Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose #1) by Jack Harbon
Jordan Collins doesn’t need a man.
What he needs is for his favorite author to release another one of her sexy supernatural novels and more people to sign up for the romance book club that he fears is slowly and steadily losing its steam. He also needs for the new employee at his local bookstore to stop making fun of him for reading things meant for “grandmas.”
The very last thing he needs is for that same employee, Rex Bailey, to waltz into his living room and ask to join Meet Cute Club. Despite his immediate thoughts—like laughing in his face and telling him to kick rocks—Jordan decides that if he wants this club to continue thriving, he can’t turn away any new members. Not even ones like Rex, who somehow manage to be both frustratingly obnoxious and breathtakingly handsome.
As Jordan and Rex team up to bring the club back from the ashes, Jordan soon discovers that Rex might not be the arrogant troll he made himself out to be, and that, like with all things in life, maybe he was wrong to judge a book by its cover.
This book was good overall, and while I have read a few LGBTQ+ books, this is the first book I have read with male main characters. The title of the book is what actually drew me to it, as an avid reader I have obviously heard of the terms ‘meet cute’ so it intrigued me. Based on the title and cover, this book is a fairly light hearted, easy read, which I have mixed feelings about and I will get to that in a little bit.
I really liked Jordan’s character. He was genuine and seemed pretty authentic. Rex annoyed me because he was intentionally annoying and rude trying to get a rise out of people. There is a line between teasing and banter and being plain rude and I definitely think he crossed it a bit too many times in my opinion.
Now, back to the light hearted, easy read. I read a few books in a row that were sort of heavy and left me teary eyed and I needed to get away from that. Overall, this book was pretty fun and I really enjoyed reading it, however, it seemed a bit too insta-lust for me. That is one of my least favorite tropes so I would have preferred that be different, especially considering the characters first meeting. I will never understand writing characters who like someone who doesn’t treat them well, even it if was teasing gone to far.
However, like I said, I did like this book and I would recommend it. I will be looking into reading more of the series and the author. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited.