Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose #1)
Jordan Collins doesn’t need a man.What he needs is for his favorite author to release another one of her sexy supernatural novels and more people to sign up for the romance book club that he fears is slowly and steadily losing its steam. He also needs for the new employee at his local bookstore to stop making fun of him for reading things meant for “grandmas.”The very last thing he needs is for that same employee, Rex Bailey, to waltz into his living room and ask to join Meet Cute Club. Despite his immediate thoughts—like laughing in his face and telling him to kick rocks—Jordan decides that if he wants this club to continue thriving, he can’t turn away any new members. Not even ones like Rex, who somehow manage to be both frustratingly obnoxious and breathtakingly handsome.As Jordan and Rex team up to bring the club back from the ashes, Jordan soon discovers that Rex might not be the arrogant troll he made himself out to be, and that, like with all things in life, maybe he was wrong to judge a book by its cover.

Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose #1) Details

TitleMeet Cute Club (Sweet Rose #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, LGBT, GLBT, Queer, Adult

Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose #1) Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was VERY cute, y'all. It wasn't quite as smutty as I was hoping for if I'm being honest, but the banter and the adorable grandmother relationships made up for that in spades and I DEFINITELY recommend if you're looking for something fun, fast, and queer af.
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  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    this was so CUTE and exactly what I needed right nowhighly recommend if you are looking for a great m/m romance with some steam and A+ banter
  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    Could Meet Cute Club , Jack Harbon's new book, BE any more adorable?Jordan believes in happy endings. Inspired by his grandmother, he loves romance novels of all kinds. He puts his heart and soul into ensuring that the Meet Cute Club, his romance-book book club, runs smoothly, the way his grandmother's book club used to when he was younger."It was about more than the books. It was about the community surrounding them, and the interpersonal relationships that were built all because of a mutual Could Meet Cute Club , Jack Harbon's new book, BE any more adorable?Jordan believes in happy endings. Inspired by his grandmother, he loves romance novels of all kinds. He puts his heart and soul into ensuring that the Meet Cute Club, his romance-book book club, runs smoothly, the way his grandmother's book club used to when he was younger."It was about more than the books. It was about the community surrounding them, and the interpersonal relationships that were built all because of a mutual love of stories."When the new cashier at the bookstore where he buys most of his romance books mocks them as stuff grandmas would read, it gets under Jordan’s skin. But that’s precisely why Rex said those words, because he could tell how much the books meant to Jordan and he wanted to ruffle him a little bit.When Rex asks to join the Meet Cute Club, at first Jordan thinks he’s doing it as a joke, but Rex says the books—and Jordan—really interest him. Since Jordan is worried about the group losing members, he lets Rex join, and is surprised to see he actually starts enjoying the books he once mocked.Little by little, both let their guards down and their feelings for each other intensify. But life—and love—aren’t as easy as they are in books, and sometimes, a happy ending might take more work and cause more pain in real life than they do on the page.This was the perfect change of pace for me after I had read a bunch of heavier books. At first I thought the characters were going to be clichés, but there was a lot more depth to them than I expected. Meet Cute Club was fun and steamy (just two scenes, so those who are averse to steam can skim), and the M/M rom-com is a variation on the genre I’ve not read much of yet. Maybe there was something in my eye, or perhaps I’ll admit the darned book might have made me tear up as well.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • mina reads™️
    January 1, 1970
    Did Jack Harbon climb into my brain and write the romance of my dreams? yes i do believe he did.In this story we follow Jordan Collins, a young romantic with a passion for romance novels and a book club he's struggling to keep afloat. Along comes Rex, a bookseller who doesn't know how to keep his mouth shut, who teases Jordan for his reading tastes. Rex decides to not judge a book by it's cover and joins Jordan's Meet Cute Club to get closer to his bookstore's cutest patron and learn what romanc Did Jack Harbon climb into my brain and write the romance of my dreams? yes i do believe he did.In this story we follow Jordan Collins, a young romantic with a passion for romance novels and a book club he's struggling to keep afloat. Along comes Rex, a bookseller who doesn't know how to keep his mouth shut, who teases Jordan for his reading tastes. Rex decides to not judge a book by it's cover and joins Jordan's Meet Cute Club to get closer to his bookstore's cutest patron and learn what romance is all about.THIS WAS SO ADORABLE!!! It gave me all of the feelings and left me swooning left and right. I think if you enjoyed the bromance book club you will enjoy this, it has that wonderfully meta love for, and discussion of, the romance genre that I really appreciated in the bromance book club. I truly could not stop smiling while reading . Jordan and Rex just had such wonderful, realistic chemistry and their bond felt so incredibly sweet. They just had such a healthy, stress free dynamic and I couldn't help but stan. I laughed all throughout this book and it was such a joy to read. The romance was amazing but so were the subplots about the familial relationships, Rex is dealing with the death of his beloved grandmother and also has a beautiful relationship with his younger sister, while Jordan has such a fun dynamic with his grandmother. This book also features my favorite grand romantic gesture I've ever read, it was pitch perfect. This was short, corny in all the best ways and so incredibly heartfelt. 4.5 stars. Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. Pre-release thoughts: LOOK AT THIS COVER!!!!! SMALL TOWN MLM ROMANCE!!!! BOOK CLUBS!!!! IDK BUT IT SOUNDS GREAT AHHHHHHH
