Rachel Lynn Solomon
Reading Weather Girl was a great start to the new year. Hopefully all the books I read in 2022 will be this enjoyable!
In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari, a TV meteorologist, and Russell, a sports reporter, decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.
A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this electrifying romance from the author of The Ex Talk.
Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.
In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.
Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?
Weather Girl is a fun friends-to-lovers romance ignited by the two protagonists creating a plan to rekindle their bosses’ romance to restore a healthy work environment. I always find that I enjoy romances more when they deal with real life issues and have depth beyond the romance. Weather Girl definitely checked these boxes while being adorable and humorous.
Rachel Lynn Solomon gets so much right in Weather Girl. Ari, the female protagonist, suffers from depression. Solomon’s handling and descriptions of depression were so accurate. She also discusses the fears having a mental illness often instills as far as relationships go. While my depression has presented very differently than Ari’s, I deeply related to her feelings.
Weather Girl is one of the few contemporary fiction books I have read that have Jewish characters. This was refreshing and done in a way that is representative of those who are mostly culturally Jewish, as so many people I know are. Solomon also wove in plot related to the fact that Christmas is the default American winter holiday and how often employers and others get “holiday parties” wrong.
I enjoyed Solomon’s writing and thought it made the book easy to breeze through. I loved that she crafted a romance where adults actually acted like adults. I am so often annoyed by adult characters, particularly in romances, that act immature and childish. My only critique is that there were a few events that I cannot imagine happening in real life… or at least not at any place I have worked. Professional (nude) couples massage with your boss, anyone?
Overall, I loved Weather Girl and can see it being one of the best romances that I read in 2022. I cried, I laughed, and fell in love with the genuine characters of this story. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in contemporary romance books!
January 11, 2022
Note: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher, Berkley Books. Regardless, I always provide a fair and honest review.