You’re absolutely right, though. Love at first sight wasn’t meant for millennials.
by Beau North
Published: December 2017
Read: March 2019
Page Count: 182 pages
Rating: 5/5 Moose
Alice Aberdeen is not quite as ready to get back into the field after a bad breakup with her girlfriend. But her sister convinces her that a night out – especially one at a Bowie themed costume party – is a good place to start.
Except when it’s a set up with the new-to-town Will Murphy. It definitely isn’t love at first sight. But as they are continuously pushed together a slow friendship starts to form, which may lead to something more. But ex-girlfriends, addictions, and family histories may keep them apart.
Alice Aberdeen – a recovering addict, art graduate student, and major Bowie enthusiast. Our Lizzie Bennett, if you will.
Will Murphy – As a half-Indian, half-Irish man, Will almost never feels comfortable, until he meets Alice. Our Will Darcy, if you allow me.
Rants, Raves, and Thoughts
I’ll be honest and up front about two things: after a weird relationship thing last year I didn’t expect to fall in love with romance stories again. And while I recognize the importance of David Bowie, I have not listened to his music enough to fall in love with it. Which is something I do plan on rectifying.
This has been the hardest review I’ve had to write in a long while, as I normally can set up an opener and move through my patterns. Every opener for this book was shifted under this portion because it just made more sense. I just want to talk about the book!
I think the best way to describe this book is to call it the book version of One Small Hitch, which is an indie rom-com movie I absolutely adore. This book feels like the warm blanket that movie provides – a strangely comforting story and relationship to fall into. It is only the second of North’s books I’ve read, but I can already see that I am going to love them all. While the last book had me deep in the 1940s, Modern Romance felt like a couple I could eavesdrop on and live tweet their adorable bickering.
In another life, I am probably living Alice’s life. So many things she said and does resonated in my core that I should probably sort out in some therapy soon. And giving Alice a darker past allows this book to not be a fluffy romance book. It grounds it in reality, especially when added to how long it takes before they even kiss.
If I had any issues with the book, I just wish Will had been fleshed out a bit more. This book is a dual narrative, but I just felt like I was missing something from his side. It would have been just as good if it was only Alice. But again, I loved this book!
I am not a huge romance reader, but Beau North’s books make me want to try to get into them more and more. If you love David Bowie, if you love Jane Austen, and if you like your romance stories more realistic, then this book is for you.