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  • Talia Hibbert
    January 1, 1970
    This enemies-to-lovers romance between a romance-addict and a cynic is SUPER CUTE, a la early-2000s TV & film romcoms. I love books about books, so reading a hero like Jordan, who's so devoted to romance and runs a book club, already ticked a ton of my boxes.Then there's Rex, the arsehole bookseller who essentially prods Jordan because he has a crush. If you like the whole tormentative bad boy with a heart of gold trope, you will fall head over heels for these two just like I did. (Sidenote: aut This enemies-to-lovers romance between a romance-addict and a cynic is SUPER CUTE, a la early-2000s TV & film romcoms. I love books about books, so reading a hero like Jordan, who's so devoted to romance and runs a book club, already ticked a ton of my boxes.Then there's Rex, the arsehole bookseller who essentially prods Jordan because he has a crush. If you like the whole tormentative bad boy with a heart of gold trope, you will fall head over heels for these two just like I did. (Sidenote: autocorrect claims tormentative is not a word, but tell that to my grandma.)Speaking of grandmas, I was thrilled when these heroes bonded over their love of the strong women in their life. Rex's grief arc after the loss of his grandmother really hit me in the feels, and I loved Jordan's friendship with his grandma. There was just so much to get soft and fuzzy for in this book. So. Much. It was wonderful!
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  • Aoife - Bookish_Babbling
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to love this, I mean check out that cover, it is so aesthetically pleasing to my superficial af illustrative cover-loving self 😍 (yes I judge romcoms by their covers...plz don't judge me tho 😅)This was set up to be a successful read, a book club setting & opposites-attract is right up there alongside enemies-to-lovers as a trope I'm here for. But it sadly ever so slightly missed the mark for me this time 😕The pacing was off, yes this is a shorter book clocking in under 200pgs and the au I wanted to love this, I mean check out that cover, it is so aesthetically pleasing to my superficial af illustrative cover-loving self 😍 (yes I judge romcoms by their covers...plz don't judge me tho 😅)This was set up to be a successful read, a book club setting & opposites-attract is right up there alongside enemies-to-lovers as a trope I'm here for. But it sadly ever so slightly missed the mark for me this time 😕The pacing was off, yes this is a shorter book clocking in under 200pgs and the author ambitiously tackles different topics with familial subplots but it just left the MC interactions feeling rushed & forced. There is no real time for them to oppose one another but I cannot say they don't attract 😉 I will give them kudos for adorkable bookish interactions & that library date was #bookwormswoonMaybe I need a bit more of a slow burn read...but not too slow either bring on steam & angst! #fussyThere was also an awkward jumping back and forth between the MCs PoV within the same chapter which I found kind of jarring & disjointed. I do love dual perspective reads but this would jump PoV from one paragraph to the next and that was rather disorienting. Although I did notice it a little less towards the end of the book...but it was deffo hella annoying at the start.Now for the things I did like, as always the side characters! These were fun additions especially Amy, Sherleen, Omar & the book club members. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the MCs, they too had entertainingly snarky interactions and I deffo had a lot of fun with many of this authors word choices and turns of phrase. Either I've a dirty mind (highly likely) or he sneakily slid in some seriously tongue in cheek phrasing which had me rereading & questioning whether I was reading more than what was on the page ((view spoiler)[cucumber (hide spoiler)] legit made me lol) but by the time I got to the petrol station names I was pretty sure I wasn't imagining things and I greatly admired the way he snuck many "double entendres" into the text for other questionably minded souls like myself 😅Between this book & Changing Lanes, methinks I need to frequent more small town bookstores to happen upon a sexy tattooed bearded hottie *whistles*This was deff a fast fluffy read & I'm all for supporting moar diversity in books with awesome covers 😎 I am also curious as to who might be the MC(s) in future books...my money is on Amy or Lana with preference for the latter. No offence at all to Amy, she's adorbs but Lana seems delightfully eccentric & cooky 🤗
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  • Fabian
    January 1, 1970
    I was luckly sent an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review and gurl you better believe imma being honest, bc ain't nobody got time for liesSo hear me out y'all. Yeah Jack Harbon did not reinvent the wheel of rom-coms with this book, but to me personally - he broke it. In the best way possible.Okay so yeah, this book is tropey. It's cringy at times and the plot itself is as formularic as every other rom-com you can imgine. To me though, that's just how the romance genre works. I feel I was luckly sent an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review and gurl you better believe imma being honest, bc ain't nobody got time for liesSo hear me out y'all. Yeah Jack Harbon did not reinvent the wheel of rom-coms with this book, but to me personally - he broke it. In the best way possible.Okay so yeah, this book is tropey. It's cringy at times and the plot itself is as formularic as every other rom-com you can imgine. To me though, that's just how the romance genre works. I feel like there is this fear in gay men (at least I for sure feel it all the time), to write happy, funny, cute and sexy romance books about gay dudes. Because I think we (aka the gays) are drilled to believe that our stories are only of value, if they feature our pain and/or trauma. That if we just write a fluffy story bursting with gay energy/culture we're seen as less credibile. Because queer men get held to a higher standard, when it comes to telling their stories. We have to work as twice as hard to even get published and then still have to work our asses of, to get any kind of recognition and attention. Just then get sent to the house when another Rainbow Rowell comes around, because she thinks it's up to her to give the gays everything they want.And even though there is a rise of queer (ownvoices) stories in publishing (and across all media), it's still, up to this day, mostly (cishet) women, who get to tell queer guys stories. Especially the cute, sexy, rom-com ones. So for Jack Harbon to basically reclaim these types of stories for queer men, feels effing empowering to me. And I can't even imagine how empowering it must be for queer Black guys, to see themselves represented in a book like this.To me this is much more important than some "technical shortcomings" in the writing or the plot etc. Jack Harbon is a great writer, I loved this book. I love Jordan and Rex and I can't wait to see what the authors is going to do next in this series.
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  • lazybookconqueror
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsMeet Cute Club could be a template for everything that I want in Contemporary Romance: Extremely swoony, but real and believable - With the representation the genre so badly needs and written with wittiness and care. Jordan is in love with his romance novels, especially the ones by his favorite author Patricia Hayes. This passion started with his grandma, the queen of romance book clubs in his eyes, and now he has taken it upon himself to keep the tradition going. He started the Meet Cu 4.5 StarsMeet Cute Club could be a template for everything that I want in Contemporary Romance: Extremely swoony, but real and believable - With the representation the genre so badly needs and written with wittiness and care. Jordan is in love with his romance novels, especially the ones by his favorite author Patricia Hayes. This passion started with his grandma, the queen of romance book clubs in his eyes, and now he has taken it upon himself to keep the tradition going. He started the Meet Cute Club and makes sure that everything in all meetings is picture-perfect - from scented candles, fluffy pillows and homemade cupcakes. But somehow, he keeps losing members, and if he doesn't figure out how to engage new people, the club will be dead soon enough.Rex just wanted a temporary job close to his temporary home. He lost his grandma a few months back and is now responsible for clearing out her house - something that his father should clearly do, but they have a complicated relationship. Rex is used from bouncing from place to place, but he didn't think that working at the local bookshop he would meet a type A incredibly infuriating yet absurdly cute guy buying a stack of romance books.I loved Jordan and Rex's dynamic. Their romance was so real, I felt like I was listening to the story of how two friends met. Yet, their chemistry was great and adorable. This book is swoony AF and I just couldn't put it down.So, let's do a recap. Meet Cute Club:📚 Is meta📚 Shows so much love for grandmas I immediately called mine after reading it.📚 Portrays a healthy and believable relationship.📚Will make you swoon, cry, and laugh in just a few hours like a crazy, happy, weirdo.ALSO, this book has probably my favorite Grand Gesture scene of ALL TIME. Honestly, if somebody did that for me IRL I would transform into a magical unicorn and disappear into the universe having achieved the ultimate status of happiness.So, why did I give this 4.5 Stars? Because I just needed more tension at the beginning between Jordan and Rex. This isn't an enemies-to-lovers, more of an opposites-attract, and that's ok - BUT from the meet-cute to a sorta relationship things happen too quickly and smoothly. I wanted more push and pull from both in the beginning so that their relationship could be more high stakes. And I say that because their banter was on point and I just wanted more of it.This book was on my radar for a while, but it's my first from Jack Harbon - I will definitely keep an eye on his future projects and will certainly have a look into his backlist.Update: just realized that this is a series and I'm thriving 🥳😍This was an ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever read a book which you wanted to DNF a book after reading the first line?Yes, this is that ultimate one for me.Never have I ever gave up on a book so fast!Why did the book have to start like that?The premise sounds so cute and warm.Guess it's just not about the cringy first sentence. I read a few more pages and yes, the book starts with an intimate scene. And it's not the characters who you want to be. And I don't think the writing style is for me. And the characters seem a little t Have you ever read a book which you wanted to DNF a book after reading the first line?Yes, this is that ultimate one for me.Never have I ever gave up on a book so fast!Why did the book have to start like that?The premise sounds so cute and warm.Guess it's just not about the cringy first sentence. I read a few more pages and yes, the book starts with an intimate scene. And it's not the characters who you want to be. And I don't think the writing style is for me. And the characters seem a little too clichè. The dialogues were really cringy. I don't know about the rest of the book. But that first few pages gave me the 'erotica-gone-cringy-wrong' thing. I can bear cringy characters but I just cannot bear predictable writing that makes adult characters act like middle grades. Sad that I couldn't just have more patience to try out this one as it's about books and queer romance!I wish I really could read the first few chapters without getting annoyed. No. I am so running far away from this one.
