4-star,  Audio,  M/M,  Sweet sweeter sweetest

When Harry Met Harry by Sydney Smyth

This is a re-telling of When Harry Met Sally. Obviously. I’m generally not a fan of these kind of re-writes, but this one had gotten some really nice reviews, so I thought I’d give it a shot anyway.

And, it was rather great actually.

It’s a cute as heck, friends-to-lovers story with a minimum of steam (unfortunately).

Synopsis: Harrison “Harry” Fields is a good-natured, music teacher who believes in soulmates. Henry “Harry” Lee is a cynical businessman who doesn’t believe in love. They meet for the first time on flight from Singapore to L.A. And when the plane lands, neither of them wish to ever see the other one again. Only they do. And however awkward that next meeting is, they end up forming a tentative friendship. A friendship that only grows over time.

Harrison was a total sweetheart. He might have been overly naïve with some pretty heavy hippie-vibes, but he was honest and lovable.

Henry, though? Not so much.

I liked that both Harrys evolved during the story. They both had some serious self-discovery to do before reaching their goal (of a happily ever after). But Henry’s waffling back-and-forth was damn exhausting. I mean, he admits to being attracted to Harrison, he loves spending time with him, acknowledges that Harrison is his best friend. But even when everything points to the fact that Harrison feels the same way, Henry keeps being an obtuse prick.

It simply went on too long and it lowered my appreciation of the story with a whole lot to be honest. For the longest time, I thought it would be a 5-star, but in the end, it became a 4-star.

But basically, this is a really sweet story. It’s a slow-burn romance (emphasis on slow) and with a satisfactory ending. But if you’re easily irritated (like me) by main characters acting (too) stupid for (too) long a time, then; be warned.

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I'm a Swedish book nerd reading mostly steamy English romance novels. And since there is so much good stuff out there, and so much shitty stuff too. I just want to give credit where it's due (and diss the rest).