REVIEW: Not That Kind of Guy

Author: Andie J. Christopher

Rating: ★ ★ ★ (3.5)

Genre: Romance

Pages: 336

Date of Publication: April 14, 2020

Synopsis: State attorney Bridget Nolan is successful in all aspects of her life—except romance. After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, she’s been slow to reenter the dating scene. To be honest, she has more important things to do like putting bad guys behind bars. But with her brother’s wedding right around the corner, she suddenly needs a date and fast. Lucky for Bridget, the legal intern is almost done with his program.

Matt Kido is dumbstruck by Bridget—total love at first sight—but there’s one problem. She’s totally off-limits while she’s his boss. But the moment he no longer reports to her, Matt decides to take a chance. An impulsive decision takes them to Las Vegas where, as the saying goes, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Unless you put a ring on it.

Review: Workplace romances are my JAM so I was super excited to read Not That Kind of Guy and experience a different take on the trope. And while this definitely wasn’t my all-time favorite, it was still a charming, easy, and enjoyable read! I wasn’t aware of this going in, especially since I had never read from this author before, but apparently Christopher draws inspiration for her novels from popular rom-com movies. Looking back, this book definitely gave off slight The ProposalWhat Happens in Vegas, and even Crazy Rich Asian vibes, which is a fun and interesting approach. I mean it when I say slight, though. There were very subtle nods and overlapping plot points from these movies in the book – it was still very much its own story.

WHAT WORKED: Bridget was GREAT – such a girl boss. Her character felt very developed and relatable, which I really enjoyed. I liked that she was the one established in her career and that Matt was presented as the less experienced intern, which as I stated above, was a really refreshing take on workplace romance. The storyline was very cute, light, and rom-com-y, which kept me engaged for the most part. Bridget’s friendship with Hannah was another one of the aspects of this book that really worked for me. I love seeing strong female friendships represented in romances.

WHAT DIDN’T: While I loved how Bridget was characterized and presented, I had a difficult time connecting with Matt. He came across pretty flat and not as well developed, and because of that, I had a hard time connecting to his relationship with Bridget and believing their chemistry, which felt a little insta-lovey to me at times? The last quarter of the book dragged a bit and the conflict seemed a bit cliche and drawn out, however, I was ultimately satisfied with the ending!

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