Jae’s latest is exactly the kind of feelgood romance we need at this time. It’s cute and funny, but also very relatable at times.
Denny is the delightfully realistic butch main character, who works as a cashier and helps her sister take care of her niece. One day, she gets a message on her phone from a strange number… and begins to chat with the sender, Eliza, who turns out to be a fun person to talk to. So they become sort of pen-friends.
Denny is pining after her niece’s school bus driver, Eliza goes on one failed date after another. And they talk, compare experiences — even though Eliza is straight and the complete opposite of Denny — and soon Eliza is more interested in Denny than new dates found online.
The slow-burn romance is written so well you won’t mind the slowness; instead you’ll root for Denny and Eliza, laugh at the mishaps and coincidences, and likely enjoy every page. The side characters, Eliza’s best friend, and Denny’s family, are a hoot. Actually, I wouldn’t mind getting to read Heather’s story one day!
Yes, there are a few more serious topics, but nothing angsty, and the novel is more like a warm hug from a friend, not an agonizingly slow trip to Dramaville.