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The Fine Print – Lauren Asher

The Fine Print by Lauren Asher
Publishing:  July 8, 2021

I’m in the business of creating fairy tales.
Theme parks. Production companies. Five-star hotels.
Everything could be all mine if I renovated Dreamland.
My initial idea of hiring Zahra was good in theory, but then I kissed her.
Things spiraled out of control once I texted her using an alias.
By the time I realized where I went wrong, it was too late.
People like me don’t get happy endings.
Not when we’re destined to ruin them.

After submitting a drunk proposal criticizing Dreamland’s most expensive ride, I should have been fired.
Instead, Rowan Kane offered me a dream job.
The catch? I had to work for the most difficult boss I’d ever met.
Rowan was rude and completely off-limits, but my heart didn’t care.
At least not until I discovered his secret.
It was time to teach the billionaire that money couldn’t fix everything.
Especially not us.

I wanted to love this book, I really did. And I can’t say I didn’t try, because I did, and I read the whole thing but…it just didn’t do it for me. Grumpy x Sunshine is probably one of my more enjoyed tropes in romance but this was just…not it for me. There was a lot of missed opportunity I guess, and just a big mash up of tropes that felt like it made the story just a bit too much if that makes sense?

I understand giving the overall theme of grumpy x sunshine and give it a workplace romance, okay great! That works, but then there was a mix in of the whole “Rowan is Scott” plot line that ends up resolving in the first about quarter of the book. So…what was the point of that? It just felt really weird and slapped together and didn’t give the book enough substance to make it warranted. Or maybe it felt like it was just trying to force a lot of tropes together into one book.

I did appreciate a lot about this though, like the big romantic gestures, the relationship between Rowan and Ani was really great, loved all the scenes with Ani in them. And the texting portion of this book, I felt like those interactions were way more genuine. I felt like if there was more looking into scenes like that, or keeping the Rowan is Scott plot going a bit further throughout the book and making that more of a bigger plot line, it would’ve helped but it felt like a lot of the book jumped around with how the relationship was being grown and how the characters were growing together.

It felt like some of the book moved really slowly and then all of a sudden at the end it just went really fast. So pacing was a bit issue for me, Started off good and strong, big slow chunk in the middle then the end was just too fast paced compared to the rest.

Was this the most amazing romance I’ve read? No. Was it an enjoyable read? Yes. Will I read this again? Probably not. But I did have a good time with Dreamland since I am a Disney Adult, so, it was fun to see similarities with how Disney (probably) functions and how Dreamland was.

Rating: 3/5 Stars



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