Weather Girl - Rachel Lynn Solomon - Keeping Up With The Penguins
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For most of us, a rainy day is an inconvenience. No chance of dry laundry or a decent hairstyle. But weather girl Ari Abrams loves rain, storms, snow – any and all weather systems are fascinating to her. Unfortunately, her job as a TV meteorologist isn’t quite working out as she’d hoped.

She just can’t seem to get her boss’s attention, let alone any productive mentoring. Terrance is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the news director Seth. Ari is still licking the wounds of her own broken engagement, and ready to write off any hopes of progressing in her career… until a disastrous workplace party introduces her to Russell, the cute but reticent sports reporter.

Russell is frustrated by the workplace sniping between Seth and Torrance, too. And he has a plan. He and Ari are going to get their bosses back together.

Weather Girl is the brilliant new romantic comedy from Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the blockbuster best-seller The Ex Talk. The wonderful folks at Penguin Random House Australia were kind enough to send me a copy for review.

I inhaled Weather Girl in one sitting. The plot is just the right level of ridiculous for a rom-com, the characters are well-developed and well-intentioned, and it has plenty of snort-laughs to offer.

Best of all, though, were the steamy and – this is key – realistic sex scenes! Honestly, I wanted to high-five Solomon through the page. For once, rom-com characters experience the actual awkwardness and anxiety of intimacy with someone new, without it ruining the vibe. Weather Girl gets five stars for that alone.

And one other lovely touch: a letter from the author in the front pages, gently explaining the novel’s trigger warnings (clinical depression and mental health struggles are a major plot point), and offering resources for those who need them.

Solomon really nailed this one, she’s a must-buy-must-read-immediately author for me now!