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It wouldn’t be the theater without a few theatrics…

Becoming a famous playwright is all Winnie ever dreamed about. For now, though, she'll have to settle for assisting the celebrated, sharp-witted feminist playwright Juliette Brassard. When an experimental theater company in London, England, decides to stage Juliette's most renowned play, The Lights of Trafalgar , Winnie and Juliette pack their bags and hop across the pond.

But the trip goes sideways faster than you can say "tea and crumpets." Juliette stubbornly butts heads with the play's director and Winnie is left stage-managing their relationship. Meanwhile, Winnie's own work seems to have stalled, and though Juliette keeps promising to read it, she always has some vague reason why she can't. Then, Juliette's nephew, Liam, enters stage left. He's handsome, he's smart, he is devastatingly British…and his family ties to Juliette pose a serious problem, forcing Winnie to keep their burgeoning relationship on the down-low. What could go wrong?

Balancing a production seemingly headed for disaster, a secret romance and the sweetest, most rambunctious rescue dog, will Winnie save the play, make her own dreams come true and find love along the way—or will the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune get the best of her?

Don't miss Kate Bromley's next delightful rom-com, Ciao for Now— coming June 2023!

352 pages, Paperback

Published June 21, 2022

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Kate Bromley

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Kate Bromley lives on the East Coast with her husband, sons, and her somewhat excessive collection of romance novels. (It’s not hoarding if it’s books, right?) She was a preschool teacher for seven years and is now focusing full-time on combining her two great passions -– writing swoon-worthy love stories and making people laugh.

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Profile Image for Nilufer Ozmekik.
2,314 reviews44.1k followers
June 21, 2022
Wow! Kate Bromley is absolutely queen of witty banters! The outstanding smart and sarcastic tone of dialogues made me laugh so hard!

Her characters are also adorable including aspiring, loyal, smart, highly educated author Winnie and book boyfriend Liam who is yummier than red velvet cupcake stole my heart with their playful manners and hot chemistry!

Theater world aspect is well blended with the romance and a woman’s self growth themes.

The pacing was great. I didn’t want to put it down for a second!

Let’s take a quick look to the plot: Winnie is dreaming to be successful playwright, working on her on project to apply for a competition, I’d still devoted assistant of famous writer Juliette Brassard who is a big defender of women rights.

She asks to Juliette read her play and give her honest opinions and Juliette asks her to date a few guys and report her back to get inspired for her next play. They make a deal but when Juliette’s nephew appears out of nowhere, their plans are doomed to be derailed because that red haired temptation confuses Winnie’s mind! It’s obvious their attraction is mutual! Then Winnie starts questioning her life decisions. Why she never puts her needs first?

Sweet, entertaining, intelligent, addictive! I loved this book more than “Talk Bookish to me” and giving my five playwright stars!

Special thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.
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1,130 reviews3,712 followers
February 17, 2022
Winnie is employed as a personal assistant to successful playwright Juliette Brassard. Her dream is to write her own play, currently a work in progress. Hoping Juliette would help by giving her work a quick look, she’s disappointed when she refuses. She seems quite content leaving things status quo.

During a trip to London Juliette’s demands become a bit too much, asking Winnie to engage in several on-line dates to gather material for a new project. And to complicate things, the only man Winnie wants to date is Liam, Juliette’s nephew. Upon discovering this budding romance, Juliette is quick to forbid it! Hmmm….

This book was cute, but maybe a bit too sugary for me. I was hoping for something just a bit deeper. But, if you‘re looking for a light rom-com this fits the bill perfectly.

A buddy read with Susanne that left both of us with a bit of a sugar rush!🤣

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Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing - Graydon House
Profile Image for Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader.
2,184 reviews30.5k followers
August 1, 2022
This is the summer of rom coms for me, and Kate Bromley, fellow bookstagrammer, has a new one that HAD to be on top of my TBR. Look at this pink beauty, and what a fun story it was! Drama in every sense of the word, but especially in the sense of the main character. Winnie, being an aspiring playwright.

About the book: “Balancing a production seemingly headed for disaster, a secret romance and the sweetest, most rambunctious rescue dog, will Winnie save the play, make her own dreams come true and find love along the way—or will the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune get the best of her?”

