You Deserve 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.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.

You Deserve Each Other Details

TitleYou Deserve Each Other
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN-139780593085424
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance

You Deserve Each Other Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Four let’s make a party to congratulate we have a new evil-genius, sarcastic writer in the town who knows how to write a great mean romantic comedy stars!!! I think promoting this book as a great choice for the fans of “Hating Games” might be wrong. Only thing there is similar with Sally Thorne’s book is “HATING”part. The characters are not colleagues. This is not slow burn enemies to lovers story. They’re already engaged. This could be best defined as friends-lovers-enemies-friends-again lovers Four let’s make a party to congratulate we have a new evil-genius, sarcastic writer in the town who knows how to write a great mean romantic comedy stars!!! I think promoting this book as a great choice for the fans of “Hating Games” might be wrong. Only thing there is similar with Sally Thorne’s book is “HATING”part. The characters are not colleagues. This is not slow burn enemies to lovers story. They’re already engaged. This could be best defined as friends-lovers-enemies-friends-again lovers story. Because the chronology of the couple’s relationship developed as I summarized. At first the book a little irritated me. Because both characters acted like spoiled toddlers, immature brats who were evil minds trying so hard to sabotage each other or they were mostly each other’s throats! Sometimes I wanted to put duct tapes on their mouths and scold them to learn act like real grown-ups. Let me introduce you Naomi who is about to lose her job, has limited connection with her family. She is making A,B,C,D plans for her life but she doesn’t get any action. And her fiancée, our hero, Nicholas, charming, successful but also a little arrogant, snob, annoying and truly mother’s boy. Yessss, we had a MOTHER-IN LAW-ZILLA OR MOMAZILLA ALERT! Deborah, the evil queens of mother-in laws is quiet mash-up of Miranda Presley( Meryl Streep’s Devil Wears Prada character), Mary Louise Wright ( Meryl Streep’s Big Little Lies character), Eleanor Shaw ( Meryl Streep’s Manchurian Candidate character)! Okay she’s definitely evil version of Meryl Streep! SO I was about to give two stars to this book! Because first 100 pages I hate the guts of the characters. Both of them were definition of shining, rising “DOUCHEBAGS” I found it ridiculous their decision to stay together. If they hated each other so much and said so many things to ruin what they had before, they should take time off or begin to communicate about what’s happening to them.Playing games, working on multiple creative pranks might look like fun but they didn’t do anything about the elephant in their living room that not only broke all the valuable, fragile things but also is about to destroy their relationship. Naomi seemed like too much coward to get an important decision about her life and Nicholas seemed like too stubborn to end things with her. But I have to admit, the pranks they’ve orchestrated were so entertaining. Few pages later you began to root for Nicholas who was really trying to save their relationship. Without asking Naomi, buying a new house and making decisions about their lives seemed like a wrong move. But later we realized he did the right thing. Because he didn’t only buy a house, he also bought a place they could become a couple who still love each other and make things work. THINGS MADE ME RAISE MY STAR POINTS:- The second half of the book the couple made peace and realized the reasons why they fell in love with each other and they learned from their mistakes and turned into PARTNERS IN CRIME.- The part how they met made me smile too much!So yes, I had a little bad start but the witty, entertaining writing mesmerized me. I laughed so much especially the part Naomi and Nicholas’ hiding behind the closed door not to invite Deborah inside their house and telling their excuses from alien abduction to Nicholas’ real identity as Shia LaBeouf!I had great time with this debut novel. So happy I lately meet with fantastic new writers.Special thanks to Putnam and NetGalley for sharing this amazing ARC COPY with me as exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    serotonin: peakingbuddy (re)read with my taste twin and the one who has to cave to peer pressure--------------The best things in the world are as follows:- when you perfectly toast a bagel. I mean we all know how easy it is to underdo that bad boy so it’s still a weird squishy bread circle or even more likely, burn that baby till it’s glorified charcoal but when you really find that sweet spot...(chef’s kiss)- baking cookies and then eating them while they’re still warm, and then you eat a whole serotonin: peakingbuddy (re)read with my taste twin and the one who has to cave to peer pressure--------------The best things in the world are as follows:- when you perfectly toast a bagel. I mean we all know how easy it is to underdo that bad boy so it’s still a weird squishy bread circle or even more likely, burn that baby till it’s glorified charcoal but when you really find that sweet spot...(chef’s kiss)- baking cookies and then eating them while they’re still warm, and then you eat a whole tray because if you made them they don’t count as caloric- genuine, believable enemies to lovers where you really feel them fall in love and also it’s funny and also everything is perfect.Aka this book.Because I am extremely picky about books and am disappointed by most of what I read, I like to do this very adorable and charming thing where when I like one thing, I assume I will like everything that is similar to it.I very much enjoyed The Hating Game (possibly to an extent in which I compared myself both to a jack o’lantern and a gif from Disney’s Tangled in my review, I don’t know, who’s to say), and so I assumed I would like every rom-com. Especially ones that were actually funny.Especially-especially of the enemies to lovers.And, like the new Star Wars movie and orange-flavored Skittles and every other disappointing thing, that was not to be.But finally, FINALLY, my suffering has been rewarded.Because...dare I say it…This book is better than The Hating Game.I KNOW.Look at us. Hey! Look at us. Who would’ve thought?Not me.This is The Hating Game in terms of tropes and plot and the overall yay-falling-in-love feeling it gives off, but with better characters. And more humor.GOD. This is so funny it doesn’t make sense. Since when are books funny? When was the last time I truly laughed at a book and I wasn’t laughing out of all the anger and hatred in my cold dark soul?Not sure. Well before this, I’ll tell you that.But it wasn’t just a barrel of laughs my friends. It also made my heart hurt, but in the good emotional way where you’re like, oh my god...fools...just love each other...kiss already...except also don’t because the drama and conflict and miscommunication and will-they-won’t-they (they will) is the fun part.Basically what I’m saying is: I don’t know how to love anything without being obsessed with it, and I already want to read this eleven more times.Bottom line: I didn’t play Animal Crossing for this! ANIMAL CROSSING!!!--------------simply rereading this so i can write a kickass review and not because i've been searching for a reason--------------please don't tell anyone i burst into tears at the gushy part of this book. it'll ruin my bad-boy image.review to come / POSSIBLY FIVE STARS--------------just saw this quote from this book: “I’m a miserable cynic (a newer development) and a dreamy romantic (always have been), and it’s such a terrible combination that I don’t know how to tolerate myself” and instantly started reading it because girl if that ain't me
