cover image It’s Raining Men

It’s Raining Men

Julie Hammerle. Entangled Amara, $15.99 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-64937-028-0

This cute rom-com from Hammerle (Knocked-Up Cinderella) finds Dr. Annie Kyle single and fast approaching 40, but that totally doesn’t bother her. She has a successful career as a concierge physician in Chicago and her longtime friend and roommate, Kelly, to pal around with at trivia nights. Then Kelly announces she’s engaged (Annie didn’t even know she was dating) and moving away. Annie’s response is to indulge in a few too many cocktails and to drunk text every man she knows to inquire about their interest in marrying her. It’s mortifying in the morning, but she gets two bites: first to respond is her old neighbor, Rob, a safe choice and one her mother will love; then there’s the handsome Darius, a local TV personality who says he’s looking for “a permanent plus one.” Meanwhile, Dax, the 20-something bartender who witnessed Annie’s drunken meltdown, works to convince Annie that the whole experiment is less than she deserves. Annie has much to learn about relationships, both with men and with her friends, and Hammerle gives her interpersonal growth the space and weight it deserves. Readers will suss out Annie’s ultimate choice long before she makes it, but this sweet romance is a nice reminder that ingenues aren’t the only heroines deserving of love. [em]Agent: Louise Fury, the Bent Agency. (Aug.) [/em]