Meet Cute Book Club will celebrate sexy, swoon-worthy Romance reads every month. While we'll mostly focus on contemporary love stories, we're excited to read across sub-genres within Romancelandia. This month, we're chatting about Iris Kelly Doesn't Date by Ashley Herring Blake! Meet Cute Book Club is hosted by Loyalty's resident Romance mavens, Sandie Chen and Chardai Powell, who are committed to an inclusive book club for anyone ready for romances that make you laugh, swoon, blush, and occasionally cry. Join us in-person at Locavino at 7 PM on Wednesday, February 21st for this month's book club! Plus, enjoy an extended happy hour deal of 25% off all glass pours & appetizers at Locavino when you mention you're part of the book club happy hour. Please RSVP using the form below to let us know you'll be joining us for this month's meeting so that we can reserve enough seats. Email us at with any questions.


A fake relationship after a horrible one-night stand is anything but an act in this witty and heartfelt new romantic comedy by Ashley Herring Blake.
Everyone around Iris Kelly is in love. Her best friends are all coupled up, her siblings have partners that are perfect for them, and her parents are still blissfully married. And she’s happy for all of them, truly. Iris doesn’t want any of that—dating, love, romance. She’ll stick to her commitment-free hookups, thanks very much, except no one in her life will just let her be. Everyone wants to see her settled down, but she holds firmly to her no dating rule. There’s only one problem—Iris is a romance author facing an imminent deadline for her second book, and she’s completely out of ideas.
Perfectly happy to ignore her problems as per usual, Iris goes to a bar in Portland and meets a sexy stranger, Stefania, and a night of dancing and making out turns into the worst one-night stand Iris has had in her life. To get her mind off everything, Iris tries out for the lead role in a local play, a queer retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, but comes face-to-face with Stefania, whose real name turns out to be Stevie. Desperate to save face in front of her friends, Stevie asks Iris to play along as her girlfriend. Iris is shocked, but when she realizes the arrangement might provide her with some much-needed romantic content for her book, she agrees. As the two women play the part of a happy couple, lines start to blur, and they’re left wondering who will make the real first move....


Ashley Herring Blake is an award-winning author. She holds a master’s degree in teaching and loves coffee, arranging her books by color, and cold weather. She is the author of romance novels, young adult novels, and middle grade novels. She’s also a coeditor on the young adult romance anthology Fools in Love. She lives on a very tiny island off the coast of Georgia with her family.


Sandie, who's in her 40s, started reading Romance in December 2016 as an escapist balm from the all-consuming news cycle. Hundreds of happily-ever-after titles later, she's partial to swoony contemporary and historical romances, particularly ones with endearing and funny supporting characters. Her favorite tropes are friends to lovers, forced proximity, and fake relationship.

Char, who's in her 20s, has always loved Romance and the enduring heart skips and butterflies that comes with it. Her favorites usually fall under contemporary and new adult romance, and her bookshelves are 98% romance, ranging from the messiness of being in love with your best friend's brother to the angsty buildup of enemies to lovers.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
8519 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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ISBN: 9780593550571
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Berkley - October 24th, 2023

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