Sylvie aspires to write a romance novel, but gives up after several tries because she knows nothing of romance. With the help of her best friend, she signs up for a popular dating site to find a man to seduce her and teach her about passion – certain this will help her write her book. While Sylvie dreams of the steamy scenes she thinks are necessary for a good romance novel, her unintentionally comical dates fall far short of her expectations.
It’s been years since I last read a romance, let alone a romantic comedy, so I was looking forward to this particular book, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The story is set in Kawaii, and the author describes the small Hawaiian island so well that anyone who’s been there will instantly recognize it, while readers who haven’t will want to book a flight out.
The lighthearted tone of the book is set almost from the first page, and continues right through to the end. The book introduces us to Sylvie, an author looking to find inspiration for the romance novel she wants to write by signing up to an online dating site to ‘research’ her characters. Burovac then takes the reader through a series of ‘blind dates’ via the men Sylvie meets through the dating site.
The true beauty of this book, however, is how real it is. Everything from the main characters (Sylvie’s best friend is a married mother, and responds to her confidences in the way that we’d expect our own friends to) to the Murphy’s Law mishaps that most people can relate to (the boat date actually made me laugh out loud!) to the cringe-worthy feelings some situations provoke.
The author also rather cleverly introduces romantic loves scenes by vocalizing Sylvie’s thoughts during every painfully failing date, while keeping the possibility of real love always hovering in the background.
Overall, this is a well-written, light, entertaining, and fun read that I easily finished in one sitting (don’t expect a long, plot-heavy novel here). A perfect book for a vacation, or just a day on the beach, or in the back yard.
Sylvie Writes a Romance, by Melissa Burovac is available on Amazon.