not hoarding if it’s books, right?) She was a preschool teacher for seven years and is now focusing full-time on combining her two great passions – writing swoon-worthy love stories and making people laugh. Talk Bookish To Me is her first novel.




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  1. Nice review Carol. I have this one to read and hope to read it by the pool in the next week or so. I am not a big fan of a story within a story, I find it breaks the flow for me, but I will see.

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