Katie Daniels is a perfection-seeking 28-year-old lawyer living the New York dream. She’s engaged to charming art curator Paul Michael, has successfully made her way up the ladder at a multinational law firm, and has a hold on apartments in Soho and the West Village. Suffice it to say, she has come a long way from her Kentucky upbringing.
But the rug is swept from under Katie when she is suddenly dumped by her fiance, Paul Michael, leaving her devastated and completely lost. On a whim, she agrees to have a drink with Cassidy Price-a self-assured, sexually promiscuous woman she meets at work. The two form a newfound friendship, which soon brings into question everything Katie thought she knew about sex—and love.
While reading I kept thinking, “this is the perfect category romance, filled with LGBTQIA+ folks that make it even more awesome.” So much to love.
Cassidy is in the mold of a Harlequin Presents hero, a high-powered New York lawyer that works hard and plays harder. She wears exquisitely tailored suits by day and plows through a large swath through the NY lesbian scene by night. Katie, on the other hand, has become unmoored from her social network after her engagement is broken off by her cheating fiancee Paul. She pulls herself together to do the lawyer thing and ends up in a boardroom negotiating with Cassidy, another firm’s counsel. Their immediate connection makes Katie wonder if she’s ever truly known herself, while Cassidy wonders why she can’t toss Katie aside like her other lovers.
So we have an alpha heroine, another heroine that wants more from life, glamorous work in a stunning city, topped off with a meet-cute. Straight-talking best friend? Check. Romantic weekend getaway? Check. Two people falling in love, both because and in spite of their best efforts? Check and check.
It reads fast, is perfectly plotted, and kept me invested in the love story throughout. The characters are well-rounded and have fully-realized motivations, and there’s no Big Misunderstanding that makes me want to smack a heroine on the upside of the head. Katie and Cassidy’s love is earned, and it is delicious.
The writing is good, too:
Katie had never been a fantasizer of any kind. She was more of a planner, a doer. She was a pleaser of others – not one for exploring self-pleasure or whatever….
But Cassidy was hot. And the only other women Katie ever thought of as hot were the ones she wanted to be. Not do. Be.
She could almost see the other photos in a family album somewhere, of the two of them bullet-belted, toting rifles, flashing huge grins over some enormous dead animal. They were the kind of guys Cassidy would cross the street to avoid because her intolerance of them was palpable, yes, but also in fear they’d attack her for sport, too, if she came too close.
I love When Katie Met Cassidy and hope Perri keeps writing books in this vein – brava.
Thanks to G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Edelweiss for providing a review copy.