Theme for today: Amazing enemies to lovers books! Be sure to read the posts on Mia Sosa & Angelina M. Lopez too!
So I want to say that in a certain way, this is the book that has impressed me the most this year, especially since it’s a debut.
YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER by Sarah Hogle.
I’ve discussed it with a few readers and friends, and everyone who’s finished the book agrees it’s amazing.
You have to finish the book though.
The story is told from Naomi’s point of view, and we really like her at the beginning—great voice, a bit of snark, smart and witty. Then, both Nick and Naomi start to feel immature and petty. However, at about the halfway point of the book, Naomi and Nick start to change their behavior, and we better understand where they started and how they got to where they are.
I really enjoyed this book, and I thought the shift of perspective was really clever and unexpected. It was a fresh take that might have put some readers off, but if you decide to pick it up—and I hope you will—take my advice and keep going.
I truly believe you’ll be glad you did.
I am. I was a little worried about 1/3 of the way in, but I plowed on and in the end, I LOVED it.
The shift was interesting, the secondary characters were very quirky, the family dysfunction added texture and heart to the storyline.
It’s a great book and I hope you give it a read! I’m really looking forward to her next title, TWICE SHY.
YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER
When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.
Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They’re preparing for their lavish wedding that’s three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.
Naomi wants out, but there’s a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.
But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves—and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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