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Love isn't always by the books in this charming romantic comedy about a bookseller discovering how to be the main character in her story. As a self-proclaimed book hater and a firm believer that the movie is always better, Drew Young didn't anticipate inheriting her grandma's bookstore, the Book Nook. She's in way over her head even before the shop's resident book club, co Love isn't always by the books in this charming romantic comedy about a bookseller discovering how to be the main character in her story. As a self-proclaimed book hater and a firm believer that the movie is always better, Drew Young didn't anticipate inheriting her grandma's bookstore, the Book Nook. She's in way over her head even before the shop's resident book club, comprising seven of the naughtiest old ladies ever, begin to do what they do best--meddle. Bestselling author Jasper Williams is a hopeless romantic. When he meets Drew at his Book Nook signing event, he becomes determined to show her the beauty of reading. He curates a book bucket list in exchange for her help exploring the local Denver scene for his current manuscript. From river rafting to local restaurants, Drew begins to connect with Jasper in a way she only thought happened in fiction. When messy family ties jeopardize the future of the Book Nook, Drew is caught between a bookshelf and a hard place. She's reminded that real life isn't always big dreams and sweeping romance. But Jasper is the plot twist she never saw coming and he's writing a happily ever after just for them.


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Love isn't always by the books in this charming romantic comedy about a bookseller discovering how to be the main character in her story. As a self-proclaimed book hater and a firm believer that the movie is always better, Drew Young didn't anticipate inheriting her grandma's bookstore, the Book Nook. She's in way over her head even before the shop's resident book club, co Love isn't always by the books in this charming romantic comedy about a bookseller discovering how to be the main character in her story. As a self-proclaimed book hater and a firm believer that the movie is always better, Drew Young didn't anticipate inheriting her grandma's bookstore, the Book Nook. She's in way over her head even before the shop's resident book club, comprising seven of the naughtiest old ladies ever, begin to do what they do best--meddle. Bestselling author Jasper Williams is a hopeless romantic. When he meets Drew at his Book Nook signing event, he becomes determined to show her the beauty of reading. He curates a book bucket list in exchange for her help exploring the local Denver scene for his current manuscript. From river rafting to local restaurants, Drew begins to connect with Jasper in a way she only thought happened in fiction. When messy family ties jeopardize the future of the Book Nook, Drew is caught between a bookshelf and a hard place. She's reminded that real life isn't always big dreams and sweeping romance. But Jasper is the plot twist she never saw coming and he's writing a happily ever after just for them.

56 review for Better Than Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    This book is a little different from the author’s previous works. Did I enjoy it? Absofreakinglutely! Honestly I loved this book the most! It’s more than a love story between a broken hearted photographer Drew with failed dreams, inheriting grandmother’s bookstore and extra hot, kind, gentle, empathic romance author Jasper! It’s also a great friendship, sisterhood, second chances, getting out of your shelf to explore your potential story! It’s so realist, honest, poignant! Straightforwardness of This book is a little different from the author’s previous works. Did I enjoy it? Absofreakinglutely! Honestly I loved this book the most! It’s more than a love story between a broken hearted photographer Drew with failed dreams, inheriting grandmother’s bookstore and extra hot, kind, gentle, empathic romance author Jasper! It’s also a great friendship, sisterhood, second chances, getting out of your shelf to explore your potential story! It’s so realist, honest, poignant! Straightforwardness of Drew who keeps blurting out what comes into her mind and her transition as she spends more time with Jasper were most adorable parts of the book. Here’s a quick summary of the plot: In the first chapters we see how Drew struggles after losing her grandma and inheriting her bookstore which is more challenging task she can ever imagine. Because she knows nothing about books. She prefers watching their movie adaptations. But thankfully her grandma’s best friends: a bunch of cheerful, eccentric ladies with inappropriate meddling skills and special book club named “Dirty Birds” are here for her. They already arrange a special signing night with famous romance author Jasper Williams. Drew already deals with anxiety issues because her step sister decided to take an internship at the town and spend more time with her as her estranged father is working on a scheme to take the bookstore out of her hands. And a very sexy, adorable romance writer rocks her world. The Dirty Birds already arrange a dinner date. And Jasper makes an interesting offer that she doesn’t want to refuse: they will swap of their sorts. He hands her a sheet of paper filled with book titles, encouraging her read them. After reading one of the books, Jasper will take her on an adventure that reminds him of it. And Drew also will pick a place on her travel list, taking him an adventure to explore it. It’s a win win situation! Jasper wants to turn into Drew a book lover and dare Drew to turn him into Colorado lover. It seems like a beginning of more than amazing friendship when that offer cannot be refused! ( I’m so close to write they took the cannolis and left the guns so I’m stopping myself) Overall: with author’s heartfelt story telling skills, lovely and engaging characters, amazing adventures turn this entire execution into an amazing reading experience ! You get to enjoy the full ride! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ann Reed

