Would Like to Meet – Rachel Winters
Genre: Romance/Chick Lit/Romantic Comedy
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.
Anyone else obsessed with romantic comedy movies? There are ones that I watch when I’m happy, ones that I watch when I’m sad, ones that I watch when I’m feeling a bit emotional, and ones that I know will always put me in a good mood. Meet-cutes (the way in which the two main characters meet) are an essential part of romantic comedies. Hugh Grant spilling orange juice on Julia Roberts in Notting Hill, the road trip in When Harry Met Sally, Christmas shopping at Bloomingdale’s in Serendipity… I could go on. These are some of my favourite scenes in movies, and if you feel the same way, then you will love Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters.
This book is completely cheesy, but I loved every second of it. Evie is such an amazing character – she reminds me a bit of Bridget Jones and Rebecca Bloomwood. She is slightly ridiculous and hilarious, but she is also determined and a hard-worker. It is her dream to become a screenwriter, and she is tired of working as an assistant for her demanding and quite frankly helpless boss Monty. Some of the scenes between Evie and Monty are pure comedy gold – just you wait. There was one scene in particular when I was clutching my stomach from laughing so hard.
In the course of her assistant work, Evie finds herself working with Ezra Chester, one of the most demanding and arrogant screenwriters in the industry… who refuses to write anything. Desperate to get him to start writing again, Ezra and Evie strike a deal. Evie will prove to him that romantic comedy is a viable genre by re-enacting the meet-cutes from her favourite movies. The catch? She has three months to get someone to fall for her, using a meet-cute, or Ezra will refuse to write and Evie could lose her job. The stakes are high, and the results are wonderfully entertaining. Evie finds herself in some truly cringe-worthy and hilarious situations – I couldn’t get enough of it. I was rooting for Evie the entire time to choose the right man and fulfil her dreams.
I loved every moment of Would Like to Meet. It is a heartwarming, feel-good romantic comedy that will have you laughing so hard you may just start crying. This book is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Josie Silver, and Rosie Curtis. Rachel Winters is a debut author to watch. Personally, I cannot wait to get my hands on what she writes next.