There’s so much to love here. Winnie, a smart and likable main character, with a swoon worthy British red-headed love interest that reminded me a lot of a certain Harry. A rescued dog who adds so much entertainment. The wittiest banter between all the characters. An easy-reading, page-turning, satisfying rom com full of heart and goodness.

I received a gifted copy.

Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader
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455 reviews87 followers
October 19, 2022
Based on how much I loved the author’s first book (Talk Bookish To Me), I’d expected to love this one too. Unfortunately, I didn’t 😬. I enjoyed the setting and banter between Winnie and Liam. Aside from that, the story wasn’t as interesting or entertaining as I’d expected.
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1,168 reviews37.3k followers
March 2, 2022
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The Honest Truth? I was not “Here for the Drama.”

My thought while reading this was: REALLY?! No one’s lives are that dramatic!! (Even for actors and playwrights!) It’s just not possible.

My eyes were constantly rolling.

Yes this book had its cute moments, I cannot tell a lie, but for me, they were few and far between.

Though I adored Kate Bromley’s first novel Talk Bookish to Me, this one just didn’t cut it.

This was a buddy read with Kaceey and truth be told, she liked it more than I did.

Thanks to Harlequin Trade Publishing for the arc via NetGalley.

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381 reviews14 followers
April 7, 2022
This book is so witty ! I love that in rom coms, great writing . This book is charming and I loved the charge. Thank you to NetGalley for this book !
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2,239 reviews394 followers
June 25, 2022
You might think that Winnie’s job as a personal assistant to a famous playwright would be enough for her to get her play read by her boss. Her boss is Juliette Brassard and Winnie has worked for her for several years and has been writing a play for almost that entire time. Juliette keeps promising that she will read Winnie‘s play. However, it still hasn’t happened.

That is one of the things that makes the title of this book so applicable. But there are other dramatic things happening. One of those things is Juliette continues to clash with the director of the play that is being rehearsed while they are in London. Also, while there, Winnie meets Juliette’s nephew Liam and they hit it off. But not before Juliette comes up with this great idea for Winnie to date a few other men with hopes of coming up with more ideas for a play.

Loyalty comes in to play in this book, but so does natural drive and ambition. All while Winnie was coming into her own with her dreams, I loved the byplay when it came to Winnie’s “dates”, all while she couldn’t help but fall for Liam.

Here for the Drama was a delightful read from start to finish. From the characters, to the stories within the story, to the pacing, it all worked together in a marvelous manner.

Many thanks to Graydon House Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

Please also enjoy my YouTube video review - https://youtu.be/u8EnEy86LmA
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518 reviews130 followers
June 8, 2022
Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭑
Here for the Drama by Kate Bromley is a lighthearted book about a struggling playwright who is an assistant to a very famous playwright. It has a bit of a Devil Wears Prada vibe, but the screenwriter isn’t quite as bad as Miranda Priestly.

Winnie has always wanted to be a playwright, but now she has to settle for being the assistant of a famous playwright, Julliette. When Juliette has to go to London for the opening of her play, she insists that Winnie go with her to help. In London, Winnie stays busy helping with the play and meets Julliette’s nephew, Liam. Winnie and Liam have an immediate attraction, but Julliette doesn’t want Winnie dating her nephew. But, Liam and Winnie have an attraction, so they date anyway. But, what will happen when Winnie has to go back to New York?

I really enjoyed this book and the standout feature of Here for the Drama is the banter between Liam and Winnie, they are so adorable together. Kate Bromely really knows how to write witty dialogue. The story is good, a little bit predictable, but the book is mainly about Winnie and her relationships with Liam, and her boss, Juliette.

The romance between Winnie and Liam was adorable, they spend some time together before they moved toward a more romantic relationship. They just seem so happy together and I love the way they interact and also have such respect for each other

The relationship between Winnie and her boss, Juliette is a bit more complicated. They appear to be friends, and they get along really well. In fact, they have some great dialogue, and it appears that they really understand and support each other. But, is that really the case?

