The Rom-Com Agenda by Jayne Denker is a cute contemporary closed-door friends-to-lovers romance. We follow our two main characters with alternating third-person points-of-view. The audiobook clocks in at a little under eleven hours and is narrated by Erika Schindele.
After growing up in the foster care system, Leah is used to feeling alone. She spent the last year back in Willow Cove, taking care of her sick foster mother. Now she has nothing left to tie her to the town and it’s time to move on yet again. Eli’s ex-girlfriend just flew off to Rome for a year, but he thought their relationship was going amazing. After telling his family and friends how determined he is to get her back, they decide to give him a makeover inside and out.
This was cute, though there were some deeper moments. I especially liked all of the pop culture references, especially to rom-coms. I liked everyone in the friend group, and I hope we get a Delia book sometime in the future. Leah’s foster brother Patrick was a major tool. There’s some casual queer rep with a bisexual side character, but I wish there were more.
Leah was great and there were a lot of parts of her personality that I identified with. Eli was okay, but I feel like he was stubbornly holding onto his plan to woo back Victoria for a little bit too long. That being said, I really did like the two of them together.
I had a hard time reading the ebook version; for some reason it just wasn’t holding my full attention. I think my main issue was with the pacing. There was also some weird information missing, at least in my reading. I don’t think I realized Eli’s sister’s husband was not white until very near the end of the book when he had an offhand comment about having more melanin than his wife. It’s possible I missed some references to this but the author could have shown this in other ways.
Once I switched over to the audiobook I had a much better reading experience. I think the narrator did a good job, but with dual POVs I tend to prefer having two different narrators.
Tropes in this book include: found family, slow burn, friends to lovers, small town, closed door
CW: death of parent from cancer (prior to book), description of panic attacks and dissociation
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