Format Read: Digital (eARC from NetGalley)
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Just My Type is the story of two writers pitted against one another in a contest to defy their dating habits and learn about themselves along the way. Oh, and did I mention they happen to be former high school sweethearts?
With a synopsis like that, I knew I had to hit that “request” button on NetGalley, and I was thrilled when I actually got approved! Many thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for my complimentary review copy.
Lana is a serial monogomist who writes a dating column, but her true passion lies in fandom and pop culture. Seth has been traveling and writing “serious” pieces for years, but is ready to settle down… in LA. Where Lana lives.
The two have a complicated history that we slowly unpack as the story progresses, told from Lana’s perspective with the supplement of Slack chat conversations with coworkers and snippets from her and Seth’s articles throughout.
I really enjoyed watching Lana learn about herself through the challenges she’s tasked with in her quest to remain single. She really grows and comes into her own throughout the story, and even if I didn’t always 100% understand her choices, I did see where she was coming from.
The chemistry between Lana and Seth is great, with plenty of solid banter and sexual tension. It’s a nice slow build, which I always appreciate. I did feel like they came across a bit differently in the text conversations than in person, but I guess so do we all.
You do have to sort of suspend your disbelief about the whole premise behind the challenge they’re tasked with, which is definitely inappropriate for the workplace. The story does attempt to tackle this in an interesting way, but it’s still a bit out there that the two agree to the challenge at all.
Overall, Just My Type is a fun lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romance with a dash of nerdiness and plenty of tension before the payoff. There’s a good bit of self exploration and growth for our main characters and a little bit of steaminess as well. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a solid contemporary romance.
4 thoughts on “Mini Review: Just My Type”
Wow, this book sounds like it’s up my alley… thanks for sharing!
Great review! I’m really looking forward to picking this one up!
I agree – such an inappropriate assignment, but I think Ballard challenged that a bit with that “showdown” part of the plot. I loved this one too. Glad it was a hit for you.
I enjoyed this too. Your review really pointed out the best parts of this story