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    you know the feeling when you discover a new trope, you love it, and now you want to read all the books that have it? thats me right now. this whole ‘refalling back in love’ theme is both the cause and cure for my heart arrhythmias. seriously, have i been living under a rock? why is this trope not more popular? the whole process of two people trying to remember why they fell in love with each other can go in so many good directions. in the case of this novel, its cute and fun and flirty and touc you know the feeling when you discover a new trope, you love it, and now you want to read all the books that have it? thats me right now. this whole ‘refalling back in love’ theme is both the cause and cure for my heart arrhythmias. seriously, have i been living under a rock? why is this trope not more popular? the whole process of two people trying to remember why they fell in love with each other can go in so many good directions. in the case of this novel, its cute and fun and flirty and touching. i loved the banter between naomi and nicholas. it made me so sad when they fought because of just how good they are together. i love the how they rekindled their friendship and saw what they had was worth sacrifice and fighting for. i really enjoyed this and i am looking forward to what SH puts out next!↠ 4 stars
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  •  Teodora
    January 1, 1970
    5/5 "this book cracked me up" ⭐Not having any idea what this whole book was about except for the few exciting prompts that the synopsis promised, I dove head-first into it and boy, that was an experience I wasn’t expecting.I mean, yeah, by now I realised that enemies-to-lovers tropes are my jam, but lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers plot with insanely good comedy? Sweet baby Jesus, YES.Given the fact that this was my fifth rom-com novel of the week, I thought I was going to be kind of passive about it 5/5 "this book cracked me up" ⭐Not having any idea what this whole book was about except for the few exciting prompts that the synopsis promised, I dove head-first into it and boy, that was an experience I wasn’t expecting.I mean, yeah, by now I realised that enemies-to-lovers tropes are my jam, but lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers plot with insanely good comedy? Sweet baby Jesus, YES.Given the fact that this was my fifth rom-com novel of the week, I thought I was going to be kind of passive about it but honestly, it was one of the best rom-coms I’ve ever read and I don’t exaggerate when I say that I put it on my “Favourite Books” shelf because I might consider re-reading it someday. This is how much I enjoy it.The whole plot felt somehow fresh.It started when Naomi and Nicholas were at the beginning of their relationship and everything was candy floss and unicorns. You know, the usual “I’m so in love with this perfect and gorgeous person omg I can’t believe how lucky I am” shit. Which is cute, but this is how rom-coms usually end, not start with.The rest of the book until at least the half of it it’s what happens after two years of relationship and, whoopsie, an engagement. Finally, I get to see how love dies in a romance book! Thank the divinity.Naomi hates Nicholas with a passion. With two passions, actually, because she has to deal with his Mummy Dearest too.Just picture it, Nicholas is Mummy’s adult boy, the Perfect Son™ who gets out of his way to please his parents (who are some sort of ungrateful snobs, btw) and he always puts Naomi on the second place just because she is not assertive enough to rub it in his face.At first, I honestly hated both Nicholas and his mother (Deborah, Deb for friends *wink wink*) and I had this vivid image in my head of a perfectly shaped hoof on either of their faces because boy, they deserved a donkey-kick in their mouths. (Nicholas is a dentist so, pun definitely intended).Nicholas was being a total pig with Naomi and by the time she realised that, Hurricane Naomi was unleashed. And it felt so damn good. She hated him and she wanted nothing more than make his life a living hell until he, eventually, called the wedding off. But the thing is, two could play this game and so Nicholas launched in this little war of marriage, not letting Naomi have her way.I honestly loved the comedy in this. I haven’t laughed like that in such a long time it felt like aeons. But this book was so witty with words that I couldn’t help but crack up every five pages. The banter is just amazing.The second half of the book was extremely sweet – it was a journey of discovering lost feelings and learning how to fell in love all over again. It was tender and fun and lovable and nerdy and delicious and it felt like that childhood blanket that you forgot about but when you found it again and held it tight to your chest it brought back all the good times.I am so happy I picked up this book because it was the best combination of comedy and romance – one of the most balanced novels of this genre that I’ve ever come across.To me, this book felt more like an actual film, where I could see perfectly with my mind’s eye everything I was reading. To me, it was like that comfortable romantic comedy that one watches over and over again and never gets tired of because it feels somehow safe and true.I am definitely impressed and I am – for sure – going to re-read this at least once.(Book-styled)
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars You Deserve Each Other is Sarah Hogle's debut novel and it blew me I away! I haven't laughed so hard or felt so much while reading in quiet a while. Definitely one of the best books I've read this year. Naomi is in a rut. She's engaged, but half the time she doesn't even know if she wants to be with her fiancé anymore. Too bad the wedding planning is so far along, or else she'd probably call it quits. Her mother-in-law to be is a nightmare and she's finding it hard to tell if her fian 5 stars You Deserve Each Other is Sarah Hogle's debut novel and it blew me I away! I haven't laughed so hard or felt so much while reading in quiet a while. Definitely one of the best books I've read this year. Naomi is in a rut. She's engaged, but half the time she doesn't even know if she wants to be with her fiancé anymore. Too bad the wedding planning is so far along, or else she'd probably call it quits. Her mother-in-law to be is a nightmare and she's finding it hard to tell if her fiancé even cares. Eventually, they get in this war of sorts. Pranks ensue and all bets are off. And let me tell you, it's a wild ride. I'm not sure if I've ever had this much fun reading a book before. We already know each others worst. We've battled right through it and come out the other side unbreakable. Naomi and Nicholas... I couldn't tell you which one I loved more. At the start of the book I couldn't tell if I would like Nicholas or not but he grew on me and I fell hard. Naomi is fierce, strong, and a take no crap heroine. Nicholas seems like a weaker hero and a bit of a mama's boy at first, but the second half of the book, boy did he shine. He showed Naomi through his actions that she was his priority and I laughed and swooned so hard. This story captivated me from the start. I love when a book can keep me fully engaged, and this did just that. The characters are endearing and their back and forth was top notch. Plus, the writing was strong and witty. I couldn't put this one down. It was emotional, hilarious, sweet, fun, and just everything I wanted. This book was truly fantastic and I couldn't have loved it more. The enemies to lovers, the banter, and the romance... sigh. It was perfect for me. I'll be reading whatever else this author rights. I have a feeling that this will be my favorite debut of the year and maybe even my favorite book. I give this the highest of 5 stars and can't recommend it enough!
