A review by leahsbooks
Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart

funny lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


This was my first book by Emma Hart, and it definitely won't be my last. The audiobook version was fast-paced and fun, and the narrators did a great job, although the narrator portraying Cameron sounded a little older to me.

The story was hilarious, and I found myself laughing out loud multiple times throughout the book. Mallory is a character with quite possibly the worst luck ever, and as a life-long klutz, I could identify with her. I also liked the family dynamics, and the fact that both characters came from such dysfunctional, yet supportive families. 

Workplace romance can be a great trope when done well, and I truly enjoyed seeing how Mallory and Cameron interacted while at work. However, I think that there was some insta-love that came into play, which is a trope that I struggle with. I felt that the romance could have been more believable if it was allowed to develop naturally. In addition, there was very little tension once the romance developed. It seemed like I spent the second half of the book waiting for the other shoe to drop and ... nothing. 

Regardless, this was a light and enjoyable story with characters that were likable. I'm looking forward to reading some more of Emma Hart's books.