As a long time fan of Solomon, I knew I had to read Weather Girl. And while I thought I’d love it, I had no idea how much. Weather Girl swept me away. It was full of sizzling chemistry and character development. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
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?
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Weather Girl gave me some serious Set it Up vibes, but even better with the angle of ex-wife and husband. Immediately, I loved the narration style of Ari. I have come to associate Rachel Lynn Solomon with characters who are able to convey these tidbits of vulnerability and honesty. How we see their thoughts and feelings all tangled up with our own denial and defenses. I knew I was going to love Ari. Because of her mother’s experiences with depression, she’s convinced she has to be sunshine.
To hide her rain clouds. And so Ari’s journey explores feeling vulnerable with others, to let people see all facets of herself. She has a wry sense of narration, but it’s one of those styles which ends up also conveying a sense of character. From her fashion sense, to her passion for weather, I love Ari. A part of me related to her feelings of having to pretend and her difficulty with vulnerability. At the same time, Russell is also such a fabulous character.
Weather Girl is one of those romance books where I loved the characters. Sometimes I only love the main character and it takes me a while to cozy up to the love interest. But with Weather Girl that was not the case. Both Ari and Russell have to explore these perceptions of themselves. This gap between how they see themselves and how they think the world sees them. Solomon delves into these insecurities and fears we reflect. I loved every second of Weather Girl because it truly develops and evolves the characters within, taking us along with them.
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