Happy Friday! I don’t have any big plans for the weekend. Mostly I’m going to try to stay cool. We have a cool front that supposed to move in on Monday, so I’m SUPER excited about that. Do y’all have any special plans for the weekend?
Smart Mouth is the sixth book that I completed for #TropeAthon. It fulfills the brother’s best friend, unrequited love, and celebrity prompts.
There are lots of assumptions people make about rockstars. Shallow. Player. Addict. The truth? I’m none of those.
The even bigger truth…the only opinion I care about is her’s and she hates me. Her as in Gwen Matthews, my twin brother’s best friend, the unrequited love of my life. She thinks I’m a liar and a jerk which is why I pretend to be my brother when she needs help one night.
Except Gwen is a genius. Literally. So it doesn’t take her long to figure out it’s me and not my brother, but maybe, just maybe, she’s willing to give me a second chance. Because maybe when she looks at me, she only sees a rockstar with her best friend’s face, but when I look at her, I see my other half. She centers me in a way that no rhythm or line of lyric ever could.
I have three priorities in life at the moment: finish my research, defend my dissertation, and get my Ph.D., so that I can actually figure out what I’m supposed to do with my life. Tom Mendoza won’t help me achieve any of those things. Yet I can’t help the sudden feeling that I’ve been completely wrong about him all this time.
The day we first met when we were both teenagers, I saw a glimpse of a sweet, funny boy that felt very much like a kindred spirit; awkward and full of energy and dreams. But that guy seemed to disappear and in his place was this stereotypical stupidly hot rock star that did not make sense in my world.
Being a scientist means being willing to admit when you’re wrong and reevaluating everything. I might not understand much about human behavior, but I can clearly see the tender underbelly that Tom protects. The subtle rituals he uses to stave off his anxiety. Yes, he’s ridiculously hot, but his soul just might be more beautiful than his face and I’m not sure what to do with that.
Especially when I find out that he’s in love with me.
‘Smart Mouth’ is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #4 in the Work For It series, Educated Romance World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
Gwen won me over right from the start with her love for Monty Python and the Holy Grail and her desire to eat Reese’s the way they’re supposed to be eaten. I loved her quirkiness and nerdiness. I could so relate to her. And she’s studying some of the same things my son is, so that was a bonus.
You can feel Gwen’s connection to Tom from day one together. Too bad those shared feelings were thwarted with lies. Twelve years later and Tom is no longer a part of the boy band that made him famous, but he’s still holding on to feelings for Gwen after all this time.
Tom is a total sweetheart, and my heart totally went out to him. He’d been pushed into his life without ever really having a say. And to make matters worse, it was the life his twin had wanted creating lots of problems for them. Tom has done his best to be thankful, but he’s carrying around a lot of anxiety.
As the story progresses, Gwen struggles a lot with insecurities.
Tom is platinum records. I’m potting soil.
Tom sees Gwen as both beautiful and brilliant, though. And Gwen quickly wins over Tom’s cantankerous neighbor, Farmer Newland Rodgers, who is beyond entertaining and full of wisdom.
The book ended a little too abruptly for me, and I totally wanted an epilogue. But, if you’re into smart, quirky characters, musicians, or unrequited love, then you should definitely check this out! Tom and Qwen both had my heart. 4.5 Stars
Have you read Smart Mouth? I realized when going over the TropeAthon tropes that I don’t read a lot of unrequited love stories, though I really enjoy them. Have a rec for me?