Review // A Brush With Love

Mazey Eddings’ A Brush With Love is a sparkling debut that is laugh-out-loud funny and so dear.

Synopsis

Harper is anxiously awaiting placement into a top oral surgery residency program when she crashes (literally) into Dan. Harper would rather endure a Novocaine-free root canal than face any distractions, even one this adorable.

A first-year dental student with a family legacy to contend with, Dan doesn’t have the same passion for pulling teeth that Harper does. Though he finds himself falling for her, he is willing to play by Harper’s rules.

So with the greatest of intentions and the poorest of follow-throughs, the two set out to be “just friends.” But as they get to know each other better, Harper fears that trading fillings for feelings may make her lose control and can’t risk her carefully ordered life coming undone, no matter how drool-worthy Dan is.

Blood, gore, and extra-long roots? No problem. The idea of falling in love? Torture.

My Thoughts

A Brush With Love was one of my most anticipated romances of 2022, in large part because I already found Mazey to be so fun that I knew her sense of humor and wit would translate so well on the page. And ABWL is indeed funny, while also managing to be earnest. Harper is so relatable, almost painfully so, with her anxiety and the pressure she puts on herself and Edding writes about Harper’s anxiety with nuance and care; care, in fact, weaves throughout this story—care, and affection, and safety. 

I never enjoy miscommunication as conflict, and for that reason, ABWL lost me a bit towards the end. I was frustrated with Dan for how he didn’t seem to really listen to what Harper wanted and acted as if he knew what was best for her, and I was frustrated with Harper for how she completely shut Dan out rather than communicate with him or try and work with him. Neither did themselves any favors. Still, their friend group more than made up for their silliness and I did enjoy the grand romantic gesture at the end! It also made me SO excited for Lizzie’s book! I loved her as a character.

The first part of this book was sparkling and fun and had such a satisfying slow burn. While I didn’t love the ending and didn’t feel like it was as satisfying as what I’d hoped, or that there was enough emotional growth on either’s part, I still really enjoyed this book and found it so easy to fly through. ABWL is funny and sharp but also so, so dear; there’s an earnest and authenticity in Edding’s writing that makes it a joy to read.

I also think it says a lot about this book that I enjoyed it and was rooting for Harper, despite Harper’s love of Dave Matthews Band. I am a very staunch hater of DMB. So, that alone should tell you that it’s worth reading. All joking aside, I loved Eddings’ writing style and am so unbelievably excited for Lizzie’s book. ABWL is a lovely debut and a great indicator of the wonderful things to come from Eddings.

Read this if

  • You enjoy quips and witty banter
  • You enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope
  • You love a good slow burn
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ / 5
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