I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank You for Sharing by Rachel Runya Katz
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 12, 2023
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Adult LGBTQ Romance
Source: the publisher
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A chemistry-filled childhood friends to enemies to lovers debut romance about two people forced to confront their pasts to save both their relationship and careers.
Daniel Rosenberg and Liyah Cohen-Jackson’s last conversation—fourteen years ago at summer camp—ended their friendship. Until they find themselves seated next to each other on a plane, and bitterly pick up right where they left off. At least they can go their separate ways again after landing…
That is, until Daniel’s marketing firm gets hired by the Chicago museum where Liyah works as a junior curator, and they’re forced to collaborate with potential career changing promotions on the line.
With every meeting and post-work social gathering with colleagues, the tension (and chemistry) between Daniel and Liyah builds until they’re forced to confront why they broke apart years ago at camp. But as they find comfort in their shared experiences as Jews of color and fumble towards friendship, can they ignore their growing feelings for each other?
With sexy charm and undeniable wit, Rachel Runya Katz’s sparkling debut, Thank You For Sharing, proves that if you’re open to love, anything is possible.
This one started out not great for me. I struggled to get through it, even with some of the really good parts to it. While the story itself was interesting, and the characters were likable for the most part, I just struggled for some reason moving through it quickly. I did really enjoy the little group meetings they had every Friday night and the funny “minutes” they took at each meeting. The banter and snarky conversations also kept me going throughout the story as well. Liyah’s experience her freshman year of college is very similar to what mine was, and actually I was pleasantly surprised to hear that her reaction/coping mechanism was also similar to how I think I dealt with my own experience.
I just strugged a lot I think with the back and forth of their issues about the other one not really being interested. I feel like how hateful Liyah was to Daniel was a little over the top for what it was about, especially after he apologized to her. Even with knowing what part of her trauma was, it still was a little more than I felt was necessary.
There was a lot of good to the story though, great humor, friends, situations, and I loved all the parts about Chicago and of course the Field Museum where I set one of the first novels I attempted to write myself. So I think if it sounds like one you’d be interested in, you should give it a try, but if it doesn’t, then you might pass for now and come back when you have more time to fit it in.