You Deserve Each Other has quite the rom-com premise. It follows Nicholas and Naomi. They're engaged, but they don't exactly want to be. At least, not anymore. See, over the past year of their engagement, the two have fallen out of love with each other. The only issue is, there's still this expensive wedding that needs to be paid for. Whoever calls off the wedding has to pay the price. Thus, the two enter into a game of chicken, trying to push the other into calling the marriage off.
Very rom-com sounding. And yeah, the novel starts off pretty normal, not too extraordinary, but the deeper you get, the more you realize that this novel is so much more than just a rom-com.
You Deserve Each Other falls into the trope of re-falling in love with each other. And honestly I'm convinced that needs to be a more popular trope, because I don't see it often, but whenever I do the book leaves an imprint on me and I can't seem to get it off my mind. (I.e. Love & Other Words by Christina Lauren). So many romance books end when the chase is up, when they're finally together, like the chase is the most interesting part and being together is just boring. But this trope proves that's definitely not the case. Because it's not smooth sailing after falling in love, you have to keep working at it-- which is something our protagonists failed to do.
There's something so beautiful about watching Nicholas and Naomi re-fall back in love. They have to re-learn everything about the other, and learn to appreciate the things they may not have noticed before. I'd argue it's even more beautiful than falling in love the first time, because it's harder. Falling in love sometimes is the easy part, sometimes it's the stuff that comes after that becomes harder.
This book is the perfect combination of that beauty of watching a pair find each other again with the whole rom-com setting. Seriously, this book had me grinning and downright laughing out loud more times than I could count. It's just the perfect blend of things, and I couldn't give it any higher praise. I love the characters. I love the story. I love everything, except Deborah. I'm not a big fan of Deborah, but if you read the book, it's pretty easy to understand why.
Anyway, if you're not convinced to read this book yet, I don't know what else to say. It's amazing. It's beautiful. It's funny. 9.5/10 stars. I'll be keeping a close eye on Sarah Hogle, because I love her writing and can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
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. (less)GET A COPY