I had heard nothing but good things for A Brush with Love, but even then I wasn’t prepared. A Brush with Love is a book I ended up finishing in a matter of days. My love affair with this book was like a tidal wave. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Harper is anxiously awaiting placement into a top oral surgery residency program when she crashes (literally) into Dan. Harper would rather endure a Novocaine-free root canal than face any distractions, even one this adorable.
A first-year dental student with a family legacy to contend with, Dan doesn’t have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does. Though he finds himself falling for her, he is willing to play by Harper’s rules.
So with the greatest of intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs, the two set out to be “just friends.” But as they get to know each other better, Harper fears that trading fillings for feelings may make her lose control and can’t risk her carefully ordered life coming undone, no matter how drool-worthy Dan is.
Blood, gore, and extra-long roots? No problem. The idea of falling in love? Torture.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
TW: ableism, sexism, anxiety
A Brush with Love has been so hyped to me and I am glad I gave in. I was planning on just reading a chapter one night before bed, and then I ended up staying up till 1:30am to finish. A Brush with Love is a touching and emotional story about love, vulnerability, and confronting difficult truths about ourselves. I think what I loved was how much I adored Dan and Harper singularly as characters. This dual POV does not only allow us to see each other from their POV’s, but also to appreciate them as separate characters.
I honestly couldn’t pick a character I loved more. I adored Harper’s spirit, her anxiety over her grades and the ways the people around her only see a piece of herself. How she feels like she cannot let herself be distracted. Her character growth may be my favorite of the two, mostly because I could deeply relate to some of her anxieties and the ways she tries to cope. Don’t even get me started on the cinnamon roll of Dan. What a big softy! Cannot forget how much I loved how he struggles with his family and his guilt.
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How we cannot live for someone else’s dream. All the times we have to be honest – with pain, loss, and grief – about the person we lost, all sides of them. So combined, Dan and Harper’s stories were compelling and emotional. And together? They are dynamic. Their love story and chemistry is beyond cute, it’s sizzling. I love this friends to lovers, forced proximity, and a whole other host of precious interactions. Seriously. I love A Brush with Love and the whole range of emotions it elicits. Take my word, and the hype, for real! Find A Brush with Love on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org & The Book Depository.