ARC Review: To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne

Thank you so much to Gallery books and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of To Sir, With Love! This book was everything I wanted from a summer read and I definitely think y’all should go grab it now (especially since it’s out now)!

To Sir, With Love 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:
Love Is Blind
 meets You’ve Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy following two thirty-somethings who meet on a blind dating app—only to realize that their online chemistry is nothing compared to their offline rivalry.

Perpetually cheerful and eager to please, Gracie Cooper strives to make the best out of every situation. So when her father dies just months after a lung cancer diagnosis, she sets aside her dreams of pursuing her passion for art to take over his Midtown Manhattan champagne shop. She soon finds out that the store’s profit margins are being squeezed perilously tight, and complicating matters further, a giant corporation headed by the impossibly handsome, but irritatingly arrogant Sebastian Andrews is proposing a buyout. But Gracie can’t bear the thought of throwing away her father’s dream like she did her own.

Overwhelmed and not wanting to admit to her friends or family that she’s having second thoughts about the shop, Gracie seeks advice and solace from someone she’s never met—the faceless “Sir”, with whom she connected on a blind dating app where matches get to know each other through messages and common interests before exchanging real names or photos.

But although Gracie finds herself slowly falling for Sir online, she has no idea she’s already met him in real life…and they can’t stand each other. 

I really, really liked this book! Contemporary romance novels set in Manhattan make me so happy for some reason (probably because of my romanticized vision of the city) so I loved everything about this! A brick and mortar champagne store, a rich business mogul trying to get the building that store is in back, the owner of the store having ridiculous chemistry with the business mogul? Sign me up for sure! I really liked Gracie as a main character. She was so relatable to me- doing everything she could to keep her family happy and together, living in her daydreams, talking to men (or well a man) online without having ever met him before. I also really liked her siblings and all of the employees at Bubbles and More. Even Sebastian Andrews was great and so much more than the evil businessman. Pacing and plot wise, this book was relatively short, but it seemed like the perfect length for a great summer afternoon/weekend read or a vacation read. I never felt as though things were dragging or I was bored- I really enjoyed every part of this book. I definitely recommend To Sir, With Love as a fun, easy summer feel good contemporary romance!

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