Naomi Westfield has an Instagram-perfect life, including the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family every bride dreams of being a part of. They never fight, complain, or disagree. They’re preparing for their lavish wedding that’s three months away. And they are miserably and utterly sick of each other. Tired of contorting herself to fit the ridiculous standards demanded by Nicholas’s family, Naomi wants out of the relationship. But there’s a catch: Whoever calls off the engagement will have to foot the enormous bill for the wedding. When Naomi finds out that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of wills to see who can annoy the other into surrendering through pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare. But now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves. They’re having so much fun getting on each other’s nerves that it starts to feel like something else entirely. As Naomi discovers hidden feelings for Nicholas buried under three years of simmering resentment, she wonders if he feels the same way. Suddenly, the countdown to the wedding that may or may not come to pass feels more like a race to mutual destruction–and Naomi doesn’t want to be left alone at the finish line.
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I didn’t really think I would like it. It sounded angsty, and I just didn’t think it would really be something I would want to read. Maybe sometime, but who knows when. And if I’m being completely honestly, I really didn’t love the cover. I know, I know! I’m so sorry, but I’m not a huge fan of the font. Nevertheless, one of my friends read it and adored it, and I wanted to read a romance book, so I thought I would give it a try!
I am very, very glad that I actually read this book. I turned out to be really incredible. The concept of falling in love and then falling out of it, but then trying to find your way back to each other is such a great one. It works so well with this book and I really liked it.
I was wary going into it, mostly because the first chapter felt off to me. Naomi honestly seemed like a completely different chapter after the prologue? I think that was kind of the point, but it was a bit weird. Plus, my ARC formatting was a bit wonky (not the book’s fault haha), so I was a bit nervous about how the rest of the book was going to go.
Alright, first off, this book is freaking hilarious. Seriously, every joke this book goes for it, it lands with a completely stuck landing. I was cackling pretty much the entire time I was reading it. It has the memey humor that I’m used to seeing these days, but I’m not used to see in books. It also has a super obnoxious mom that I can only find funny because I don’t have to deal with her haha. Just, the humor was really well done in every aspect that it was used.
Also, Naomi was really great. She was hilarious, and I loved her mindset. It’s hard to explain, but I really connected to her, even though she’s a lot older than me. She’s was goofy and has so much love to give. She wants the best for herself and she’s willing to work for that. I also really liked Nicholas. I loved how I came to like Nicholas.
I also loved how Naomi and Nicholas came together. I loved how they were willing to be complicated and how they were starting to show each other the real versions of themselves. They threw off the perfect filter and decided to just be them. They were willing to grow.
But I also loved them when they were at odds with each other. There are willing to sabotage each other, prank each other, and be very petty. I was filled with so much pettiness from this book and it was amazing. They way they messed with each other was great.
Overall, this book was sweet, funny, real, and really, really good. It has such great characters (even the annoying mom and side characters I would have liked to see a little more of), a different relationship evolution than I’m used to, and was really cute.
Thank you for reading!