Thursday, July 16, 2020

What I'm Looking For by Karen Grey-Review


Recipe for a Boston Classic Cocktail: one part finance geek, one part starving actor, two shots of stubborn and a healthy squeeze of passion. Shake well and serve in a vintage glass.

When Kate Bishop walks into Boston’s famous Bull and Finch pub, all she’s looking for is one guy from her investment firm that she can trust to have her back—a tall order. With a salesman at her side, maybe stage fright won’t paralyze her completely when she presents her meticulously prepared research to clients. And maybe she can save her job.

Romance is the last thing on her to-do list, but a meet-cute with a Shakespeare-quoting bartender has her speculating on the value of diversifying her life portfolio.

Will Talbot is not a fan of the slick financiers who cram into his bar after each day’s closing bell. With their calls for Harvey Wallbangers and their Herm├Ęs ties, they’re all the same.

Except for a certain beautiful, buttoned-up brunette with fire in her eyes and a storm in her heart. They’re totally wrong for each other. He should be focusing on his upcoming audition, not coaching Kate on how to act like she's a bona fide member of the Gordon Gekko club.

Problem is, they can’t seem to stay away from each other.

The course of true love never did run smooth, but in this 1980's sweet-and-sexy rom-com, returns on love can’t be measured on the S&P 500.


So I stumbled upon this book based on a podcast in which Joe Arden discussed it. I am SO glad I bought this. It was nothing like I expected and everything I didn't know I wanted to hear. What I'm Looking For is a fantastic story of opposites attracting and finding love when you least expect it-and certainly not with who you would expect it with.
I loved getting to know Kate. I very much sympathized with her; I adored her quirkiness and geekiness. Karen White brought her to life seamlessly. Will was a dream to me, right from the start. I understood his convictions and I really loved getting to take a trip back to being a theatre kid. He's open about who he is, and while I did want to slap him at times, I respected him. I swooned hard for Will and don't regret it a bit.
I enjoyed the interactions between these characters, and watching them explore and figure themselves out individually and as a couple. I believed in them. They felt real and authentic. Authentic enough that I wanted to shake both of them at different parts-they felt that real. The narration here is TOP NOTCH. I'd rate it higher than 5 stars if I could. These two flow seamlessly between characters, using different nuances of accents and such in a way that just made each character sound unique. It just flowed. There is one scene in particular that Joe narrates that, I must admit, moved me to tears. Outstanding performance. I have to give a shout out to all the fun 80's references. I felt like a kid again and I swear I snorted every time I heard the answering machine. Give this book a try-you won't be disappointed.

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