I highly recommend Here For the Drama to anyone who enjoys romantic comedy.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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965 reviews57 followers
June 21, 2022
Kate's debut made me laugh so much with her vivacious humor right up my alley. Naturally, I had to keep her on my radar for any future books she might have publishing. While I didn't find this one *quite* as laugh-out-loud, there are so many clever one-liners. My reading had slowed down dramatically recently and this was the perfect antidote to binge read and listen.
Winnie is putting in her time learning her craft, with grand hopes of becoming the next best thing in the playwright world. An opportunity to move to London is one she cannot pass up. She's tasked with dating random guys as fodder for her brilliant boss's inspiration. The only stipulation is to stay away from Juliette's nephew, Liam.
I definitely had one of those head smacking moments when I finally connected the dots of who Liam is from Talk Bookish to Me. I adore those small, Easter eggs from one standalone book to another.
This is one I would recommend in print or audio, as I did both while reading. Natalie Naudus is such a wide-range narrator. I've listened to her with fantasies, YA, women's fiction and romance. I see her name and know I'll enjoy the audiobook in question (even if the book isn't all that.)
Thank you to the author for the gifted copy and Harper Audio for the alc. All thoughts in this review are my own.
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2,192 reviews340 followers
July 10, 2022
Here For The Drama is the perfectly charming romcom read of my dreams - it’s a fun, light and easy read, with amazing characters and a London setting - It is the perfect place to swoon and fall in love!

AUTHOR: Kate Bromley
PUB DATE: 06.21.2022 Preorder Now


It wouldn’t be the theater without a few theatrics…

Becoming a famous playwright is all Winnie ever dreamed about. For now, though, she'll have to settle for assisting the celebrated, sharp-witted feminist playwright Juliette Brassard.

But the trip goes sideways faster than you can say "tea and crumpets." Juliette stubbornly butts heads with the play's director and Winnie is left stage-managing their relationship.

Then, Juliette's nephew, Liam, enters stage left. He's handsome, he's smart, he is devastatingly British…and his family ties to Juliette pose a serious problem, forcing Winnie to keep their burgeoning relationship on the down-low.

What could go wrong?


Trust me, this book is amazing, and if you are a romance reader, an anglophile, and love sassy, snarky, and sizzling chemistry, this is not to be missed! I LOVED this book for the romance that squeezed at my heart, and the amazing banter and dialogue, Winnie and Liam stole my heart.
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3,546 reviews234 followers
May 29, 2022
Winnie should have been finishing her play, but instead she was accompanying her boss to London. Though things did not go as planned, this trip changed Winnie’s life in very big ways.

I was promised a rom-com, and this book delivered on that promise. It was chock full of humorous moments, as well as a multitude of heartwarming ones. The banter between Winnie and Liam was witty and wonderful, and never failed to make me grin. But there was also quite a bit of depth to this story, and Bromley did a fantastic job crafting meaningful backstories for all the major players in this story.

I was very invested in the outcome for all the characters involved, and I was delighted with the way everything was tied up. The romance was top notch, I adored seeing it evolve, and I was rooting for a big ending for these two. I wasn’t sure how it would all play out, and the wait was a bit painful, but I was happy and satisfied in the end.

Overall: A fun and amusing story filled with vibrant character who I was rooting for and a final few chapters that had me drying tears from my smiling face.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Author 4 books541 followers
February 24, 2022
I have not read so charming and delightful a romance as Here for the Drama in a very long time. I was not expecting to fall in love with this book and I could feel the smile on my face stretch wider and wider the longer I read.

I absolutely loved this romance.

The heroine, Winnie, was fully fleshed out and enjoyable – very witty – and while her choices were sometimes frustrating, they were completely believable. Winnie travels to London with her boss, a demanding playwright, Juliette, whose first play is being restaged. Winnie has put off completing her own play to work as Juliette’s assistant, partly because Juliette’s needs are so great, but also because of Winnie’s insecurity about her talent.

Bromley does a wonderful job of making Winnie’s insecurities fit in with the rest of her character and there is never any moment where her hangups seem too contrived. When in London, she meets Juliette’s nephew, Liam, who – because of past family drama – Juliette does not want Winnie to date.

Thank goodness Winnie is not a doormat, because this relationship is delightful, romantic, and just plain fun. The banter between them is flawlessly executed, sweet without being saccharine and very funny.

The romance is the center of the plot, but Winnie has some adult choices coming her way and Bromley handles the growth arc very well, resolving the plot conflicts in a satisfying ending. The overall tone is lighthearted and smart making for a gratifying and entertaining read.

Profile Image for Brynn | readyourworriesaway.
665 reviews134 followers
June 20, 2022
I absolutely loved Bromley’s debut TALK BOOKISH TO ME, so it comes as no surprise that I also loved HERE FOR THE DRAMA 💗

Winnie works as an assistant to Juliette Brassard, a famous playwright, but she has dreams of also becoming a famous playwright one day. Her work brings her to London where one of Juliette’s plays will be staged. Winnie is on a deadline to finish writing her own play while also doing her job, so she doesn’t have the time to think about an international romance. That is until she meets Juliette’s nephew, Liam, and they hit it off.

Kate Bromley has proven again that she is amazing at writing dialogue between characters. The witty banter between Winnie and Liam was incredible 👏

I loved the forbidden romance trope, as Juliette tells Winnie she cannot date Liam. This then leads to them secretly dating, adding another fun element.

I simply love Bromley’s writing style and I will read anything by her. There is so much heart amongst the storyline and characters.

Winnie was relatable in how hard she worked to meet Juliette’s needs — but I loved that she learned to stand up for herself when boundaries were crossed and when Juliette’s expectations were misguided. I loved the characters, the romance, the humor, and how the story ended. Highly recommend 💕
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Author 3 books75 followers
October 14, 2021
You know those books where you read with a beaming smile on your face? This is one of those. Bromley’s snappy dialogue and sassy banter never lets up, in this funny, charming, sexy and all-round fabulous romcom. I can’t think of a couple I have recently enjoyed as much as Winnie and Liam. Their interaction and dialogue is exquisite. Not to be too dramatic - I LOVED it.
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4,553 reviews226 followers
June 22, 2022
Winnie, an aspiring playwright travels to London to help her famous boss stage her latest play, while trying to finish writing her own in time for a competition deadline. While there, her boss coerces her into going on a series of dates around the city - the only rule being that her nephew Liam is off limits.

Thankfully Winnie and Liam don't let this stop them and we get to see them go around London seeing all the sights on a series of adorable dates full of top notch banter and amazing chemistry! Add in an adorable rescue dog, Ollie who steals the show throughout the whole book and this was a solid romcom I devoured in one day!

Great on audio narrated by Natalie Naudus, this is my new favorite book by Kate Bromley and I can't wait for what come next. Highly recommended for fans of books about women writers like Nora goes off script or Meet me in the margins. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advance review copy!
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1,945 reviews1,898 followers
June 17, 2022
I really enjoyed the authors debut last year and have been looking forward to her next book ever since I finished it and I’m delighted to say this was just as sweet and charming! I loved the premise with Winnie being a playwright and having to travel to London for work, a nice escape for me. I know next to nothing about the theater scene so I found the behind the scenes aspects of that interesting and I was totally charmed by Liam almost instantly. He had that dry British humor and the way he and Winnie bantered back and forth was so fun. Natalie Naudus is one of my favorite narrators so listening to her performance was amazing as always, overall a fun and light read.
Profile Image for Jodie | GeauxGetLit.
658 reviews88 followers
July 22, 2022
When your boss makes you go overseas to provide her inspiration with you having to online date, love will quickly find a way in unexpectedly.

This was a forbidden romcom book that was good, it just needed more oomph.
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824 reviews392 followers
June 17, 2022
I absolutely loved the romance in this one! Liam was such a delight—slightly shy, funny, and just an overall charmer. The dialogue between he and Winnie gave me a permanent smile, I swear. The back and forth teasing was perfect.

Winnie is an aspiring playwright currently working as an assistant. Travelling with her boss, Juliette, to London, she meets Liam. But big problem ... Liam is the nephew of Juliette and off-limits. Breaking all the rules, I loved the two of them exploring London, both being absolutely goofy and refreshingly open with each other. It was wonderful.

Considering the romance alone, I loved this. But the story surprisingly had a large focus on Juliette. She was quite self-centered, and although her intentions weren't purposely malicious towards Winnie, I didn't have interest in her backstory.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
June 21, 2022
BOOK REVIEW: Here for the Drama by Kate Bromley
2022 Publication Date: June 21


T.I.M.E. Best Books By Genre | Contemporary Romance
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God bless our grandmothers… Who always believe our good times will come….

T.I.M.E. BOOK REVIEW: Kate Bromley’s first book, Talk Bookish To Me, was one of my T.I.M.E. Favorite Books To Read for 2021… And my love affair with her love stories continues with her second book, Here for the Drama!

