I don’t know anyone who is excited to go to the dentist. I, personally, would rather lick a red hot poker than volunteer for the dentist chair. However, this book, might just change your mind. And if I’m being honest, it absolutely changed mine.
What I loved about this book was the characterization. Harper is a reflection of so many of us who are dealing with anxiety and depression. She’s driven, she’s compassionate, and she’s more than a little guarded. But I am one who absolutely believes that love has the power to overcome any obstacle and is worth fighting for. The chemistry between Dan and Harper is palpable. The situations they find themselves in are realistic, awkward, heart-warming, and right. The measure of a good rom-com is that you want the couple to figure out how to get out of their own way, you want them to trust in love enough to take a chance on each other. And this book absolutely hits that mark.
Believe it or not, this book actually gave me the courage to call my dentist and make an appointment. I don’t know if the author wanted to be a dentist, knows a dentist, but her skill at humanizing and sharing Harper’s compassion, made me see the folks who enter this profession in a new light.
I enjoyed this book immensely. There are moments that hit you right in the heart and others that make you laugh out loud. For me, the beginning was a little slow, though somewhat ironically, I prefer a slow burn and the chemistry got very juicy very quickly. I might have liked just a little bit more smolder before the flames, but that is entirely me.
I wanted to give a quick shout-out to @skyeslibrary for the recommendation.
For its ability to make me see dentists in a new light, for delving into elements of mental health so that the stigma can continue to fall away, and for creating a couple I genuinely and whole-heartedly wanted to see together, this book earns 4 and a half stars from me.
Nine out of ten dentists agree, Mazey Eddings’s rom-com A Brush with Love makes your smile brighter!*
*not scientifically proven
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.