Welcome to the Blog Tour for Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Love and Other Mistakes
Author: Jessica Kate
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Romantic Comedy
There’s a fine line between love and hate . . . And for the last seven years, Natalie Groves has hated Jeremy Walters.
Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fiancé left, Natalie’s father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated . . . and God felt very far away.
Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny—but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer available is worse than a life sentence. Her ex Jeremy, now back in town, is desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili. And Natalie may be just the one to help Jeremy . . . provided they don’t kill each other in the process.
When Jeremy and Natalie join forces, sparks fly. But will either of them get burned along the way?
Top Three Favorite Rom-Coms
THANK YOU FOR ASKING THIS QUESTION!!! 😀 😀 😀
Guys, this is the movie that really sparked my adoration of the love/hate rom com!
Everyone has a ‘secret spice’ that they love—it’s the ingredient that you’ll find in all their favourite TV shows, movies and books, no matter the genre. For me it’s ‘loyalty despite conflict’. I love seeing characters paired together and, despite big battles between each other, watching them have each other’s backs.
This movie has that in spades, starting right from the start—I actually really like the scene where Sandra Bullock fires the lazy editor. I don’t know if anyone else gets this from that scene, but I get the feeling this is a routine that she and Ryan Reynolds have done multiple times together before and they actually have pretty good teamwork, despite her abrasive attitude.
Plus, this movie has all the other fun romantic tension and comedy that comes from forcing two characters together who hate each other. The ‘fake relationship’ trope is so much fun!!!
That scene where they tell the story of how he proposed is comedy gold, and I love watching how they slowly open up to one another and admire one another. I also liked how they added in the layer of Ryan Reynold’s difficult father and ex-girlfriend—he had a life before Sandra Bullock and it was complicated.
Sweet Home Alabama
Possibly the best rom com ever made. The only reason I don’t watch it more often is because I can already pretty much recite it.
Again, a fabulous love/hate movie, but this one stands out from the rest for a few reasons that can basically be summed up as ‘being real’:
– The characters had full, complicated lives. This wasn’t just the story of how Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas rekindle their youthful romance—no, this was also about Reese’s difficult relationship with her parents, her longing for new adventure vs her love for home, and her sometimes dysfunctional friendships.
– That strong sense of home combined with the southern setting. Guys, why isn’t the south on my TV screen more often? Us Aussies LOVE Hart of Dixie and Sweet Home Alabama and we want more!!! Give me that southern drawl any day of the week.
– Reece’s hometown kinda reminds me of mine. Again, back to that strong sense of home. So many stories are set in ‘ambiguous surburbia’ or ‘generic charming small town’. But THIS small town had real problems, and that’s what I identified with.
– Patrick Dempsey (third arm of this love triangle) was actually a good guy, and that made Reece’s decision all the more difficult.
LOVE this movie!
Set It Up
I adore this one. First of all, you adore the heroine, Harper, immediately. She’s a downtrodden yet idealistic executive assistant who puts up with the demands of her boss, played by Lucy Lu, because she admires the woman’s groundbreaking sports journalism career and wants to write herself.
Harper’s earnest passion for sports (she gets teary when she talks about them!), her never-give-up-attitude and her sweetness make her one of my all-time favorite heroines. She looks at her misfortunes with a sense of humor, which makes her the perfect partner for Charlie, another executive assistant with a tyrannical boss, who takes himself (Charlie does) a little too seriously. Charlie hates his job, but believes that deep down everyone hates their work and the best thing you can do is just get the job that makes the most money, because that will give you a happy life.
When they pair up to try and make their bosses fall in love, their teamwork is hilarious as enthusiastic Harper drags sarcastic and too-cool-for-school Charlie along with her crazy schemes.
Bonus round – Book
The Hating Game.
This one comes with an adult content warning, but it needs a mention. Author Sally Thorne has a devised a way to inject rainbows and sherbet directly into your brain. This book is laugh-out-loud funny, has all the love/hate sparks I’m addicted to, and remains the only book I have ever finished and immediately re-read.
Now it’s your turn. Tell us what your favorite rom-com is in the comments.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Australian Jessica Kate is a sassy romance author and addict.
Her novels feature wit, snark and grit, and her StoryNerds podcast gives her a chance to nerd out with others about these ingredients in books, movies and TV.
She has a passion for garlic bread, theme parks and Batman.
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