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Monday, January 27, 2020

This Book Owns My Whole Heart: Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

LOVE LETTERING

by Kate Clayborn
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Publication Date: December 31st 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷✷
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Man, this book. THIS BOOK. I've known that Kate Clayborn is an incredibly talented author ever since I read her debut, but Love Lettering was a whole other level of talent. Every word of this story was woven so meticulously!

Kate Clayborn always writes characters whose every emotion touches my soul. Meg is a lovely, very introspective woman who has made a career out of hand-lettering. Her talent and social media popularity have put her in the running to design a new line of planners. Dear Meg, however, is missing her inspiration. Enter Reed. An equally introspective and intelligent man who decodes a message Meg left his wedding program that she designed, predicting the failure of his marriage. I loved both of these characters so so much, I can't even begin to describe my affection to them. Does anyone else get attached to characters to the point of wanting to protect and shelter them from all sorts of fictional pain? That's how I felt towards Meg and Reid. They are both dealing with a lot. In addition to Meg having lost her inspiration, she is also on the verge of losing her closest friend. She goes through this period of emotional turmoil and vulnerability and Love Lettering shows her journey into realizing her own worth. It's truly a wonderful experience. And Reid. Sweet, quiet, and nerdy Reid. Kate has written some of my favorite romance heroes and I didn't hesitate one before adding Reid that list. His broken relationship and his intense dislike for NYC have left him tired and emotionally drained. There are so many layers to his character and they slowly get revealed in the book. Every little dimension of his personality that we got to know felt like finding candy in unexpected places. Reid's story is much more than I am describing in this review because of spoilers, but trust me, I doubt anyone is capable of hating him.

When Meg and Reid meet, they find themselves in the midst of unexpected friendship that leads to them exploring NYC in search of lettering inspirations for Meg's planner. You guys, their entire relationship was just so wholesome and pure. It takes them a while since they are both such guarded personalities, but they eventually open up to each other about their lives, regrets, and careers. It's touching and sweet, and I wanted to weep at how beautiful their entire relationship was. This friendship does obviously lead to a slow-burn romance that has banter, excellent chemistry, and so many achingly romantic scenes. I DIE. The first sex scene in this book attested to just how beautiful Love Lettering is. There was explicit consent, sensuality, and so much of the two being attuned to each others' bodies. I know it's only early 2020 but I am declaring it to be the best sex scene of the year. Love Lettering might also surprise you all with a nice plot twist towards the end - don't worry, you still get your happily ever after. Even though I knew the HEA was coming, I was still stressed but in a good way!

I know I've gushed a lot about Love Lettering in this book. I truly hope that if you haven't picked up a copy of the book yet that you will seriously consider it and Kate Clayborn's books in general. Soft, wholesome, and full of passion and heart! What more could you ask for in a book?

Have you read Love Lettering? What is a romance book that moved you in every way?
Let me know in the comments below!