In This Charming, Feel Good Debut Novel, A Cynical Assistant At A Screenwriting Agency Must Reenact The Meet Cute Scenes From Classic Romantic Comedy Movies In Order To Help Her Client Get His Scriptwriting Mojo Back But Can A Real Life Meet Cute Be In Store For Someone Who Doesn T Believe In Happily Ever After After Seven Years As An Assistant, Year Old Evie Summers Is Ready To Finally Get The Promotion She Deserves But Now The TV And Film Agency She S Been Running Behind The Scenes Is In Trouble, And Evie Will Lose Her Job Unless She Can Convince The Agency S Biggest And Most Arrogant Client, Ezra Chester, To Finish Writing The Script For A Hollywood Romantic Comedy The Catch Ezra Is Suffering From Writer S Block And He Ll Only Put Pen To Paper If Singleton Evie Can Prove To Him That You Can Fall In Love Like They Do In The Movies With The Future Of The Agency In Jeopardy, Evie Embarks On A Mission To Meet A Man The Way Sally Met Harry Or Hugh Grant Met Julia Roberts But In The Course Of Testing Out The Meet Cute Scenes From Classic Romantic Comedies IRL, Not Only Will Evie Encounter One Humiliating Situation After Another, But She Ll Have To Confront The Romantic Past That Soured Her On Love In A Novel As Hilarious As It Is Heartwarming, Debut Author Rachel Winters Proves That Sometimes Real Life Is Better Than The Movies And That The Best Kind Of Meet Cutes Happen When You Least Expect Them Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestYou know, I took one look at that cover and thought, Hmm, gee, this looks a lot like THE KISS QUOTIENT and THE HATING GAME I thought it might just be me, but it looks like someone on Goodreads actually went ahead and compiled a list of all these pastel book covers with cartoonish characters on the front, so I feel totes validated NotAllBookCovers InvasionOfTheChicklitChicklit was my gateway into the romance genre, so you could say that I have a real soft spot for it For a few years, though, it seemed to go out of fashion, but now it s back with a vengeance and I m so glad especially since a lot of the recent offerings are much empowering than some of the overworked underpaid self hating women characters that graced many a page in the early noughties, along with way too many cocktail drinks and a ring of supportive girlfriends including sigh the obligatory gay bff My, how far we ve come On the surface, WOULD LIKE TO MEET is pretty similar to its early noughtiess forebears Evie is overworked and underpaid She works as an assistant to an ungrateful and comically incompetent agent and his childish and irresponsible author, Ezra, who Evie has nicknamed N.O.B number one boychild She has a supportive group of girlfriends, including, sigh the obligatory gay bff, and there are several scenes involving cocktails, something called a hen do which I guess is a bachelorette party in Brit speak , and, of course, a wedding What sets this book aside from the rest is a little something called self awareness The concept really allows the book to wink at the audience while acknowledging certain tropes as toxic You see, Ezra N.O.B is supposed to write a rom com, and Evie s totally chaotic dating life has inspired him if she sends him IRL meet cutes to prove that love at first sight is real, he will agree to work in earnest and stop flaking Evie agrees and proceeds to copy the oh so quirky and oh so coincidental meet cutes from various famous rom coms, with disastrous results.Evie s group of friends is developed than a lot of the cast of friends I ve read about historically Each of them have their own personalities, and they call Evie out when she acts irresponsibly something that will appeal to readers frustrated with authors like Sophie Kinsella, whose heroines act in super psychologically dysfunctional ways and are never called out on it in earnest And her gay BFF actually gets to have a personality and problems of his own, and isn t reduced to a stereotype So you know what, okay book, I see you I also adored one of the friends she makes at a soured meet cute that involves spilled protein drink and projectile vomiting Ben and his young daughter Annette are great characters, and end up becoming the peanut gallery at many of Evie s ill conceived schemes, as well as her biggest cheerleaders when the going gets rough.I ll be the first to admit that the concept is totally outlandish and not at all plausible, but it was so much fun I didn t care It s been a while since I read a romance that told me it would be a total laff riot note not the actual words and ACTUALLY DELIVERED I laughed so many times while reading this book I actually started cackling in the middle of the night at 3AM and then had to try to calm myself down while looking around guiltily to make sure I hadn t woken anyone else up Evie is such a great character and you find yourself buying into her adventures, while rooting for her to find success and or a happy ending It s never completely obvious who she s going to end up with, and the author deliciously turns a lot of tropes on their heads in her attempt to show that a happy ending isn t always enough if you don t feel