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In Love with Melonie Johnson's Too Good to be Real

Too Good to Be Real is a hilarious and sexy rom-com novel. The story’s plot includes an unique concept of the characters being involved in a real life rom-com resort. Some of the people they come across are actors, while others are real people wanting to experience a real life romantic comedy.

This book had me laughing from seagull poo, to fuzzy corgi butts to the dramatization of famous scenes in popular rom-com movies, I was smiling like a goofball while listening to the book. One of the highlights for me was the contest of who could do the best reenactment of Meg Ryan’s orgasm in a restaurant scene in When Harry Met Sally!

The main characters were flawed people and I liked that they weren’t these perfect specimens who wouldn’t be out of breath from a short run like the rest of us folks! Because exercising is so not my thing. But back to the story.

I especially like Andie and Curt’s story and felt the grand gestures between an unlikely duo was super adorable.

The narration was done well and I love it when there are dual narrators as it makes experiencing the story that much better.

Overall, I loved all the characters in the story. I felt each one has their uniqueness that somehow melded them all together into one comedic novel.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for my gifted copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Book Description

Julia’s life isn’t a romantic comedy…yet.

While her friends wish for meet-cutes worthy of their favorite rom-coms, Julia is ready to give up on love. Swiping right has replaced getting swept off your feet and good old-fashioned romance has become, well, old-fashioned.

When impending layoffs threaten her job at a popular website, love becomes the last thing on Julia’s mind. Until she stumbles upon a resort where guests can live out their romantic comedy dreams: karaoke serenades, nature walks, paintball, and grand gestures galore. A story about this place could be just the thing to impress her boss and land Julia a coveted new position.

With her two best friends in tow, Julia escapes into the world of rom-coms. What she doesn’t expect is a not-quite-meet-cute with an aggressive seagull and an adorably awkward guy named Luke. Among further mishaps involving mistaken identities, a gaggle of corgis, and kisses in the rain, Julia realizes that love is perfectly imperfect—and even better in the real world.

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