To Sir, With Love
by Lauren Layne
Published by Gallery Books
Love Is Blind meets You’ve Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy following two thirty-somethings who meet on a blind dating app—only to realize that their online chemistry is nothing compared to their offline rivalry.
Perpetually cheerful and eager to please, Gracie Cooper strives to make the best out of every situation. So when her father dies just months after a lung cancer diagnosis, she sets aside her dreams of pursuing her passion for art to take over his Midtown Manhattan champagne shop. She soon finds out that the store’s profit margins are being squeezed perilously tight, and complicating matters further, a giant corporation headed by the impossibly handsome, but irritatingly arrogant Sebastian Andrews is proposing a buyout. But Gracie can’t bear the thought of throwing away her father’s dream like she did her own.
Overwhelmed and not wanting to admit to her friends or family that she’s having second thoughts about the shop, Gracie seeks advice and solace from someone she’s never met—the faceless “Sir”, with whom she connected on a blind dating app where matches get to know each other through messages and common interests before exchanging real names or photos.
But although Gracie finds herself slowly falling for Sir online, she has no idea she’s already met him in real life…and they can’t stand each other.
RATED: 14+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Contemporary Romance Sweet
To Sir, With Love is Lauren Layne's newest stand alone romance, featuring Grace Cooper, a thirty-three year old woman who set aside her dreams of being an artist, to run her deceased father's champagne shop, Sebastian Andrews, the arrogant and persistent man who is trying to buy out the business, and the mysterious "Sir", the mystery man that Grace messages on a dating app. Grace is a romantic, and while unavailable, the mysterious "Sir", with his wit and charm, has her heart. She is 100% sure he is it ... until Sebastian turns up. Despite his intentions on buying out the family business, she is drawn to him immediately. But with "Sir" unavailable, and Sebastian's ultimate goal being to put her out of business, there is no hope. What Grace doesn't know, is that she already knows the identity of "Sir", and he is more available than she knows.
That was a shitty synopsis. This is what one glass of wine turns me into - a rambling mess. Well - a more chaotic one perhaps. Truly, I should have just typed a modern day You've Got Mail, and left it at that, because that IS what this is - You've Got Mail, but on a dating app.
Despite it not being original, it was cute. Lauren Layne knows how to write emotion, and it's all there between these characters. I liked these characters. Likeable, and down to earth. Also, older than the usual romances I read (in their thirties), so more mature and settled. I just had a hard time with just how much it was like You've Got Mail. A little twist would have been great.
To Sir, With Love is a cute, fluffy, "clean" romance. Very hallmark, without the cheese factor. Is it Lauren Layne's best stuff? Not at all, but if you are looking for a quick romance that will leave a smile on your face, you will enjoy To Sir, With Love.