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.
We meet Ari Abrams when she goes to see her station’s first billboard featuring her. Naturally, a bid has “decorated” it. I say naturally because things do go that way for Ari at various times in the book. She’s with her brother when she sees the billboard. Her ability to take the billboard disaster with humor, the warmth of the siblings’ relationship and her obvious affection for her brother’s husband and their children make Ari likeable off the bat. It’s easy to root for her.
As we go through the book, we learn she suffers from depression, which she handles by being as positive as possible. This way of dealing with it keeps the character from seeming mopey despite the consequences it has had at various times in her life.
The hero, Russell Barringer, comes across as a genuinely nice guy. He and Ari bond when commiserating after a disastrous holiday party that highlights both the desire and the antipathy between their bosses. Russell, too, has challenges. He’s on the heavy side, which nearly cost him his job as a sports reporter because the boss didn’t like the optics of that. He also has a young daughter he co-parents with his ex. But his relatively even emotional keel nicely counterbalances Ari’s depression. My only complaint about Russell is that while he says the station manager thought he was fat, Ari only ever describes him as a big guy. This left me wondering whether he’s carrying a little extra weight or a lot. Or something in between. It doesn’t matter in terms of his character, but not knowing distracted me.
As Ari and Russell scheme to throw their bosses together, they are also growing closer. Their families move in and out of the story, and their dynamics were pleasant. Russell, his ex, and her new husband all seem to like each other, Russell’s daughter is a gem, and Ari’s brother and his family are lovely and supportive. The only downer is Ari’s mom, whose struggles with depression and resulting lack of support for her children when they were small have left Ari with a sour feeling about her mom. The relationship evolves in a sympathetic and believable way as the story unfolds.
I was initially put off by the way Ari’s boss, who had mostly ignored her before, suddenly became so chummy. There’s a reason for that, though, and the revelation makes perfect sense.
Ari grows and learns more than Russell does, but that fits the way they’re established. Both learn something about themselves as they move forward. It’s an emotional journey leavened with humor, and the story moves at a good pace.
Tell me what you're reading this Monday.
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I am reading The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James. Her novels are captivating and unique.ReplyDelete
That sounds very cool!Delete
I am reading Tin Camp Road by Ellen Airgood. Beautiful book that is so enjoyable.ReplyDelete
Lady Mary's Dangerous Encounter by Cheryl Bolen. Just started, so not sure, but I think I will enjoy it.ReplyDelete
I hope you do.Delete
I'm reading Riverbend Gap by Denise Hunter.ReplyDelete
What sort of book is that, Pamela?Delete
Currently reading the thriller "The Wild Girls", and it's a wild ride!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you're enjoying it!Delete
I'm looking at my TBR to start a new book.ReplyDelete
I know the feeling! LOL!Delete
I am currently reading Marina Adair's St. Helena Vinyard series. I'm enjoying it so far. Lots of humor, which I love in romance books.ReplyDelete
I like humor, too. Writing it is definitely a skill.Delete
I'm reading Kate Pembrooke's SAY YOU"LL BE MY LADY and really enjoying it!ReplyDelete
That sounds historical. Is it? I'm glad you're enjoying it.Delete
Not reading fiction right now. I am enjoying Lost Cove, North Carolina: Portrait of a Vanished Appalachian Community, 1864 - 1957. by Christy A. Smith when I do get a chance to read. Busy working on a grant and planning a trip.ReplyDelete
That sounds interesting. There's a good book about the vanishing culture on the Outer Banks. I think it's High Tide on the Outer Banks, but it might be a more antiquated spelling. Hoy Toid or something like that.Delete
Dean Koontz - Tick Tock. I like to change it up every once in a while lol.ReplyDelete
I like thrillers too.Delete
Debbie Mason Loving her Highland Falls, NC books!ReplyDelete
It's always good to hear what people like.ReplyDelete
Great review! I’ve enjoyed Rachel Lynn Solomon’s other romance and YA books, but I haven’t read this one yet. It sounds compelling.ReplyDelete
I’m reading The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann