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Love Buzz: A Novel

Love Buzz: A Novel

Current price: $17.99
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Harper Perennial
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“I loved this book! Neely Tubati Alexander is a writer to watch!” —Emily Giffin

“A sparkling debut about grief, love, family and the road not taken.” Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of The Rewind and Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing

In this spectacularly enjoyable and serendipitous adventure, a chance romantic encounter during a wild night at a Mardi Gras bachelorette party sends strait-laced Serena Khan’s carefully constructed life into chaos.

A wretched maid of honor. A hangover from hell. Raucous Mardi Gras crowds. There isn’t much Serena Khan is enjoying about this four-day New Orleans destination bachelorette party for her semi-estranged cousin, the bride-to-be.

UNTIL sparks fly with a handsome stranger, who—like her—is also from Seattle, at the ladies’ last stop of the evening, a Bourbon Street bar. After their conversation is cut short, Serena is overwhelmed by the desire to find the charming man with the brooding eyebrows, but her list of clues is pretty short:

His name is Julian

He lives on Chamber Hill

He works at a tech company

He loves Lil Wayne and Nirvana

The need to find him is, for Serena, both irresistible and totally irrational. In a few short weeks, her college alumni magazine is featuring her in a “Life at Thirty” feature, cementing her as a success story. She will have officially achieved the safe, stable life her late mother insisted upon. Julian is not part of the plan.

As she combs Seattle for her New Orleans flame, stripping away the perfectly curated life that would have made her mother proud, Serena must decide if the pursuit of real passion is worth it, and fast, before she destroys the life she always thought she wanted. 

In a sharply funny, thoughtful, and romantic debut combining the wistfulness of Rebecca Serle with the witty sizzle of Emily Henry, Neely Tubati Alexander prompts us all to ask if the life we’re living is a life worth loving.

About the Author

Neely Tubati Alexander is originally from the Seattle area and resides in Arizona with her husband and children. Her debut novel, Love Buzz, won the Zibby Award for Best Beach Read and was hailed by Good Morning America as “the perfect escapist read . . . absolutely delightful,” and Booklist declared her “an exciting new romance writer.”

Praise for Love Buzz: A Novel

“For anyone who has ever gritted their teeth through a bachelorette weekend, Love Buzz is the perfect escapist read. . . . A journey into identity, love, fate, and determination, Love Buzz is absolutely delightful.”  — Good Morning America

"An exciting debut novel." — Pure Wow, "Best Beach Reads of Summer"

"Love Buzz offers readers a delightful story sure to spark moments of thoughtfulness and joy as Serena seeks a life crafted for--and by--herself, which just might include the very charming man she must find again." — Shelf Awareness

“[An] outstanding debut . . .. Readers will be swept away . . . Alexander's inclusive representation of diverse backgrounds and sexual identities in lovingly crafted characters with rich and unique personalities is truly impressive. Readers will hope for more from this exciting new romance writer.” — Booklist (Starred Review)

"Funny, thoughtful, original, and romantic, Love Buzz is an deftly crafted novel by Neely Tubati Alexander that will have a very special appeal to readers with an interest in rom-com style contemporary romance." — Midwest Book Review

“A charming debut. . . . Endearing side characters that readers won’t get enough of round out this moving tale of embracing life’s imperfections. Tubati-Alexander will win plenty of fans with this.” — Publishers Weekly

“Growth, change, and a little bit of luck are at the center of Alexander’s romantic debut. . . . well-written. . . . emotionally satisfying . . . . Will appeal to romance readers who like their books with a hefty dose of personal growth and women’s fiction aficionados seeking a happily-ever-after.” — Library Journal

"I loved this book! Tubati Alexander is a writer to watch!" — Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed

“A sparkling debut about grief, love, family and the road not taken. Neely Alexander asks readers to consider what happens when you open closed doors and step through to the adventure on the other side. I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next.” — Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of The Rewind and Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing

Love Buzz is a delightful love potion you’ll want to drink in one gulp. Warm, tender, and life-affirming, a reminder that chasing love is the most worthwhile pursuit.” — Taylor Hahn, author of The Lifestyle