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  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    I woke up thinking about this book this morning and already wanting to reread and that alone warrants it a 5 star. It’s safe to say I am obsessed with it.But if you need reasons to pick it up then I have some, I guess. This is generally a trope that works for me. I enjoy second-chance love stories. I enjoy seeing what makes a couple fall in love again, or in this case, save their relationship as well. There are always a whole load of factors that come into play when a relationship almost breaks I woke up thinking about this book this morning and already wanting to reread and that alone warrants it a 5 star. It’s safe to say I am obsessed with it.But if you need reasons to pick it up then I have some, I guess. This is generally a trope that works for me. I enjoy second-chance love stories. I enjoy seeing what makes a couple fall in love again, or in this case, save their relationship as well. There are always a whole load of factors that come into play when a relationship almost breaks down. And whilst this story covered that up with humour, sarcasm and pettiness which I highly enjoyed, the dislike between them was still palpable. To the point where I had doubts these two characters would make their relationship work. I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. But then it gets to a point where they’ve had enough and fighting becomes exhausting and we get exposed to these glimpses of vulnerability and tenderness, which made me choke up a bit and makes them remember why they fell for one another. And had they communicated from the beginning and boundaries been set, it could’ve all been avoided. However choosing to be open with someone isn’t always that easy. I always dislike it when characters get questioned about why they couldn’t communicate their feelings. It doesn’t come naturally to most people. Being vulnerable isn’t something that is taught and frankly, is tough as shit. Especially when you’ve already feel like you’ve been dismissed several times. But they chose to make it work.All in all, every part of this story clicked for me. They formed and defined their own family, they chose to work hard at their relationship again and through all of that, it made their relationship all the more better than when they initially got together. They became a team. ———————GIVE. ME. THIS. BOOK!!!!
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure I've ever laughed that hard while reading a book.Ever.Like, out loud with tears running down my face. Not even kidding a little bit.Ok, and that may be because the timing on this was nigh on perfect. I was very much in the mood to Carole Baskin my husband when I came across this book, and it hit me directly in the funnybone.See, my spouse & I were at the time going several rounds over this hideous thing he did to our mailbox after a few too many Margaritas.He got this brilliant idea I'm not sure I've ever laughed that hard while reading a book.Ever.Like, out loud with tears running down my face. Not even kidding a little bit.Ok, and that may be because the timing on this was nigh on perfect. I was very much in the mood to Carole Baskin my husband when I came across this book, and it hit me directly in the funnybone.See, my spouse & I were at the time going several rounds over this hideous thing he did to our mailbox after a few too many Margaritas.He got this brilliant idea to use these rocks he found on the side of the road, some ratty sort of half-dead grass plant, and CACTUS that (I'm assuming) he also found on the side of the road. Then he stuffed all of his redneck plants into the ground and dug up the surrounding grass at some sort of an off-kilter angle and plopped his nasty roadside rocks all around my poor mailbox.WHO THE FUCK DOES THAT?!I was so mad I kept getting up that night to peer angrily out the window at it. Eventually, I stomped downstairs and slept on the couch. For THREE days. Each morning I would put on a pot of coffee and make my way upstairs while he was getting ready for work, just so that I could Google things in front of him like this: Cute Mailbox Landscaping.The Proper Way to Landscape Your Mailbox.How Not To Look Like a Hillbilly When Landscaping Your Mailbox.How to Fix Fucked Up Mailbox Landscaping.My vacation to the sofa pinched something in my spine, causing my leg to tingle unpleasantly for days afterward. In fact, I'm still revving up the heating pad at night to make up for sleeping on that caved-in monstrosity that my children have ruined with their inability to sit down on anything gently.And yet, even with the knowledge that my big toe and right ass-cheek will likely continue to have the odd twinge for the next few weeks, I'd still sanctimoniously snatch up my pillow and loudly make my way downstairs.Why? Because I wore him down!Was there ever a doubt in your mind?And right now when I look out my window and peer at my mailbox, there's a nice set of pavers surrounding some colorful bushes and tasteful plants accented with white rock. Here's how it went down:7am Day 3Him: So. What? Are you saying you don't like what I did to the mailbox?Me:Him: Fine then. I guess I'll just go out and move it all BEFORE I GO TO WORK THIS MORNING.*pauses for me to tell him not to trouble himself*Me:Him:*happy sigh*Gone are the half-dead sprigs of roadside weeds. Gone are the mismatched rocks thrown haphazardly in an off-centered half circle. Gone are the torn clumps of cactus pushed into the ground with all the finesse of a drunken toddler. Although the mailbox itself still tilts slightly to the left because he ran it over with the U-Haul on the day we moved in. This was apparently my fault, though, because I had parked my car in such a way that it obscured his field of view. Whatthefuckever. Idiot.I said all that to say this, the level of gleeful pettiness in this book is something that you can only have between two people who realize they are financially & socially trapped together - in my case, till death do us part. These two were only engaged and already they were feeling the pinch!Now add 20 years to that...At some point, every part of a couple's life becomes unbelievably twisted together. What should be comforting can start to chafe, and then the quiet realization sets in that you two are fucking stuck together. You can't leave because then you're the asshole that left. You can kiss your mutual friends goodbye because they are inevitably going to side with your poor discarded ex.Also, you usually get stuck footing the bill for shit if you leave. BUT.If you get the other one to pull the plug on the life support? Well, then you can skip-a-dee-doo-da right out the door free and clear as the injured party!How exactly do you go about getting someone to leave you once you realize that they have the same plan in mind? That is the story You Deserve Each Other is telling.The insidious future mother-in-law, the preppy snob of a fiancee, the feelings of annoyance mingled with embarrassment...And when our hilarious heroine pulls off her gloves and throws away all of her fucks it turns into a giant game of relationship chicken. I honestly can't believe this was Sarah Hogle's debut book. How? This woman is legitimately so funny she may be responsible for saving my husband's life. Instead of feeding him to a tiger, I just went and read a little more of this book. In fact, I'm buying the book so the next time he pulls something stupid (and he will) I will have something to do with my hands other than choke the life out of him.It's a win-win situation! Highly Recommended!PS - I'm looking for a reasonably priced meat grinder. Asking for a friend.
