The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston is a book that’s been on my radar since the author announced it. So when Berkley approached me to read and review this one I couldn’t say now! This book released last week, so if you’re still wondering about this book this post may help you out. Keep on reading to find out more about The Dead Romantics and my thoughts!
A disillusioned millennial ghostwriter who, quite literally, has some ghosts of her own, has to find her way back home in this sparkling adult debut from national bestselling author Ashley Poston.
Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead.
When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father.
For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it.
Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is.
Romance is most certainly dead . . . but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she’s ever known about love stories.
The Dead Romantics caught my attention when I found out it was about a ghost writer. I’m a fan of anything that has characters that love books or do something with books. I can tell you that this book checked off all the boxes for what makes me love a book. And I can say that I read this book in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down.
After her relationship goes wrong Florence doesn’t believe in love anymore. That’s definitely a problem when you’re a ghost writer that writes romances. When she doesn’t get an extension on her deadline Florence is afraid her career is over. To make matters worse her father suddenly dies and she has to go home.
Florence was a character I really loved. She’s sassy, sweet, hard working, but she’s isn’t always easy on herself. Just like her dad she sees ghosts and a good deed made her run away from her home town as soon as she could. I feel like Florence really grew in this book. Realizing she doesn’t always have to do everything herself, she can open herself up to love again, and seeing ghosts is just a part of her.
The romance in this book had me laughing, swooning, and hoping something would happen to make them get their happily ever after. Benji was such a fun character. Even though he thinks he’s dead and not sure why he’s still sticking around he really opens up to Florence. Their interactions and time together really left me with a smile on my face. I honestly loved every minute with these characters.
I could keep ranting about this book, because I loved it that much, but I don’t want to write a book about this book, haha. If you’re looking for a heartwarming, emotional, funny, and touching romance I really suggest picking up The Dead Romantics. I’ll definitely be reading this one again!
The Dead Romantics is definitely going to make my favorites of 2022 list! I loved this one so much. What was the last book that you loved? What do I need to read? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.