validated for being who you are and doing what you love.This is one of the best chicklit books I ve read recently and I can t wait for you all to read it, too Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 4 to 4.5 stars i love this cover because the girl is obviously a cynical b tch in the best possible way a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her 1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back I mean This is the rom com goodness I ve been waiting for Guys I ve been dreaming of getting my hands on an ARC of this for months and IT FINALLY HAPPENED Sksksksksjs Thank you to the publishers and Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 starsCan you believe it I finally liked a romance again after what feels like a never ending post Helen Hoang search The interesting thing is it seems I liked it because 1 Would Like to Meet isn t actually a romance, it s a true romcom, so I didn t have to read the usual story with two protagonists moaning and angsting and lusting over each other for 400 pages.2 it was written by a U.K author who is quite funny humor is something I find seriously lacking in American books.This romcom is pretty meta in the best possible way A screenwriter agent s assistant is forced to reenact various romcom meet cute scenarios and report back her experiences to an asshole type screenwriter with a writing block to jump start his creativity and inspire him to write a good romcom It gets even meta once you get to the end of the story.The focus on work and creative process and friendship is what I liked about Would Like to Meet The dialog is funny and I truly hope this novel does get made into a movie I am wondering if I would have given this book a higher rating had I not read it during a busy slumpy week I couldn t quite get the momentum going Maybe the book needed to slim down a bit and be a little joke dense and double down on the disastrous meet cutes Still, the novel has a Bridget Jones like potential in it, IMO. Rating 2 5 Stars Title Would Like to MeetAuthor s Rachel WintersCharacter s Evelyn Evie Summers 29 years old, Red, Ezra Chester 33 years old, Blonde, Blue Eyed Ben Williams Black, Brown EyedSetting London, New EnglandTag s Romance, Contemporary Content Rating PGPOV First Person Heroine Smexy Level SubtleFavorite Quote s Evie, don t you dare back out now Go get your Hugh Grant Whatever you write, Evie, Make it mean something Overall Opinion I wanted to like this I really did but for whatever reason it just fell flat It was missing that spark to really connected me with the storyline and toward half way through the book, I found myself skimming far pages than I would ve liked too Besides Ben, Anette, and Evie friends I was not a big fan Evie or Erza for obvious reasons nor did I like how Erza story concluded I don t know, but it was just blah You know This novel had so much potential that I am somewhat disappointed with the end result. I loved this book so much It has been awhile since I ve found myself smiling so much at a story, even laughing out loud at parts Would Like to Meet is funny, sweet, ridiculously cute, and just so much fun Full review to come. Ohmygosh so excited to read this one Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review. I love both romantic comedies and smart British chick lit This is both, so it s no wonder I enjoyed it.Evie is the long time assistant to an old boys club literary agent She years before gave up her dream of writing screenplays and now lives in hope of becoming an agent herself When her boss gives her the assignment to get a recalcitrant writer client to finish a promised romantic comedy screenplay, Evie is all in, no matter what it takes.What it takes in this case is to prove to NOB her nickname for the writer that rom coms are realistic by setting up her own meet cutes and writing to NOB about them Needless to say, most attempts go hilariously awry While much of the story was rather predictable, Winters characters and their great interactions were so darned entertaining that I didn t care that I figured out long before Evie what was going on.I definitely will look for this author s next story. Yet another charming romantic comedy from a new author This one was absolutely delightful sweet, but with edge Low heat level but enough angst and sexual tension to make it worth it And one of the best parts was it was unpredictable I really had no idea who Evie would end up with for the first three quarters because she had chemistry with two possible love interests And I m a sucker for a novel set in the world of movies and film agents Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my complimentary ARC All opinions are my own. Oh, this was absolutely adorable very British I am a sucker for all romcom tropes and loved having them all laid out for me including a delightfully feminist breakdown of the misogyny that can come with some of them I.e the makeover how some meet cutes are just not that cute in execution If you were a fan of Sophie Kinsella back in the day and want something with slightly manageable second hand embarrassment this is perfect for you.