Paperback: 380 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (Jan. 23 2018)
Synopsis: Wannabe actress Dani Steele’s résumé resembles a cautionary tale on how not to be famous. She’s pushing thirty and stuck in a dead-end insurance job, and her relationship status is holding at uncommitted. With unbearably perfect sisters and a mother who won’t let her forget it, Dani has two go-tos for consolation: maple scones and a blog in which she pours her heart out to her celebrity idol. He’s the man her father never was, no boyfriend will ever be—and not so impossible a dream as one might think. When Dani learns that he’s planning a fund-raising event where the winning amateur athlete gets a walk-on in his new film, she decides to trade pastries and self-doubt for running shoes and a sexy British trainer with adorable knees.
But when Dani’s plot takes an unexpected twist, she realizes that her happy ending might have to be improvised—and that proving herself to her idol isn’t half as important as proving something to herself.
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I am going to be honest: when I was first asked to read and review this book, I was a little hesitant and nervous that I really wasn’t going to like this book. I found myself worrying: what if I can’t even finish it?! OH MY did I worry for nothing!
DEAR DWAYNE, WITH LOVE is a laugh out loud romantic comedy book that literally made me lol at some parts. The character of Danielle “Dani” Steele comes alive in the book and her obsession with Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson propels her crazy endeavours. Dani’s character is so real that there is something in her that almost every reader can relate to and her one liners are just perfect!
The plot is well paced, without slow or overly fast parts and there are enough twists that it keeps the reader reading. However, this is still a very light hearted book, so for me personally, it makes it harder to have that “can’t put down” quality. This book was so enjoyable and would make a great beach read for the summer! I just wish the back of the book made it sound a little more appealing – the obsession with Dwayne Johnson and the fact that the main character is named after a famous romance novelist could scare people away thinking this is a cheesy, predictable rom-com book. But it is so far from that with its unique story line and characters, it is one that definitely stands out from the rest.
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Thomas Allen & Sons *