Monday, October 17, 2016

REVIEW: "The Right Kind of Guy" by Kerri-Leigh Grady (Contemporary Romance)

The Right Kind of Guy
by Kerri-Leigh Grady

Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Lovestuck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 17th 2016

Series: What Happens in Vegas, #17
Standalone: Yes

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Description from Publisher:
Romance novelist Kelsey Spencer doesn’t believe in love, and she's tired of faking her way through happily ever afters. Determined to change things up, she heads to the Las Vegas Romance Lovers Convention. But somewhere between half-naked cover models and hot Navy SEALs, Kelsey’s plans derail...

Especially once she meets über-fan Jasmine Grant...and Jasmine’s über-hot alphahole brother, Aaron.

Buttoned-up Aaron Grant never thought he’d find himself at a romance convention, but here he is, trying to convince his impulsive sister not to marry a beefcake cover model. His only hope is to enlist the aid of the cynical (and sexy) romance writer his sister worships.

After a sweltering jaunt around Vegas, some strange conference hijinks, and one outrageous proposal, Kelsey and Aaron are left questioning everything they know about romance and love...and if falling in love might just be worth the gamble.
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I thought this was an enjoyable, light read with a fun premise!

Kelsey is a Romance author attending a conference (the "Comic Con" of Romance, if you will), but her heart isn't really in the genre anymore. She has become jaded and cynical and is hoping to jump to writing Thrillers. Aaron is the older brother of one of Kelsey's fans, Jasmine, who is attending the conference. He is hellbent on dragging her back home and convincing her that the books she reads are not to be taken seriously.

As with other books in the What Happens in Vegas series (of which I have read and enjoyed a few now), this has a lot of fun meta references and some interesting ideas about the Romance genre. The focus of this one seems to be those who feel cynical about love and the type of love portrayed in Romance. I liked how Kelsey (or sometimes Aaron) would acknowledge "If this were a book, ____" and thought that it was cute.

However, I felt that the cynicism was a bit heavy-handed at times, which sort of tainted this for me. The way that readers of romance are portrayed in this are a bit... I don't know, stereotypical? I felt that it mocked fans a bit too much, and didn't necessarily bounce back from that and show that, no, readers of romance novels are not a bunch of silly women with ridiculous expectations. There weren't many, if any, fans that felt like the ones that I have come to know - intelligent, funny, friendly and self-confident. Women who read romance are, I think, some of the most feministic and strong, and we know fact from fiction, but don't settle for less than butterflies and respect from our partners (no Swayze or Cusack necessary, though who would say "No" to a hottie making a grand gesture?! ;) ). Jasmine, in particular, regardless of how things turn out in the end, was too juvenile in both her actions and her speech, and there was perhaps too much of her in this one.

That said, I still thought this was a great book to read by the pool, or perhaps on a plane ride to Vegas. :)

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Kerri-Leigh Grady
Kerri-Leigh Grady firmly believes every solid relationship is built on laughter. And sometimes vodka. She holds an MFA from Seton Hill University and a BS in computer science, so she’s a kind of half-artsy, half-nerdy ball of nervous twitching. She has an unnatural love of dark humor, gadgets, chickpeas, BJJ, terrible acrylic landscape painting, half-assed jewelry design, Perl programming (get off her lawn, haters), Red Sonja (done Gail Simone-style), and planners. This week, she lives in Hawaii. Go ahead–cry tears of pity for her. She’ll wait.
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