** Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion **
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 05. 19. 20
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Here’s the thing about writing Happily Ever Afters: it helps if you believe them.
Here’s the thing about me: I did until the day of my father’s funeral.”
I’ve been on this horror, zombie, thriller sorta binge lately.
Lovey dovey reads was so not what I was in the mood for, but this. This ladies & gents was worth the read!
For those who haven’t read it yet, I suggest stopping right here and going in knowing as little as possible!
I buddy read this one with Norma @readinginthecountry and so glad I did!
I loved that we both had very similar thoughts and feelings about the story and the characters and their relationships.
I was definitely caught off guard by how hot and heavy this book got! 🔥🔥
It was blue ball territory.
“I dreamed about Gus Everett and woke up needing a shower.”
*gush* I really liked Gus! January was frustrating at times, but I loved watching her and Gus’ relationship develop.
Both Norma and I felt the last 25% of the book lost a bit of steam. Although loose ends were tied, I wanted more from the Sonya storyline. I just felt the whole point of January going to the beach house was to get answers and closure about her dad’s other relationship. Instead, that part was short and still left me unsatisfied. I would have also liked to hear her mother’s side of that story.
Overall, it was a wonderful story. One that would make an excellent book club selection.
A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.
Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They’re polar opposites.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.