Elle Spencer is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her skill in writing romance with a mixture of chemistry, angst and humor is outstanding, and this skill is very evident in her newest novel 30 Dates in 30 Days.
In this tale, we meet Veronica Welch who has achieved most of her “life plan”. She is a successful lawyer who is about to be made partner in a prestigious law firm. There is only one goal she has yet to achieve. She had planned to be married by the age of thirty-five which is only five months away. When her assistant, Bea finds out about this goal, she conspires with Veronica’s mother to help by setting up thirty dates in thirty days through a dating app. Veronica reluctantly agrees, thinking of this as an efficient way to find a wife. The dates are set to take place at a bar called Monaghan’s. There Veronica meets Rachel Monaghan. Rachel is a successful wedding photographer who has been helping her cousin by bar-tending when her cousin needs to be away from the bar. Rachel doesn’t believe in love and marriage, but she can’t seem to get Veronica out of her mind.
I honestly believe Ms. Spencer could teach classes on how to write chemistry between two characters. The attraction between Veronica and Rachel practically crackles and sizzles on the pages. I already knew this author is a master at creating and weaving angst through her stories. I saw her talent for this in her novel, The Road to Madison. While this book doesn’t have the same amount of angst, there is an undercurrent of that emotion that runs through the plot. What surprised and delighted me was the humor that she also introduces in the story, especially with all the different dates that Veronica has to “suffer” through. I actually chuckled out loud several times as I read this book.
This is a delightful romance that will send you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I am very glad I chose to take that journey with Veronica and Rachel, and I think you might enjoy it too.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.