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The Rom-Commers by Katherine Center

Romance

The Rom-Commers

by Katherine Center

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Calling all rom-com mega fans, get in formation! This swoony story is a beautiful ode to love, lovers, and love stories.

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    Emotional

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    Movieish

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    Writer's life

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    Friends to Lovers

Synopsis

She’s rewriting his love story. But can she rewrite her own?

Emma Wheeler desperately longs to be a screenwriter. She’s spent her life studying, obsessing over, and writing romantic comedies—good ones! That win contests! But she’s also been the sole caretaker for her kind-hearted dad, who needs full-time care. Now, when she gets a chance to rewrite a script for famous screenwriter Charlie Yates—The Charlie Yates! Her personal writing god!—it’s a break too big to pass up.

Emma’s younger sister steps in for caretaking duties, and Emma moves to LA for six weeks for the writing gig of a lifetime. But what is it they say? Don’t meet your heroes? Charlie Yates doesn’t want to write with anyone—much less “a failed, nobody screenwriter.” Worse, the romantic comedy he’s written is so terrible it might actually bring on the apocalypse. Plus! He doesn’t even care about the script—it’s just a means to get a different one greenlit. Oh, and he thinks love is an emotional Ponzi scheme.

But Emma’s not going down without a fight. She will stand up for herself, and for rom-coms, and for love itself. She will convince him that love stories matter—even if she has to kiss him senseless to do it. But...what if that kiss is accidentally amazing? What if real life turns out to be so much...more real than fiction? What if the love story they’re writing breaks all Emma’s rules—and comes true?

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The Rom-Commers

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Logan Scott called just as I was making dinner, and I almost didn’t answer because my dad and I were singing along to ABBA’s greatest hits. There were not too many people I’d interrupt ABBA for—but yes, fine, Logan Scott was one of them.

Logan was my former high school boyfriend, who still felt guilty about the way we broke up, and he dealt with that guilt by sending me job opportunities.

Not the worst way to handle it.

It was the penance he paid for his unscathed life.

Though nobody’s life is truly unscathed, I guess.

His less-scathed life, maybe.

He was a manager. In Hollywood. For screenwriters. A very glamorous job.

Technically, he was my manager—although I’d never made him any money. I was kind of like his pro bono case.

It was fine, he always insisted. I’d pay off eventually.

I’d placed in two different screenwriting contests because Logan insisted I submit. He got me in the door freelancing for Variety. And all those movie reviews I got paid minimum wage to do? Courtesy of him.

He just kept sending me work.

I told him to stop feeling guilty. I was fine. But I didn’t exactly mean it. Not if that guilt of his was going to keep paying my bills.

Some of them, anyway.

All to say, on this particular night, Logan had a doozy of an offer for me.

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Why I love it

Katherine Center needs no introduction. And I’ve been obsessed since I first heard the story of how she got into romance—after years of reading “serious literature” for her English degree, a friend introduced her to the genre, and she’s never looked back. If you are not already on the romance train, let The Rom-Commers welcome you aboard.

Emma has dreamed of being a screenwriter since she was a kid. But taking care of her sick dad has always come first, making a real career in Hollywood implausible. Until she gets the call from an old friend that superstar screenwriter Charlie Yates has written a rom-com script...and it’s so awful they’re bringing someone else in to clean up his mess. Emma can’t say no to this kind of big break—writing alongside her personal hero!—and her younger sister knows it, too, stepping in to cover the caretaking. But when Emma gets to LA, nothing goes as planned. Charlie is an egomaniac who couldn’t care less about the project, or the no-name writer who’s been hired to work on it with him. And worst of all, he doesn’t even believe in love—that is, until he and Emma share a kiss. For script research. Except then they both can’t stop thinking about it…

Every page of The Rom-Commers thrums with Center’s love for the genre and its signature tropes. You are sure to swoon over this plucky, kindhearted heroine and her curmudgeonly beau; they’re simply irresistible.

Other books by Katherine Center

Romance
Yours Truly
One-Star Romance
Leather & Lark
Happily Never After
The Paradise Problem
Not in Love
The Rom-Commers
Butcher & Blackbird
Ready or Not
Just for the Summer
How to End a Love Story
The Second Chance Year
A Winter in New York
This Spells Love
The Gentleman’s Gambit
Red, White & Royal Blue
You, Again
Love, Theoretically
People We Meet on Vacation
Hello Stranger
Stars in Your Eyes
Part of Your World
Love & Other Disasters
Georgie, All Along
It Ends with Us
The Heart Principle
The True Love Experiment
A Rogue of One's Own
The Holiday Swap
The Bodyguard
The Love Hypothesis
One Last Stop
The Bride Test
Love on the Brain
Head Over Heels
The Reunion
This Time Next Year
The Kiss Quotient
One Day in December
Things You Save in a Fire
Lunar Love
Bringing Down the Duke
Ana María and the Fox
Beach Read
Before I Let Go
The Boyfriend Project
How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days
The Heiress Gets a Duke
The Rewind
In a Holidaze
The Kiss Curse
Kiss Her Once for Me
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Yours Truly
One-Star Romance
Leather & Lark
Happily Never After
The Paradise Problem
Not in Love
The Rom-Commers
Butcher & Blackbird
Ready or Not
Just for the Summer
How to End a Love Story
The Second Chance Year
A Winter in New York
This Spells Love
The Gentleman’s Gambit
Red, White & Royal Blue
You, Again
Love, Theoretically
People We Meet on Vacation
Hello Stranger
Stars in Your Eyes
Part of Your World
Love & Other Disasters
Georgie, All Along
It Ends with Us
The Heart Principle
The True Love Experiment
A Rogue of One's Own
The Holiday Swap
The Bodyguard
The Love Hypothesis
One Last Stop
The Bride Test
Love on the Brain
Head Over Heels
The Reunion
This Time Next Year
The Kiss Quotient
One Day in December
Things You Save in a Fire
Lunar Love
Bringing Down the Duke
Ana María and the Fox
Beach Read
Before I Let Go
The Boyfriend Project
How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days
The Heiress Gets a Duke
The Rewind
In a Holidaze
The Kiss Curse
Kiss Her Once for Me