By Emily Henry
Published: Penguin Books 2022
Book review, no spoilers I swear!!
Hello bookish folks! It's been a long while. I'm hoping to start reviewing more now so keep your eyes peeled. Anyway, I recently read Emily Henry's new novel, Book Lovers which is a book I had mixed emotions about. Not all bad and not all good. But just in the middle. But before I delve deeper, how about I let you read the blurb, see what it's about.
Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is books.
Charlie is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. And he's Nora's work nemesis.
Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she's the one men date before finding their happy-ever-after. To prevent another dating dud, Nora's sister has persuaded her to swap her city desk for a month's holiday in Sunshine Falls.
It's a small town straight out of a romance novel, but instead of meeting sexy lumberjacks, handsome doctors or cute bartenders, Nora keeps bumping into...Charlie.
She's no heroine. He's no hero. So can they take a page out of an entirely different book?
Brimming with witty banter, characters you can't help but fall for and off-the-charts chemistry, BOOK LOVERS is Emily Henry's best novel yet.
I've read Emily Henry before. Her books are aimed at book lovers (pun intended) who enjoy romance and steamy partnerships. However, I've also found Henry to be a predictable writer when it comes to romance. I know its not a great thing to say. But saying someone is predictable isn't all bad. You could even argue that the entire romance genre is predictable these days but that doesn't put us off reading them does it?
The love interests are Nora and Charlie who get off on the wrong foot and end up being 'enemies' in there work circles. Being a woman who is all work and no play, her sister suggests they take a trip to a place that her favourite author writes about in order to spark up love, fun and rest. Only Charlie turns out to be there as well! What?! Definitely didn't see that one coming.
It seems so fast pace with the relationship and the tension of there sex-capades. I wouldn't say they were enemies, more friendly rivals. I would have loved to have seen more bitter taste between them and maybe a better reason for Nora's dislike to Charlie other than he was rude to her like one time. Maybe if there was more development in the beginning, I'd understand why she didn't like him so much.
Overall, the book does what it does, and that is a great pallet cleanser. Yes it's predictable and yes I did find the relationship dull in some parts. However, I couldn't take my eyes away from the pages and I did find it enjoyable. It's a great book if you love a romantic comedy that will without a doubt, leave you with a smile on your face.
Rating: 3* out of 5
After all tomorrow is another day spent reading.
Till next time,
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