Blurb: Farley Jones is being forced to date Meyer Harrigan, the man she has come to love, in order to make all of her stand-up dreams come true. It’s agony— a tragedy, even. In lieu of flowers, please send cash…
Meyer and his daughter Hazel have been everything to her since they came into her life three years ago. So, all joking aside, the stakes really are high when it’s not only her career, but both of those relationships on the line.
A former stand-up star himself, Meyer has helped the trajectory of her career take off since he began managing her… Since he became her closest and most treasured friend, in the process.
This is the only reason why, when the biggest opportunity of Farley’s career includes thrusting him back into the spotlight to stir up publicity, he agrees— despite his grumpiness, his protectiveness over Hazel, and his disdain for public attention.
When helping her includes taking those barriers down, all those funny feelings start coming out into the open, and it quickly begins to feel like anything but a joke.
Review: Who loves dry-humping? Raise your hands. Wow, there's a lot of you. Okay, well, this book has a really hot dry-humping scene that had me sweating.
End of review.
Just kidding, of course. Okay, so y'all know that Captivated by Tessa Bailey is one of my all-time favorite romance novels and, if you didn't know, the heroine is an aspiring stand-up comedian. So, I definitely have a soft spot for comedian heroines.
The difficulty with writing a comedian character though is that you have to be fucking funny, ya know? Or the entire plot kind of falls apart. I was a little nervous going into Funny Feelings that the humor wouldn't deliver. But I'm happy to tell you that it does! It does deliver. It's genuinely funny. Even the stand-up portions. So, phew...that was delightful. Plus, Meyer's job is to help propel Farley's career forward as her manager. He's in the background of her fame which was such an awesome change-up from all the heroines who prop up their heroes careers and missions and purpose in life.
Now the romance...this is a slow-burn, for sure. But the thing is that you don't even really notice or care. You're so wrapped up in the little things--the arm touches and the chaste kisses and the feelings--that you just kind of get lost in the anticipation. It is the kind of burn that leaves you breathless, waiting for the characters to figure it out and just admit their love to each other. And then when the heat hits, oh boy. It was real good and worth the wait.
I loved the addition of Meyer's daughter (and y'all know I really am not a fan of kids in my romance novels) because she acted her age and talked like her age and actually added to the plot rather than just being a nuisance meant to create drama and walk interrupt them when things are heating up. And she's deaf! So a large portion of this book is the characters signing to one another which... okay, it's a book so the words are still written, but the fact that it differentiated between spoken and signed language was really wonderful! She stole the show numerous times and was just truly a well-written, dynamic character.
Did you see the cover? So cute!
Anyways, I'd recommend this book to people who are wanting something a little different from all the baker heroines and the HR heroines and the author heroines and the bookstore owning heroines. If you love your romances to develop at a natural pace and feel really real, then you gotta pick this one up. And, again, if you like dry-humping... *chef's kiss*.