Title: The Meet Cute Method
Author: Portia MacIntosh
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: May 4th 2022
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Finished reading: April 13th 2022
Pages: 293

“No one thinks they’re going to get old. We think we’ll always be cool and in touch, with our fingers firmly on the pulse, but then it starts happening.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Boldwood Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I was in the mood for a cute romance read and after reading the blurb of The Meet Cute Method I had really high hopes it would hit the mark for me. There were definitely things that did work very well, but there were also elements that bothered me… Resulting in a story that wasn’t exactly bad, but it didn’t manage to blow me away either. Fans of the genre might have better luck with this one though! I’ll try to explain briefly what did and didn’t work for me personally.

First of all, I really like the idea behind this story with the main character being a journalist writing for a lifestyle magazine focusing on relationships and romance. I had a lot of fun reading about her disastrous attempts at forcing a meet cute with someone; I mean, they ARE very cliche, but very entertaining to read about either way. I did feel that things started to become weaker once Max is more firmly in the picture… A lot of this feeling has to do with all the lies both Frankie and Max keep telling, and also with the fact that Frankie has so many opportunities to tell about her situation, but never does so. The whole cheating and love triangle vibe didn’t really help either…

What I did love was the Hawaii setting and its descriptions. It does sound like a dream location, and it’s the perfect backdrop for this story. I do wish the characters themselves would have been developed more thoroughly though. The majority of them felt rather one-dimensional and Max’s family is VERY hard to like (especially the brother and uncle). There were also a lot of cliches involved, and the ending felt a little too convenient and rushed for me… The chemistry between Frankie and Max could have been developed better as well.

As a whole, there were things that worked for me and elements that made me enjoy the story less than expected. It’s not a bad read and I might just not have been in the right mood for it… If you are looking for an easy romance read and don’t mind less developed characters and cliches, The Meet Cute Method might just be a winner for you. The Hawaii setting is a bonus!


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