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  • Arini
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 StarsIt is a truth universally acknowledged that the enemies to lovers trope—of which I pride myself in being a true fan—is SUPERIOR. You Deserve Each Other takes the ‘hating you to loving you’ debacle to the NEXT LEVEL. It’s glowing with bitterness that only a special someone (who’s not me) can absorb. I’m not overstating when I say I’m tremendously devastated by how much of a disappointment this book is.Nicholas and Naomi are engaged. But they’re having a not so little trouble in paradise. 2.5 StarsIt is a truth universally acknowledged that the enemies to lovers trope—of which I pride myself in being a true fan—is SUPERIOR. You Deserve Each Other takes the ‘hating you to loving you’ debacle to the NEXT LEVEL. It’s glowing with bitterness that only a special someone (who’s not me) can absorb. I’m not overstating when I say I’m tremendously devastated by how much of a disappointment this book is.Nicholas and Naomi are engaged. But they’re having a not so little trouble in paradise.“All I know is that a few months ago I woke up from a very long sleep and discovered I was engaged to someone I can barely stand.”The two of them decided that the best way to get out of the situation is to lock themselves in a battle of wills where one voluntarily goes the extra mile to be OBNOXIOUSLY DESPICABLE to the other. The endgame is to see which one of them will raise the white flag first. Ikr, how very mature of them!“My engagement to Nicholas Rose is a game of chicken.”From here on out, what shall be the pettiest, nastiest, and most childish ‘pranks and emotional warfare’ to ever go down in history ensues.I’m genuinely confounded. How anyone thinks this book is fun and entertaining is beyond me. These two prideful sons of bitches are NOT bantering. They are BICKERING, and it’s not funny nor it is sexy. I could probably accept it if the delivery had come off sounding playful, teasing, and held the underlying pretext of affection.But that is not the case.The words that run out of their mouths are plain offensive, rude, and condescending. Idk, maybe I need a medical check up with Dr. (insert any world famous comedian) to see if there’s something wrong with my sense of humor, but I COULD NOT for the life of me STAND these two. Furthermore, Naomi’s cynicism was really not helping.I’ve never wanted to STRANGLE someone as much as I did her. I hated that everytime Nick tries to communicate his feelings, she only belittles him and turns whatever he says against him to make herself the victim. I’d been understanding of her predicament, but any sympathy I had for her was gone, PUFF! Goodbye, consider yourself CANCELED!But worry not!The book did get BETTER.For everyone else at least.There are a number of sweet re-falling back in love moments in the second half. The problem is, the first half SCARRED me so deep I had a PTSD. Everytime I found myself swooning, smiling, blushing, and laughing under my breath over the adorable things these two fools do (view spoiler)[(Leon’s car fiasco, the fishing scene, the notes, the flowers, the cat fight and almost dry hump scene, the teaming up against evil mother in law scene) (hide spoiler)], I chided myself for feeling anything but contempt.I’m not a relationship expert, but I do believe that what these two are going through is not uncommon. What’s implausible to me is how any real couple can fall back in love with their significant other by purposefully being mean spirited, stubborn, vengeful, and vindictive to each other. And not in a love disguised as hate kind of way.I mean, I could see that Nick’s intention has always been to save the relationship. Naomi’s is the opposite bcs she’s such a cynic. Maybe it’s enough that one person is fighting for both. But we didn’t even get Nick’s POV. And inside Naomi’s head, there’s too much HATE and NEGATIVITY that I just didn’t buy what this book was selling me. I don’t get this book, and I’m okay with it. If not, maybe a little hurt. (Read as an Audiobook)
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book three times in one week. I think that should tell you something. I hope that something is: PICK UP THIS BOOK!!!This book is marketed for fans of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.And they are so right because this book is like The Hating Game turned up to eleven! Naomi and Nicholas were hilarious in their efforts to mess with each other. The length they went to were both juvenile and petty and I loved every second of it!Mixed in with all their pranks and not so subtle jabs at each I read this book three times in one week. I think that should tell you something. I hope that something is: PICK UP THIS BOOK!!!This book is marketed for fans of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.And they are so right because this book is like The Hating Game turned up to eleven! Naomi and Nicholas were hilarious in their efforts to mess with each other. The length they went to were both juvenile and petty and I loved every second of it!Mixed in with all their pranks and not so subtle jabs at each other, it is very obvious that the two still do care for each other and that was probably the best part. They knew all of each other's weak spots and used every advantage at their disposal, all while somehow remaining amicable enough to coinhabit.I think the following passage describes their relationship best of all: "When I'm in the bathroom, he orders me a Dr. Pepper, which he knows is my favorite.Before we leave, I wipe all the crumbs onto our plates and stack them, which I know he appreciates because he tries to be helpful with the busboys.When we get back out to the car, we plot how to ruin each other's lives." Throughout the book there are a lot of arguments, some of them petty and some of them valid. There is lots of family drama and character growth.But there was also the underlying romance that grew throughout it all.Naomi and Nicholas were great to read about. I loved their antics, but more than that I loved the complexity of their relationships. They love so much about each other and yet don't actually like who the other is, or rather, who the other has become over time. They are trying to figure themselves, and each other, out and that was the best part of the book. I loved seeing their journey to being people who they themselves, and the other, both love.I did originally give this book four stars and it's because I have to admit, the characters are kind of annoying at first. They act like spoiled brats. They barely tolerate each other and acted as if they were justified in their behavior while the other was obviously wrong.  Naomi is whiny and self-absorbed. Nicholas is an arrogant momma's boy. That does change as the book progresses and it was something I sort of overlooked in my rereadings since I knew what went down later.Still, I don't doubt that I will probably be rereading this book yet again in the future.If you're a fan of The Hating Game, I highly recommend this one. And if you haven't read The Hating Game, then I recommend this even more. If you're one of the few who hated it, then maybe this won't be for you, but also, I say give it a shot.All of that said, if you simply like great and hilarious and well written contemporary romances, then this is the book for you.I can't wait to see what else this author has in store for the future!**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest
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  • ✨ A ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Sarah Hogle for blessing 2020 with my new favourite comfort book. It's been days since I've finished this one and I feel like I'm having withdrawals. “Enjoy your Thanksgiving!” he calls over his shoulder.“You two are assholes!” she calls back. “You deserve each other.”I send her a thumbs-up. “Thanks!” Naomi and Nicholas are that perfect couple. The one who everyone envies. The one who's sickeningly cute instagram posts make you hate and love them at the same time. What started out Thank you to Sarah Hogle for blessing 2020 with my new favourite comfort book. It's been days since I've finished this one and I feel like I'm having withdrawals. “Enjoy your Thanksgiving!” he calls over his shoulder.“You two are assholes!” she calls back. “You deserve each other.”I send her a thumbs-up. “Thanks!” Naomi and Nicholas are that perfect couple. The one who everyone envies. The one who's sickeningly cute instagram posts make you hate and love them at the same time. What started out as love has slowly turned into resentment, Naomi is tired of faking happiness, because in a few months time they will be walking down the isle and Naomi has to figure out a way to back out of this engagement without it seeming her fault. Because she knows that if she's the one to break it off — Nicholas's controlling mother will make sure she pays the extensive and nonrefundable wedding bill. Much to Naomi's surprise, it seems Nicholas has been ‘faking happy’ too. Trying to push her away so that he doesn't have to end their engagement. And so commences a war of pranks and sabotage between two stubborn people. When I’m in the bathroom, he orders me a Dr Pepper, which he knows is my favorite.Before we leave, I wipe all the crumbs and used napkins from the table onto our plates and stack them, which I know he appreciates because he tries to be helpful to the busboys.When we get back out to the car, we plot how to ruin each other’s lives.Okay so everyone was right about this being like The Hating Game. Sarah Hogle wrote Naomi in a similar style that Sally Thorne wrote Lucy — with rambling inner monologues and crazy exaggerated thoughts. Please don't think I'm complaining. I. LOVED. IT. I was laughing so much while reading this book, I had a permanent smile on my face! The pranks, the pettiness — were top notch. I found myself reading right through the night laughing at the juvenile antics of both Naomi and Nicholas, it was endlessly entertaining! Let's talk about the lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers ( or does love-to-hate-to-love fit better? Idk) trope. I have come across this trope many times before. It's quite popular as it usually goes hand in hand with the ‘second chance romance’ trope. But none other was as good as this one.What I loved most was the growth! In between the pranks you get the sense that neither of them has ever been real with the other. When both Naomi and Nicholas start to let their guard down bit by bit and begin reflecting on their own contribution to the problems of their relationship. They've both been faking perfect and it was lovely to see them both rediscover the other. I inadvertently let him in to see the ugly parts but instead of running away like I’d counted on him to do, he wrapped his arms around all of that ugliness and didn’t let go. They go from hating each other, to becoming friends and a team. It was so beautiful. If I'm being completely honest both characters came off a bit annoying in the beginning with how immature they can be but they grew on me and I love them to pieces! I wish we had some Nicholas POV, that would have been a great insight to have. The next time I fall into a reading slump you can bet that this is the book I'll be picking up for a reread!! ___innitial reactionThe funny thing is that I received an ARC of this book a long time ago and I just...I didn't read it? I forgot? What a damn fool I was. I finished this at 3AM and it was the first thing I thought about when I woke up a couple hours later. Will I reread? Most definitely. ___My good friends May and Warda told me this is similar in style to The Hating Game ( which I have read 4 times and am complete trash for). I haven't read a romance since March (I know, i know wtf right?!) and I'm overdue for some feels!!
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was an absolute delight. If you're looking for a true NEMESIS to lovers situation, look no further. I haven't seen this much true angst since The Hating Game and trust me when I say I was LIVING FOR IT. This book was full of exactly the kind of lighthearted sass that I needed this week and I had SO MUCH FUN reading it. 10/10 do recommend.
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  • preoccupiedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    A second chance lovers-to-enemies-to - lovers story about being honest and communicating with your partner when you're in a relationship.I have to be honest here, I really disliked the first half of this book! I picked it up for a romantic read for valentines day, but it made me feel bitter and annoyed, and I almost DNFed it multiple times. I stuck with it because it had so many glowing reviews, and luckily it did get better in the second half of the book.The reason that I hated the first half o A second chance lovers-to-enemies-to - lovers story about being honest and communicating with your partner when you're in a relationship.I have to be honest here, I really disliked the first half of this book! I picked it up for a romantic read for valentines day, but it made me feel bitter and annoyed, and I almost DNFed it multiple times. I stuck with it because it had so many glowing reviews, and luckily it did get better in the second half of the book.The reason that I hated the first half of the book was because this couple Naomi and Nick, were in a toxic and dishonest relationship. They didn't talk to each other, and there was so much miscommunication, which I hate! These people were so childish and mean to each other! This was billed as a book to read if you loved The Hating Game, but it actually wasn't that similar at all, it was a lot meaner, and not as fun! I didn't like Naomi at all in the first half of the book, and as it's all from her POV, I was stuck in her head, as she didn't explain her feelings to her fiancé at all. She came across as selfish, petty, paranoid and neurotic, and wouldn't be out of place in a psychological thriller!I mean I get it, I do, I've been in a relationship for over 15 years, and my husband can annoy the shit out of me, for example, he leaves every single cupboard and drawer in the kitchen open, and has his own floordrobe in our bedroom...But Naomi picked apart every single thing that Nick did, and yet didn't confront him about any of it. They both bottled up their resentment in such a passive aggressive way, and didn't bother arguing about anything, they just sat there silently seething! Also the way that the couple dealt with their resentment was so over the top, plus there was a future mother in law that you will want to drop kick out of an aeroplane....However!!! At about the 50% mark, the book took a turn for the better! Once Naomi and Nick started to communicate and be honest about their feelings, they started to remember why they fell in love in the first place! I enjoyed the book more because we got to see the layers to the characters, and they became less two dimensional and more mature. As we were given more information on both of the character's backgrounds, I could kind of see why they acted in the dysfunctional way they did?!I liked the way they both started to support each other. I liked the way they started to be kind, and show little signs of appreciation, it was cute! It developed into something quite emotional and sweet, and I actually began rooting for them as a couple.I thought the commentary on social media was good, and the so called insta-perfect couples and love was pretty spot on, as Naomi would post a lovey dovey picture or caption about her relationship, whilst sat ignoring her fiancé and plotting his ruin! I often read these kind of statuses, and imagine the couple actually sat on opposite ends of the sofa declaring their everlasting love online, but glaring or ignoring each other in real life lol!So overall I'm not really sure what I feel about You Deserve Each Other, because I both hated and liked it a bit?! I personally feel that it would have added more depth, if we would have had some of Nick's POV, as we never really got to see it from his side, just how Naomi perceived things. I would say that if you do not like the miscommunication trope, then this probably isn't the book for you! But the writing was good, and Sarah Hogle has written a solid debut. Many thanks to Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing group for making this digital ARC available for download, in exchange for an hnest opinion.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Gah this book.It starts off with Naomi really despising her fiancee and honestly, she's not the best character. She's self absorbed, and spiteful.So from the beginning I thought I would hate this book because of that but she grows, she learns to care and love and gah by the end I loved it. This book is about a couple that falls out of love and into hate and works on loving each other again and it was so much fun to read!
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  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    "talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before"rtc ??~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~2020 Mood: read a disgusting amount of romance books to really put my singleness in perspective buddy read with menna 💕💕 "talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before"rtc ??~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~2020 Mood: read a disgusting amount of romance books to really put my singleness in perspective buddy read with menna 💕💕
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Putnam Books for the free copy in exchange for an honest review "You two are assholes!" she calls back. "You deserve each other." 4.5 stars! Oh my gosh! This book... this book was such a joy to read. I heard about it back in November and I had been waiting since then to read it. It was so worth the wait. So, what's this book about? Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of Many thanks to Putnam Books for the free copy in exchange for an honest review "You two are assholes!" she calls back. "You deserve each other." 4.5 stars! Oh my gosh! This book... this book was such a joy to read. I heard about it back in November and I had been waiting since then to read it. It was so worth the wait. So, what's this book about? 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.I've read many enemies-to-lovers romance novels but this one was on a whole new level. I have never read a more creative romance book. Two fiances hating each other is truly one of the best ideas I've encountered since The Bromance Book Club.I also wasn't expecting this book to be as passionate as it was. I'm not referring to sex (although there was a fair amount of steam). There was so much anger and hatred that was counteracted with love and joy, all of which was dialed up to 11 so that I was either laughing or crying throughout the entire book.I had considered sharing a few of my favorite scenes but then I realized that 99% of the scenes were my favorite and I seriously would run out of room because I wouldn't be able to stop gushing. Overall, this book was hilarious, emotional, and creative. I seriously cannot recommend it enough.Bottom Line:4.5 starsAge Rating - [ R ]Content Screening (Mild Spoilers)Positive Messages (4/5) - [Standing up for yourself, Loving your enemies, Perseverance, Accepting your flaws]Violence (1/5) - [Very brief, slapstick violence]Sex (3/5) - [Sexual themes, Kissing, Brief undetailed sex scene]Language (3/5) - [F**k, D*mn, Sh*t]Drinking/Drugs (2/5) - [Medicinal Drugs, Alcohol consumption]Content and Trigger Warnings - Body shaming, DepressionPublication Date: April 7th, 2020Publisher: Putnam Books (an imprint of Penguin Random House)Genre: Contemporary/Romance--------------4.5 stars!Review to come-------------okay, i just want to make it clear what this book is about...it's about a couple about to get married but they hate each other and they're going to try to get the other to leave because whoever leaves has to pay the wedding bill... so they prank each other and are awful to each otherIT'S LOVERS TO ENEMIES BACK TO LOVERS| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram
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  • EmBibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsWaw this book is heavily triggering for someone with commitment issues like me. Now I know I’m not getting married anytime soon. What was supposed to be a fun read, ended up being so traumatizing. These two are evil! And this is coming from someone who lived with 3 sisters her whole life, so trust me I know what pure evil is! This book was supposed to be made for me. I pick these type of books blindly. I went into it expecting some light fun time, but it was just sad. This was just so s 3.5 starsWaw this book is heavily triggering for someone with commitment issues like me. Now I know I’m not getting married anytime soon. What was supposed to be a fun read, ended up being so traumatizing. These two are evil! And this is coming from someone who lived with 3 sisters her whole life, so trust me I know what pure evil is! This book was supposed to be made for me. I pick these type of books blindly. I went into it expecting some light fun time, but it was just sad. This was just so sad, miserable, and frustrating. Instead of enjoying everything, I just felt sad for them. I pitted them and their relationship. Their miscommunication was driving me crazy. They didn’t talk, they just let their resentment grow and grow. I didn’t like that this book was compared to the hating game, it felt more like the high school meaner version of it. Naomi was such an unlikable character. I couldn’t handle her sometimes. The second half was kinda better when they started “re-falling in love” again or whatever. It started to take a kinda fun and cute route. This wasn’t a bad book. I actually feel bad for not loving it as much as I thought I would. Maybe it’s because I expected something funny and cute, but the whole situation was just..sad? I’m really sad that I didn’t love it more, i guess i just ran out of patience with these two!Song recommendation:Like to be you by Shawn Mendes ft. Julia Michales We are never ever getting back together by Taylor Swift My life would suck without you by Kelly Clarkson Teeth by 5 seconds of summer
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  • peachygirl
    January 1, 1970
    This was everything a romcom ought to be! The first half was basically Naomi and Nicholas trying to piss each there off to see who backs out of the engagement first. Naomi was super sarcastic, Nicholas was overbearing and both of them were so damn entertaining. I was laughing my ass off over their tactics.Nicholas's mom was an absolute nightmare, totally a monster-in-law 2.0. She tested Naomi's patience over and over again. And mine because I was waiting for Naomi to snap back or Nicky to stan This was everything a romcom ought to be! The first half was basically Naomi and Nicholas trying to piss each there off to see who backs out of the engagement first. Naomi was super sarcastic, Nicholas was overbearing and both of them were so damn entertaining. I was laughing my ass off over their tactics.Nicholas's mom was an absolute nightmare, totally a monster-in-law 2.0. She tested Naomi's patience over and over again. And mine because I was waiting for Naomi to snap back or Nicky to stand up to her. (view spoiler)[ Which does happen! *Pretty late in coming but spectacular* (hide spoiler)] This "driving each other nuts" routine continues till Naomi loses her job and Nicholas shifts them both to a cozy cottage in the middle of nowhere after a seemingly irrelevant argument. Initially pissed about the change in residence, Naomi tries everything to make Nicholas's life hell. Nicky gives back good as he gets. But once they get off their high horses and have the first real conversation they've had in months, they realize they've inadvertently sabotaged their relationship where only 18% love remains. (Or so Naomi thinks) Never being completely honest with each other and pushing every issue under the rug, these two have been living a picture perfect lie for Instagram What follows is Naomi and Nicholas becoming partners in crime and falling in love with each other AGAIN. (view spoiler)[ Just to be clear, my baby Nicholas never gave up on Naomi and has been doing everything to prove to her that they do belong together. (hide spoiler)]The last 30% of the book was one fuzzy feeling after another. These two were so adorable! I had a hard time believing this was Sarah Hogle's debut because she's done a fanfuckingtastic job and I can't wait to read more of her books. Also, this lovers-enemies-lovers trope needs to be celebrated.P.S. I'd low-key sell my soul to be able to read Nicky's POV of this crazy ride. And a super cute, cheesy epilogue too.
