Hey all, Dani here.
It is the last day of work before the long weekend that is Easter, which means by the time this post goes live, I will have finished up my first work week back on first shift, and will definitely be looking forward to a long weekend of continuing my existence as a hermit. I kept up at work fine, but my body is a bit sore from working muscles that haven’t been utilized that much the past few months sitting at a desk.
So I have another review to share with all of you. I definitely have been reading a bunch of books, and have felt a deep urge to write up reviews for each and every one…which means lots of posts to share with all of you. I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you guys with posting like 10-12 posts a week instead of just 7.
Anyway, I have to thank G.P. Putnam’s Sons and NetGalley for granting me early access to this book. As always, getting a digital copy of this book did not affect my rating or review in any way. All right, let’s jump into the review.
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
ISBN: 0593085426 (ISBN13: 9780593085424)
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.
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.
Rating: 3.5 stars
For the first 15% I honestly thought I was going to DNF this book. I found both Naomi and Nicholas to be so annoying and irritating, and I did not imagine that I would be able to actually finish the book. From the beginning I got the sense that Naomi was self-absorbed and vain and rude and so aggravatingly conceited and basic. Then there was arrogant, better-than-thou, know-it-all, condescending Nicholas.
But I reread the synopsis, and reminded myself that this is supposed to be a lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers story. So I stuck with it. And as they both realized that neither of them was happy with things, and not wanting to be the one left holding the bill for a cancelled wedding, it became an all-out prank war between the two, trying to push the others buttons enough for them to call it quits.
That is where the story started to get good. It started to get funny with moments of emotional vulnerability. Watching them try to one-up each other was entertaining.
I will say that this was pretty easy to read. It flowed well, and despite not liking either character in the beginning, I still found the story weirdly compelling.
This isn’t a book that I would call a favorite, and I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone, but it overall was a pretty good read. I’m glad I stuck it out past my initial dislike of the characters. As the story progressed and the facade of acting perfect and in-love faded away, both became a bit more relatable and real.
Where to Get a Copy
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