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In this charming, feel-good debut novel, a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back--but can a real-life meet-cute be in store for someone who doesn't believe in happily ever after? After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie In this charming, feel-good debut novel, a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back--but can a real-life meet-cute be in store for someone who doesn't believe in happily ever after? After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she's been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency's biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy. The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer's block--and he'll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts. But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she'll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies--and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.


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In this charming, feel-good debut novel, a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back--but can a real-life meet-cute be in store for someone who doesn't believe in happily ever after? After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie In this charming, feel-good debut novel, a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back--but can a real-life meet-cute be in store for someone who doesn't believe in happily ever after? After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she's been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency's biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy. The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer's block--and he'll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts. But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she'll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies--and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.

30 review for Would Like to Meet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

    “It’s funny to think,” Maria chipped in, “but if this was an actual rom‑com, you’d end up with the arrogant writer who, it would turn out, was only using his massive ego to hide an endearing lack of confidence.” There was a moment of stunned silence in which we both stared at her. “I’m kidding! You’d never fall for that cockhat.” This was such an amazing book to curl up with. A feel-good, laugh-out-loud, insane romcom with a whole bunch of meet cutes that'll have you constantly turning the “It’s funny to think,” Maria chipped in, “but if this was an actual rom‑com, you’d end up with the arrogant writer who, it would turn out, was only using his massive ego to hide an endearing lack of confidence.” There was a moment of stunned silence in which we both stared at her. “I’m kidding! You’d never fall for that cockhat.” This was such an amazing book to curl up with. A feel-good, laugh-out-loud, insane romcom with a whole bunch of meet cutes that'll have you constantly turning the page! _______________ Made for Netflix Before I start on my actual review of this book, I just want to say that this has all the ingredients for a perfectly unrealistic Netflix romcom that would be a complete hit! All the while I was reading this, I could just imagine it going from page to screen... So, this was actually really enjoyable! I thought it was cute and inherently light enough to make me fly through it in more or less a couple days! I think it's perfect that this book is set to release in the month of December because it would be such a fluffy Christmas-time, Holiday-esque read... (even though it has nothing to do with either. There is a passing christmas scene, and that's pretty much it.) But, it's the atmosphere that had me reading this and gobbling it up like chocolate! It truly felt like a silly, insanely dramatized romantic comedy that you would see on the big screen. It was comical and didn't take itself too seriously, so I will definitely be reading this author again! “No, she is not okay. For sodding’s sake, Janet, pass me a moist towelette.” Rachel Winters delivers a really fun, hilarious and event-packed book that had me loving Evie Summers by the minute. Evie has to recreate a bunch of famous meet-cutes in order to keep her job. So begins a classic tale of awkward moments, adorable side-characters, class A dialogue and "love interests" that had going from cringes to smiles. The humor in this was very tongue-in-cheek and so many bizzare things ended up happening. Evie stayed true to herself from start to finish, and I loved seeing a female lead that didn't have that "damsel in distress" characteristic that most romcoms lean towards. While I found it really addictive, there were some elements that I struggled with. Notably, there were A LOT of cliches in this book. From the gay best friend to the group of girls as support and even the single hot dad (which isn't to say that I didn't love Annette... she had my heart and soul). The ending was unique and although I didn't see it coming, some scenes lacked the bravado that I enjoyed during the first half of the book. The magic slowly simmered down towards the end, and everything felt fragmented and rushed. Yet, this is not to say that I didn't really like the "lesson" this book teaches, I did! I found the message behind this book deeper than it let on and I wasn't expecting that at all. (view spoiler)[The main thing that ended up making this 3 stars was the fact that I found both the main love interests to be manipulative and unkind at times. While I loved Evie, I hated Ezra and began to be irritated with Ben towards the end. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was ADORABLE.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest You know, I took one look at that cover and thought, "Hmm, gee, this looks a lot like THE KISS QUOTIENT and THE HATING GAME." I thought it might just be me, but it looks like someone on Goodreads actually went ahead and compiled a list of all these pastel book covers with cartoonish characters on the front, so I feel totes validated. #NotAllBookCovers #InvasionOfTheChicklit Chicklit was my gateway into the romance genre, so you could say Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest You know, I took one look at that cover and thought, "Hmm, gee, this looks a lot like THE KISS QUOTIENT and THE HATING GAME." I thought it might just be me, but it looks like someone on Goodreads actually went ahead and compiled a list of all these pastel book covers with cartoonish characters on the front, so I feel totes validated. #NotAllBookCovers #InvasionOfTheChicklit Chicklit was my gateway into the romance genre, so you could say that I have a real soft spot for it. For a few years, though, it seemed to go out of fashion, but now it's back with a vengeance and I'm so glad-- especially since a lot of the more recent offerings are much more empowering than some of the overworked/underpaid/self-hating women characters that graced many a page in the early noughties, along with way too many cocktail drinks and a ring of supportive girlfriends including -sigh- the obligatory "gay bff." My, how far we've come. On the surface, WOULD LIKE TO MEET is pretty similar to its early noughtiess forebears. Evie is overworked and underpaid. She works as an assistant to an ungrateful and comically incompetent agent and his childish and irresponsible author, Ezra, who Evie has nicknamed "N.O.B." (number one boychild). She has a supportive group of girlfriends, including, -sigh- the obligatory gay bff, and there are several scenes involving cocktails, something called a "hen do" (which I guess is a bachelorette party in Brit-speak), and, of course, a wedding. What sets this book aside from the rest is a little something called self-awareness. The concept really allows the book to wink at the audience while acknowledging certain tropes as toxic. You see, Ezra/N.O.B. is supposed to write a rom-com, and Evie's totally chaotic dating life has inspired him-- if she sends him IRL meet-cutes to prove that love at first sight is real, he will agree to work in earnest and stop flaking. Evie agrees and proceeds to copy the oh-so-quirky and oh-so-coincidental meet-cutes from various famous rom-coms, with disastrous results. Evie's group of friends is more developed than a lot of the cast of friends I've read about historically. Each of them have their own personalities, and they call Evie out when she acts irresponsibly (something that will appeal to readers frustrated with authors like Sophie Kinsella, whose heroines act in super psychologically dysfunctional ways and are never called out on it in earnest). And her gay BFF actually gets to have a personality and problems of his own, and isn't reduced to a stereotype. So you know what, okay book, I see you. I also adored one of the friends she makes at a soured meet-cute that involves spilled protein drink and projectile vomiting. Ben and his young daughter Annette are great characters, and end up becoming the peanut gallery at many of Evie's ill-conceived schemes, as well as her biggest cheerleaders when the going gets rough. I'll be the first to admit that the concept is totally outlandish and not at all plausible, but it was so much fun I didn't care. It's been a while since I read a romance that told me it would be a total laff-riot (note: not the actual words) and ACTUALLY DELIVERED. I laughed so many times while reading this book. I actually started cackling in the middle of the night at 3AM and then had to try to calm myself down while looking around guiltily to make sure I hadn't woken anyone else up. Evie is such a great character and you find yourself buying into her adventures, while rooting for her to find success and/or a happy ending. It's never completely obvious who she's going to end up with, and the author deliciously turns a lot of tropes on their heads in her attempt to show that a happy ending isn't always enough if you don't feel validated for being who you are and doing what you love. This is one of the best chicklit books I've read recently and I can't wait for you all to read it, too! Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!   4 to 4.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Meet Cute (taken from the dictionary) noun 1. (in a film or television show) an amusing or charming first encounter between two characters that leads to the development of a romantic relationship between them. "it all started with a little meet-cute in a hospital elevator" verb 1. (of two characters in a film or television show) have an amusing or charming first encounter that leads to the development of a romantic relationship. "he meets-cute with a cynical actress" Can you fall in love in real life Meet Cute (taken from the dictionary) noun 1. (in a film or television show) an amusing or charming first encounter between two characters that leads to the development of a romantic relationship between them. "it all started with a little meet-cute in a hospital elevator" verb 1. (of two characters in a film or television show) have an amusing or charming first encounter that leads to the development of a romantic relationship. "he meets-cute with a cynical actress" Can you fall in love in real life as couples do in the movies? That is what Evie wants to find out…NO, she needs to find this out to convince a screenwriter to follow through and write that ROMCOM her has been paid to write. Evie has been an assistant for far too long. It’s almost a joke – heck it is a joke amongst her peers. So, she attempts to fall in love through various meet cute situations. Here friends are there to help and their back and forth banter can be read. Evie has also befriended a father-daughter duo, Ben and Annette) who have witnessed a meet-cute gone bad. Can Evie meet the man of her dreams, convince a screenwriter to write that movie already, save her job and save her dignity? This was a fun rom-com that follows Evie as she attempts to have meet-cutes inspired by famous Hollywood Movies and see if they work in real life. It was nice to see Evie grow as a person and get to know Ben and Annette better. Little Annette stole the show, or shall I say book for me. This is a light fun book. There are no steamy or gratuitous scenes so most readers will find this book enjoyable. It’s predictable but that took nothing away from my enjoyment. This is a great book to turn to when you want a lighter read. I also like that the characters in this book are dealing with real-life issues such as grief, hearing issues, single parenthood, dating, etc. **I'm teetering on a 3.25/3.5 rating for this. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    A cute, funny and entertaining British Rom-com with a great concept! So here I go again on my quest to seemingly read every romance with this new quirky type of cover lol! Honestly, did the same illustrator design them all?! Anyway... Evie Summers, a long suffering and downtrodden assistant to an awful agent Monty and his annoying screenplay writer Ezra (NOB or Number One Boychild) has to recreate romcom meet-cutes to meet the perfect man, in order to inspire NOB to write a great romcom! If she A cute, funny and entertaining British Rom-com with a great concept! So here I go again on my quest to seemingly read every romance with this new quirky type of cover lol! Honestly, did the same illustrator design them all?! Anyway...😂 Evie Summers, a long suffering and downtrodden assistant to an awful agent Monty and his annoying screenplay writer Ezra (NOB or Number One Boychild) has to recreate romcom meet-cutes to meet the perfect man, in order to inspire NOB to write a great romcom! If she fails to get NOB past his writer's block, then the agency will go under, and she will lose her job. Cue lots of second hand embarrassment and laughs! Evie literally took meet-cutes from famous romcoms and recreated them to see if they would work in real life, with pretty hilarious results! It had every romcom cliché in, and plenty of OMG moments! Evie was a bit of a disaster, and I couldn't help but like her and laugh along at her antics, even if they were highly unrealistic and unbelievable! You kind of just have to go with the flow with this dramatic story! Some of the situations she got herself into... I liked Evie's friendship group, who had been friends for years, but were all in different stages of their lives, as well as different parts of the country. Even though her friends included the typical gay bf included in romcoms, her friendships felt real, and I did relate to what they were going through. It is so hard to maintain old friendships when you live far away, have busy jobs and/or children, and my old school friends and I also use a group chat to keep in touch like they did here with hilarious results. I liked how her friends had their own things going on, and that they called her out on some of her ridiculous behaviour because that is what real friends do! Evie was definitely not the greatest friend in this...but she did realise this, so I couldn't help liking her and rooting for her. Saying that, I did really feel for Sarah, I mean Evie certainly made an impact on her friend's hen do and wedding... I liked that this had a positive message on self discovery and self worth, as well as the inclusion of a deaf girl. I appreciated the discussions on dealing with the loss of a loved one, and how different people grieve too, and I thought this was done well. I also get really excited when a book is set in the UK, and I know the places that they talk about, in this case London and Sheffield. This book wasn't that heavy on British slang I don't think, but FYI a hen do is a bachelorette party! I did like Ben and Anette, a man and his daughter, whom Evie befriends in a coffee shop. They supported her when she needed it, and were generally really cute. I did however have a problem with Anette's age. This isn't the first or last time I will have mentioned this, but it really irks me when a child is written older than they are. Anette was meant to be 7...I have a year old, teach plenty of them, and have spent time around my 7 year old's friends. This character was far too self aware, mature and wise! I thought she came across as about 12/13 at the very least! When she was revealed to be 7, I was like wtf?! No one else has mentioned this in their reviews, so it's obviously just a me thing, but it really bugged me! As I said, this was a lot of fun! It was definitely more chick-lit than romance though. It was actually very light on romance and there were no steamy scenes (unless you count Jane, Evie's flatmate parading her lover and leaving vibrators in the dishwasher and bathroom!). It was sweet, and reminds me of the chick-lit I used to read when I was younger! I can definitely imagine this as a film. However, the plot was quite predictable to me in terms of both the plot and the love interest, and I felt that all of the drama did overshadow the romance part of this. It wasn't the main part of this book, and I wasn't really invested in it?! There wasn't much chemistry at all, and it felt a little flat. This was a definite 3 star read for me, because although it was hilarious, and I enjoyed it, it just didn't have that extra something that I needed. If you're looking for a funny, light and really entertaining read though, and are a fan of Sophie Kinsella type chick-lit, then you should definitely read this! 👍 👍 👍 Many thanks to Edelweiss for making this available as a download!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I kicked off the New Year with comfort – shirking my Christmas undecorating duties in exchange for a book about meet cutes. Y’all know what a meet cute is, right? In case you don’t, here’s a brief rundown: (a) leading lady spills her drink on leading male, (b) gets high heel stuck in sewer grate a la damsel in distress, (c) two strangers ride share across the country together to start new jobs, (d) one drops a bunch of papers (or Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I kicked off the New Year with comfort – shirking my Christmas undecorating duties in exchange for a book about meet cutes. Y’all know what a meet cute is, right? In case you don’t, here’s a brief rundown: (a) leading lady spills her drink on leading male, (b) gets high heel stuck in sewer grate a la damsel in distress, (c) two strangers ride share across the country together to start new jobs, (d) one drops a bunch of papers (or experiences some other unfortunate workish disaster) and utters the Queen Mother of all curse words in what ends up being the new boss’ face, (e) “carry a watermelon.” And then . . . . They’re destined to be together. Simple. I love romcoms and I love the meet cute. I actually read the blurb about this one (because I thought it looked like a Shop Around The Corner (or You’ve Got Mail to you young kids) revamp – which totally would have been A-Okay, but I wanted to confirm my wrong suspicions) and couldn’t wait to snag it from the library. But when I started I was a little worried because she . . . . . Egad. Not the manic pixie. Luckily she just wore crinoline skirts with Doc Martens and didn’t have the eyeball-twitch-inducing “quirky” personality to go along with it. The bigger concern was the leading male. You see our girl Evie works as an assistant to a major Hollywood agent and has been assigned a pretty much to babysitting role to make sure the firm’s biggest client Ezra fulfils his obligation to write the screenplay for a sure-to-be blockbuster romantic comedy. He’s difficult/she agrees to reenact various meet cutes to prove . . . . “A good meet-cute shows us it’s possible for a single moment to change everything for the better.” “Please. No one’s ever met anyone the way they do in those movies. The coincidences. The clichés. In real life if someone spilled a drink on you, you’d be pissed off, maybe sue them if it’s a hot one, not fall for them. Real love can’t be contrived.” “Tell that to Tinder.” I just assumed those two would be destined to fall in love . . . . But then he was pretty much a real NOB and he even met her at the door in his bathrobe and . . . . Eeesh. #toosoon Luckily there was a little bit of Sleepless in Seattle waiting in the wings and things ended up going swimmingly. Recommended. Spoiler alert for all your pornoheads: This is a TRUE romcom just like the movies. Totally PG.