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  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | WaterstonesThank you NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. How great would it be,to get a second chance? Once upon a blue moon, I read romance books like they were potato chips and I was suffering from a deficiency. Over time, other genres trickled into my preferences list, and reading romance books stopped being so much about quantity and more about quality. I either became jaded, or I lost the rose-tinted glas Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | WaterstonesThank you NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. How great would it be,to get a second chance? Once upon a blue moon, I read romance books like they were potato chips and I was suffering from a deficiency. Over time, other genres trickled into my preferences list, and reading romance books stopped being so much about quantity and more about quality. I either became jaded, or I lost the rose-tinted glasses. In either case, nowadays it's a little more difficult to catch my attention with a book of this genre. But once I read the synopsis for You Deserve Each Other, I was suckered right in.I haven't laughed with a novel so much in a long time.Nicholas and Naomi's relationship is an absolute mess in their outward perfection. They are the ideal example of why so many—myself included—believe it's a really bad idea to never fight as a couple just to keep the peace. They do such a good job of highlighting this point, that once the masks come off and the gloves come on, it's a free for all. These two people start making each others' lives miserable, and it's the best thing that happens to them—because that's when they begin to show each other who they really are.Naomi has a sarcastic sense of humor and wit that makes it not just enjoyable, but delightful to sit back and read through the pranks that she runs on Nicholas to try to get rid of him. And he doesn't fall far behind. He appears to be at first this stuck up, strung-out guy, who in reality loves to give as much as he gets and has a deliciously wicked side. The two demolish whatever semblance of peace they've built together while they peel off the layers of lies they've kept up throughout their engagement.It was a treat to see two people show how poorly they've grown to fit through lies, and then come close to one another again as they find the care that they really hold for their relationship once the walls have come down. There are so many moments of humor, tempered with a sweetness, sensuality and intimacy while Nicholas and Naomi bond again and realize how truly right for each other they have become again.You Deserve Each Other is a little jewel in the romance department, ready to deliver all the charming ups and downs of these two imperfectly perfect characters.
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  • may ➹
    January 1, 1970
    no YOU stayed up until 5am to watch these two idiot fiancés fall in love with each other for the second time// buddy read with my two faves who threatened murder if I don’t like this no YOU stayed up until 5am to watch these two idiot fiancés fall in love with each other for the second time// buddy read with my two faves who threatened murder if I don’t like this
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  • Tara ☽
    January 1, 1970
    This book is The Hating Game if The Hating Game snorted three lines of cocaine and drank thirty cups of coffee and also had ADHD
  • Cindy ✩☽♔
    January 1, 1970
    For fans of The Hating Game...Well they called and I'm here to answer
  • Ky Baeza
    January 1, 1970
    I'm in love with this book, this is the most perfect romantic relationship I have ever read and I will forever treasure it in my heart. This book became my favorite since the early pages, it has a soul and I love it so very much.Okay, I'm really emotional right now and I will love to write a review but I think people should know nothing about this book except its a 'lovers to enemies to lovers' and it's the only full-circle story you need to heal from heartache. This book made me happy and I lov I'm in love with this book, this is the most perfect romantic relationship I have ever read and I will forever treasure it in my heart. This book became my favorite since the early pages, it has a soul and I love it so very much.Okay, I'm really emotional right now and I will love to write a review but I think people should know nothing about this book except its a 'lovers to enemies to lovers' and it's the only full-circle story you need to heal from heartache. This book made me happy and I loved every moment I read it, the character developments, and how even you as a reader grow with the book is something I love. I'm very cheesy when it comes to things I love, sorry, but this book should be read by everyone that loves romance; Also, if this book is not nominated to the Goodreads choice 2020 I'M GOING TO RIOT!Oh, as the last thing, Sarah Hogle, I'm your number one fan since now. I'm in the need of rereading this book already but since that's how reading slumps start I'm going to run to another book and give me some time to miss Nicholas a little before I reread it.Really, this is Sarah's DEBUT!!! I cannot wait to read her next book!
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  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! What to say about this book? It had me actually laughing out loud like a maniac while I was reading it. This is the book you read when you want to forget about real life and your problems. I would pitch this book as conceptually similar to the film How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, but instead both people in the relationship are trying to get the other to break up with them so they don’t have to foot the massive wedding bill. Like I said before, this book was the perfect escape from rea 4.5 stars! What to say about this book? It had me actually laughing out loud like a maniac while I was reading it. This is the book you read when you want to forget about real life and your problems. I would pitch this book as conceptually similar to the film How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, but instead both people in the relationship are trying to get the other to break up with them so they don’t have to foot the massive wedding bill. Like I said before, this book was the perfect escape from reality. I understand how some people may think the main characters are immature, I get that. But to me, it was two people who used to love each other, trying to get a reaction out of the other one. Reasonable communication wasn’t working, and I feel they did what they had to do in their given circumstances. Plus, if these two acted reasonably, then this wouldn’t be the comedic genius it us. I loved it. If other book friends hadn’t raved about it I wouldn’t have picked it up based on the cover (which I think is terrible) but I am glad I did. One of those cases of don’t judge a book by its cover.
