Easily One of My Favorite Reads of 2022!
Sports are not my thing. Where my talent lies is in taking normal situations and making them as awkward as possible. If awkwardness was a sport, I’d be a goddamn Olympian. It truly is a gift.
Better Than Fiction by Alexa Martin is easily a highlight of 2022 for me. A contemporary romance set in Colorado, Better Than Fiction is a story about coming to terms with grief, falling in love with someone who embraces every part of you, and learning how to let people in even if we’ve learned that it’s easier to shut them out.
Drew Young is a dynamic young woman. She’s someone that I relate to almost too well. Fiercely independent, smart, passionate, and had a close relationship with her grandmother. We meet Drew a year after her grandmother’s death. Drew has taken ownership of her grandmother’s bookstore, been befriended by her grandmother’s group of friends who have a book club nicknamed “The Dirty Birds” and has thwarted her father’s multiple attempts to sell the bookstore out from under her. I admire Drew’s tenacity. With some coaxing from her best friend Elsie, Drew has even managed to salvage a relationship with her half-sister, Daisy.
Because what did he do? Oh, that’s right. He walked into my bookstore to do a reading for an old-lady book club looking like a whole-ass glass of water—and there’s been a drought in Colorado practically my entire damn life. Damn thirst trap.
All of this to say, it’s only when author Jasper Williams walks into her store that her life truly begins to change in a way Drew hadn’t anticipated. I admired Drew prior to meeting Jasper. I adored Drew as her interactions with Jasper throughout the book made her transform into such a unique and dynamic character. Jasper as a character is the personification of male perfection written by a woman. If you can’t tell, Jasper Williams will not only challenge your favorite book boyfriend, but I have a feeling he will become your ultimate favorite. I swooned so much each time Jasper and Drew had an expedition together. Their interactions together stem from the fact that Drew is just simply not a reader. She prefers to experience the world around her. As a romance author, Jasper challenges Drew to give books a chance. Drew and Jasper work out a deal: she gives him a tour of Colorado, and in turn he introduces Drew to book worlds and experiences that would change her opinion on books.
“I do not appreciate you both being all supportive and caring.” I fan my face refusing to let a single tear fall because thugs don’t cry. “This is an attack.”
I couldn’t put Better Than Fiction down. This romance is perfectly bingeable, full of silly moments, tons of heat and passion, and speaks to themes of friendships, found families, and losing a loved one in the most earnest of ways. I loved every single moment. Better Than Fiction is easily one of the best romance books of 2022. While this was my very first introduction to Alexa Martin, it certainly won’t be the last. Better Than Fiction is available everywhere books are sold today! Happy Release Day, Alexa Martin!
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.