You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Monday, April 27, 2020


by Sarah Hogle
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: April 7th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷1/2

Any book that has the lovers-to-haters-to-lovers trope has my name written on it. It's not a trope that I have seen a lot around but if done well, it can be so much fun. You Deserve Each Other was a good take on the trope and I was tickled pink watching Naomi and Nicholas attempt to outwit each other.

I think if you go into this book expecting both of these characters to be extremely bullheaded and, at times childish, you'll warm to the characters faster than I did. I initially thought both of them were quite cruel to each other and I couldn't particularly see how I would be able to believe in their inevitable happily-ever-after. In all honesty, the relationship felt toxic beyond repair. Somewhere around the middle of the book though, that changed and we began to see the softer side to their relationship albeit it was in the middle of what felt like a relationship war zone. I was much more invested in Naomi and Nicholas' love story once I began to see those emotional threads in their relationship. Underneath all of Naomi's anger at feeling invisible and disconnected from her fiance, were layers and layers of vulnerability and love for the guy. The moment they began opening up to each other was the moment I felt like I could 100% root for them. Sure, all of their antics were entertaining but I was a much bigger fan of the real and honest conversations they had and their sweeter gestures towards each other.

I found myself liking Naomi's character slightly more than I did Nicholas' because I felt like we were privy to more of Naomi's thoughts. Don't get me wrong we did learn a lot about Nicholas - the man could be very sweet when he put the effort - but I had a softer spot for Naomi. I think part of it is because I feel this gravitational pull towards characters that aren't always likable, particularly heroines, and Naomi ticked the boxes for a frustrating character. She could be self-absorbed, but there was a kind and vulnerable woman underneath the heavy layers of sarcasm she donned. Nicholas' parents, particularly his meddling mother, also featured heavily in You Deserve Each Other. The woman was irritating as hell, but I thought she was an important character since she showed why Nicholas behaved the way he did sometimes. Plus, she eventually serves as the catalyst that truly reunites Naomi and Nicholas.

I enjoyed my time with You Deserve Each Other. It'll have you giggling, swooning, and sighing in happiness when Nicholas and Naomi finally do get their HEA.

Have you read any books with this trope?
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