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Summary

From award-winning author Rachel Lacey comes a playful romance about a Manhattan bookstore owner and a reclusive author who love to hate - and hate to love - each other.

Books are Rosie Taft’s life. And ever since she took over her mother’s beloved Manhattan bookstore, they’ve become her home too. The only thing missing is her own real-life romance like the ones she loves to read about, and Rosie has an idea of who she might like to sweep her off her feet. She’s struck up a flirty online friendship with lesbian romance author Brie, and what could be more romantic than falling in love with her favorite author?

Jane Breslin works hard to keep her professional and personal lives neatly separated. By day, she works for the family property development business. By night, she puts her steamier side on paper under her pen name: Brie. Jane hasn’t had much luck with her own love life, but her online connection with a loyal reader makes Jane wonder if she could be the one.

When Rosie learns that her bookstore’s lease has been terminated by Jane’s family’s business, romance moves to the back burner. Even though they’re at odds, there’s no denying the sparks that fly every time they’re together. When their online identities are revealed, will Jane be able to write her way to a happy ending, or is Rosie’s heart a closed book?

©2021 Rachel Lacey (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing , Inc., all rights reserved.

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“Lacey rounds out the romance with a lively cast of friends and family, and a wintry backdrop. A quick story perfect for a cozy night in.”Publishers Weekly

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An enjoyable light read

Cute and fun, though a bit slow in the middle. Found the narration a bit flat for my tastes, which made it a little hard to get emotionally invested. Also the over-the-top fake British accent for Leah got on my nerves and made her sound way too posh. Otherwise, I enjoyed it.

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Might be my new fave comfort book

A beautiful and heartwarming enemies to lovers lesbian novel is now one of my top faves of the genre! The British accent used for one of the background characters was a bit overdone, being British myself, but was quite funny whenever the accent did switch.

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Lovely enthralling story

I loved the characters and story in this book and the writing is beautifully descriptive.
My only issue was the non authentic English accent of one character. As a Brit it was quite annoying but didn’t spoil the story. Abby Craden’s narration otherwise is beautiful.

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Loved the story… but the British accent!

Really great story and for the most part excellent performance and narration. However, particularly painful as a Brit… the British accent is truly atrocious and distracting - thankfully a minor character in this book if not I would have given up on it otherwise. Glad to see an alternative narrator for the sequel where the British character takes a main role!

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Recommend very easy and entertaining

Abby Craden makes any story entertaining and a must
This is a good story a variation on "You've got mail" the 1998 romcom with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks although that was also a variation of the James Stewart film "Shop around the corner"
Still I liked the characters and the differences in the story were good.
Anybody who hasn't seen the film's read/listen to this first.

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Amazing! Except one thing..

Loved the story, the writing style and the general feel of the book.
Possibly unpopular, but by the end I couldn’t stand Rosie. Doesn’t often happen, but this is one story where I didn’t want them to end up together.

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Brilliant!

I loved this romance - Read Between the Lines. It was so good I delayed getting to the end. Rosie and Jane were great characters and there was so much chemistry between them. I loved the chaos with Rosie’s bookshop and I loved the conflict Jane brought. Brilliant romance!

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  • 18-03-22

My first FF romance!

I am glad I decided to give this romance a try. The story was captivating, the characters truly likable and the romance was wonderful. The narrator was amazing, giving each character such a personality. Great find!

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  • 28-05-22

Great read! Well great listen!

I didn’t know what I expected from this book and I was very nicely surprised! It definitely has themes inspired by you’ve got mail but the story diverges from the similarities after the first few chapters. I loved the ending and Amy is hands down one of my favorite characters she is so funny! Would definitely recommend this one!

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  • 27-04-22

A wonderful nod to You've Got Mail

Read Between the Lines made me feel nostalgic for a 1990's romcom and I loved seeing it reinvented with queer characters, better communication, and unique resolution that is illusion that made this story its own.

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  • Kay Leyda
  • 07-03-22

absolutely delightful!

a heartfelt and thoroughly enjoyable enemies to lovers / secret identity romance ❤ Rosie, Jane, and their friends are lovely. as a writer, diving into a story about a bookstore owner crushing on her favorite romance author just felt so cozy and warm!! feel good story with high stakes and emotional depth.

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  • 05-03-22

Delighted with this story

The long time bookstore, the shy author, the introversion representation, the realness of the love interests and family members and the sweetness of people and pets in this book. Just found out there is another book to read by this author and i am enchanted and excited to dive in.

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  • 22-02-22

I highly recommend this book.

I really love this story. I like the fact that it's a low angst sweet read that kept me hooked from the beginning.
Rachel Lacey wrote a wonderful story and Abby Craden really brought it to life.

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  • Grace Allan
  • 14-02-22

Really cute

I adore the book, it’s my first lesbian romance and definitely has made me want more. I just love love man. Worth the credit

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  • Virginia O.
  • 23-01-22

Like a modern lesbian You Got Mail!

First time reading something from this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And of course Abby Craden’s narration is pure gold!

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  • LovelyD
  • 16-01-22

Decent story, sub-par Narration

This story is pretty typical/enjoyable. However the narrator…
I’ve heard her narrate other books but this one particularly detracted from the story. Her accents were horrendous. The British character sounded like a middle-aged aristocrat from the late 1800s. No one in the 21st century talks like this!! Don’t even get me started on the black character.

Narrators - you make/break audiobooks. If you’re going to narrate characters, please do some vocal coaching or something.

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  • 25-12-21

Great romance

We loved this book! Listened to it straight through. Couldn’t put it down. “In the end, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

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