Title: Weather Girl
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 352 pages
Release Date: January 11, 2022
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Recommended for fans of: The Ex Talk, Set It Up on Netflix
Content Warnings: depression, abandonment
A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this charming romantic comedy from the author of The Ex Talk.
Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.
In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.
Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?
Weather Girl is a fun, sweet, and realistic office romance at a news station where a Parent Trap-inspired matchmaking scheme to reunite their bosses brings together meteorologist Ari and sportscaster Russel.
I enjoyed how Rachel Lynn Solomon portrayed a realistic relationship with real issues. I especially appreciated how she did not shy away from depicting Ari’s depression and the way it affected her self-worth and her relationships with family members, friends, colleagues, and romantic partners. Russel has his own struggles as a former teen parent single dad who doesn’t have the typical body type for a male lead in a romance novel. Ari and Russel were a great match for each other once they learned to navigate their vulnerabilities, and while I do prefer to read romances with more angst, theirs is the kind of relationship I would actually like to have.
This book also features fantastic Jewish representation, complex family dynamics, a few steamy scenes, plenty of weather puns and weather-related jewelry, and fun dates and events like swing dancing, air hockey, office Olympics, and plenty of show tunes. The story didn’t always fully hold my attention, but it always felt real.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC.