Publication: 7th April 2022 – Headline Eternal
Anxiously awaiting news from the residency program of her dreams, dental student Harper Horowitz is laser focused. So crashing (quite literally) into Dan Craige is exactly the sort of dreamy distraction that she is trying to avoid.
First-year student Dan may not have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does, but he’s instantly smitten. When Harper makes it clear that she’s not interested in trading fillings for feelings anytime soon, they set out to be ‘just friends’ – a plan with the best of intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs.
Late nights in the dental lab (and the rather unsubtle match-making efforts of their friends), draw Dan and Harper closer. Still, Harper can’t shake the worry that a romance with Dan might risk everything she’s worked so hard to build.
Harper may have no trouble acing her studies, but falling in love is a whole new challenge.
Nine out of ten dentists agree, A Brush with Love makes your smile brighter!*
*not scientifically proven
I loved, loved, loved A Brush with Love! It is witty and entertaining, emotional and heartbreaking. I adored the story and I adored the characters and it is one of my favorite books of the year.
The story is told from the points of views of the two protagonists. Harper is about to graduate. She studies day and night and she is at the top of her class. She can’t afford any distraction. Enter Dan. After leaving a career in finance, he in his first year of dental studies. Unlike Harper, he is not passionate about a career in dental hygiene, but he had vowed to carry on his father’s practice and legacy. Their attraction is immediate, but, as mentioned, Harper is focused on her studies and she doesn’t have time for anything else so she wants to be just friends, but Dan wants something more. The more time they spend together, the less Harper can’t deny her feelings for him, but will she be able to overcome her fears?
Harper and Dan are incredible, adorable, authentic characters. They are flawed, under pressure, still suffering from their past and I loved them so much! Harper is a girl after my own heart. I adored this character. Of course, I loved the character of Dan, too, but Harper is the one I felt more related to. I really felt for her. I understood her fears, her obsession, her social anxieties. She was authentic and real and I loved how she developed throughout the story. I also enjoyed Dan’s development and growth. He’s so adorable and sweet!
A Brush with Love is one of those books that captured from the first page and kept me so engrossed that I keep thinking about it days after I finished reading it. There is romance and friendship and it perfectly tackles themes of mental health and social anxiety. The story is beautiful, well-written, and addictive and I already know it’s one of these books that I will reread in the future.
A huge thank you to Headline Eternal and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of the novel.
Mazey Eddings is a neurodiverse author, dentist, and (most importantly) stage mom to her cats, Yaya and Zadie. She can most often be found reading romance novels under her weighted blanket and asking her boyfriend to bring her snacks. She’s made it her personal mission in life to destigmatize mental health issues and write love stories for every brain. With roots in Ohio and North Carolina, she now calls Philadelphia home.
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