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WEATHER GIRL by Rachel Lynn Solomon

A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this charming romantic comedy from the author of The Ex Talk.

Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.

In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.

Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?

Title : Weather Girl
Author : Rachel Lynn Solomon
Format : eARC
Page Count : 352
Genre : contemporary romance
Publisher : Berkley
Release Date : January 11, 2022

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ .5

Hollis’ 3.5 star review

It hurts a bit to round down on this one because there is a lot in this story that is deserving of four stars. From the representation to how charming and slow-burny sweet it was and more. But the more I thought about it after having finished the more I started questioning things.

First off, I have to say, this was way better than another “scheme to get our bosses back together” romance I read in the last year. I can’t even remember the title of it, which says a lot, but you probably know the one I mean. This was handled so much better; it wasn’t nearly as manipulative and while their goal was to end some of their own frustration, it was also a plan hatched out of realizing that their bosses still had unresolved feelings. So if that is making you hesitant to pick this up, I think you’ll be happy with how it’s done.

You’re the kind of person who makes other people feel good to be around. That’s a great thing.”
You feel good being around me?
All the time.

Having said that, though, we have another romance marketed as a rom-com and it is.. not. I remember laughing out loud twice, probably at things no one else would laugh at, but overall this is a contemporary with serious topics and situations and romance. I don’t think I’d argue it’s steamy women’s fiction the way I have for other reads, though. It’s just got depth alongside the sex.

Why was abject horniness not listed as a side effect on this medication?

But about that sex, I’ll admit that for me the sexiest scene was one without any sex at all. Barely even touching (each other or themselves). However I did appreciate that their first time is not intercourse and some other elements and discussion around that early scene which I won’t detail. More of this please!

There are tropes to this romance I didn’t know going in, mostly because I’m a #NoBlurbsClub — but also because they aren’t mentioned. And? I loved them. I really did. I enjoyed both of these leads, too, as separate humans. But did I love them together? I.. don’t think so? Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that they didn’t fit, I just didn’t feel it. I wanted to but it just didn’t spark. Even as I rooted for them and who they were, the struggles they had, and how accepting they both were of those struggles.

Eventually, you deal with something for long enough that it comes such an intrinsic part of you, and you cant imagine yourself without it. You accept it, maybe because you feel you deserve it but also because you’re scared that if you tried to change it, it wouldn’t work.

So between the lack of com to the rom and a romance that didn’t make me swoon, here we have a bit of a rounded down rating. But. Everything else? Again, the characters themselves? The discussion around mental health and depression, the presence of an plus-sized male love interest getting some well deserved love, the inclusion of not one but two (!) Jewish main characters, and more that I refuse to tell you? It was all so good.

I will continue to eat up Solomon’s romances so I can’t wait for what’s next.

** I received an ARC from Edelweiss+ and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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