You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
Yeah, I talk about this book way too much. There's a reason for that-- it's perfect, I love it. The best read of 2020 for me thus far. If you really want to hear more on it and how much I love this one, I'd suggest looking at my previous review of it or my Best Book Recommendations for the Bored post.
But here's the synopsis:
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.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Yes, it's another romance, whatever. Honestly I think the title does this book injustice because it is so much more than just a beach read. It reaches deeper and really touches the reader's emotions. It's not just a light, easy read, but it's not dense and heavy either. It does have rom-com vibes, but you also get a good look into the characters. The narrator is disillusioned with the world after her dad's death and learning he wasn't the person she thought he was. While the romance is a big component of the plot, so is the narrator's journey to acceptance and coming to understand her dad and the choices he made.
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.
Here are two that I've read recently and utterly fell in love with! Meaning I really wish more people have read them and would talk about them!
Best Contemporary Novels
Best Fantasy Novels
Best Action Novels
Best Dystopian Novels
Favorite Novels (Website)
Favorite Novels (Goodreads)