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  • Meags
    January 1, 1970
    3 StarsThe Meet Cute Club is an enemies-to-lovers romantic-comedy, following two men who make an unlikely but endearing match within the setting of a romance-themed book club.Jordan Collins is a lover of romance novels. He’s shy and a bit introverted, and has a high-strung personality, liking everything to be just so. He spends his free time reading every romantic story he can get his hands on, and who can blame him—life is always better with books! (A sentiment we here on GR can probably all ag 3 StarsThe Meet Cute Club is an enemies-to-lovers romantic-comedy, following two men who make an unlikely but endearing match within the setting of a romance-themed book club.Jordan Collins is a lover of romance novels. He’s shy and a bit introverted, and has a high-strung personality, liking everything to be just so. He spends his free time reading every romantic story he can get his hands on, and who can blame him—life is always better with books! (A sentiment we here on GR can probably all agree with). Rhett ‘Rex’ Bailey is Jordan’s polar opposite when it comes down to personality and reading preferences. He’s cool and confident; he rides a motorcycle and lives life to his fullest. After returning to Sweet Rose, Oklahoma, to sort out his recently deceased Nan’s estate, Rex takes a job working at Jordan’s favourite bookstore, quickly meeting Jordan and sparking a keen interest in the tightly-strung romance lover.Joining Jordan’s book club—the Meet Cute Club—Rex finds an excuse to spend more time with Jordan, finding joy in teasing him over all sorts of quirks and obsessions. Soon enough, the two men become friends and then lovers, but Rex never planned on being back in town for long, so planting roots and building something worthwhile with Jordan was never in the cards. But how can he pass up the chance to be a part of something that feels so right?This story wasn’t quite the MM romantic comedy I hoped it would be. It was a solid read, no doubt—one worthy of three GR stars—but my expectations may have set me up for slight disappointment, if truth be told.I was initially sucked in by the synopsis, being predisposed to enjoy romcoms, and being intrigued by the book club setting this story was promising. Unfortunately, the romcom themes played out a little too cliched and predictable to me, but I guess that’s often par of the course with this type of story.I’ll admit, though, that my biggest issues revolved around the writing itself. I had a hard time with the POV changes, which I found to be quite jarring, and I felt the dialogue to be stilted in parts. There were also a handful of bloopers/inconsistencies that threw me out of the story—and I’m nothing if not a stickler for details so when one detail of a story doesn’t line up with something mentioned later on, it annoys me to no end. (view spoiler)[For example, in one part of the book Rex says his nan died at age seventy-three, but later on, when he’s looking at photos of her, he mentions that she made it into her eighties. And at the very start of the book Rex seemingly knew Jordan’s name, without ever having been introduced. These may be small things to some, but for me they were enough to niggle heavily in the back of my mind throughout my reading experience. (hide spoiler)]Most disheartening is the fact that I never warmed to Rex. He came across as a bit too condescending, even mean at times, in his teasing of Jordan—and not in a fun, enemies-to-lovers, he’s more than he seems, kind of way, that I’d often enjoy in many other books of this nature. To me, Rex remained largely unlikeable for the majority of the book, and an unlikeable romantic lead, where I’m concerned, is a major mood killer when reading (or watching) a romcom.On the favourable side, I loved the diversity of cast, particularly where Jordan and Rex’s non-contentious interracial relationship was concerned. I also appreciated that this was largely a feel-good story, with little in the way of angst and unnecessary drama—besides that typical romcom relationship snafu in the final quarter, which was to be expected following a formulaic romantic comedy narrative.Overall, this wasn’t my biggest win this year in gay romance, but it was definitely memorable enough to make me consider trying more from this new-to-me author in the future.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    2.75/5 StarsThis was a fun short book. I appreciated how it talked about romance books and how much Jordan, the main character, likes them and has a passion for them that he's ready to defend with all his heart. The storyline was very fast paced and the thing I didn't really like was the fight they had, it was a bit abrupt for my taste. Also, I would have liked to see more interactions between Jordan and Rex, we are told they constantly exchange messages and I feel like that was an active part o 2.75/5 StarsThis was a fun short book. I appreciated how it talked about romance books and how much Jordan, the main character, likes them and has a passion for them that he's ready to defend with all his heart. The storyline was very fast paced and the thing I didn't really like was the fight they had, it was a bit abrupt for my taste. Also, I would have liked to see more interactions between Jordan and Rex, we are told they constantly exchange messages and I feel like that was an active part of their relationship and that it was essential to them growing close, but we saw none of them and that was a shame.
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  • Teal
    January 1, 1970
    No.DNF @ 3%, with extreme prejudice.This author and I are not meant to be, and he goes right onto my No list. If I want to read explicit m/f sex scenes, I'll... I'll... I know what! I'll read an m/f romance. Yeah, that's the ticket!But I don't. Want that. And I sure as hell don't want it in the m/m romance I read. What a way to start off a book.😡
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  • Connor
    January 1, 1970
    [3.5 Stars] This is a very cute story, like the title would suggest. I think it could have benefited from showing the two main characters hanging out more so that we got to see how strong their connection is, outside of the book club. But I found myself smiling while reading the ending anyway, so there's that.This book is written in third person close, but it kept jumping back and forth between the two characters without any indication that it's happening. I wish there were something like extra [3.5 Stars] This is a very cute story, like the title would suggest. I think it could have benefited from showing the two main characters hanging out more so that we got to see how strong their connection is, outside of the book club. But I found myself smiling while reading the ending anyway, so there's that.This book is written in third person close, but it kept jumping back and forth between the two characters without any indication that it's happening. I wish there were something like extra spaces between paragraphs before it shifted. Regardless, I had a great time reading this mm romance. I'm still shocked that it turns out that I like romance books. I guess in that way, I related to Rex in this!
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 4.5 starsMeet Cute Club is a funny, charming M/M opposites attract romance, plus meta love letter to the romance genre, a la The Bromance Book Club. It's a fun and often adorable love story, but also a refreshing offering that pushes back on traditional ideas of romance as a genre primarily written by white women for white women, including M/M romances. Meet Cute Club asserts that romance is and should be a genre for everyone, regardless of race, sexuality, or gender. Jordan Colli Actual Rating: 4.5 starsMeet Cute Club is a funny, charming M/M opposites attract romance, plus meta love letter to the romance genre, a la The Bromance Book Club. It's a fun and often adorable love story, but also a refreshing offering that pushes back on traditional ideas of romance as a genre primarily written by white women for white women, including M/M romances. Meet Cute Club asserts that romance is and should be a genre for everyone, regardless of race, sexuality, or gender. Jordan Collins is a nerdy, gay Black guy who runs a romance book club, loves reading romance, and is generally super adorable. While purchasing a stack of books for his club, a new (and attractive) bookstore employee named Rex teases him about reading "grandma" books and Jordan is not having it. After standing up for his beloved books, the last thing he wants is Rex walking into the next meeting of the Meet Cute Club, romance novel in hand. Rex has tattoos, a motorcycle, and a complicated past, but is also kind of a secret softy. Sparks begin to fly, along with the banter. Also I was LIVING for the date Rex plans to the library where he reveals his secret guilty reading pleasure! Way too adorable. In general, this book was just funny and adorable, with references that romance readers will appreciate. It also gets a bit steamy and includes two more explicit sex scenes, but this is definitely a plot and character-focused story. Speaking of which, there are charming side characters, including Jordan's hilarious grandmother. I hope we get to read more in this small-town series! I received an advance copy of this book for review from the author. All opinions are my own.
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  • My_Strange_Reading
    January 1, 1970
    DNF 35%. The characters were paper-thin. The writing was very juvenile in my opinion and there was just no depth/chemistry or real passion. I was disappointed because I have BINGING AWAY on chick-lit but this just really didn’t have any substance. 🤷🏻‍♀️
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  • Norah Una Sumner
    January 1, 1970
    yes hi hello this sounds amazing i'm so excited yes hi hello this sounds amazing i'm so excited
  • Ben Howard
    January 1, 1970
    3.5* Ths book was like it's title suggests; cute.Jordan has a romance book club called "Meet Cute Club". Rex loves to get under Jordan's skin, calling the books he reads 'grandma books'.The two have good banter. Rex joins the book club and the two begin to develope a relationship.The ending was cute but it kind of came out of nowhere, with no explanation of how Rex pulled it off.Interested in the next book, but it's not at the top of my list. I wonder who it'll follow?
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  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    January 1, 1970
    So I read this on KU and was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it! A simple, sweet and at times, emotional read following book lover Jordan who runs his own romance book club from his house and on picking up books for the club, he meets new store employee Rex who at first is a little bit of a jerk. However, both of them soon learn that maybe there is some sweet chemistry there for them...This is an ownvoices M/M Romance and definitely one of the better ones that I've been able to find. I lo So I read this on KU and was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it! A simple, sweet and at times, emotional read following book lover Jordan who runs his own romance book club from his house and on picking up books for the club, he meets new store employee Rex who at first is a little bit of a jerk. However, both of them soon learn that maybe there is some sweet chemistry there for them...This is an ownvoices M/M Romance and definitely one of the better ones that I've been able to find. I loved Jordan's relationship with his grandma, she really motivated and believed in him which I appreciated. The ending was heartwarming and cute. Hope to read some books written by Jack soon.
