Better Than Fiction
Books | Fiction / Romance / General
A book-hating bookshop owner and a hopeless romantic author discover that love isn't always by the book in this charming bookish, opposites-attract romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Talia Hibbert and Lyssa Kay Adams. One of Buzzfeed's New Romances to Read This Fall!⭐ Early readers are giving Better Than Fiction five shining stars! ⭐'This might be my favorite rom com I've read this year!''I ate this book up! It was just what I needed right now''Ooh this was a yummy book. The characters, the setting, the story, the journey, just everything about it. It is such a happily-ever-after book and I'm here for it!''My queen, Alexa Martin, knows exactly how to write perfect banter and this book will not disappoint . . . A romance that will tug at all your heartstrings''I honestly loved this amazing book! The characters, the story, the love, the friendships, every single thing . . . just simply a wonderful book!''A swoon-worthy new release . . . featuring some of your favorites in romance tropes, Friends to Lovers, One Bed, Forced Proximity, Better than Fiction will not disappoint!'................................................................................Love isn't always by the book...Self-declared book hater Drew Young never expected to inherit her grandmother's old bookshop, the Book Nook. And now, as she prepares to host a signing for bestselling author (and hopeless romantic) Jasper Williams, she finds herself caught between a bookshelf and a hard place. Sensing sparks between the unlikely match, a group of mischievous old ladies - otherwise known as the Book Nook's resident book club - spot the opportunity to do what they do best: meddle. Pushed together, Drew and Jasper soon come to an agreement. If Jasper can create a book bucket list to introduce Drew to the joy of reading, she'll help him explore beautiful Colorado for his next book. With the shop's future in jeopardy, Drew is determined not to get distracted by the love story Jasper wants to write for them.She knows that real life isn't like it is in the books, but could Jasper be the plot twist Drew never saw coming?................................................................................'Alexa Martin is a powerhouse! In Better Than Fiction, she delivers another one of her signature stories - clever, relatable, flirty, and warm' ROSIE DANAN'Better Than Fiction is a charming, heartfelt rom-com, filled with great characters, laugh-out-loud banter and some very cheeky seniors' FREYA SAMPSON'Martin shines in this enchanting tale of a reluctant bookstore owner and the author who shows her love is possible . . . the result is utterly entertaining' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY'Better than Fiction delights with bookish rom-com joy on every page, with a wonderfully relatable heroine . . . This is a romance for the reader and the dreamer in everyone' EMILY WIBBERLEY & AUSTIN SIEGEMUND-BROKA'The endearing and emotionally complex protagonists paired with a sizzlingly swoon-worthy romance (and a vast cast of quirky but loveable supporting characters) really made for an entertaining and unforgettably poignant read' ARTFULLY BOOKISH
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"A little slow going at first, but overall a great book. The characters are so lovable and relatable. The ending is what every book talk girly dreams about. Discuss this topics of grief and moving forward."
"I don’t enjoy cursing and the love scenes were a little much for my taste"
"This is going to be my most detailed review ever. This book by far has been one of the most horrendous romance books I have read. This book is the equivalent of a tumbler FANFICTION post, the pacing is terrible and at the beginning it was so slow to introduce the male character, but then * SPOILER WARNING* they go on two “dates” which those dates weren’t really dates and the first date was just the main girl character trauma dumping on the guy and WE DONT KNOW ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THE GUY AT ALL OTHER THAN HES HOT AND HE WRITES BOOKS AND DOES CROSSFIT. On the second date they go on the hike, and the guy throws up blah blah blah now forward to, the main girl gets into a fight with her dad at her bookstore and her dad is accompanied by this man named Connor, we know nothing about Connor, but he slightly flirts with the main girl, Drew, now the main male character, jasper, comes in a day early from some book conference meeting to surprise Drew with some burgers. Okay now some stuff happens her dad and Connor leave and her dad throws like a hissy fit, okay right, now Drew and Jasper go to the back office alone and they’re talking apparently Jasper knows Connor and there is implied that they have beef. Now this is 14 chapters in deep, I know nothing about jasper and im expecting some sort of heart to heart moment with these characters where we get to learn a little more about jasper… BUT WE DONT GET THAT WE GET THEM MAKING OUT, THIS HAPPENS OUT OF NO WHERE LIKE WHAT YOU BARELY KNOW THE GUY. Okay but whatever right I got to chapter 16 and they’re going to a concert together, now he’s wearing a fit and drew is like “woah what’s with the Harry style’s look” and he looks at her and says “I just want that watermelon sugar high” AND IF YOU KNOW KNOW THAT SONG IS ABOUT EATING . WE KNOW NOTHING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT THIS GUY, THEYVE BEEN ON TWO “dates” MADE OUT OUT OF FREAKING NO WHERE AND NOW NOW HES TALKING ABOUT EATING HER 🐱. Couldve gotten the same experience on tumbler"
"It had cute points but overall was kinda dull. The characters were flat that the ending thrown together. An easy book to bring to the beach if you want to read start to finish in a couple hours."
"I totally binged this book. I only had 2 problems with this book. First, Jasper, the love interest of the book didn't have much of a personality other than being a nice guy to Drew (a woman- I just wanted to clarify since it's a bit atypical). I get that he's not the main focus of the story but I still wanted more from him as a character. He was only the "perfect" guy and that's it. Second, the conflict between Jasper and Drew was resolved too quickly. It was resolved within the span of 30 pages. But what I did like was the community of characters Drew was surrounded by- she had girl friends and the Book Club called the Dirty Birds. I loved the support and push she got from the other characters. I really liked how this book was more about bringing more love into her life and grieving the loss of her grandmother vs. purely dating. I even more appreciated the story behind that- the author who was grieving the loss of her mother during the time in which she wrote this book. So she fully understood what she was talking about. Also, there were 2 spicy scenes for those who were asking."
"Written in first person, which is a nice change of pace from the norm of romance in novels. It also really depicts the love of all other relationships that could be in our lives (I.e. friends and siblings). Also nice that it depicts people of color. "