I received a copy of Love Literary Style by Karin Gillespie from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. I thought this book was really very cute! It is both a commentary on romance novels and a romance itself, connecting two very different writers to one another while amusing the reader with tidbits about genre fiction and publishing along the way.
“They say opposites attract, and what could be more opposite than a stuffy literary writer falling for a self-published romance writer? Novelist Aaron Mite meets Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned writer of important fiction. When he discovers she’s a self-published romance author, he’s already fallen in love with her. Aaron thinks genre fiction is an affront to the fiction-writing craft. He often quotes the essayist, Arthur Krystal who says literary fiction ‘melts the frozen sea inside of us.’ Ironically Aaron doesn’t seem to realize that he’s emotionally frozen. The vivacious Laurie, lover of flamingo-patterned attire and all things hot pink, is the one person who might be capable of melting him.”
I loved how this book both discussed the typical format of a romantic comedy and followed that format itself, including tropes such as romantic gestures and happily-ever-afters. The characters being writers themselves made the book both cute and smart, as the characters were able to provide comments on the genre and the roles they each played within the typical romantic story. I found the book unique and entertaining!
What have you been reading lately?