The Rom-Commers: A Novel

The Rom-Commers: A Novel

by Katherine Center

Narrated by Katherine Center, Patti Murin

Unabridged — 11 hours, 21 minutes

The Rom-Commers: A Novel

The Rom-Commers: A Novel

by Katherine Center

Narrated by Katherine Center, Patti Murin

Unabridged — 11 hours, 21 minutes

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Overview

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Screenwriting, hollywood… and a cute boss? Katherine Center returns with another dazzling rom-com that will have you doodling in the margins with your favorite gel pens.

This program features a bonus scene and an author's note-both audio-exclusives-and acknowledgments read by the author.

"Patti Murin offers a fun, vivacious performance of this lively romance...with steady pacing and a believable narration, this romance will charm listeners." -AudioFile on Hello, Stranger

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 re-write 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 L.A. 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 green-lit. 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?

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press.


Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

04/08/2024

Center (The Bright Side of Disaster) botches a clever premise about an aspiring writer too trapped by family obligations to have a career and an established writer too trapped by his career to have a family. Emma Wheeler put her Hollywood dreams on hold to be a full-time caretaker to her father, but when her manager, whom she shares with “screenwriter’s screenwriter” Charlie Yates, suggests Emma become Charlie’s live-in ghostwriter to fix his appalling rom-com script, Emma gets a second chance at the career she always wanted. Unfortunately, Center has Emma rhapsodically explain rom-com tropes but doesn’t deploy them effectively herself. The meet-cute is more of a meet-ugly, with Charlie calling Emma an “unproduced, underachieving, failed nobody writer off the internet.” This would be fine if Charlie underwent the necessary character arc to become a worthy hero, but instead he’s shoved through the standard beats of a romance novel before he’s developed at all, making scenes like the one in which he carries a fainting Emma bridal-style into his home feel forced, rushed, and out of character. It doesn’t help that Emma is incapable of taking no for an answer, especially when it comes to physical intimacy and Charlie’s reasonable concerns about consent. Additionally, Emma’s boundary-smashing, superfan approach to everyone she meets in L.A. veers from rom-com heroine awkwardness into cringeworthy nonprofessionalism that makes it tough to root for her. Readers will be better served elsewhere. Agent: Helen Breitwieser, Cornerstone Literary. (June)

From the Publisher

"Center, the prolific author of many romances, clearly understands what it takes to create a winning romantic comedy and puts Charlie and Emma through many of the most delightful rom-com tropes (enemies to lovers, forced proximity). But the book, like all of Center’s work, doesn’t completely eschew darkness—both Emma and Charlie are dealing with trauma and grief. A winning romance that deftly balances heft and humor." —Kirkus

"Winsome and charming, Center's latest is that perfect blend of romance and overcoming life challenges that her readers treasure." —Booklist (starred review)

“This rom-com about a rom-com offers a pretty predictable storyline, but the enjoyment comes from the tongue-in-cheek commentary on its own genre. As Center writes, ‘If you’re surprised by the ending, somebody wasn’t doing their job. We all know where it’s headed. The fun is how we get there.’” —USA Today

“Grumpy Boy and Sunshine Girl is one of the best tropes and it’s back again in this meta romcom…will the kissing come off the page to the other page? We’ll find out, and I will likely be squealing like a pig throughout!” —Betches

Kirkus Reviews

2024-04-05
Sparks fly when a struggling screenwriter gets the chance of a lifetime to write a rom-com with her hero.

Once upon a time, Emma Wheeler dreamed of being a screenwriter. She put her dream on hold, however, to care for her father, who’s been living with both partial paralysis and Ménière’s disease since an accident 10 years ago. Emma lives for her family now—caring for her father around the clock and doing whatever she can to make sure her younger sister, Sylvie, has the chance to go to college and pursue her passions. But then her manager offers her the miraculous opportunity to help her hero, Charlie Yates, rewrite his first-ever romantic comedy. Charlie typically writes big, blockbuster action films—romantic comedies aren’t his forte, and his first attempt is terrible. But romance is very much in Emma’s wheelhouse, and she knows exactly what Charlie needs to make his screenplay sing. The only problem? He very much does not want her help. He also doesn’t like rom-coms and may not even believe in love. But Emma’s living in Charlie’s fancy L.A. house for six weeks, there to help him rebuild his very flawed movie, and she’s ready to work. Before the screenplay can get better, she has to teach Charlie a few things about romantic comedies (and life in general). This means going line dancing and maybe even kissing…for research purposes. Center, the prolific author of many romances (Hello Stranger, 2023, etc.), clearly understands what it takes to create a winning romantic comedy and puts Charlie and Emma through many of the most delightful rom-com tropes (enemies to lovers, forced proximity). But the book, like all of Center’s work, doesn’t completely eschew darkness—both Emma and Charlie are dealing with trauma and grief. Emma’s feelings of guilt and responsibility toward her family make her journey toward a happily-ever-after with Charlie feel all the more satisfying—as Emma’s dad wisely says, “Happiness is always better with a little bit of sadness.”

A winning romance that deftly balances heft and humor.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159407832
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 06/11/2024
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 343,049
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