Weather Girl By Rachel Lynn Solomon
Book/Novel Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Book/Novel Title: Weather Girl
One of… Amazon’s Best Romances of JanuaryApple Books’ Best Books of JanuaryGoodreads’ Hottest Romances of JanuaryBuzzfeed’s Most Anticipated Books of 2022Popsugar, Parade.com, The Nerd Daily, and Fangirlish’s Most Anticipated Books of 2022A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this electrifying romance from the author of The Ex Talk. Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer. In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell. Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?
I picked this book up because I had been seeing so many good reviews and loved the aspect that one of the MCs and love interest had a “dad bod” instead of being absolutely ripped like in every other romance. This was a book that did not disappoint and definitely lived up to the hype. I loved Ari and getting to see an insight into what it is like working for a news station and being a weather girl. I especially loved that “weather girl” turned out to be such an endearing term that Russell used for Ari. This story was heartwarming and seemed more real than other romances out there. The relationship took its time to grow and we got to see the characters learn more about each other. There is also the side of the book that deals with the different aspects of depression and how they can affect people. I loved that the author chose to represent this in the book and to show readers who might not have depression what it is like for those who do. There were plenty of moments where this book had me laughing and I really loved the story. Overall, it was a great story and I loved the characters. I wouldn’t describe it as one of my favorite romance books I have read but I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance read.
The story Ari Abrams is a Seattle weather girl on a local tv station. She has been enamoured with veteran weather presenter Torrance Hale since she was little. Her family life hasn’t been the easiest growing up with a mother with depression and a disappearing father. Ari puts on a happy face but behind the scenes, she also suffers depression but seems to manage with meds and therapy. One evening she chats to Russell Barringer, a sports reporter at the tv station and they hatch a plan to help Torrance and her ex-husband and station manager Seth get back together. It should help them both as the vibe between the two is making things in the office uncomfortable. But will their plan backfire? My thoughts The narrator of this audiobook has such a perfect voice for this part, it feels like she is bringing Ari to life. Gentle and calming and pretty sweet, just as I imagine Ari to be. I loved this soft story! Slightly weatherbeaten by life, both Ari and Russell find common ground in their Torrance and Seth matchmaking plan. And then so many other pieces of their life puzzle fit together so well too. Russell is conscious of his not-too-perfect bod, but Ari loves him all the more for it. He has a pre-teen daughter, who does some matchmaking herself. Ari is scared to reveal her mental health issues, Russell pretty much takes it all in his stride. I love how “Love” in this story equals acceptance of each other, of family, and all the good and crazy bits together. A story like a warm hug
I didn’t hate this book, and I didn’t love this book. It was a cute slow-burn that had great representation and some steam, but I just felt like it was missing a SPARK for me to really get into it. I didn’t feel any chemistry between Ari and Russell, so the open-door steamy parts of the book weren’t really believable to me. There were funny parts, and I loved the weather puns! As someone who has anxiety and depression, I love how open the author was about mental health in this book.
*SPOILERS BELOW* If I could rate this 10 stars, I would. Ari is a meteorologist at the local TV station in Seattle. Russ is one of the sports guys. Their bosses are divorced and making work a completely toxic environment. One night, Russ and Ari drink too much at a bar and decide to hook their bosses up in order for work to become bearable. This book RUINED me. It felt so close to home b/c Ari struggles with depression, something she got from her mother, who she resents. Russ is a fat single father, who had a child at 17. He’s insecure but has a heart of gold. Ari totally falls for Russ, and it’s steamy and gentle and wonderful. The big issue is that she’s terrified he’ll leave her when she’s in a depression rut (“Dark Days”) so she ends up breaking this off with him. BOY-O did this hit for me b/c I’ve felt the exact same way. This book is so kind toward mental illness. I am a Rachel Lynn Solomon fan for life now.
As a self-proclaimed Rain Stan™️ and clinically depressed individual I resonated with Ari so much. She might be the protagonist of Rachel’s the most like me. She has a beautiful arc with her mental health and her relationship with her mother that I loved reading about, and watching her fall in love with not just Russell, but also the family he’s created, was the cherry on top of a double fudge sundae. Russell is so SOFT! RLS is a pro at writing sweet and sensitive love interests. He’s a single parent (!!!) to a lovable 12-year-old daughter that actually contributes to the story. Ari and Russell are also coworkers at a news station, a fun setting for a relationship that isn’t 90% banter and 10% rivalry (see: The Ex Talk). And I have to plug the third act conflict for not feeling cheap or drawn out. The progression of their relationship was so natural and the soft, quiet story was savored like hot chocolate on a rainy day. ALSO! It’s a nursing back to health romance, which hits the spot every damn time. This is Rachel’s steamiest book and her first with chapter titles (just wait until you get to chapter 26 hehe). While it does have mental health rep, it’s still light and fun, and walks the line of a romcom. BONUS: set over November to April so it’s a great winter read! TW: depression (includes therapy/medication discussions), absent parent, side character in mental hospital, discussions of s*xism/m*sogyny in workplace Rep: fat hero, depressed heroine (own voices), Jewish rep (own voices), positive portrayals of therapy and medication, side mlm couple ——– queen really writes two books a year & each and every one is a 5 star whew her talent
Rachel Lynn Solomon’s “Weather Girl” was a sweet novel, though at times quite racy. It took off slowly for me, and I considered not finishing it, but I kept reading and am glad I did. Ari is a meteorologist at a Seattle radio station, where the staff are one big dysfunctional family, mainly because those in charge, Torrence (of the always perfect lipstick) and Seth are always at each others throats, making the atmosphere at the station toxic and stressful. Oh, and Torrence and Seth happened to have been married for a long time, but divorced five years earlier. Ari, and co-worker, Russell, are convinced the divorced couple still have feelings for one another, and that if they can get them back together, work will be so much more pleasant. What Ari and Russell did not stop to consider was that they, too, might fall for one another. Ari’s mother suffers from debilitating depression. Ari suffers, as well, but has her depression under control with therapy and medication. She never feels she can let anyone truly know her, know that part of her that can be very bleak, at times. At the start of the novel, she is getting over a broken engagement which she blames on the fact her fiancé could not handle knowing the truth, that Ari is not always about laughter and joy. She cannot believe anyone will ever love her enough to love her through even her darkest days. There are fun double dates in the book, set up by Ari and Russell, dates which seem to bring Torrence and Seth closer together again while Ari and Russell seem to grow to know, and to care for, one another at a deeper level, and they relish all that that entails, including some really sexy moments. Things start to unravel when the plot to reunite the divorced couple who, by the way, are Ari’s and Russ’s bosses, is discovered. At times, the novel feels like an emotional roller coaster, but most of the time it is a pleasant story about falling in love, what constitutes family, and the hectic life at a radio station. It’s a quick book, well written, touches on subjects people often try to hide or bury, though not so much as to weighs down the novel in darkness. Mostly, I would describe it as a fun book I enjoyed once I got well into its pages.