G. Bianco, 2019
Sarah Hogle’s debut novel, You Deserve Each Other, is the rom-com novel you’ve been waiting for! Set to be released April 7, 2020, this fiancées-turned-enemies-to-lovers second-chance romance has that spark that make this a truly unforgettable novel.
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.
I will admit that at the beginning I was like “ugh just TALK to one another or break up” but once I got a third of the way in, I was HOOKED! This book had me literally laughing out loud! The pranks and shenanigans that Naomi and Nicholas pull are equal parts embarrassing and hysterical! Between dinner mishaps, stapled underwear, and overbearing mothers, this novel had me giggling to myself and I just couldn’t get enough of Naomi and Nicholas. However, these funny moments also lead to steamy imaginings and will have you itching for reconciliation between the fiancées.
If I had one critique about this book it would be that I wished the book had alternating POVs. In the beginning, I found it a bit hard to connect to the characters and I think it’s because the reader only really sees Naomi’s side of things. Eventually, the reader sees bits and pieces of Nicholas which actually correlated to their actual relationship. Naomi is so wrapped up in her own feelings and loses interest in Nicholas that she neglects to pay attention to Nicholas’s loss of interest in her as well. As they start to reevaluate their love and their lives, Nicholas’s emotions are integrated more into the story (since Naomi is more aware of them) and shows that love takes patience and work.
The message this story conveys about not giving up on your partner and rediscovering your love for one another is moving and beautiful. This novel shows that it’s not all butterflies and rainbows and that it takes time to build up a broken relationship. This realistic look at love gives hope to readers that only true love is worth fighting for and it will always find a way back into your life.
The parallels that Hogle draws between Naomi and Nicholas’s relationship in the past and in the present proves that she is a storyteller to be reckoned with! These minute details help to weave an even more beautiful tale and show that Hogle’s storytelling abilities are on point. The added layer of details just sends this novel above all other stories and will leave an imprint on the reader.
For any fans of romance, this book will be an addiction! It’s the perfect mix of enemies-to-lovers and second-chance romance that will have you wishing the book was double the length it actually is. I cannot wait to see what Hogle writes next, but in the meantime: GO READ THIS BOOK!
*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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