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WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR: a nostalgic romantic comedy

Recipe for a Boston Classic Cocktail: one part finance geek, one part starving actor, two shots of stubborn and a healthy squeeze of passion. Shake well and serve in a vintage glass.

When Kate Bishop walks into Boston’s famous Bull and Finch pub, all she’s looking for is one guy from her investment firm that she can trust to have her back—a tall order. With a salesman at her side, maybe stage fright won’t paralyze her completely when she presents her meticulously prepared research to clients. And maybe she can save her job.

Romance is the last thing on her to-do list, but a meet-cute with a Shakespeare-quoting bartender has her speculating on the value of diversifying her life portfolio.

Will Talbot is not a fan of the slick financiers who cram into his bar after each day’s closing bell. With their calls for Harvey Wallbangers and their Hermès ties, they’re all the same.

Except for a certain beautiful, buttoned-up brunette with fire in her eyes and a storm in her heart. They’re totally wrong for each other. He should be focusing on his upcoming audition, not coaching Kate on how to act like she’s a bona fide member of the Gordon Gekko club.

Problem is, they can’t seem to stay away from each other.

The course of true love never did run smooth, but in this 1980’s sweet-and-sexy rom-com, returns on love can’t be measured on the S&P 500.


“This is my first book by Karen Grey and I’m hooked.” —Rellim Reads

“Kate and Will share a sizzling attraction and complex connection, giving me all the feels in this timeless romance.” —Jen, That’s What I’m Talking About

This is a fabulous read that’ll take you back in time, make you swoon, and serve you with a heavy dose of nostalgia. Smart escapism at its finest! Five bitchin’s stars for What I’m Looking For!” —The Rogue Reviews

“Set in the 1980s, this funny yet warmhearted character-driven tale checks all the boxes for classy contemporary romance while providing the longed-for “something different” readers seek out. It’s smart. It’s sexy. It’s sophisticated romance at its best.”—Lea Hensley, Audiogals

This story was bodacious! Totally Tubular!” Live, Laugh, Love and Books

I felt like I was in a time warp and I loved it.” Betty Loves Love

I loved listening to this ’80s romantic comedy…from the meet-cute to the epilogue.” BookFan

I enjoyed the period details and the believable struggles of Kate in the workplace (balancing fitting in with the corporate culture and cringe-worthy #metoo moments). Although I was confident of a HEA ending, that didn’t detract from the fun of this romance, complete with Shakespeare quotes and an insider’s look at Boston.”Beth Fish Reads

“Shakespearean actor Will and financial analyst Kate aren’t exactly star-crossed lovers, but, despite intense attraction, they can’t ever seem to stay together very long. Set within the Boston theater community and the (equally dramatic) world of high-stakes consulting, Grey’s wry, charming, and compulsively readable first novel demonstrates that, when it comes to romance, falling in love is only the beginning.”—Dana Sachs, author of The Secret of the Nightingale Palace

I grew up in the 80’s and so I am glad that Karen Grey decided to make a romance series based in the 80’s as it was rather nostalgic. Just look at that cover, phones with cords!! 😉”Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My

A very character-driven book that took me back to when I was just starting out in the workforce in the mid 1980’s (one of the best decades!). Take a trip back in time when people actually left messages on answering machines (before texting was a thing) and enjoy!”Comfy Chair Books 

“With lots of 80’s references throughout the book, and the narration by the always brilliant Joe Arden, and the fabulous narration by the author herself, Karen Grey/White has made an instant new fan in me.”Audio Killed the Bookmark

“The part that I loved the most: the random Shakespeare quotes littered throughout the story. They fit so well, and with Joe Arden’s voice on the audio, oh yes they sounded so sweet. Kerri, Goodreads

Not to give too much away, but there is a point in the story where Will, through his acting, is able to work through a painful part of his past. This scene to me, demonstrates what a wonderful actor Joe Arden is. The emotions he unleashes are so powerful it really took my breath away.” —Christie, Goodreads 

Ah, the 80’s…pagers, answering machines and waiting days for a call, oh my!” —Kathryn, Goodreads

Would I listen to this book again? Yes. Would I read this book? Yes. Would I read more by this author? Yes. Would I listen to more work done by our narrators? Yes to both. I want to see where all of them will take me next.”—Lynn, Goodreads

This book was a delight. It is a well crafted romance set in the 1980s between two characters who seem to exist in separate worlds yet cant deny their attraction to each other.”—Christine, Goodreads

Karen Grey/Karen White is among a trend of narrator’s switching hats to writing and it is a success! This book is funny while also tugging at your heartstrings. Karen’s narration is great as usual, but it’s Joe Arden’s emotional performance that may surprise audiobook listeners. It’s gutwrenching and beautiful that will have listeners hitting the bookmark button.”—Brittney, Goodreads

Wonderful Story & Narration🎧 A Heart-Warming Delight!”—Bette, Goodreads

This was a really cute blast from the past. I loved to read a book placed in a world where there were no cell phones available, people used pagers, and answering machines were a regular thing.”—Alex, Goodreads

Well-written, great lovers, real life. Even took me back to the bad old days of working in the ’80s when it was OK for old men in your office to tell you your blouse would look better if you didn’t button so many buttons! Seems like a good time for a reminder that things really have changed for the better.”—Peggy, Goodreads

I loved the 80s nostalgia of this novel. I enjoyed how Will and Kate’s relationship slowly evolves and feels realistic even in modern times.”—Kathy, Goodreads