FICTION / Romance / Contemporary FICTION / Romance / General FICTION / Small Town & Rural
A pair of frenemies navigates the shallow depths of a small-town dating scene only to find the romance they need is right in front of them.
Former ballerina Marlo Jonas has all the right moves—except when it comes to men. Her latest boyfriend? A cheater. In the wake of her breakup, her father has a novel idea for her: try dating men for who they are and not how they look. This makes it easy to ignore her hot nemesis, Seattle Times reporter Ben Wexler-Lowrey.
Ben’s take on romance means spending time with interesting women whose personalities might sparkle more than their looks dazzle. But Ben’s mother thinks he can fare better. He’s never tried online dating before, but what could be the harm in putting himself out there?
As Marlo and Ben both suffer through a series of hilariously awkward dates, they’re left feeling empty. Marlo needs someone empathetic enough to soothe her past hurt. Ben needs someone who truly sees him for the man he is.
These enemies love to loathe one another; could that mean Marlo and Ben are foes in love?
“Bardsley returns to small-town Harper Landing (after Sweet Bliss) with a charming, uproarious romance…As Marlo and Ben navigate knee-slappingly disastrous dates, their walls break down and they discover what they’ve been searching for. Their humorous transformation from enemies to lovers is a delight.” —Publishers Weekly
“Bardsley is a talented writer with a gift for conveying all the foibles and charms of small town life. Perfect for those who enjoyed her charming debut, Sweet Bliss, Bardsley’s standout sophomore effort is a wonderful romance with equal parts humor and heart.” —Elizabeth Everett, author of A Lady’s Formula for Love
“Finally a novel captures the complex ways that dyslexia continues to inform an adult life.” —Kyle Redford, Teacher and Education Writer at Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
“With sharp writing and well-defined characters, Jennifer Bardsley takes readers back to the world of Harper Landing. Good Catch, the second book in the series, is a sweet enemies-to-lovers romance that is equal parts heartwarming and hilarious.” —Kate Pembrooke, author of Not the Kind of Girl You Marry
Jennifer Bardsley believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. A graduate of Stanford University, she lives in Edmonds, Washington, with her husband and two children. Bardsley’s column, I Brake for Moms, has appeared in the Everett Herald every week since 2012. She also writes young adult paranormal romance under the pen name Louise Cypress. When Bardsley’s not writing books or camping with her Girl Scout troop, you can find her walking from her house to the beach every chance she gets.