Those of us who love Romance novels have asked ourselves a time or two just what inspires the authors to write the stories they do. Passionflix’s latest Rom-Com, Wait With Me, based on the book of the same name by Amy Daws, gives us a glimpse of that.
Best-selling Romance author Kate (Madison Lawlor), who goes by the pen name Mercedes Lee Loveletter has struggled to regain her writing mojo. She is working on the final book in one of her most popular series and has writer’s block. When she realizes she feels most inspired at the Tire Depot mechanic shop, she starts sneaking in daily to work on it. Now, I don’t think a mechanic shop is an ideal place to relax because the scent of tires doesn’t give me pleasant vibes, but it works for Kate.
As weeks go by, Kate can slip in and out undetected. That is until she’s spotted by Miles (Andrew Biernat), an attractive mechanic at the shop one day. She thinks he will turn her in, but he doesn’t. Something is intriguing about her, and he wants to know more. He becomes even more interested in her when he learns why she spends so much time in the shop. He’s never met a Romance author before, and he thinks her process is fascinating.
Kate immediately dubs him with the title of “book boyfriend” because his whole vibe and look fit the mold. As the two of them start spending more time together, they enter into a friends-with-benefits arrangement. Kate soon realizes there are even more benefits to her relationship with Miles. He starts to give her the inspiration she needs, leading to her deciding to change the title of her current book to The Mechanic. She asks Miles to help her with her research, and he’s happy to oblige.
As stories like these often go, Kate and Miles’s relationship strengthens, and they both realize they want more. While this is the standard formula for Rom-Coms, and just Romance in general, this story works. What makes it work is the unique story. Writers Colleen Davie Janes, who also directed this film, and David A. Gregory did a great job adapting Daws’s book for the screen. Nothing about the story comes off as cheesy because some Rom-coms can be a little on the cheesy side. The pacing of Wait With Me is perfect too, and it keeps you glued to the screen. The cast is also great, which is essential.
From the moment the film opened, I found myself enjoying Lawlor onscreen. She has a fun energy, and she brought something great to the character of Kate. Kate is an unapologetic woman who is not afraid to say what’s on her mind, and she seems like someone you could hang out with and be friends with. She made me laugh throughout the film, and the comedic balance was enjoyable. Biernat, who happens to grace a few of the covers on some of the Romance novels I own, was also entertaining to watch. Before Wait With Me, I wasn’t aware he was an actor.
His performance was impressive, and he brought a rugged but soft touch to the character of Miles, and he was a big teddy bear. I loved watching him with Lawlor, and their chemistry was everything. I highly recommend checking out Wait With Me if you like a good rom-com. Even if you aren’t a fan of the rom-com genre you will still enjoy this movie. I have to say it’s one of my newest favorite adaptations that Passionflix has to offer.
Wait With Me is available to stream on Passionflix.