The View Was Exhausting

Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta. Grand Central, $27 (336p) ISBN 978-1-5387-3490-2
Married couple Clements and Datta use a playful trope to confront weighty issues in their excellent debut, a romance that's as timely as it is heartfelt. British Indian actor Whitman "Win" Tagore is an A-lister who's used to keeping tight control of her public image—and lately, she's been working double time. When her ex-boyfriend has a public meltdown and Win is caught in the fray, it's Leo Milanowski, her longtime friend and frequent faux beau, who comes to her rescue. For seven years, the white, wealthy playboy has played Win's on-again, off-again lover for the tabloids, so Win's publicist arranges for the pair to be spotted having a summer fling on the French Riviera to steal the attention away from Win's breakup. Leo and Win easily fall back into their established patterns, but just when the line between reality and pretend starts to blur, a secret from Leo's past surfaces and the validity of their relationship—both personally and professionally—is called to question. The authors' slow-burning approach to Leo and Win's relationship and fearless tackling of racism breathes new life into a favorite trope. The characters leap off the page, and their dialogue, whether flirting or fighting, is always believable. Readers will come for the swoon-worthy romance and stay for the beautiful prose. Agent: Andrianna Yeatts, ICM Partners. (July)
Reviewed on : 03/25/2021
Release date: 07/06/2021
Genre: Romance/Erotica
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-1-5387-3491-9
Compact Disc - 978-1-5491-6517-7
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