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    I wavered a bit in the actual ranking of this read because despite how much this made me laugh, moreso in the latter half but even in the beginning, this wasn't always a.. nice story. This enemies-to-lovers (who-were-already-lovers aka affianced) romance errs very much on the side of OTT. Sometimes ridiculous, sometimes mean, sometimes (mostly) immature. There's a definite almost-real-hate edge to this and that makes it hard to read, makes the characters hard to like, even as you can see, throug I wavered a bit in the actual ranking of this read because despite how much this made me laugh, moreso in the latter half but even in the beginning, this wasn't always a.. nice story. This enemies-to-lovers (who-were-already-lovers aka affianced) romance errs very much on the side of OTT. Sometimes ridiculous, sometimes mean, sometimes (mostly) immature. There's a definite almost-real-hate edge to this and that makes it hard to read, makes the characters hard to like, even as you can see, through Naomi's POV (our only POV) that she hates that she doesn't love Nicholas the way she once did. That she can be irrational, petty, self-absorbed. And that so can he.It's messy af. But it went from uncomfortable, weird, but still funny, to sweet, heartbreaking, and hilarious. And there was a moment at the end, where we relive something, something the reader wasn't privy to until that moment, and I was just.. gah. The little tendernesses (is it a word? it's a word now), the slow build up to this possible-maybe reconciliation, was gorgeous, but that scene? Wow. I have a feeling this will be one I reread and love when I do.That said, I'm not going to say this'll be for everyone. It almost wasn't for me (see aforementioned uncertainty of ranking). I think some readers won't want to tough it out in the beginning, which is valid, but I think if you can move past the antics, you will see some of the underlying issues, and then you can appreciate the one-up-manship. Or maybe you'll only see it in hindsight. But outside of their relationship, there are also external elements that have soured things, of which family, friends, and career all play a role. This isn't a one-note story about a couple who has drifted apart only to overlook real issues and earn an HEA. There is growth, there is understanding, there is communication. All while still being feisty and funny. Sure, it does go from one extreme to another but.. it works. Or, rather, it worked for me.This read went from a "hm, I don't know, it's funny, but.." to "wow, I can't wait to relive this all again". So there you are. Definitely a debut to keep an eye on if it sounds like your thing and I will totally pick up what Hogle puts out next.** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **---This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.
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  • mina reads™️
    January 1, 1970
    When will i find my Nicholas?Edit: I’ve decided to bump this up to five stars because I cannot stop thinking about naomi and nicholas
  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    if you happen to see me rereading my potential favourite book of the year 3 months after reading it for the first time, no you didnt and mind your business buddy read with my favourites, jia & marami & amy if you happen to see me rereading my potential favourite book of the year 3 months after reading it for the first time, no you didnt and mind your business buddy read with my favourites, jia & marami & amy
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  • Corina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis was an interesting read. I didn’t enjoy all of it, not everything the characters said or did synced with me, but I liked that the book was different.HATE/LOVE RELATIONSHIPI love the enemies to lovers trope, and I felt that this book took the trope to the next level, with its hate/love vibe. The couple hated and loved each other, pushed buttons, exasperated and annoyed each other, sometimes to the extreme. BUT it worked for them. They were both doing it, both enjoying it at times, a 3.5 starsThis was an interesting read. I didn’t enjoy all of it, not everything the characters said or did synced with me, but I liked that the book was different.HATE/LOVE RELATIONSHIPI love the enemies to lovers trope, and I felt that this book took the trope to the next level, with its hate/love vibe. The couple hated and loved each other, pushed buttons, exasperated and annoyed each other, sometimes to the extreme. BUT it worked for them. They were both doing it, both enjoying it at times, and both experienced a childish glee when maddening the other. In other words they truly DESERVED EACH OTHER!THEIR CONNECTIONI thought it was interesting how well Naomi and Nicholas actually knew each other, even though they both thought the other didn’t know them at all. That speaks for them. I also loved that the couple was already in an established relationship, there aren’t that many romance books that follow couples already in a relationship. Which made the entire situation different.MISCOMMUNICATIONWithout a doubt the story was built on miscommunication, not talking to each other, assuming, pushing away, ignoring each other’s feelings. Because when it came to it, there was a reason whey they were together, they just forgot about it with all the drama they were creating.last thoutghtsOverall the book was an interesting take on the enemies to lover romance trope. Sometimes I wondered why they were together in the first place, but in the end, they truly loved each other.I’m honest, there were times when I didn’t like either of them, especially Naomi. But they matched, they belonged together, because Nicholas could be as bad as Naomi.So, after all this, I’m glad I read the book. It’s not a favorite of mine, but I applaud the author for going a different route. We need more books like this.___________________________________I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author.Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog.Find me on Bookstagram.
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  • shreya ☂
    January 1, 1970
    I have never encountered such a perfect and wonderful romance since The Hating Game. It's been almost two months since I read this but I just can't get Naomi and Nicholas out of my head. Forget my giant tbr, I might reread this soon. -------Where can I find my own Nicholas Rose? I inadvertently let him in to see the ugly parts but instead of running away like I’d counted on him to do, he wrapped his arms around all of that ugliness and didn’t let go. Going into this book, I knew I wo I have never encountered such a perfect and wonderful romance since The Hating Game. It's been almost two months since I read this but I just can't get Naomi and Nicholas out of my head. Forget my giant tbr, I might reread this soon. -------Where can I find my own Nicholas Rose? I inadvertently let him in to see the ugly parts but instead of running away like I’d counted on him to do, he wrapped his arms around all of that ugliness and didn’t let go. Going into this book, I knew I would certainly like it because of the trope but I was very surprised at how easily this book captured my attention. I was constantly thinking about this book when I wasn't reading it. I got really invested very fast and I couldn't stop crying at certain parts. So soft, so lovely. No doubt, this is going to be one of my all time favourite romances. I am already thinking of rereading. “Relearning you has been the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” I can't wait to read more of this author! Such a spectacular debut!
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    Ideally when you read romance, two people are trying to get together, but Nicholas and Naomi are the exact opposite. Strife, bitterness, rage, revenge, you name it, was the name of the game. They were working overtime to tear each other apart, the winner would be the first to give up the fight and declare they don’t want to be in the relationship anymore.In the middle of all the immature bickering and childish revenge, they found each other; the good, the bad and the ugly laid bare, and found th Ideally when you read romance, two people are trying to get together, but Nicholas and Naomi are the exact opposite. Strife, bitterness, rage, revenge, you name it, was the name of the game. They were working overtime to tear each other apart, the winner would be the first to give up the fight and declare they don’t want to be in the relationship anymore.In the middle of all the immature bickering and childish revenge, they found each other; the good, the bad and the ugly laid bare, and found they truly deserve each other and won’t have it any other way.I agonized every time I had to put it down for real life. It was a light fast read, funny, entertaining and engrossing. I definitely couldn’t put it down. Five stars✨
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  • ALet
    January 1, 1970
    ★★/5This wasn’t bad, but wasn’t good either. It was quick and fun to listen to, but the more book went on, the more annoying the plot and the characters got.
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