Plus, each book is set in one of my two favorite “worlds”. With her first book in the world of books… and her current book in the world of theatre.

BONUS: A too-cute-for-words rescue dog that steals the show in everyone's heart!

Perfect for readers looking for their next Contemporary Romance book with a focus on strong female characters who are not afraid to develop their own life first before being absorbed into a lifelong commitment... ✨😎✨

Pages: 352
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sub-Genre: Forbidden Love Romance (Off Limits Romance)
T.I.M.E. Jalapeno Rating:️ 🌶 (Mild Spicy)
Time Period: Present Day
Location: London (England) | NYC (US)

Book: Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromley
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Profile Image for Brooke | bookswithbabs.
216 reviews10 followers
March 30, 2022
The road to becoming a famous playwright isn't always straight, and Winnie has been learning that for the last five years as playwright Juliette Brassard's assistant. Now, Juliette is heading to London to work on a re-staging of Juliette's most famous pay, The Lights of Trafalgar, taking Winnie with her. Meanwhile, Winnie is working on finishing her own play, name TBD, to submit for a contest she has been hopeful to win for years. Winnie gets wrapped up in all the right things in London-- romance, adventure, a cute rescue dog, and, of course, a bit of drama. Her relationships and her future goals will be put to the test over the three short weeks before the play debuts.

This was such a heartwarming book to read! One of those palatable stories that leaves a smile on your face throughout the entire thing. The characters are all complex and likeable, though, at the start, they seem surface-level and blunted. The character development throughout makes them more relatable and thoroughly enjoyable to get to know. I particularly enjoyed the fun and witty banter between all of the characters, but especially between Winnie and Liam. Winnie is a great main character because she's relatable. She's a bit weird and awkward, she works a little too hard, and sets herself a bit too short. Winnie, like most of us, has to learn how to set realistic expectations and meet her own standards for success, whether that's on her career path or in her interpersonal relationships. All I can say is that this book was so sweet and cute and has me wanting to hop on a plane to London to dip my toe in the acting game, too.

Review will also be posted later this week on Instagram @bookswithbabs. (4.5/5 stars, rounded up)

Thank you Harlequin Publishing and Net Galley for the opportunity to review this ARC!
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223 reviews48 followers
July 21, 2022

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​𝚁𝙴𝙰𝙳 𝚃𝙷𝙸𝚂 𝙸𝙵 𝚈𝙾𝚄 𝙻𝙸𝙺𝙴:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
🎀 Secret romances​​​​​​​​
🎀 British love interest​​​​​​​​
🎀 The theater/plays/shows​​​​​​​​
🎀 Rescue dogs​​​​​​​​
🎀 🔥🔥🔥​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​𝙱𝙻𝚄𝚁𝙱 𝙾𝙽𝙴-𝙻𝙸𝙽𝙴𝚁: It wouldn’t be the theater without a few theatrics…​​​​​​​​
𝙼𝚈 𝚃𝙷𝙾𝚄𝙶𝙷𝚃𝚂: I LOVED this book so much!!! This is Kate's second novel, and I love how one of the side characters from Talk Bookish to Me crosses over to this book. ​​​​​​​​
This was centered around theatre/drama/playwrighting, but it also had some drama throughout the book. I liked how it was mostly set in London, and if you listen to the audiobook, the narrator does a great job with the accents! (I went back and forth between reading the physical book and the audiobook.)​​​​​​​​
I felt the characters' chemistry in my bones while reading this, and just the witty banter of them going back and forth was hilarious! I absolutely loved Liam as the cinnamon-roll male lead. 😍​​​​​​​​
This is a true rom-com that will make you laugh, make you 🥵, and make you cry. I can't believe how emotional I got at a certain part of the book. 😭😭😭​​​​​​​​
𝚀𝚄𝙾𝚃𝙴𝚂 𝙸 𝙻𝙾𝚅𝙴𝙳: "You cannot allow fear into the world you're creating. You have to live with knowing that sometimes you are going to fail, and it's through that failure that you learn what works and what doesn't. Failure is a whetstone. It sharpens blades and it sets you free." (Ch. 20)​​​​​​​​
Thank you @katebromleywrites for sending me a #gifted signed ARC! I cannot wait for your next book!​​​​​​​​
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354 reviews70 followers
January 20, 2022

I really liked this book! I really do like Kate Bromley’s style of writing (obviously because Talk Bookish to Me is one of my favourite books) but this book in particular was really good!

