[REVIEW] You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

[REVIEW] You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

To paraphrase Chandler Ainsley’s review of this novel, it was bizarre, but I didn’t hate it. I didn’t hate this novel at all, and in fact, I finished this novel feeling like my heart had grown two sizes.

Naomi and Nicholas are engaged but they hate each other, or so Naomi thinks. She is set on being the worst fiancée she can be in order to get Nicholas to call off the wedding. Obviously, this doesn’t really go as planned.

Admittedly, the beginning of this book made me kinda sad. I could see that there was a huge misunderstanding on each of the love interests’ parts. I was honestly a little confused on how they got there after just two years and having already committed to getting married.

The beginning was a little rough, but when it turned around, BOY did it turn around. Sarah Hogle is incredible at writing sweet moments between two characters. I almost started tearing up at how sweet Nicholas and Naomi became towards each other.

The one thing I don’t think I’ll get over is how Naomi was treating Nicholas when it just seemed like he was needing support. It was also just felt like it was written with the intention of being quirky which can sometimes put me off. The second half of the book was so, so worth it though, and I absolutely recommend this as a fun and unique romance for anyone who needs something new.

Rating: ★★★★1/2

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[REVIEW] Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by Sarah Ready

[REVIEW] Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by Sarah Ready

“I know it’s not a modern sentiment, that I should be happy with my career, my single life, my autonomy, but darn it, can’t I be a successful, modern woman and still want someone to love? A family to love?”

This quote sums up what I thought this romance would be about: the balance between being a modern woman and being someone who wants love. What I got turned out to be so much more.

Josh and Gemma Make a Baby is a tender and funny romance that takes on infertility, modern feminism, and toxic positivity. Of all of these, I was most pleasantly surprised with how Ready handled toxic positivity.

Gemma reminded me of a childhood friend I had, one who always tried to look on the bright side of things. This in itself was refreshing–I’ve never read a heroine exactly like this. But then as the story goes on, Gemma realizes the over-generalized optimism of her disgusting boss’s ignores what it’s actually like to be human sometimes. I just loved the use of quotes and their breakdown by the end.

Josh was a sweetheart. I haven’t read many “brother’s best friend” tropes, but this one did not disappoint. His care-free attitude with the occasional sincere breakthrough contrasted the toxic positivity of Ian so nicely. The only thing I wish for this book is a few more sweet moments with him and Gemma and maybe one more of the two with his dad to really solidify our attachment to the characters.

That being said, I adored the discussion of IVF and infertility along with the friends Gemma makes at her support group. I don’t hear many discussions of how hard infertility is for those with uteruses, so it was very refreshing to have this representation here.

At times, the writing felt cheesy, but I think it worked for this book. This romance falls into many tropes that romance readers are familiar with and by all means is not trying to do anything new with the genre, but something new is not what I need from a romance. This novel is a solid romance. It is definitely better than a lot of the more popular romances from the past year.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★★★★ 

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