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    3.5 stars Can you believe it? I finally liked a romance again (after what feels like a never-ending post-Helen Hoang search). The interesting thing is it seems I liked it because: 1) Would Like to Meet isn’t actually a romance, it’s a true romcom, so I didn’t have to read the usual story with two protagonists moaning and angsting and lusting over each other for 400 pages. 2) it was written by a U.K. author who is quite funny; humor is something I find seriously lacking in American books. This romcom 3.5 stars Can you believe it? I finally liked a romance again (after what feels like a never-ending post-Helen Hoang search). The interesting thing is it seems I liked it because: 1) Would Like to Meet isn’t actually a romance, it’s a true romcom, so I didn’t have to read the usual story with two protagonists moaning and angsting and lusting over each other for 400 pages. 2) it was written by a U.K. author who is quite funny; humor is something I find seriously lacking in American books. This romcom is pretty meta in the best possible way. A screenwriter agent’s assistant is forced to reenact various romcom meet-cute scenarios and report back her experiences to an asshole-type screenwriter with a writing block to jump-start his creativity and inspire him to write a good romcom. It gets even more meta once you get to the end of the story. The focus on work and creative process and friendship is what I liked about Would Like to Meet. The dialog is funny and I truly hope this novel does get made into a movie. I am wondering if I would have given this book a higher rating had I not read it during a busy/slumpy week. I couldn’t quite get the momentum going. Maybe the book needed to slim down a bit and be a little more joke-dense and double-down on the disastrous meet-cutes. Still, the novel has a Bridget Jones-like potential in it, IMO.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    A thoroughly enjoyable rom-com about...the process of creating a rom-com. If romantic comedies happen to be one of your favourite genres, you are bound to recognize the familiar tropes and the usual cast (a group of best friends including a gay BFF, an adorable widower with an unusually bright child, an incompetent boss, a grumpy client with impossible demands, two love interests to keep you watching (or rather reading in this case) until the very end, and a heroine who needs to remember her A thoroughly enjoyable rom-com about...the process of creating a rom-com. If romantic comedies happen to be one of your favourite genres, you are bound to recognize the familiar tropes and the usual cast (a group of best friends including a gay BFF, an adorable widower with an unusually bright child, an incompetent boss, a grumpy client with impossible demands, two love interests to keep you watching (or rather reading in this case) until the very end, and a heroine who needs to remember her dreams and go and fight for them. I really liked Evie, the 29 year old assistant at a screenwriting agency, overworked, underpaid and long overdue promotion. In order to save her agency from a financial disaster, Evie needs to persuade their famous, but so arrogant client Ezra Chester to finish the rom-com script he had been working on before he developed a writing block. Evie's task is to re-enact classic meet-cutes in real life and report the dialogue to Ezra. Here comes a string of embarrassing and hilarious scenes that make up the protagonist's journey to self-discovery and meeting her own true love. Great concept, entertaining dialogue (there's nothing I love more than a bit of banter), fun characters- definitely recommended. Thank you to Edelweiss and G.P.Putnam's Sons for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    ‘a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back’ I mean... This is the rom-com goodness I've been waiting for. Guys I've been dreaming of getting my hands on an ARC of this for months and IT FINALLY HAPPENED Sksksksksjs Thank you to the publishers and Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    This read is sort've hard to pin down for me. It has everything you could possible want in a rom-com : an imperfect heroine who messes up but you still want to root for, a hilarious friend group you would totally go drinking with, a hero (or two!) who might be the one, and a meet cute (or twelve hundred). I loved so much of it. Some of it, both dialogue and situations, were great. Other moments just.. maybe dragged on or, just due to circumstance, frustrated me. This is definitely an author I This read is sort've hard to pin down for me. It has everything you could possible want in a rom-com : an imperfect heroine who messes up but you still want to root for, a hilarious friend group you would totally go drinking with, a hero (or two!) who might be the one, and a meet cute (or twelve hundred). I loved so much of it. Some of it, both dialogue and situations, were great. Other moments just.. maybe dragged on or, just due to circumstance, frustrated me. This is definitely an author I would read again. It's a pretty great debut. There's a lot of heart here, a lot of greatness, but I do feel like it's also just trying to do a little too much. And that's not counting all the big movie moment recreations. I honestly don't have much more to say. I will point out there are a few bits in the summary that don't quite jive with the plot itself, or feel a little misleading in hindsight, but not necessarily in a bad way? I would just recommend you go in with a vague or general idea of what to expect and ride it out. Also? This would make a great movie. I'd definitely watch it. ** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Evie is an assistant at a screenwriting agency. She's tasked with convincing the agency's biggest client, Ezra, to finish his script. The problem is that he's writing a romantic comedy, and doesn't believe them to be realistic. Evie's job is to show him that meet-cutes can happen in real life. She works to set up various scenarios from popular rom-coms, renacts them, and reports the results to Ezra. An enjoyable rom-com about rom-coms. Evie is stuck in her career, but she's at a loss as how to Evie is an assistant at a screenwriting agency. She's tasked with convincing the agency's biggest client, Ezra, to finish his script. The problem is that he's writing a romantic comedy, and doesn't believe them to be realistic. Evie's job is to show him that meet-cutes can happen in real life. She works to set up various scenarios from popular rom-coms, renacts them, and reports the results to Ezra. An enjoyable rom-com about rom-coms. Evie is stuck in her career, but she's at a loss as how to improve things. Also, she's single and not exactly looking for love when she's tasked with staging the meet-cutes. Her friends hope she finds a guy though, and encourage her to keep doing the job. A sweet and cute romance novel. A lighthearted read for fans of silly rather than steamy romance. I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sylvie

    Rom-coms have been one of my favorite genre for as long as I can remember; movie and book wise but this just wasn't good enough. How can I describe this book in one sentence? Don't let the synopsis fool you. Ever seen a trailer so good that you were completley mesmerized for the entire 2 minutes and something second and you simply can't wait for it to come out then you watch the movie and realize all the good parts were in the trailer and the movie itself is dull? Yeah, that's the case with this Rom-coms have been one of my favorite genre for as long as I can remember; movie and book wise but this just wasn't good enough. How can I describe this book in one sentence? Don't let the synopsis fool you. Ever seen a trailer so good that you were completley mesmerized for the entire 2 minutes and something second and you simply can't wait for it to come out then you watch the movie and realize all the good parts were in the trailer and the movie itself is dull? Yeah, that's the case with this book. Well, at least for me it was. I guess this was an OK debut, but I did not like it. #sorrynotsorry

  14. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Reads

    Would Like to Meet was a solid 4 star read for me. It was your typical rom-com meet-cute but the characters were likable and the story flowed nicely. Evie is up for a promotion which is left in the hands of a very difficult client, Ezra. The story was predictable but fun and I read through this one quickly. Evie had previously been an aspiring screenwriter and it was nice to watch her get her groove back with the help of Ezra. The secondary characters were great, especially Ben and his daughter Would Like to Meet was a solid 4 star read for me. It was your typical rom-com meet-cute but the characters were likable and the story flowed nicely. Evie is up for a promotion which is left in the hands of a very difficult client, Ezra. The story was predictable but fun and I read through this one quickly. Evie had previously been an aspiring screenwriter and it was nice to watch her get her groove back with the help of Ezra. The secondary characters were great, especially Ben and his daughter Annette. I thought they added a great deal to the book. Would Like to Meet was adorable and had a lot of heart. I would definitely read more from Rachel Winters in the future. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: Would Like To Meet Series: Standalone Author: Rachel Winters Release date: December 3, 2019 Cliffhanger: No Genre: rom-com This was a really tough one to rate. I enjoyed this author's style of writing quite a bit. It was smart, witty, and the story was exactly what it claimed to be: a funny rom-com. Yes, there were some cheesy, over the top moments, but there was also some true heart to it as well. And let's be honest, when you read something in this genre, a little cheese goes with the Title: Would Like To Meet Series: Standalone Author: Rachel Winters Release date: December 3, 2019 Cliffhanger: No Genre: rom-com This was a really tough one to rate. I enjoyed this author's style of writing quite a bit. It was smart, witty, and the story was exactly what it claimed to be: a funny rom-com. Yes, there were some cheesy, over the top moments, but there was also some true heart to it as well. And let's be honest, when you read something in this genre, a little cheese goes with the territory. It's all about sweet, sappy, and feel-good moments mixed with the silly. I've watched a lot of classic romantic comedies, so of course I was looking forward to seeing which ones were referenced here in the book. Initially, I was a little wary of this part of the plot since I read something similar in a different book this year, and it was executed very poorly. Rachel Winters did a great job integrating this with the heroine's quest to rise above the rut she'd fallen into. After her failed pursuit of screenwriting, her true passion, Evie is now the longest serving assistant in the industry. So it goes without saying that she's more than a little desperate for the promotion that has always been just out of reach. Her buffoon of a boss shamelessly takes advantage of her talent, making her work long hours with little appreciation. Now, with the company on the verge of collapse, Ezra Chester is Intrepid's only hope of salvation. It's up to her to somehow get him to deliver the script. A bargain is struck with NOB, (Number One Boychild as her friends have dubbed Ezra) and their battle of wills begins. Ezra is a real jerkface. He's a one-hit wonder in the industry and every bit of his success has gone to his head. He's selfish, egotistical, rude, and immature. Evie deserves a medal for dealing with the likes of him AND her idiot boss. Sometimes I thought that her obsession in furthering her career made her something of a doormat with them. In her single-minded drive to come out on top, she gritted her teeth and complied without much protest. Thus, digging herself deeper and deeper when she allowed the abuse of power. Evie has a fantastic set of friends who are very snarky and opinionated, but most importantly, always there for her. They add another layer to the story, and were all well drawn for secondary characters. Evie made some major missteps trying to balance her job and friendships, sometimes bringing the drama surrounding her into their lives at very inconvenient moments. That did bother me just a bit. Fortunately, she learned and grew from her mistakes throughout the book. I just wish she had opened her eyes a little sooner to reality. “My dad used to tell me that whatever I wrote, I should make it mean something.” Did Would Like to Meet deliver in the romance department? I have to say I was left a little wanting, but overall I can't complain too much. There was a hint of a possible love triangle here I suppose, but I was never fooled by the extra love interest. It seemed fairly evident from the start whom Evie was meant to be with, which I made her seem oblivious for being completely unaware. At times you just want to knock her over the head with a frying pan to force her to pay attention. That being said, the ending was satisfying, giving me the sweet and fluffy conclusion that I craved from this lighthearted romance. Based on my first impression of this author's writing, I would definitely pick up another book of hers in the future. Despite having some minor niggles, it was a solid offering with a lot of originality. I think it will hit the spot with a lot of readers looking for an entertaining, light read. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I really enjoyed this book and thought it was so fun!!! Full review to come :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    Rating: (2/5 Stars) Title: Would Like to Meet Author(s): Rachel Winters Character(s): ― Evelyn "Evie" Summers: 29 years old, Red, ― Ezra Chester: 33 years old, Blonde, Blue Eyed ― Ben Williams: Black, Brown Eyed Setting: London, New England Tag(s): Romance, Contemporary Content Rating: PG POV: First Person (Heroine) Smexy Level: Subtle Favorite Quote(s): ― "Evie, don’t you dare back out now. Go get your Hugh Grant." ― “Whatever you write, Evie, ‘Make it mean something.’” Overall Opinion: I wanted to like Rating: ★★✬☆☆ (2/5 Stars) Title: Would Like to Meet Author(s): Rachel Winters Character(s): ― Evelyn "Evie" Summers: 29 years old, Red, ― Ezra Chester: 33 years old, Blonde, Blue Eyed ― Ben Williams: Black, Brown Eyed Setting: London, New England Tag(s): Romance, Contemporary Content Rating: PG POV: First Person (Heroine) Smexy Level: Subtle Favorite Quote(s): ― "Evie, don’t you dare back out now. Go get your Hugh Grant." ― “Whatever you write, Evie, ‘Make it mean something.’” Overall Opinion: I wanted to like this. I really did but for whatever reason it just fell flat. It was missing that spark to really connected me with the storyline and toward half way through the book, I found myself skimming far more pages than I would've liked too. Besides Ben, Anette, and Evie friends I was not a big fan Evie or Erza (for obvious reasons) nor did I like how Erza story concluded. I don't know, but it was just blah. You know? This novel had so much potential that I am somewhat disappointed with the end result.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. I loved this book so much!! It has been awhile since I’ve found myself smiling so much at a story, even laughing out loud at parts. Would Like to Meet is funny, sweet, ridiculously cute, and just so much fun. I knew right from the first chapter – a classic meet cute gone horribly awry – that I was going to enjoy reading this story. Though there is much more to the book then the humorous meet cute failures, they were I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. I loved this book so much!! It has been awhile since I’ve found myself smiling so much at a story, even laughing out loud at parts. Would Like to Meet is funny, sweet, ridiculously cute, and just so much fun. I knew right from the first chapter – a classic meet cute gone horribly awry – that I was going to enjoy reading this story. Though there is much more to the book then the humorous meet cute failures, they were definitely my favorite parts. But I also found Evie a likable and relatable main character. I liked her group of close friends and loved Ben and Annette, the father and daughter she befriends on her meet cute journey. Evie’s boss, Monty, and Ezra/NOB, the temperamental screenwriter, also provided a good amount of humor and tension to the story. Any good Rom-Com fan will probably guess how the story is going to turn out long before the final chapters, but it didn’t lessen the enjoyment for me. There were a few parts here and there that I felt dragged just a bit, but these are really the only complaints I can think of. Overall, I loved Would Like to Meet. I loved the characters and the meet cutes and the humor. I also love the cover – though if you’re like me, you’ll need to take a second look to notice that Evie is tipping over her drink, which is perfect for the story. I found this to be an impressive debut from Winters and I am very eager to see whatever she comes up with next. This is definitely a must read for lovers of rom-com. Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    3.5 stars, but I’m rounding up here. If you’re in the market for a sweet, lighthearted rom-com read, WOULD LIKE TO MEET is an adorable pick! There were certainly familiar rom-com elements and a bit of predictability, but it still delighted me with characters I enjoyed, and moments that made me laugh and smile.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    This book was all over the place. I liked some parts and some were just meh. It is all about meet-cute and screenplays. Sure it is a great debut, but I was missing some more magic. I would read this author again!

  21. 5 out of 5

    alana ♡

    Once I got past how over the top wacky this book was it was actually cute. Predictable AF but cute. Blog | Twitter

