Handle With Care is Ms. Verebes' debut novel, and with vibrant characters, vivid descriptions, fabulous plots, I'm all in if this is her caliber of writing!


The Description

Publication Date: July 23, 2021

What would you do if you had twenty minutes alone with your idol?

Gemma Fox is a self-confessed unlucky-in-love geek treating herself to a weekend at a pop-culture convention on Australia’s sunny Gold Coast.

Drawn there by the temptation of seeing her celebrity crush, Everett Rhodes, the last thing she expects is to wind up trapped in an elevator with him. Parting ways, Gemma has no reason to suspect that their paths will cross again. After all, he’s a celebrity. She’s just a fan who lives on the other side of the planet.

Besides, her life is not a rom-com. (At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.)

However, life has other plans. And Everett -stupidly charming, frustratingly handsome Everett- is hard to resist.

But when things get complicated, Gemma and Everett are both faced with the same dilemma:

How can they make things work when they live in completely separate worlds?

The Review

Handle With Care by debut author A.M. Verebes is a RomCom with lots of family and friends, pop culture, angst, sadness, tears, laughter, loving with some heat, romance and ultimately love. Set in Australia, the vivid descriptions made me feel like I was there.

Gemma lives in Australia and meets her idol, Everett, from one of her favorite shows when they are stuck in a hotel elevator together. From there, they have a whirlwind friendship that turns into more as Gemma plays tour guide while Everett remains in Australia for a few more days. But since Everett has to return to L.A. for work, their friendship has an expiration date. 

Based on some unexpected happenings, Gemma does try to get in touch with Everett once he’s back in the states but was never able to reconnect. When Gemma’s brother tracks Everett down at another convention in Australia, Everett gets the shock of his life but manages to step up to the plate. From there, we go on a rollercoaster ride with Gemma, Everett, their families, and friends.

The story has a good flow, and there were some laugh-out-loud moments. There were also miscommunications since Gemma and Everett often misunderstand the other’s intent. There were some heavy arguments and silent treatments as a result. When they were on the same page, though, their interactions were light. I loved Everett’s terms of endearment for Gemma and how they could often read each other so well—especially after knowing each other for such a short time. There is a happily ever after in the offing that plays out nicely, but the book ended too abruptly for me.  

Handle With Care is Ms. Verebes’ debut novel, and with vibrant characters, vivid descriptions, fabulous plots, I’m all in if this is her caliber of writing!Buy Links

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About The Author

Anita (A.N.) Verebes is a daydreamer, writer, and author of the debut romance novel ‘Handle With Care’.

As a professional civil marriage celebrant, Anita makes a living telling other people’s love stories and celebrating real romance! Also armed with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Anita is a qualified—but not practising—High School English teacher who loves to read anything she can get her hands on, including fanfiction. (And, yes, she’s written her fair share of that, too.)

Living directly between Queensland’s sunny Gold and Sunshine coasts, Anita spends her days exploring the Great South East with her husband and their two rambunctious sons. When at home, she’s also a slave to two cats and one very spoilt Great Dane X.


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JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for - and which is on hiatus. Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


  1. Handle with Care sounds like a must read for me and I can’t wait to read this debut novel and find me a new author! Thanks for sharing it with me! JoAnn, thanks for sharing your great review! Have a spectacular holiday season!


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Handle With Care is Ms. Verebes' debut novel, and with vibrant characters, vivid descriptions, fabulous plots, I'm all in if this is her caliber of writing!4-STAR REVIEW: HANDLE WITH CARE by A.N. Verebes