Beach Read

Beach Read

eBook - 2020
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"A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They're polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. But as the summer stretches on, January discovers a gaping plot hole in the story she's been telling herself about her own life, and begins to wonder what other things she might have gotten wrong, including her ideas about the man next door"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Jove, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781984806741
Characteristics: 1 online resource (361 pages)
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Jun 22, 2020

The awkwardness and banter helped with feeling like I'd been taken away from the dark, dreariness of self-isolation. It's exactly what it seems to be: a very cute, sweet romance.

Beach Read is a warm, summery story about a romance writer January Andrews, and a serious literary writer Augustus Everett, who have been long-time writing rivals ever since they attended college together. They find themselves in neighboring beach houses for the summer, each trying to write their next novel while sparing with each other. They are both struggling to write another book.

As they get to know each other a little better, they decide to strike a deal: Augustus will write a happily ever after and January will turn her talents to the serious world of literary fiction. Whoever sells their manuscript first, wins. I really enjoyed the dynamic between January and Gus. The banter is funny; a little snarky at times, but good-natured.

Jun 20, 2020

Beach Read fit nicely within my favorite reading genre - women's fic with romance, drama, wit, and swoon. Was it perfect? No. Was it perfect for me? For the most part.

Gus was my favorite type of hero and he was deliciously battered and jaded. I struggled a little more with January and I honestly couldn’t tell if it was the audio narrator’s interpretation or my own pickiness. She did seem to improve after I quit the audio, but that could be coincidental to where I was in the character’s story arc. There were some predictable elements to the romance, but it didn't negate the swoon factor that built to a crescendo in the middle of the second half. Major swoon. The author nailed the tender and sweet dialogue, descriptions, and sensuality between the two as they ventured from friends to more. The overall story weaved in and out of light and melodramatic, but with nicely written transitions that created a believable second chance romance.

Jun 07, 2020

It’s a romantic woman’s fiction book. Romance is at the center of it as a romance author flees to a small town on Lake Michigan to finish her novel. There she encounters another author. He’s male. He’s going be writing a romance and she’s going to be writing a pessimistic Great American novel. Their “research outings” sound a lot like dates and they are. Its an enjoyable summer book to read and has a little more depth than I was expecting.

May 08, 2020

A five-star ending with a two-star treatment of marriage. Truly, the end of the book is movie worthy and I could see it playing out on the screen with the audience having to blow their noses in their napkins. The witty banter was entertaining, but at times the momentum was very sluggish and for me the love scenes were too spicy. In the end I felt the weight of the infidelity in the plot and had to take back a couple of stars. Does January's father deserve some love and understanding? Sure, but he was cheating on his wife while she was in cancer treatment! Then January is "the other woman" in Gus's marriage. Sorry, but I won't personally be recommending this one for vacation reading this year.

WPL_Jaclyn Apr 28, 2020

This was a delightful romance and so much more than the stereotypical "beach read". January Andrews is a romance writer with a bad case of writers block - she doesn't believe in romance after discovering her father had an affair. While cleaning out her father's other house, January discovers that her neighbour is none other than her college nemesis, who is a "serious" writer. The two strike up a deal and reconnect, and January discovers that her so called nemesis might just be something more.

This was the perfect read. January and Gus were characterized so perfectly and their witty banter was to die for. This is the perfect rom-com with meat. If you liked The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, this one is for you.


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