cover image Booked on a Feeling

Booked on a Feeling

Jayci Lee. Griffin, $16.99 trade paper (322p) ISBN 978-1-250-62114-6

Best friends realize their feelings for each other in this dry romance from Lee (The Dating Dare). Los Angeles attorney Elizabeth Chung heads on a three-week vacation to the sleepy town of Weldon to decompress with her childhood friend, Weldon local Jack Park, after a trial leaves her feeling drained. She rents a room attached to a small bookstore, excited to escape into romance novels and reconnect with Jack. But unbeknownst to Lizzy, Jack has loved her since they were kids, and their sudden proximity makes it harder than ever to hide his true feelings. This doesn’t matter for long, as soon Lizzy realizes that her own feelings have also deepened into something more. But with their friendship on the line and the long distance between their two homes, they must decide if it’s worth risking what they already have for a chance to build something even better. While Lee admirably immerses her audience in Korean American culture, the cookie-cutter characters and lack of any real conflict results in a predictable romance that falls flat. This one misses the mark. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary. (July)