Review: Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Posted December 3, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
Would Like to Meet

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Genres: Comedy Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Released on December 3, 2019
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

Her head is full of RomComs and it makes sense to inspire a write around his block and reluctance to write a romcom by arranging real life meet cutes with herself as the heroine to prove romance is for real.  Things don’t go according to plan… and belly laughs were had by all.


Would Like to Meet follows along as Evie, who dreams of being a scriptwriter, discovers her job is on the line if she can’t get her boss’ writer past his writing block.  Thus, she goes about manufacturing meet-cutes likes famous movie romcom scenes to help jumpstart things.  Only, Evie creates a series of disasters instead and its all witnessed by a man and his daughter.  Meanwhile, one of her friends is becoming bridezilla and the others have their own life’s dramas.  Further encounters with Ben and Anette lead to their own brand of mayhem, but then finally, it seems she is on the verge of her dream come true with her dream guy and their own romantic story.  What could possibly go wrong?  And, why doesn’t it feel like she always imagined?

Would Like to Meet took some adjusting for me.  It read more like Chick Lit which I confess that I don’t read very often.  I like it well enough, but I need to be in the right frame of mind.  I had to adjust to that mode and then I was trotting along all right and tight.

I love RomComs and that was what had me snatching this one up.  I liked it and had a good time.  It read quickly and the writing was engaging.  I adored Ben and Anette.  Loathed where I was supposed to loath.  And, found her posse of friends and the group’s London life quite entertaining.   However, something was a bit off between me and this book.  It’s one of those things that is pretty subjective so it’s really not a mark against the book, but my mood.
I speak of the comedy element.
The comedy element is very strong in this one- zany, madcap, witty, and all.  It was more present than the romance part of RomCom to me.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, I gut laughed and groaned, snickered and agonized for the poor gal who seemed doomed to stumble through the trials of life and not being able to see what is right in front of her because she is so absorbed in what she thinks life should be.  But, the humor wore thin for me after a time.  Evie was vivacious and means well, but her life is a hot mess as she struggles to figure it all out.

Meanwhile, what could be a really good thing, her true romance, is there waiting and waiting and waiting.  She is so oblivious that she totally gets the wrong end of the stick and misses big clues that even her friends can see.  She ends up hurting the person over and over which is when I was wondering if the romance part was ever going to make an appearance.  Don’t despair.  She has her aha moment and smiles and swoons are had by all.  I actually wasn’t upset that the romance took it’s time since she really did have to sort things out between silly romantic dreams and true love and what that looks like.  She gets there, like I said.

All in all, it was engaging and oh so entertaining debut story that tells me to watch for more from this author.  I think the book will appeal to a broad range of readers from contemporary romance, to chick lit, and to romcom lovers.

My thanks to Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
2 years ago

Sounds good if you like a rom-com which I’m up for especially after a dark thriller. Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Oh yes, its light and will cleanse your palette nicely, Debbie. 🙂

2 years ago

It looks nice and I like to read a story like that from time to time. I always have a good time

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yes, it was a nice change-up from my usual, Melliane. 🙂

Jen T
2 years ago

Sounds interesting, thanks Sophia. I know what you mean about that fine line… sometimes a books sounds like one thing, and it is, but it’s really something else (or not what you expect). Glad you were still able to enjoy.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Jen T

Yeah, I just had to switch gears in my mind and then it was fine. It turned out to be a nice interlude between my usual reading. 🙂

2 years ago

I’m sorry this didn’t work for you. I can see why it got a bit tiring.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lily

Yeah, it was tough seeing her not realize that her dream had changed and she wanted something and someone different. But, a fun process at times.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I do like a good humorous story from time to time. I don’t read a lot of chick lit but would be willing to give this one a try.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It was a fresh change from my usual and chick lit can be fun when I’m in the mood. Fortunately, I was on a Christmas romance sugar high so this felt a little the same. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

This sounds like it was pretty good even if it did take a while for the romance to happen.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, it was like reading a string of romcoms sewn together. Fun times with a serious underlying plot as she learned what she really wanted.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Women’s fiction can be hit or miss with me. I think I’d get a little frustrated over Evie missing all the clues. I don’t like a character to be more clueless than I am. Glad to hear you enjoyed the story overall. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I think I must be similar about that because that is why the comedy element started to get to me. But, yes, an overall good one. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Awww rom-com. Love those!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It’s a nice light diversion from the holiday rush. 🙂

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

Fascinating that she was so clueless! I think many of us who enjoy romance in are stories are well aware that real life doesn’t quite go like that. I can see why you liked that it was more a slow burn. She had things to sort out.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I think that is why the comedy wore thin for me. Even in fiction, I couldn’t imagine a person in this day and age who works for a screenwriter’s agent not getting how romance works.

2 years ago

This probably did lean chick-lit, since I felt like the story was more about Evie finding her way, dealing with her father’s death, and whatnot. The romance seemed to simmer in the background. But, boy, I liked the pairing a lot, and I was such an Anette fan. That kid made me smile a lot. And, the meet-cutes were so fun!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Sam@WLABB

I really liked Anette and her dad especially as a family for her to love. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I’m glad you found some things to enjoy here but it just doesn’t appeal to me right now at all. Maybe when I’m in a different mood.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, it is definitely a genre and element that I must be in the mood for as well so I get it. 🙂