Looks Good On Paper is such a sweet contemporary romance. I was hooked right from the beginning. Of course that might be because I’m a sucker for romances that start out as two strangers connecting over a shared passion. In this case it is pen pals Zuri and Nico. Zuri is an American who signed up for a pen pal exchanged hosted by her favorite Italian paper company. Nico is the part owner of the paper company and recently had to step down as CEO due to some conflict in his personal life. He shares the company with his brother Alessandro. Alessandro is originally supported to be Zuri’s pen pal but due to his poor English he asks his brother for help. So Nico writes the letters disguised as Alessandro and finds himself unexpectedly falling for the woman who shares his love for paper.
Zuri has loved paper and stationary for as long as she can remember. Having a pen pal in another country is the distraction she needs right now. Between her awful job and some personal family issues, she feels like she is about to lose it. It is really nice for her to find someone who she connects with on so many different levels. When she finds herself taking a vacation to Europe, she knows she needs to meet his mystery man.
When Zuri heads to Europe is when things really start to get interesting. Their letters to each other are sweet but when they meet face to face the sparks are flying. Except Nico is still keeping his true identity a secret. I understood why he would do that as a way to protect himself and the business but I also knew that the secret keeping was likely going to blow up in his face. I couldn’t help but feel for Nico though as he is such a sweet guy who has gotten in way over his head.
The characters growth that is seen through the story is well done. Both characters become stronger individuals are they each finally deal with incidents that happened in the past. They are also quite the force together as they collaborate on how to make the paper company stronger. I thought Zuri and Nico balanced each other out perfectly.
Looks Good On Paper had me wanting to buy more stationary and take a trip to Italy. The descriptions of Italy were so beautiful and were gr such a wonderful background for Zuri and Nico’s growing relationship. The romance is sweet with a little bit of heat that will give you butterflies in your stomach. Basically everything really does good look good on paper.
Rating: 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**