I would just like to point out that this is my second theatre inspired book that I’ve read this year and we are only three months in… is this the year of theatre book? I guess we’ll find out LOL! This book follows Winnie who is an aspiring playwright but for now she is an assistant to Juliette. They soon find out that a company wants to stage Winnie’s boss’ play IN. LONDON. ENGLAND (Yes please, take me with you next time) so they pack their bags and go!

Winnie is desperate for Juliette to look at her work so they make a deal - her boss will look at and critique her work only if Winnie agrees to go on a date with a bunch of men for Juliette so she can draw inspiration from her. Neither of them anticipated that Winnie would hit it off with her bosses nephew, Liam.

I seriously have nothing but good things to say about this book it was such a fun read, the banter was TOP NOTCH, the writing was so addictive and the story was great! Loved it so much!

Thank you to NetGalley and Graydon House (Harlequin Trade Publishing) for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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140 reviews1 follower
April 29, 2023
I usually only give one star reviews to books that make me irrationally angry. This book didn’t make me angry but I have never cared less about what was happening. I was so bored and my reading speed proves it.

Not to mention the banter in this book. It sucked. I was genuinely embarrassed every time the main character spoke to someone- especially the love interest. No charm to be found.

There was too much insta-love. Immediately they were into each other and I never bought into it.
Profile Image for Laurie • The Baking Bookworm.
1,449 reviews375 followers
June 20, 2022

Here For The Drama is a cute RomCom that brings readers into the world of playwrights and the theatre. It's an interesting setting but personally, I was here for the banter. I also fondly remember Bromley's previous book Talk Bookish To Me and its saucy humour.

Bromley once again shows off her comedic writing skills with spot-on sarcastic repartee between her main characters. It's so good that I have dubbed her the Bard of Banter. The story has good pacing and features an interesting array of flawed characters, great female friendships (I loved Winnie and Roshni!), and of course, some romance. Ahh l'amour!

I enjoyed the cute courtship as well as the depth that came from issues such as loneliness, career aspirations, familial problems and the complicated friend/boss bond between Winnie and Juliette. Bromley gives readers some solid backstories for her characters, and I appreciated seeing Winnie's flaws and insecurities (although Juliette felt a bit contrived and the focus on her issues was my least favourite part of the story). There's a lot going on with various subplots, but I appreciated the issues addressed and the growth we see in a couple of the characters. And while things progressed differently than I expected, it was an enjoyable and satisfying ending.

Oh, and there's an adorable dog named Ollie. 'Nuff said.

This is a charming story with wickedly witty banter about finding your passion and fighting for it. It would make a great pick if you're in the mood for a cute RomCom this summer.

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Graydon House for my complimentary digital advanced copy of this book which was provided in exchange for my honest review.
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61 reviews1 follower
March 14, 2023
Ok there were two main things about this book that I really liked. Firstly the connections that the main character made with other people, and secondly the not overly dramatic romance. Now don’t get me wrong I LOVE a good fluffy, swoony romance, and I’ll explain why I liked this in just a sec.

Ok connections. I’m not sure if it’s just me but I feel like every romance I read the main character tends to stick to a triangle when it comes to having relationships with other people. It’s them, their best friend, and the love interest. Now there may be a few other side characters that are mentioned once or twice but in general it’s just those three. This isn’t a bad thing, I’ve just noticed that. This book was not like that at all. Winnie had so many relationships with people that were actually meaningful, and sincere. This gave the book so much depth and interest. I really liked it. One scene in particular (that I won’t spoil) with her dad’s girlfriend made me cry! It was so meaningful and heartfelt and I adored it. This just felt very different to me and felt realistic like the Winnie’s life wasn’t just revolving around her love interest.

Secondly, not too much drama! Despite what the title may say the relationship between Winnie and Liam was very simple. It felt worn in and familiar, and they didn’t have to preform great theatrics (pun not intended!) to have that connection. I would expand further but I like to keep my reviews spoiler free so you will have to read to see what I mean. I’m particularly referring to the end of the book. I loved the way it ended. It was very logical and well thought out.

