Ready or Not

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$18.00  $16.74
Dial Press
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5.1 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
Cara Bastone is a full-time writer who lives and writes in Brooklyn with her husband, sons, and an almost-goldendoodle. Her goal with her work is to find the swoon in ordinary love stories. She's been a fan of the romance genre since she found a grocery bag filled with her grandmother's old Harlequin Romances when she was in high school. She's a fangirl for pretzel sticks, long walks through Prospect Park, and love stories featuring men who aren't hobbled by their own masculinity.
"Accidental pregnancy is a love-it-or-hate-it construct for most romance fans, which could leave Cara Bastone's friends-to-lovers entry in a tough position. But for those willing to jive with that particular plot twist--and trust me, it's worth it--Ready or Not is an absolutely buoyant read. Vivacious and funny, Bastone's first-person perspective through protagonist Eve traces the tricky threads of single parenthood, long-term friendship, infertility, grief, and (yes) sex with skill."--Elle

"I've never read a contemporary romance novel quite like this one. This friends-to-lovers trope centers on a surprise pregnancy that's filled with heartfelt dialogue, unexpected love and a slow burn. It's incredible and I found myself not wanting to put it down. This story is endearing, life-affirming, and left me feeling buoyed and hopeful."--New York Post, "The 15 Best Books We Read in February"

"Ready or Not is the very definition of the perfect slow burn, friends-to-lovers romance. Cara Bastone's voice is wholly unique and sparkles with effervescence and joy. I savored every page."--KJ Dell'Antonia, New York Times bestselling author of The Chicken Sisters

"An absolute treasure of a book! Cara Bastone gives readers a gift, and pays humanity a compliment, with this warmly witty, profoundly tender story of a love that makes the world bigger and better. Ready or Not introduces indelible characters who navigate their entanglements with abundant, heart-bursting kindness. The result is one of the most emotionally satisfying romances I've read in years."--Joanna Lowell, author of Artfully Yours

"A wholehearted meditation on all kinds of love, this novel is pure joy."--Annabel Monaghan, nationally bestselling author of Same Time Next Summer

"With loads of humor, lovable characters, and a first kiss that will leave you flushed and breathless, Ready or Not is a delightfully romantic story that celebrates modern love and the excitement of the unexpected. Readers will adore Cara Bastone's joyful, swoony novel!"--Amy Poeppel, author of The Sweet Spot

"This is a gratifyingly modern take on the accidental pregnancy trope that acknowledges a family can come in many different configurations. The nuanced, believable characters and depth of emotion make this warmhearted romance a keeper."--Publishers Weekly

"Funny and touching; Eve's snappy voice and poignant vulnerability are a good match for the subject matter."--Kirkus Reviews

"In this contemporary rom-com, the story jumps right into the action, and even readers who don't like the surprise-pregnancy trope will find themselves glued to the page for more of Eve's snark and sense of humor."--Library Journal