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  • Nev
    January 1, 1970
    Such an adorable romance. Jordan is determined to keep his romance book club going strong. When the new cashier at the bookstore insults his reading choices Jordan is furious. But when Rex decides to join the Meet Cute Club, sparks begin to fly between the two men. This is mainly just a very sweet story about two guys falling in love and defending romance books. While there are a few steamy scenes, they aren’t really the focus of the book. Because it’s such a short book I think that sometimes th Such an adorable romance. Jordan is determined to keep his romance book club going strong. When the new cashier at the bookstore insults his reading choices Jordan is furious. But when Rex decides to join the Meet Cute Club, sparks begin to fly between the two men. This is mainly just a very sweet story about two guys falling in love and defending romance books. While there are a few steamy scenes, they aren’t really the focus of the book. Because it’s such a short book I think that sometimes things seemed a little bit rushed. Also, Jordan’s backstory and family felt a little bit underdeveloped in comparison with Rex. This wasn’t life-changing or mind-blowing, but it was a fun, quick read.
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  • K.
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger warnings: child neglect (in the past), shitty parenting, mentions of homophobiaI am deeply sad about this being a three star book for me, because Own Voices M/M romance adult books aren't easy to find in my experience and this sounded so stinking cute. But unfortunately, this just didn't work for me. Part of the problem is that it's under 190 pages, and so the relationship didn't feel entirely authentic because they go from not knowing each other at all to OMG TOGETHER 4EVA in such a sho Trigger warnings: child neglect (in the past), shitty parenting, mentions of homophobiaI am deeply sad about this being a three star book for me, because Own Voices M/M romance adult books aren't easy to find in my experience and this sounded so stinking cute. But unfortunately, this just didn't work for me. Part of the problem is that it's under 190 pages, and so the relationship didn't feel entirely authentic because they go from not knowing each other at all to OMG TOGETHER 4EVA in such a short space of time. There were elements of the story that felt.....very fan fiction-y to me, and not in a good way. The writing was slightly clunky for me, and I just didn't quite buy the chemistry between the characters. Plus, I have to say, a weekly book club sounds EXHAUSTING, even if the books in question are romance books. And the fact that Jackson gets all butthurt about people not coming every single week? Duuuuuude. People have lives outside of their book clubs. Chill. That being said, I loved how close both the protagonists were to their grandmothers. So. *shrug*
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  • Tee
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsHi I love this story! It made me warm and happy and I can't wait for it's release so everyone else gets to feel warm and happy too!A small town romance with a bookclub, sweet grandmas, and hot boys I really don't know what more we want out of this life??I really enjoyed the dynamic between Jordan and Rex - it was lighthearted and filled with teasing that never felt out of line or borderline mean. They kind of just fit with each other and knew how to read the other and were supporting an 4.5 starsHi I love this story! It made me warm and happy and I can't wait for it's release so everyone else gets to feel warm and happy too!A small town romance with a bookclub, sweet grandmas, and hot boys I really don't know what more we want out of this life??I really enjoyed the dynamic between Jordan and Rex - it was lighthearted and filled with teasing that never felt out of line or borderline mean. They kind of just fit with each other and knew how to read the other and were supporting and caring and I loved so much about it. The characters felt genuine with realistic wants and fears and ways of expressing them. The book felt full with care.Harbon does a really great job at switching the perspectives in the middle of conversations and situations that never felt confusing but always let us know how each character was feeling. It truly felt like watching a movie unfold in my head and now I'm desperate to have that movie in real life. Meet Cute Club also has one of the best grand gestures I have ever known and all others now and will forever pale in comparison!I would be remiss to not mention that there are casual mentions of the Black main character's hair texture and the products he uses and I've never seen that in a book before but I'm so happy I now have. It means a lot to me. This is a short, and fun reading and I will most likely be revisiting it whenever I need a satisfying feel-good moment.I received a free e-copy of Meet Cute Club in exchange for an honest and fair review. This in no way affects my opinions and views.
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  • Ana
    January 1, 1970
    This is fucking ADORABLE. Honestly the cutest damn book i have ever read. I loved the characters, especially their banter. I thought the dialogues were great. I laughed out loud several times and I also truly felt for Jordan. I loved the writing style. It was very predictable though, it uses a very common trope, but then again, what romance doesnt?? It was too short, i would have read 1000 pages about Jordan and his quirky personality and Rex’s sense of humor. Definitely the perfect book to take This is fucking ADORABLE. Honestly the cutest damn book i have ever read. I loved the characters, especially their banter. I thought the dialogues were great. I laughed out loud several times and I also truly felt for Jordan. I loved the writing style. It was very predictable though, it uses a very common trope, but then again, what romance doesnt?? It was too short, i would have read 1000 pages about Jordan and his quirky personality and Rex’s sense of humor. Definitely the perfect book to take your mind off of things right now 😊 Cant wait to read the sequel!
