You Deserve Each Other - Sarah Hogle
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.
My Rating: 3.2 Stars
When I read the blurb a couple of months back I was super excited for this book to release. I was actually expecting the plot to be something else. I thought the couple had an exterior reason for getting engaged and wanting to sabotage the marriage. I didn't realize that they actually loved each other and slowly fell apart because of, you guessed it - lack of communication.
I've never read a book like this before - where the characters are together and are losing the spark or love between them. But I wanted to experience it. Because in reality, this usually happens and I wanted to know how they get over it and fall in love again.
Naomi Westfield is unhappy with her life. She feels the love is gone between her and her fiance. She only loves him 18% now. She wants to call off the wedding but is too scared of the implications.
Nicholas Rose is a dentist. He is shy, sensitive and a very caring guy. It was hard to understand how he felt about their engagement at the start because the book is only from Naomi's POV.
Naomi assumes that Nick is trying to get her to break off the wedding because he doesn't want to face the consequences from his family. (I say assumes because we later realize that's not the case.)
Upon this realization Naomi starts becoming bolder and more frank with her thoughts. The couple butt heads and pranks fly.
Along the way the couple re-learn each other. They start to understand each other. And slowly fall in love all over again.
I honestly felt very uncomfortable reading this book. For a hopeless romantic like me where all I read and envision is the perfect HEA this was like a splash of reality. It was painful to see how love doesn't always last and that relationships take a lot more effort than you realize.
And probably in an unpopular opinion, I actually liked the guy more than the girl in this.
For about 30% of the book, I wasn't his biggest fan. He appeared to be this inattentive mama's boy. But you slowly see him and understand his character. And I loved how much he loved Naomi.
I felt that he loved her more. He never actually gave up on her. Yes, he was equally at fault for this slump in their relationship but once he realizes this he was actually making an effort to save it. But don't worry, it was just a slight feeling and I quickly loved the heroine too.
Pick this book up for hilarious pranks, laugh out loud moments, second chance romance with a very steady build-up of love and affection. Although I didn't find it emotional, you may.