For most urban dwellers, Sundays were a day of rest and relaxation.Accidentally Engaged, Farah Heron, Hachette Book Group 2021
First of all: where was the editor? Within two pages letters missing, names being spelled differently? Oof.
Anyway, the best part these days about romantic novels is the build-up and characterisation. After the two get together, especially when it’s a heterosexual couple – my interest fades.
In this case it’s (surprise) food. Reena stress-bakes and cooks, and the descriptions are good albeit overly detailed after a certain amount of pages. Faking an engagement is a fun trope as well, but because we’re only told what Reena isn’t, there’s very little investment or even emotion when things implode (because of course they do).
Maybe I should just stop trying reading romance with the aim of being satisfied.