Too Good To Be Real
“The perfect combination of sweet, sexy, and make-you-grin moments.” – Lyssa Kay Adams, author of The Bromance Book Club
“An ode to everything we love about rom-coms.” – Alexis Daria, author of You Had Me at Hola
In her trade paperback debut, Melonie Johnson brings her signature humor, sexy romance, and strong female friendships in this hilarious romantic comedy about finding perfectly imperfect love, Too Good to Be Real.
She plans to prove there’s a dozen reasons why life isn’t like a romantic comedy, only to discover the one reason it is…
While her friends wish for meet cutes worthy of their favorite rom-coms, Julia is ready to give up on love. Swiping right has replaced getting swept off your feet and good old-fashioned romance has become, well, old-fashioned.
A writer for a popular website, love becomes the last thing on her mind when impending layoffs threaten her job. As Julia searches for the ultimate pitch to impress her boss, she stumbles upon a resort offering guests a chance to live out their romantic comedy dreams. Real life dating is so bleak, who wouldn’t want to spend a week in a fantasy rom-com world with your best friends?
At the resort, Julia literally falls into a not-quite-meet-cute involving an aggressive seagull and an adorably awkward guy named Luke who is also participating in the rom-com experience. Julia hides the fact she is there to do a story, but Luke harbors a few secrets of his own. Among further encounters with thieving seagulls, a gaggle of corgis, kisses in the rain, and even a karaoke serenade, their feelings deepen quickly. But could their love be real when they haven’t been honest about their true identities? Once the fantasy is over, can they have a relationship in the real world?
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I have been a fan of Melonie Johnson’s books since her debut novel hit my ereader. And her newest addition, Too Good To Be Real, is a book that all RomCom fans will adore!
The premise of this book is adorable—a writer goes with her two besties to a RomCom retreat. I was a bit jealous… I would LOVE if this was a real vacation opportunity because it sounded AMAZING! And RomCom fans will love all the references included.
Julia and Luke are adorably awkward… You don’t often see two awkward leads, and it really, really worked. I loved their meet-cute and watching as they fell for each other. And the side characters in this book just took the story to that extra level. If I ever get to go to a place like this— I hope with all of my heart that my table is full of people that are as colorful, entertaining, and just plain nice as the ones that Julia and her friends met.
Too Good To Be Real is a fun, easy, sexy RomCom that is the absolute perfect beach read. This was just a joy to read and left me with a massive smile once I was done. (Though… just saying… I wouldn’t mind getting stories for the side characters! Hint. Hint.)
Award-winning author Melonie Johnson–aka #thewritinglush–is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places–the mall–when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, they live happily ever after in the magical land midway between Chicago and Milwaukee with their two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin. Declared a “writer to watch” by Kirkus and a “fizzy, engrossing new voice” by Entertainment Weekly, her debut series from St. Martin’s Press, SOMETIMES IN LOVE, has appeared on the Amazon Best Books of the month, and been featured in Cosmopolitan and Woman’s World. Melonie is represented by Pamela Harty of the Knight Agency.
A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, you can visit her at meloniejohnson.com and find her on Twitter and Instagram at @MelonieJohnson.