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.
Title : You Deserve Each Other
Author : Sarah Hogle
Format : eARC
Page Count : 368
Genre : contemporary romance
Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Release Date : April 7, 2020
Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Hollis’ 4 star review
I wavered a bit in the actual ranking of this read because despite how much this made me laugh, moreso in the latter half but even in the beginning, this wasn’t always a.. nice story. This enemies-to-lovers (who-were-already-lovers aka affianced) romance errs very much on the side of OTT. Sometimes ridiculous, sometimes mean, sometimes (mostly) immature. There’s a definite almost-real-hate edge to this and that makes it hard to read, makes the characters hard to like, even as you can see, through Naomi’s POV (our only POV) that she hates that she doesn’t love Nicholas the way she once did. That she can be irrational, petty, self-absorbed. And that so can he.
It’s messy af. But it went from uncomfortable, weird, but still funny, to sweet, heartbreaking, and hilarious. And there was a moment at the end, where we relive something, something the reader wasn’t privy to until that moment, and I was just.. gah. The little tendernesses (is it a word? it’s a word now), the slow build up to this possible-maybe reconciliation, was gorgeous, but that scene? Wow. I have a feeling this will be one I reread and love when I do.
That said, I’m not going to say this’ll be for everyone. It almost wasn’t for me (see aforementioned uncertainty of ranking). I think some readers won’t want to tough it out in the beginning, which is valid, but I think if you can move past the antics, you will see some of the underlying issues, and then you can appreciate the one-up-manship. Or maybe you’ll only see it in hindsight. But outside of their relationship, there are also external elements that have soured things, of which family, friends, and career all play a role. This isn’t a one-note story about a couple who has drifted apart only to overlook real issues and earn an HEA. There is growth, there is understanding, there is communication. All while still being feisty and funny. Sure, it does go from one extreme to another but.. it works. Or, rather, it worked for me.
This read went from a “hm, I don’t know, it’s funny, but..” to “wow, I can’t wait to relive this all again”. So there you are. Definitely a debut to keep an eye on if it sounds like your thing and I will totally pick up what Hogle puts out next.
** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **