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  • Emotionally explosive and loving

    This book is a feelings bomb in all the best ways. I devoured it in less than sixteen hours—one break to sleep— and can't believe how many books in one this is. Part love story, part sexy romp, part identity deconstruction, part post-mortem, I recommend NOT reading "Beach Read" on the beach, for you'll surely sunburn. Read it tucked under a blanket in your coziest chair, and be sure to have a loved one nearby to help feed you so you don't have to stop reading.

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    11 person found this review helpful

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  • Don't judge a book by it's cover

    This book was better than the title would leave you to believe. Both of the lead characters have some depth and baggage. The writer of the book herself says that when other writers ask her what the book is about she says "writers block" versus when others ask it is a "romance". I would like to have seen the former explored. This would have supported both characters struggles. At times I think the book should be more subtle about the demarcation between the light and heavy. They literally go from a romantic drive-in to a death-cult camp. Overall, though the book is a breath of fresh air from your usual girl meets boy, hates boy, falls madly in love with said boy. It holds the attention and has potential for development of other characters in the book. I would recommend this and read other tiles by Emily Henry.

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    4 person found this review helpful

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  • A 4.5 star read!

    January Andrews is an author of romance novels. She’s had a lot of success in her first novels, but is now battling writer’s block. She’s also faced a lot of change in her life recently, including the death of her father and the breakup of a long-term relationshipFurthermore, she learns of her father’s secret life with another woman in another town - North Bear Shores. In fact, he leaves his cottage in North Bear Shores to January in his estate. Confused, broke, grieving and with a looming literary deadline, January leaves her home for the summer in hopes of writing her next novel, and cleaning out the cottage so that she can sell it. On her first evening at the cottage she is re-introduced to her next door neighbour, Augustus “Gus” Everett, whom she recognizes from her college days. Gus is an author of literary fiction and is in the process of getting a divorce. Like January, he is also broke and battling writer’s block. The two agree to try something new - January will write a book within the literary fiction genre and Gus will attempt to write romance. While one can surmise that a romance between the two will develop, this book is about so much more. Through a series of field trips intended to guide the other in their writing, the couple learn more about each other and about themselves in the process. Each carries some significant “baggage” that needs to be addressed in order for the couple to begin healing individually, and to come together. The book kept me engaged throughout. I felt connected to the characters and sensitive to their pain and insecurities. It reinforces my belief that it’s important not to judge others until you have heard, and understand, their story. I highly recommend this book to those that enjoy either contemporary romance or general fiction. Thanks to Edelweiss and Berkley Publishing for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

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  • Amazing

    This book warmed my heart and soul. I would be reading and have a huge smile on my face. Other times i would squeel with delight or anticipation.

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  • A Cute Distraction

    Given the seriousness of world events as of late, I was very much in need of something a little bit lighter to read to take my mind off of things. This book did the trick. Other reviewers are correct when they note the fast pace, unexpected plot twists, fun romance scenes, etc. The only thing I did not like was how very, very repetitive the author’s choice of language was, especially when it came to the steamier scenes where the quality of the writing devolved into a harlequin romance. How many times are we to be told that January was arching her back?Overall, a nice, light summer read.

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