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  • rach
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Just what the doctor ordered baby. First off the cover is literal porn, it's incredible. Second of all I loved BOTH the mc's, equally!! This has never happened to me before, am amazed. Fr though, this book so sweet, and exactly what I needed in this pressing time. Rex is my new book boyfriend, he's such a sweetheart, everything about him and his relationship with his little sister Amy made me melt.I want s I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Just what the doctor ordered baby. First off the cover is literal porn, it's incredible. Second of all I loved BOTH the mc's, equally!! This has never happened to me before, am amazed. Fr though, this book so sweet, and exactly what I needed in this pressing time. Rex is my new book boyfriend, he's such a sweetheart, everything about him and his relationship with his little sister Amy made me melt.I want someone to care about me the way Jordan cares about this book club (I'm officially a fan of bookish romances now.) Would have liked a little bit more fleshing out of other side characters but other than that like Jordan's grandma was the cutest as well. The two had proper good flirty banter going on, i'm always a slut for flirty banter, and the chemistry was there! (view spoiler)[ also i'm a big fan of grand gestures and Rex really pulled a Ryan tubs there for us all at the end what a king (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[ The diary entries Rex read that were written by his nanny made me emotional and I don't understand what it is with books throwing in letters written by dead loved ones making me cry (hide spoiler)]Also this is A SERIES, finally some good fuckin food
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  • N.C. Moon
    January 1, 1970
    THIS IS SO CUTE I CAN'T
  • Abhay
    January 1, 1970
    the premise is everything i want from a book like this AND it's ownvoices, but the writing is just not good. it took a good amount of effort for me to stop rolling my eyes and finish the damn book.
  • b.andherbooks
    January 1, 1970
    Jordan Collins is struggling to make his case for a raise at the job he doesn't exactly love but is stable and pays the bills as he also struggles to keep his beloved romance reading book club afloat. Members are leaving and the one bright spot in his week besides visiting his beloved grandmother in her senior community is at risk of ending in a fizzle.It doesn't help the new part time bookseller at Jordan's local indie bookstore is both cute AND a jerk, heckling him about the stack of romances Jordan Collins is struggling to make his case for a raise at the job he doesn't exactly love but is stable and pays the bills as he also struggles to keep his beloved romance reading book club afloat. Members are leaving and the one bright spot in his week besides visiting his beloved grandmother in her senior community is at risk of ending in a fizzle.It doesn't help the new part time bookseller at Jordan's local indie bookstore is both cute AND a jerk, heckling him about the stack of romances he's buying for the book club. But Jordan is no romance reading newbie, and he's reading to give Rex the what for.Rex Bailey is only in town to pack up and sell his recently deceased grandmother's home but is surprised the uptight yet sexy Jordan is giving him hell. There's only one thing to be done, Rex decides to show up at the next Meet Cute Club meeting.As Rex and Jordan begin a tentative friendship and eventually start dating, they'll both need to confront the challenges holding back their futures.Well this was just so a balm to my romance reader soul. Where's my local Meet Cute Club?! Every town should have one.Rex is quite sarcastic, which took me a minute to settle in to, but he quickly grew on me. Jordan was my fav and his relationship with his grandmother is lovely to see, especially since Jordan struggled with how she initially belittled him while he was growing up and it took some time for their relationship to heal and become what it is after he came out.There was some confusing head hopping during one of the sex scenes, I mostly knew who's head I was in, but the rest of the story did not utilize this narrative device so it did take me a little out of the story. That said this was delightful and poignant and I want more.The author has a full list of CWs included in the first pages of the book - "alcohol/drug use/abuse, mentions of child neglect, mentions homophobia, mentions of diets/retching, on-page sex scenes"Thank you to the author for the review copy.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    The main conflict of this book is that a book club’s numbers are dwindling. That is exactly the kind of romance we all need right now. Jordan is the leader of a romance book club in his small town, and he’s doing everything he can to keep it going, including buying all the books for the group himself. He’s a frequent shopper at his local bookstore and is dismayed when Rex, a recent hire at the store, makes fun of him for his reading choices. Jordan, full of righteous indignation, tells Rex off, The main conflict of this book is that a book club’s numbers are dwindling. That is exactly the kind of romance we all need right now. Jordan is the leader of a romance book club in his small town, and he’s doing everything he can to keep it going, including buying all the books for the group himself. He’s a frequent shopper at his local bookstore and is dismayed when Rex, a recent hire at the store, makes fun of him for his reading choices. Jordan, full of righteous indignation, tells Rex off, but for some reason can’t stop thinking about the motorcycle-riding jerk—especially when Rex shows up at the next book club meeting and asks to join. I’m probably telling on myself if I admit I related strongly to uptight Jordan, who is so earnest he can’t tell at first that Rex is poking at him just to get a reaction. But how satisfying to see him paired up with someone who will push his buttons and gently challenge him in the right ways. Watching him loosen up and have fun gave me all the good feels.