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book had everything I thought I would love. Rom-coms? Script writers? London? I had super high hopes going in, but this book ended up being just an average read that I didn't feel the need to devour and keep on reading. I want to start off by saying that this book was in no way bad. It was actually cute and I did enjoy the romance, but I never found myself dying to read this or to find out what happened next. When I finished, it was just an okay read that I know I'll forget about in a month This book had everything I thought I would love. Rom-coms? Script writers? London? I had super high hopes going in, but this book ended up being just an average read that I didn't feel the need to devour and keep on reading. I want to start off by saying that this book was in no way bad. It was actually cute and I did enjoy the romance, but I never found myself dying to read this or to find out what happened next. When I finished, it was just an okay read that I know I'll forget about in a month or two. I think that Evie was a very relatable character with how she was stuck in a rut with both her job and her love life, and she just wanted to prove she could be an actual agent instead of just an assistant. When she decided to do these meet cutes to help out the screenwriter who was her boss's client, I loved the idea. As she did the meet cutes, though, she never actually had any guys who came close to being an option of her actually dating. I would have liked it better if some of them actually did lead to dates instead of every single one of them being a disaster. By the end, the story did become pretty predictable and I called the "twist" pretty early on in the book. The real love interest was obvious from the start and, while that romance was cute, it took way too long to actually develop in my opinion. This one held so much potential, but instead it was just an okay romance that was fun to pass the time, but didn't really leave any real lasting impression on me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I’ve been reading so much romance lately, something about this time of year makes me want to read nothing but cozy little stories and I’ve really been looking forward to getting started on this one. While it was cute and pretty fun, it also took me quite awhile to warm up to it and I kind of wish it was 100 pages shorter. Let’s start with what I liked, because there was plenty. I loved the premise, I die for a meet cute and this had a bunch, albeit most were huge fails but that’s what made this I’ve been reading so much romance lately, something about this time of year makes me want to read nothing but cozy little stories and I’ve really been looking forward to getting started on this one. While it was cute and pretty fun, it also took me quite awhile to warm up to it and I kind of wish it was 100 pages shorter. Let’s start with what I liked, because there was plenty. I loved the premise, I die for a meet cute and this had a bunch, albeit most were huge fails but that’s what made this book unique. Each chapter opened like a movie or a play setting the scene and I though that was a nice touch. There were two options for a love interest for Evie and it’s always cool to be kept on my toes in a romance, I like that whole who will she end up with thing. One of the options, Ben had a quirky and adorable daughter, Anette and she added something light and fun to an already light and fun read. I can’t resist a cute kid in a book or real life. So really, lots to like here but some stuff that made me not love it like I wanted to as well. My complaints are kinda nit picky, but I found the beginning to be drawn out and boring. After I hit the halfway point I was finally invested but I just feel like that’s a long time to start to care about what’s gonna happen to the characters. I mentioned before that I felt like it could’ve been shorter and I really think that maybe would’ve helped my boredom in the beginning. Minor stuff, but it bugged me enough to share it so 🤷‍♀️ Also this has zero steam, if you’re looking for something spicy this isn’t it. It’s more cutesy and sweet and often a little over the top and ridiculous, but definitely fun AND funny.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nomes

    Exactly my kind of romantic comedy. Total breath of fresh air in a genre I want to love, but often struggle to find the right match for me. This was my kind of humour ~ funny narrator, awkward and smiley disastrous meet cutes, lovable main character, some nice swoon in there, too. Cast of friends and family who are not too cliche, and exist in their own universes. I formed genuine attachments to the characters. The UK setting/characters is always a bonus for this Aussie reader. A must for fans Exactly my kind of romantic comedy. Total breath of fresh air in a genre I want to love, but often struggle to find the right match for me. This was my kind of humour ~ funny narrator, awkward and smiley disastrous meet cutes, lovable main character, some nice swoon in there, too. Cast of friends and family who are not too cliche, and exist in their own universes. I formed genuine attachments to the characters. The UK setting/characters is always a bonus for this Aussie reader. A must for fans of rom-coms ~ it has so many classic moments. It really delivers if you like to curl up and grin your way through a book. Absolute reading highlight of 2019 for me ~ 100% recommend if the premise appeals to you at all. Rachel Winters really outdid herself and I so hope there's more to come from her.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    This was a sweet story-really all about the heroine's trajectory. I wouldn't say this is centered around the romance in any sense, so know that. It was funny. Would I read it again? No, because part of the fun was watching it all play out. That's fine, honestly, but it just won't be one I need to revisit. I will read this author again though! This is purposely kept vague, sorry. And kisses only. You know, just in case.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jamie beauty_andthebook_

    Is there anyone out there who doesn't love a good meet-cute? A single gal (or guy) out there who doesn't dream of their very own Notting Hill, Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail? If so, Would Like to Meet is definitely the book for you. Evie, the assistant to an agent, finally has her shot at a promotion, but of course, her fate is left in the hands of an impossible client, Ezra - one who wants her to stage her own meet cutes to give him ideas to penn the movie he's contracted to write. Is there anyone out there who doesn't love a good meet-cute? A single gal (or guy) out there who doesn't dream of their very own Notting Hill, Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail? If so, Would Like to Meet is definitely the book for you. Evie, the assistant to an agent, finally has her shot at a promotion, but of course, her fate is left in the hands of an impossible client, Ezra - one who wants her to stage her own meet cutes to give him ideas to penn the movie he's contracted to write. While a little silly, Would Like to Meet was definitely a good story, it held my interest and made me smile. The addition of widower Ben and his amazing, precocious daughter Anette added a great deal of heart to the book and were the perfect foil for Ezra's grating antics. This one is definitely not steamy, so for those of you who prefer your romance on the conservative side - you're in luck here! Overall this was a solid 4 star read for me and I can't wait to see what's next from this new voice. Thank you to Putnam for gifting me a review copy. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    julianna ➹

