Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Recommendation : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Disclaimer – I received a free digital download of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
January Andrews had it all – perfect family, perfect boyfriend, perfect life…until she didn’t. Homeless, single, broke and one parent less – she finds herself moving into her fathers ‘loveshack’.
Augustus Everett was January’s greatest rival. From the time they both went to college together until today, she’d watched his career skyrocket and evil eyed his books whenever she came across them. In a twist from fate, they would have to become neighbours and to deal with past misunderstandings and issues.
The first few chapters had me hooked with quirky and witty conversations and several laugh out loud moments. I really enjoyed reading this book and felt a deep felt connection with the characters which can only come from an exceptional author.
The book touches on some very deep and personal topics through self contemplation of January and through her interactions with the people around her. I couldn’t help but join her in the self contemplation and have found myself coming out of the book with a slightly different mindset than when I entered. It would have been nice if we were privy to Augustus’ thoughts and feelings, even through an odd chapter of his own – it’s no secret that I particularly enjoy romance books with both POV’s written. However I actually didn’t mind so much as when Augustus did share his deep secrets and emotions, they were more surprising and felt in the moment than they would have been had the author written chapters from his POV.
The end of the digital download I received had formatting issues with the final chapter which was rather sad for me and I wish it hadn’t been there. Especially I was feeling the loss of the book already, yet was eager to read January and Gus’ ‘happy for now’ happily ever after.
Overall this was an exceptional read and I enjoyed the beautifully written storyline. I read in the acknowledgments at the end that the Author was suffering from a bad case of writers block and that ended up being the inspiration for this book, well I’m really thankful for the fruits of this particular writers block and if that is what the author can come up with when struggling to write – I’m eager to discover her other works!
“That is how life feels too often. Like you’re doing everything you can to survive only to be sabotaged by something beyond your control, maybe even some darker part of yourself. Sometimes, it was your body. Your cells turning into poison and fighting against you. Or chronic pain sprouting up your neck and wrapping around the outsides of your scalp until it felt like fingernails sinking into your brain. Sometimes, it was lust or heartbreak or loneliness or fear driving you off the road toward something you’d spent months or years avoiding. Actively fighting against.”January Andrews, Beach Read