Delightfully Sharpened Claws and Romance | Review: You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

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You Deserve Each Other is a highly addictive, humorous, self described lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romance. AND I'M HERE FOR IT. I'm a trash for all the tropes used in this one, y'all. (Why do I keep saying y'all? Ugh.)

by Sarah Hogle

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 by Sarah Hogle
Rating: ★★★★☆
As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my participation in the blog tour/my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. 

You Deserve Each Other made me feel many things. To list a few: 1. was the urge to sing out its title in the tune of Wicked. 2. THERE WERE SO MANY TIMES I WANTED TO FLAT OUT YELL AT THE CHARACTERS. 3. The odd moments where I wanted to cuddle the characters and usher in a happy ending. 4. Mostly, I was prone to giggling or grumbling out loud, depending on the scenario.

Which leads me to say: I had a lot of fun with this book. BUT, it certainly won't be for everybody and will rub some readers the wrong way due to the lack of maturity, games and problematic relationship at the center of You Deserve Each Other. If you have no issues with it, or the characters, this novel will be the very definition of fun escapism.

No, really. This is the type of novel that will lead you down a path of conflicting emotions and even more conflicting reactions. You Deserve Each Other tugged just as many smiles and laughs from me as it did cringes and scoffs. It is exactly what a rom-com should be: funny, a little cringy and a whole lot swoon-worthy.

While I didn't always love the characters and the way they handled things, I genuinely felt a fondness for them from the start. Naomi and Nicholas are both a mess. Different kinds of a mess, but the kind of mess you can't really look away from and want desperately for them to sort their shit out.  

You Deserve Each Other is quick to flesh the two's relationship out in a way that is frustrating and entertaining. The more bumps we hit, the more we're forced to look at their relationship. And in those moments, they do, too. I liked that these characters were fairly unlikable because it made the story feel all the more real.

If this wasn't fiction, I'd tell them to get out of each other's life ASAP. Still, there's something so witty and warm about the way that the story unfolds. As the bad escalates, they are forced to take a good look at themselves and their relationship. The story is, at its core, about finding a way back to each other and I really felt like this was one of those rare stories that worked really, really well with such problematic tropes.

Sarah Hogle did THAT. (Aka, stole my heart and made me roll my eyes all at once. We stan an icon.) And You Deserve Each Other is one of the most delightfully messy reads I've come across in a long, long time, and I totally adored it. You Deserve Each Other is definite must-read material for fans of Sally Thorne.

If you're looking for a grin-while-reading story, look no further than You Deserve Each Other. Trust me. You deserve a smile. And this book has you covered. 

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