A Wonderful, Tension-Filled, Best Friend's Brother, Opposites Attract Romance
“I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life, but kissing Gwen is the best stupid thing I’ve ever done.”
I’m not sure what it is about Smartypants Romance authors writing romances featuring Rockstar main characters that I find myself completely over the moon for, but for whatever reason that is: keep it up. I’m a total fan!
Emma Lee Jayne is back with her second standalone romance set within The Work For It series. Smart Mouth features Gwen, Max’s lab assistant from Heart Smart and her opposites attract romance with Tom, her best friend James’ twin brother. Where Gwen pursued academia and is waiting to defend her PhD, Tom’s childhood wasn’t spent behind a desk. Instead, he was separated from his family and was one-fifth of a successful boy band—Boys of Summer.
“Tomás Mendoza isn’t Chris Evans level of hot. Chris Evans is
Tomás Mendoza levels of hot. None of which makes me feel less turmoil-y.”
Like any good romance, Gwen and Tom had a brief but instant connection as teens which left an impression on both characters. Even when life drew them apart yet again, thoughts still lingered for both. I was impressed at all the details that arose throughout Smart Mouth as more of Tom’s affections were revealed and more Gwen learned about someone she had thought was just some silly Rockstar.
I enjoyed the fact that in every instance where either character may have questioned their feelings, there was always a handful of side-characters waiting in the wings (sometimes with a pitchfork) to knock some sense into Tom or Gwen (or both). Max and Holly were a welcome addition to Smart Mouth. I loved getting to see how they were getting along after their Happily Ever After. Tom’s bandmates also played a surprisingly important role in his budding romance with Gwen, and if I could make wishes come true, I would love to get to know their stories as well.
“Not confident, merely hopeful. With you, Gwen, it’s always hope.”
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like how James’ character was going to play out, but ultimately, I found his storyline and the way it was wrapped up satisfactory in a way that didn’t hurt Tom and Gwen’s story. Tom’s intense love and affection is akin to the big romances we associate with all those classic love songs, and even if Gwen’s head and heart took a while to catch up to him, she finally got her brain on the same wavelength as her heart.
Smart Mouth is the type of book that I just absolutely sunk into. Emma Lee Jayne’s writing style is so easy to get lost in. Her storytelling is full of emotion, and her characters are equally as vibrant. Gwen and Tom’s story has the ability to make anyone swoon, and there’s nothing I love more than a good swoon! Congrats on a wonderful new release, Emma Lee Jayne!
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.