So with those two points made I give this four stars! Loved the characters, relationships, and overall plot. The theater elements were so interesting I loved that. I would definitely recommend.
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952 reviews112 followers
July 9, 2022
I was a big fan of Kate Bromley’s debut romance Talk Bookish to Me because of its relatable characters and witty banter, so I was eager to get my hands on her new novel, Here for the Drama. With its London setting, a female playwright as the protagonist, and the promise of an adorable but rambunctious rescue dog, Here for the Drama appealed to me on every level. Bromley really delivers too. As much as I enjoyed her debut, her sophomore effort really shines!

The story follows Winnie, a young woman who dreams of being a famous playwright. Even though she is actively writing her own plays and hoping to get them noticed, her day job is to serve as an assistant to a woman who actually already is a famous playwright, Juliette Brassard. Winnie is trying to get one of her plays in shape to enter it into a contest and keeps hoping Juliette will read it and give her feedback, but Winnie’s play gets put on the back burner when Juliette announces that they are going to London because one of her plays is being staged there. Winnie is reluctant to go, but the trip ends up being life changing for her in many ways.

I really liked Winnie. She’s a well-drawn and relatable character, especially when it comes to her insecurities about whether or not she has what it takes to make it as a playwright. Winnie is also quick witted and just a really enjoyable character to follow. In addition to rooting for her to have success with her writing, I was also rooting for Winnie on a personal level as well. While in London, she meets Juliette’s sexy nephew, Liam, and the two of them have both incredible chemistry and just some flat out hilarious conversations. From their earliest conversations, it felt like they had known each other forever. They’re clearly perfect for one another, but there’s just one huge obstacle – Juliette does not want Winnie and Liam to get involved with one another. I don’t often come across the secret dating trope, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it here and was cheering Liam and Winnie on.

Here for the Drama is just a delightful and heart-warming read. From Winnie and Liam to the adorable scene stealing rescue dog, I just loved every page of it. If you’re in the mood for a rom com that really delivers and that will leave you with a contented smile on your face, be sure to pick up a copy of Here for the Drama.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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September 15, 2022
Honestly Winnie was hilarious and amazing and I'm so so SO proud of her for finally sticking up for herself and I'm baffled at how she dealt with all the crap given to her in her job. She deserved so much better and im glad she and Juliette finally got things out there. Winnie is wonderful and excitable and strange and I love her. Just as much as I Love Liam who is calm and shy and lovable amd charming and just so so sweet. And come on being British gives him the added bonus...totally not bias as a British person myself 😂
Their interactions were adorable from the very first phone call to their very first in person meet up and every interaction after, even the one that hurt my heart. Even with time against them and Juliette wanting to stop anything happening they were just meant to be and I'm so glad they got the ending they did  it was adorable.

The storyline was good. The moral of not letting anyone atop you from pursuing your dreams and not putting up with anything less than what you deserve and sticking up for yourself rang strong. Believing in yourself and what you are capable of and not doubting yourself just because you failed and in life we need failure to progress or life would be stagnant and boring and we'd never get anywhere without it. The part before chapter 26 those, that had me trying not to cry and failing. Just that whole ugh with her and Liam and Ollie and Juliette and Cassie and the letters, freaking heartbreaking.
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44 reviews230 followers
July 12, 2022
I enjoyed this book in a pleasant past time sort of way. It was upbeat romance that had more depth than I was expecting. Though I was way more interested with the boss/assistant relationship than I was with the romantic one.

I didn’t really appreciate the author trying to make the main character look like a push over by agreeing not to date her boss’s nephew. Personally, I think the conversation that Juliette had with her on that topic was one of the few that was actually appropriate to a professional setting, that is of course until we find out the reasons behind that conversation! Let’s just say it left me frustrated which honestly is a testament to the writing because it is obviously what the author was going for in that moment. BUT…I was more frustrated by the pettiness of the conflict that the conflict itself *sigh*

At least there was drama, and not just a play. Lol
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945 reviews534 followers
June 21, 2022
Kate Bromley's sophomore novel was a fun look into the London theater world. I enjoyed the relationship between Winnie and Liam and the various family dynamics/drama at play (pun intended) here. Looking forward to seeing what Bromley writes next!

Thank you to Harlequin Trade for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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