Review of Rash & Rationality (Happily Ever Austen #2) by Ellen Mint

“Let me be with you.”


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 192 Pages

POV: Third Person


Love is a lot closer and more complicated than Marty ever dreamed.

Marty Dashwood is a true romantic. Hearts, chocolates, kisses on the hand—the whole nine yards. His killjoy brother Eldon doesn’t believe in love at first sight, but one day Marty will have the perfect meet-cute, she’ll fall helplessly in love with him and they’ll live happily ever after.

Brandy’s worked with Marty for almost two years. He’s the best friend she could ever have hoped for after the accident that took her husband. So she should be happy that Marty finally found what he’d always wanted, right?

So why does it feel like every time she sees Marty with the ‘Social-Media Angel’ he rescued from a mugger, a piece breaks off her heart? How can she explain any of this to him before she loses her best friend forever?

Rash and Rationality is a modern gender-swapped friends-to-lovers Sense & Sensibility, set in a cozy bookshop.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Marty had been interested in Brandy from the moment he met her, but he respected her and the space she needed to grieve her deceased husband. He put his focus on making her smile and laugh every day they worked together.

Brandy had only been with one man, and that had been her husband. He was amazing in her eyes and when she lost him she never wanted to be interested in another man. Marty became a close friend, but she didn’t realize how close until he met someone else.

Marty was a hopeless romantic and when he saved a girl from being mugged he immediately pictured this entire romantic story to tell their grandkids one day and did everything within and beyond his power to turn their relationship into one for the record books. However, he was completely abandoning Brandy and his job to do it. When he realizes she’s using him for publicity it breaks his heart, but then he realizes she was never the true one for him anyway.

“Why can’t you just goddamn be with me?”

Sometimes you have to lose something to know what you had in the first place. That was Brandy. She had to lose Marty to realize she was ready to move on and lay her husband’s memory to rest. For Marty, he had to realize she was really ready and that he would no longer have to compete with a memory.

Rash & Rationality is a sweet story that brings two people together who fit perfectly in each other’s lives. From the way he wins her back to the perfect ending this book will end with you smiling. I know I was.

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.


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