Review by Veronica

She looked up, and Dash stood there in nothing but boxers, rubbing at an eye with the palm of his hand. He ran fingers through his thick dirty-blond hair, and a strand fell across his forehead as he took her in. His hand landed on his hips, drawing her attention to the thick black outlines of a tattoo that traveled down and into his boxers. 

She’s written off more than she can chew…

Plot Twist is a fun and swoony rom-com.

Romance author Sophie Lyon’s ironic secret just went viral: she’s never been in love. Though her debut novel made readers swoon, Sophie’s having trouble getting her new characters to happily-ever-after, and she blames it on her own uninspired love life. With a manuscript deadline looming, Sophie makes an ambitious plan to overcome her writer’s block: reunite with her exes to learn why she’s never fallen in love—and document it all for her millions of new online followers. Which also means facing her ex-girlfriend Carla, the one person Sophie could have loved.

Luckily, Sophie’s reclusive landlord, Dash Montrose—a former teen heartthrob—has social media all figured out and offers to help. But he doesn’t mention that he’s an anonymous online crafter, a hobby that helps him maintain his sobriety. No one knows about his complicated relationship with alcohol and he intends to keep it that way. His family is Hollywood royalty, so Dash has to steer clear of scandal.

As Sophie and Dash grow closer, they discover a heat between them that rivals Dash’s pottery kiln. But Sophie needs to figure out who she is outside her relationships, and Dash isn’t sure he’s stable enough for the commitment she deserves. So Sophie suggests what any good romance author would: a friends-with-benefits arrangement. Surely a casual relationship won’t cause any trouble… 

This is a nice and easy, quick rom-com and perfect for anyone looking to escape our crazy world for a couple of hours. The story has a great balance of light, funny moments and moments with surprising depth. I enjoyed those hidden layers and complex background stories, especially Dash’s journey. I feel like I should warn bookworms that there are some triggers around addictions and anxiety. These issues are front and center in Dash’s own story. Erin did an excellent job at thoughtfully approaching these issues. 

I loved Sophie, and it was fun going on this journey of connecting with her exes to see what went wrong. Each interaction was engaging and sometimes highly entertaining, and I loved how Sophie grew as her journey went on. 

The romance in this book is nice and spicy. I loved, loved, loved Sophie and Dash’s interactions. There was just something about their chemistry that just drew me in. But of course, even though both characters can feel those sparks flying between them, they are both reluctant to act upon those feelings (especially Dash). It was enjoyable watching their relationship unfold.

Thank you, Harlequin Trade Publishing, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.