Title: Weather Girl
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publication date: January 11th, 2022
Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.
In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.
Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?
A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this charming romantic comedy from the author of The Ex Talk.
Get ready folks because I’m about to gush about this book so so much. After falling in love with Rachel’s last release, The Ex Talk, I knew I needed to read more of her adult romantic contemporaries and I was right. Weather Girl is about a Jewish FMC and a plus size MMC. It’s not a combination I’ve ever seen in a book before – especially the plus size hero/love interest. And friends, he truly was a hero. I feel like the body positive movement has been amazing for women but sometimes leaves the men behind. Fat is beautiful no matter what and it was so precious to see it told from the female perspective as they characters have a conversation on page about his weight and insecurity.
On top of that, the sexual tension leaps off the page and there is a slow burn to Weather Girl but our hero has d*rty talk down to a science, phew boy. I loved the family aspect and the fact that Ari has serious mental health issues and struggles with her depression. This was extremely relatable for me while I was reading and the writing was so thoughtful about how it addressed this serious issue. I felt seen in a way that I haven’t in a while, even from other books that I feel did a good just representing mental health.
Seriously, I can’t say enough about all the amazing aspects of this book. If you find yourself draw to cartoon covers as a reading genre – don’t walk, run to slam that request/purchase button so you too can experience the love that is Ari & Russell. And for good measure, pick up The Ex Talk too.
Thank you to Berkley and Edelweiss for an advances copy in exchange for an honest review
Happy reading, folks!