    cute >:( Thank you so much to the pub for providing me with a digital review copy of this book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    2.5 stars I loved this premise of this one so much and sadly I was a bit disappointed. I liked Evie well enough. She’s a good person and means well, but I never really connected to her. Her friends are a lot of fun and supportive. The men in this story were not promising...Ezra was unredeemable, Monty needed multiple junk punches, and Ben fell a bit flat. My favorite was Anette and I could have done with a million more scenes with her. Plot wise, it was meh. I found myself skimming a lot of 2.5 stars I loved this premise of this one so much and sadly I was a bit disappointed. I liked Evie well enough. She’s a good person and means well, but I never really connected to her. Her friends are a lot of fun and supportive. The men in this story were not promising...Ezra was unredeemable, Monty needed multiple junk punches, and Ben fell a bit flat. My favorite was Anette and I could have done with a million more scenes with her. Plot wise, it was meh. I found myself skimming a lot of scenes, looking for the spark of romance {which legit didn’t happen until the very end and lasted a page}. The screenplay directions at the top of the chapters didn’t seem to add much and there are loads of email and text exchanges. All of these did not translate in the e-arc and the formatting was a mess. There were line numbers throughout the actual text. Overall, it was a fun idea, but the execution didn’t work for me. I did keep reading because I was mildly curious as to how it would play out, but I could have easily set it down and not finish. **Huge thanks to GP Putnam & Sons for providing the arc free of charge**

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦

    3 STARS! Would Like to Meet was a good debut novel with great life lessons and wonderful characters. The beginning started off strong. I really thought Evie was doing everything humanly possible to catch the attention of the cute guy with the Ramones shirt at the cafe and have an epic meet-cute moment... But it didn't go as planned and she doesn't even get to say one word to the guy (cue second-hand embarrassment ). After that begins the real reason why Evie is working so hard to capture a 3 STARS! Would Like to Meet was a good debut novel with great life lessons and wonderful characters. The beginning started off strong. I really thought Evie was doing everything humanly possible to catch the attention of the cute guy with the Ramones shirt at the cafe and have an epic meet-cute moment... But it didn't go as planned and she doesn't even get to say one word to the guy 👎🏼 (cue second-hand embarrassment 🙈). After that begins the real reason why Evie is working so hard to capture a meet-cute moment worthy of a movie moment! She needs to persuade Ezra Chester (an egotistical screenwriter) to have a script ready in 3 months before she and her boss lose everything (the agency is at stake) and get this; Ezra hasn't even started writing it yet 🙃. Next thing you know Evie makes a deal with the N.O.B. (Number One Boychild) to prove she can fall in love in real life like they do in the movies. If she succeeds, Ezra will write the script and sign the deal. Rachel Winters keeps the who will Evie end up with card close to her chest (she had great chemistry with two love interests), which in turn, keeps readers intrigued. I would say Would Like to Meet is a good chicklit story. Not too centered on the romance as the main focus is on Evie and her personal growth as the story progresses. Though I hated that Evie was a bit of a pushover when it came to her boss Monty and Ezra (he treated her poorly in the beginning), I loved Evie's style and her group of friends. Overall, Would Like to Meet was hilarious and heartwarming. I've hit a slump in reading which could be why I found this book to be a bit too slow. However, I definitely will be giving it another chance later on 💃🏼 *I received a complimentary copy of this book from G.P. Putnam's Sons through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lorilin

    Twenty-nine-year old Evie Summers is stuck in a job that she kinda likes with a boss who she really doesn’t—and even though she should have been promoted like yesterday, it sure looks like that isn’t going to happen any time soon. Things get even worse when Evie’s boss discloses that their screenwriting agency is about to go under…unless Evie can get their hotshot top client, Ezra Chester, to actually produce the romantic comedy screenplay he’s been promising them for months. When Evie meets with Twenty-nine-year old Evie Summers is stuck in a job that she kinda likes with a boss who she really doesn’t—and even though she should have been promoted like yesterday, it sure looks like that isn’t going to happen any time soon. Things get even worse when Evie’s boss discloses that their screenwriting agency is about to go under…unless Evie can get their hotshot top client, Ezra Chester, to actually produce the romantic comedy screenplay he’s been promising them for months. When Evie meets with Ezra, he tells her that he simply can’t produce the pages because he has writer’s block. Almost as a joke, Evie offers to provide inspiration for Ezra through her own life. She promises to set up meet cutes with strangers until she falls in love with one of them. She’ll send him a write-up of each encounter, and he will use her humiliation as his muse. Ezra agrees, and Evie finds herself on some of the most unconventional and awkward dates of her life. This was a surprisingly fresh take on a tried-and-true “love to hate” romcom set-up. There are a lot of predictable elements: the gay bff, a witty and slightly snarky group of girlfriends, a widower with a heart of gold, a crappy and incompetent boss, a love triangle, etc. But there was also a lot of unexpected depth to the characters and the story. I genuinely wasn’t sure where Evie’s romantic life was going to end up, because she had a couple different well-developed (and believable) relationships happening at once. And even though I fully expected Evie to blossom with newfound self-confidence by the end, I still loved how she was able to achieve it. This was a really fun read overall! Well-written, creative, entertaining, and even unexpected. This is author Rachel Winters’s debut novel, but I’m already anticipating her next book. Thank you to Amazon Vine and GP Putnam's Sons for the ARC! See more of my reviews at www.bugbugbooks.com!

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