Book Smart by Amanda Pennington
Melanie Hirsch is tired of watching life pass her by…
I’ve spent the last few years watching my dreams of a writing career and true love fade away, settling for a dead-end job and denying my feelings for my best friend - until I find a list of dating advice for single women to “find a husband” in the 1950s. I decide to experiment: try out the 1950s advice on my 21st-century dating pool and write about the results. If love is timeless, some of the dating advice still holds value. Maybe my experiment will launch my writing career. Maybe I’ll get over my best friend and meet someone new. Either way, I’m done watching from the sidelines.
Cameron Whitacre can’t wait forever…
I’ve spent the last few years in love with my best friend, hoping she’ll notice my friendly overtures have more than friendly intentions - but before I realize what’s happening, she declares me her wingman for a dating experiment. This idea could launch her writing career, so I’m trying to be supportive. But her experiment turns my life into a desperation-fueled dumpster fire. I need to show her how I feel without jeopardizing our friendship, all before she falls for someone else.
'Book Smart' is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #3 in the Work For It series, Educated Romance World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
3 Heart Review by Ashley
A debut author writing in the Penny Reid Universe...yes please! That being said, I have mixed feelings about Book Smart.
There is slow burn and then there was Mel and Cameron. Best friends who had been secretly in love with one another for years but too fearful to ruin the friendship. For two people who were so smart and knowledgeable about a multitude of things, they were lacking common sense when it came to relationships.
These two knew each other so well. Their likes and dislikes. What drove them and made them tic. I liked that Cameron called Mel out on her behavior that was reckless and stealing all her focus. It was just what they needed to stir the pot and make them both face facts about where they wanted to be.
Amanda Pennington's debut was well written, thoughtful and detail oriented. I wanted less mancounters (though they did provide some funny moments), and more time with Mel and Cameron out of the friend zone.
About the Author
Amanda Pennington lives outside Louisville, Kentucky with her husband in their fixer-upper house. When she’s not writing, Amanda loves traveling, running, and reading anything within reach. More information is available at www.amandacpennington.com.
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