    Personally, I was not a fan. I was excited and thought the plot looked amazing. The plot is about Drew, an avid book hater, left in charge of the Book Nook after her grandmother's passing. She meets hot and charismatic yet shy romance author Jasper. At 38% of the book, the characters already seem not just romantic, but on the verge of being in love. Jasper states this,"Or because I'm really into the super-cute owner with not-so-great book knowledge...", to Drew while on a trip to convince her he Personally, I was not a fan. I was excited and thought the plot looked amazing. The plot is about Drew, an avid book hater, left in charge of the Book Nook after her grandmother's passing. She meets hot and charismatic yet shy romance author Jasper. At 38% of the book, the characters already seem not just romantic, but on the verge of being in love. Jasper states this,"Or because I'm really into the super-cute owner with not-so-great book knowledge...", to Drew while on a trip to convince her he wanted to take her out. At 42%, Drew tells Jasper "You threw up so much you won't kiss me" after he spent over an hour vomiting. I just think the relationship was rushed and seemed a little too clingy. Jasper himself seemed like a walking "ick". He says "Just hoping for a little watermelon sugar" to Drew before a date which would make me ghost any man. Drew herself is not much better. The book references pop culture a lot but I think it missed its mark. Here are some real quotes: "I'll take daddy issues for six hundred, Alex!" "I might've gone all Taylor Swift, 'No body, No crime' on him." " 'I guess I'll let you finish' 'Geez. Thanks, Kanye.' " The book itself was not bad, I will just say it was not great. I like that Drew's relationship with her father is messy. That is a real struggle many women have. Similarly, I loved Drew's development and how she learned to handle her grief with the help of Jasper, her best friend, and her sister. I think my opinion stems from liking slow-burn books with heavy banter. The plot is sweet and Jasper treats Drew well. If you're looking for a sweet, light-hearted romance, this is your book.

  3. 4 out of 5

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    (free review copy) I’m so sad to have to say that this was by far my least favorite Alexa Martin book 😞 I know how meaningful the story is for her and I don’t want to be super negative but I just never felt the characters or story the entire time I was reading and had to force myself to finish. It had all the right ingredients but very much felt like it was simply following a recipe. If you haven’t read this author before, definitely read all of her other work first and then give this one a shot (free review copy) I’m so sad to have to say that this was by far my least favorite Alexa Martin book 😞 I know how meaningful the story is for her and I don’t want to be super negative but I just never felt the characters or story the entire time I was reading and had to force myself to finish. It had all the right ingredients but very much felt like it was simply following a recipe. If you haven’t read this author before, definitely read all of her other work first and then give this one a shot. I really look forward to seeing what she writes next because I have absolutely loved all of her other work ❤️

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    My queen, Alexa Martin, knows exactly how to write perfect banter and this book will not disappoint. This is a romance that will tug at all your heartstrings. Drew is dealing (or not dealing) with grief after her grandmother passes and leaves her a bookstore. Now, Drew has uprooted her life and her passions to take care of this bookstore. She will go on a journey that will make her face love, grief, and acceptance. When a fab favorite romance author comes to the store for a visit, Drew accepts a My queen, Alexa Martin, knows exactly how to write perfect banter and this book will not disappoint. This is a romance that will tug at all your heartstrings. Drew is dealing (or not dealing) with grief after her grandmother passes and leaves her a bookstore. Now, Drew has uprooted her life and her passions to take care of this bookstore. She will go on a journey that will make her face love, grief, and acceptance. When a fab favorite romance author comes to the store for a visit, Drew accepts a deal with him. She’ll show him around Colorado, and he’ll recommend her a romance book that makes him think of that destination. This doesn’t have a ton of spice but it will hit you with all the feels. Alexa writes female friendships like no other author and this book will also have amazing female friendships you’ll want more of. A must read this fall!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    A woman who doesn’t read, but owns a bookstore is romanced by a male romance author? Sign me up! I honestly loved this amazing book! The characters, the story, the love, the friendships, the…every single thing (well, except for a certain family member)! Just simply a wonderful book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Santana

    Better than Fiction is a swoon-worthy new release from Alexa Martin. While this book is vastly different than her others, it is still just as amazing. Better than Fiction is about a book-hating bookstore owner who falls for an author. Along the way, they handle the heartbreak of losing a loved one and also have to make hard decisions to either persevere their legacy or to keep following their dreams. Drew was an up-and-coming photographer until her grandmother passed away and left her the Book N Better than Fiction is a swoon-worthy new release from Alexa Martin. While this book is vastly different than her others, it is still just as amazing. Better than Fiction is about a book-hating bookstore owner who falls for an author. Along the way, they handle the heartbreak of losing a loved one and also have to make hard decisions to either persevere their legacy or to keep following their dreams. Drew was an up-and-coming photographer until her grandmother passed away and left her the Book Nook. Having self-proclaimed to hate reading, Drew is going thru the daily motions of keeping her grandma's bookstore open. In walks Jasper Williams, bestselling romance novelist and honestly My NEW Book Boyfriend. Jasper comes to the Book Nook to host a book club meeting for the Dirty Birds (who I NEED in my life). Once there, his attention is clearly drawn to Drew, in the interest of spending more time with her, he asks her to show him around Colorado in exchange for helping her fall in love with books. In Better than Fiction, we fall in love with Martin's love and knowledge of Colorado nature, Jasper's willingness to express his feelings, and Drew's determination to keep her grandmother's legacy alive. Featuring some of your favorites in romance tropes, Friends to Lovers, One Bed, Forced Proximity, Better than Fiction will not disappoint!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Better Than Fiction has the unlikely couple of Jasper Williams, Author Drew Young, Mess Jasper was a perfect book boyfriend. The type of man Drew didn’t know she needed until she did. Drew reminded me of Marlee from Intercepted, the first Alexa Martin book I read and fell in love with. Witty, sassy, funny, and self deprecating, Drew in her head was like Marlee in her head and I so enjoyed being in their head space. Drew has become paralyzed in her grief for her beloved grandmother, but with the he Better Than Fiction has the unlikely couple of Jasper Williams, Author Drew Young, Mess Jasper was a perfect book boyfriend. The type of man Drew didn’t know she needed until she did. Drew reminded me of Marlee from Intercepted, the first Alexa Martin book I read and fell in love with. Witty, sassy, funny, and self deprecating, Drew in her head was like Marlee in her head and I so enjoyed being in their head space. Drew has become paralyzed in her grief for her beloved grandmother, but with the help of the Dirty Birds Book Club, bestie Elsie, newly reconnected half sister Daisy, and of course Jasper, Drew comes to terms with her grandmother’s true legacy. Which may not be the bookstore she left to Drew. Thank you NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Presley

    Okay, I thoroughly enjoyed this romp and love letter to book stores, hot authors, and the state of Colorado. Because that's what it was. Think You've Got Mail but set in Denver instead of New York City. While Drew, the main character and owner of the bookstore, didn't quite have the charm of Meg Ryan and Jackson was a bit too handsome for our Tom Hanks character, there were a lot of similarities that had me smiling my way through this story. I'm still not completely sold on these contemporary roma Okay, I thoroughly enjoyed this romp and love letter to book stores, hot authors, and the state of Colorado. Because that's what it was. Think You've Got Mail but set in Denver instead of New York City. While Drew, the main character and owner of the bookstore, didn't quite have the charm of Meg Ryan and Jackson was a bit too handsome for our Tom Hanks character, there were a lot of similarities that had me smiling my way through this story. I'm still not completely sold on these contemporary romance novels, but they have been nice, light reading during some of the most stressful, difficult times of my life as of late so I welcome them with open arms. This was one of the better ones. Definitely give it a go. P.S. Shout out to those groups of nosy, elder women in our lives that just have to get up in our business.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Trigger Warning Database

    Trigger & Content Warnings Grief & loss depiction (theme) Death of a grandmother

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