This book was all the rave when it initially came out in 2019. But you know me! Once I add a book to my TBR it usually takes a long time to resurface… Anyway, after heavy (and extremely fun) reads like Thorn by Intisar Khanini and The Song Of Achilles and Circe both by Madeline Miller, I wanted to pick up something light and contemporary. While going through my extremely long TBR (I’m quite sure I’m not the only one who spends almost as much time picking a book as I do reading one…) the bright cover of this amazing novel caught my eye and I decided to go for it. Here are my thoughts on this enjoyable read!
I would like to start off by saying that this is an enemies-to-lovers plot and boy do I love this trope. I like how the authors find unique ways to bring the main characters together – saving each other from danger, having to *ahem ahem* share a single bed, yada yada yada. Christina Lauren decides to do this by sending the enemies on a non-refundable honeymoon. You can probably guess the rest.
I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Olive since I saw so much of myself in her. Clumsy? Check. Bossy? Check. A homebody? Check. Kinda unlucky? Check. You get the idea, right? It’s no wonder I was so invested in her happy ending. I actually especially liked how Lauren continuously brought up the topic of Olive having a curvy body-type and not a skinny one. With all the body negativity constantly floating around, I quite appreciated how Olive was confident about herself and loved her body – curves, height, and all. I think Ethan’s character complimented hers really well. I loved their constant bickering and how they just seemed perfect for each other. While reading the book I constantly found myself wishing for a sister like Amy (instead I’m stuck with a heartless brother) who would always be there by my side through thick and thin. Amy deserved way better than the scumbag she married.
Was the story predictable? Yes. Was the plot twist (if I may call it that) predictable? Sort of. But did it take away from the enjoyment? Not at all. I was laughing along while flipping through the pages. There was everything you could hope for in a funny contemporary romance – lying, scheming, jealous exes, strict bosses, cheating, and even some smut (it always makes the storyline better). The relationship that Olive and Ethan share is a cute and realistic one in which they stay true to themselves and always stick up for their family (even though, in Ethan’s case, it wasn’t really the best decision). The strong bond that Olive shared with all her family members actually made me miss my big family in India too (I don’t have quite as many cousins as she has but I know they’d stick up for mw just like hers did).
I really really enjoyed this book and am probably gonna go and binge on Christina Lauren’s books for the next month since I liked her writing style so much. If you’re trying to find a book to get you out of your reading slump or even a light read which no strings attached, look no further! This book is just perfect!
What do you think I should read next? If you’ve already read this book, what were your thoughts!? I’d love to know!
— Just Another Magical Soul
On a completely different note, I came across a video on TikTok about Harry Potter fandom – Dramione fandom to be be exact – and I went ahead and got my hands on a copy of Manacled… Is it worth the hype? I really don’t know. I’ve never read Harry Potter fan-fiction before and have no idea what I’m in for. Any suggestions or advice?
Some similar posts:
– Book Review | Thorn by Intisar Khanani (not exactly enemies to lovers… but it’s kinda there)
– Book Review | Beautiful Wild by Anna Godbersen (not enemies, really, but they don’t really like each other initially)
– Book Review | When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (just a cute contemporary YA romance that I thought of)