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.
There's a fine line between love and hate, and this couple dance all over it in You Deserve Each Other.
To be honest, my feelings about this book waffled a lot for about the first 60% or so, and there are a couple of reasons for that. First, the book is longer than I felt necessary, and some things are completely over the top - things that didn't really add anything to the story in my opinion. Then, we have the characters. Naomi and Nicholas are developed, but then they really needed to be since they're the main players in this crazy game. But - oh yes, there is definitely a but - the secondary characters are superficial to the point of being caricature-like. I'm going to assume that some of that was intentional, especially when it comes to Nicholas' parents, but like some scenes, they were over the top.
Now, I realize that all of that sounds like I didn't care for the book, but honestly, I ended up liking it much more than I thought I would. A lot of this one is not only witty but downright hilarious. And, even with all the antics, there is a lot of emotion. The story is about falling in love again. It's a completely crazy, sometimes absurd, silly love/hate story about where the relationship goes when we stop communicating and forget to be half of something bigger. So, yes, the emotion is there. It may be hard to see through the silly, but it is there.
In the end, this one may have been completely over the top at times - Okay, it may have been completely over the top a lot, but darned if it didn't pull out the feels. And as an added bonus, there is plenty of wit and sarcasm, which is always welcome. As a debut novel, this one is certainly a recommended read, and Sarah Hogle is definitely one to watch.
❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam