Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson – Review

Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson – She plans to prove there’s a dozen reasons why life isn’t like a romantic comedy, only to discover the one reason it is…

While her friends wish for meet cutes worthy of their favorite rom-coms, Julia is ready to give up on love. Swiping right has replaced getting swept off your feet and good old-fashioned romance has become, well, old-fashioned.

A writer for a popular website, love becomes the last thing on her mind when impending layoffs threaten her job. As Julia searches for the ultimate pitch to impress her boss, she stumbles upon a resort offering guests a chance to live out their romantic comedy dreams. Real life dating is so bleak, who wouldn’t want to spend a week in a fantasy rom-com world with your best friends?

At the resort, Julia literally falls into a not-quite-meet-cute involving an aggressive seagull and an adorably awkward guy named Luke who is also participating in the rom-com experience. Julia hides the fact she is there to do a story, but Luke harbors a few secrets of his own. Among further encounters with thieving seagulls, a gaggle of corgis, kisses in the rain, and even a karaoke serenade, their feelings deepen quickly. But could their love be real when they haven’t been honest about their true identities? Once the fantasy is over, can they have a relationship in the real world?

Melonie JohnsonAbout the Author: USA Today Bestselling author, Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a co-host of the Boozy Book Broads who loves any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, they are living out their HEA in the magical land between Chicago and Milwaukee with their two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. A former high school English and theatre teacher, now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator. Declared a “writer to watch” by Kirkus and a “fizzy, engrossing new voice” by Entertainment Weekly, her award-winning debut series, SOMETIMES IN LOVE, has appeared on the Amazon Best Books of the month, and been featured in Cosmopolitan and Woman’s World. When not working on her next meet cute, you can find her cuddling the current love of her life, Grogu.

Her July 2021 release TOO GOOD TO BE REAL, a love letter to romantic comedies, is available for pre-order now. Visit her at

Review of Too Good to Be Real

Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson is a book for readers who love rom-com. Johnson’s writing style pulls you in and holds your attention until the end.  A well-written story that is written in third person and follows Luke’s and Julia’s perspectives. The characters are realistic and relatable, making it easy to get lost in the story. Too Good to Be Real reads like a movie with its fun, enjoyable story that would make the perfect summer read. *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a review.*

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