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Review: Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson

Title: Interesting Facts About Space

Author: Emily Austin
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction
Pages: 336 pages
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2024 Google Reading map)USA (CA, MD)

SummaryMeet Nora Hughes―the overworked, underpaid, last bookish assistant standing. At least for now.

When Nora landed an editorial assistant position at Parsons Press, it was her first step towards The Dream Job. Because, honestly, is there anything dreamier than making books for a living? But after five years of lunch orders, finicky authors, and per my last emails, Nora has come to one grand conclusion: Dream Jobs do not exist.

With her life spiraling and the Parsons staff sinking, Nora gets hit with even worse news. Parsons is cutting her already unlivable salary. Unable to afford her rent and without even the novels she once loved as a comfort, Nora decides to moonlight for a rival publisher to make ends meet…and maybe poach some Parsons' authors along the way.

But when Andrew Santos, a bestselling Parsons author no one can afford to lose is thrown into the mix, Nora has to decide where her loyalties lie. Her new Dream Job, ever-optimistic Andrew, or...herself and her future.

Review: Having just read a mystery, I was looking forward to a contemporary romance. And, I enjoyed Shauna Robinson's other book that I read (my review of The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks). Turns out I liked that one better than this one, but a book about publishing and romance is a good things. This was Robinson's debut and she improved with her second book so I'll look out for more by her.

Nora is an odd character. I didn't like her but I didn't dislike her either. I wanted her to stand up for herself, demand what she is worth (both personally and at work), and know who she is and what she deserves. I also wanted the people around her to wise up and use her talents and not fall for her sneaking around behind everyone's back professionally. I do understand depression and I think it was represented well via this character. 

I knew the romance was coming (I mean, really, it's a romance) but it was definitely a slow burn. But that's good since the positions of power were awkward until Nora and Andrew spent more time together. I liked Andrew. He is smart, interesting, and goes after what he wants. Good for him! We should all do this more often. I'll admit to being surprised at the direction it took.

All in all the book is fine, it needed more umph for me to rate it higher.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Alphabet Title--M
  • Bookish
  • Decolonize--Written by a Black woman

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