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  • TheEuphoricZat
    January 1, 1970
    This is a solid 4-star fluffy non-stressful book. I just realized that I don't think I have ever read a romance book that is written by a male author. I need more of this.Here we follow Jordan who is a romance novel reader and he is a member of a book club where he and his friends/ club members read romance books. However, he has been footing the bills for the failing club and the continued exit of the member has him disheartened. So one day when he is at a book shop looking for the next book th This is a solid 4-star fluffy non-stressful book. I just realized that I don't think I have ever read a romance book that is written by a male author. I need more of this.Here we follow Jordan who is a romance novel reader and he is a member of a book club where he and his friends/ club members read romance books. However, he has been footing the bills for the failing club and the continued exit of the member has him disheartened. So one day when he is at a book shop looking for the next book tho be read by the book club he meets Rex. Rex turns his nose up at Jordan's reading taste but Jordan sassy attitude has him hooked and he wants to know more about Jordan.So, of course, he shows up at Jordan's house asking to be allowed to join the book club, and as you can expect Jordan is suspicious but he doesn't turn Rex's fine ass aways and soon they are banging like bunnies.There is a lot more packed into this rather short book as we see the main characters deal with homophobia, loss, and heartbreak. I just like this book because it didn't waste time pulling the story, it was straight to the point just like I love my romance stories.
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  • hima ☾
    January 1, 1970
    an enemies-to-lovers romcom starring jordan collins, hopeless romantic, whose pride and joy is his book club (which is falling apart)—and rhett "rex" bailey, the rude employee at the local bookstore. ◦ i wanted to like this!! so much!! i honestly think i'm being generous with the rating because it! was!! supposed!! to be!! amazing! and then it just wasn't.◦ what killed me right off the bat was the writing. i wasn't expecting it to be sophisticated—but it's pretty juvenile, with a lot of jordan's an enemies-to-lovers romcom starring jordan collins, hopeless romantic, whose pride and joy is his book club (which is falling apart)—and rhett "rex" bailey, the rude employee at the local bookstore. ◦ i wanted to like this!! so much!! i honestly think i'm being generous with the rating because it! was!! supposed!! to be!! amazing! and then it just wasn't.◦ what killed me right off the bat was the writing. i wasn't expecting it to be sophisticated—but it's pretty juvenile, with a lot of jordan's inner monologue sounding a bit like a really long tumblr post. it did stop grating on me after a while, which is. good.◦ the pacing of rex and jordan's relationship is way off; we never actually see the process of them falling in love—so it seems especially sudden when they're completely smitten with each other so quick.◦ but i think the issue in general is that this book is too short, and trying to cram too many things into less than two-hundred pages. it needs more flesh, more body; it's got potential, but never quite comes to fruition, which is so disappointing. there's the fact that the characters fall on the flat side, but also—part of the charm of a small-town setting is having the town embodied as a thing with life and character of its own, and i never felt like i really got to know sweet rose. ◦ still, i thought it was a really cute read. i absolutely loved the whole beloved-book-club-in-shambles thing, i enjoyed the family bits, and rex and jordan—despite falling too fast for my tastes—are very sweet together, although the chemistry between them wasn't exactly palpable. overall i'd say it was... fine.◦ 2.5 stars, rounded up!
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  • ༚༅༚˳hiba˳༚༅༚
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis is an ownvoices m/m sugary sweet romance starring a Black main character and this fact alone should make you want to pick up this book. Sadly, POC authors continue to be pushed aside in a genre dominated by white cishet women and I love how this story appears to reclaim the romance genre truly being for everyone; in this case, a sweet, nerdy, anxious Black gay man in love with the idea of love but never having really experienced it for himself...until he meets his total opposite. I 3.5 starsThis is an ownvoices m/m sugary sweet romance starring a Black main character and this fact alone should make you want to pick up this book. Sadly, POC authors continue to be pushed aside in a genre dominated by white cishet women and I love how this story appears to reclaim the romance genre truly being for everyone; in this case, a sweet, nerdy, anxious Black gay man in love with the idea of love but never having really experienced it for himself...until he meets his total opposite. It's a soft and adorable story, perfect for a quick and happy read. The grand gesture at the end might be the best one I've ever read. Yes, there are technical issues with this book; random and jarring POV switches, side characters not having much to them (except for the amazing grandma), and the relationship could have used more depth and buildup. But in the end, this book did what it came to do and did so very effectively. I'm looking forward to reading more from Jack Harbon.
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