Five Rom-Com Heroes That We Love Because They Are Perfectly Imperfect! + Win A Copy of Better Than The Movies (Lynn Painter) ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to spotlight Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter!
Read on for more about Lynn and her book, an guest post, plus an giveaway!
Meet Lynn Painter!
Lynn Painter lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and pack of wild children. She’s a biweekly contributor to the Omaha World-Herald’s parenting section, even though she is the polar-opposite of a Pinterest mom. When she isn’t chasing kids, she can be found reading, writing, and shot-gunning Red Bulls.
Meet Better Than The Movies!
In this rom-com about rom-coms, in the spirit of Kasie West and Jenn Bennett, a hopeless romantic teen attempts to secure a happily-ever-after moment with her forever crush, but finds herself reluctantly drawn to the boy next door.
Perpetual daydreamer Liz Buxbaum gave her heart to Michael a long time ago. But her cool, aloof forever crush never really saw her before he moved away. Now that he’s back in town, Liz will do whatever it takes to get on his radar—and maybe snag him as a prom date—even befriend Wes Bennet.
The annoyingly attractive next-door neighbor might seem like a prime candidate for romantic comedy fantasies, but Wes has only been a pain in Liz’s butt since they were kids. Pranks involving frogs and decapitated lawn gnomes do not a potential boyfriend make. Yet, somehow, Wes and Michael are hitting it off, which means Wes is Liz’s in.
But as Liz and Wes scheme to get Liz noticed by Michael so she can have her magical prom moment, she’s shocked to discover that she likes being around Wes. And as they continue to grow closer, she must reexamine everything she thought she knew about love—and rethink her own ideas of what Happily Ever After should look like.
~ Guest Post ~
In Better Than The Movies, Liz Buxbaum is obsessed with rom-coms and their perfect happily-ever-afters. But what she ultimately learns – after an endless string of embarrassing situations that may or may not (and totally do) include getting vomited on in front of her dream dude - is that the perfect “one” is often the one who is surprisingly imperfect.
So let’s celebrate the messy ones.
Here are five rom-com heroes that we love because they are perfectly imperfect:
JACOB PALMER - Crazy, Stupid Love
Jacob is annoyingly smooth, the kind of smooth that comes from being an unapologetic ladies’ man. I mean, the guy uses pick-up lines – come on. That kind of cultivated false charm does not a Prince Charming make, amirite?
But when he meets Cal, we see him become a tiny bit human. And as he gets to know Hannah, he becomes wonderfully, gloriously flawed. The more he flounders and shows us his vulnerable imperfections (and abs), the more perfect – and I mean *chef’s kiss* perfect – Jacob Palmer becomes.
PATRICK VERONA - 10 Things I Hate About You
Patrick is a rebel who smokes, drinks and has a terrible – almost mythical – reputation. He is absolutely imperfect on paper for the role of Mr. Right, but total perfection in person as He Who Stands Out From The Crowd By Being His True Self – and seeing Kat’s true self, as well.
Heath Ledger was spot-on as this imperfect – and unforgettable - hero, and part of me (and I know I’m not alone in this) will love Patrick Verona forever.
JAKE PERRY - Sweet Home Alabama
In this beloved rom-com, Melanie knows exactly what she wants in her ideal man; actually, she’s already found him. Wealthy, sophisticated and from the big city, her new fiancée checks all of her “perfect mate” boxes.
But Jake, her ex, wins her back with his total imperfection. Stubborn, obnoxious and a bit of a redneck, his ability to push her buttons and get under her skin – while drawling in that most-delightful way - makes him totally irresistible.
To Melanie…and, well, to all of us.
MARK DARCY - Bridget Jones’ Diary
The man purports himself as judgmental, perfect, and like he’s looking down his very handsome nose at everyone and everything – all the time. You really hate to see it.
But when he shows an ounce of insecurity and allows us to see his battered, injured heart, we fall head over heels. In fact, we like him “very much,” just as he is.
The Darcy men – both Mark and the OG Fitzwilliam – will forever slay us with their moody, introverted imperfections.
HARRY BURNS - When Harry Met Sally
Harry is sarcastic, neurotic, cynical, dark and jaded, so OF COURSE Sally eventually falls for him. He is the antithesis of a Prince Charming, using sardonic banter instead of romantic prose to woo his love, but somehow it just works for him.
I mean, his whole “I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out” speech is the stuff of rom-com legend. Who will ever forget that wildly-imperfect profession of love?
HONORABLE TELEVISION MENTIONS:
Nick Miller – New Girl
His imperfection is off-the-charts, nonsensical, and absolutely spectacular.
Jess Mariano – Gilmore Girls
His surly ability to keep up with Gilmore banter, coupled with his swoony bookishness, make us willing to ignore every little imperfect part of him.
Better Than The Movies
By: Lynn Painter
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Release Date: May 4th, 2021
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I've been wanting to read this book ever since I saw the super cute cover art. I absolutely adore romcoms. I agree that Jess Mariano is an especially swoony leading man.