One of my most anticipated reads of the year!
Title: Book Lovers
Author: Emily Henry
Genre: Adult Romance
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2022
One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…
Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.
Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.
If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.
Emily Henry can do no wrong!
Nora and Charlie were very much alike: complex, moody workaholics who would do anything for their family. Both fixers, personally and professionally. They understood each other, though that didn’t mean they got along. The animosity—and sexual tension—between Charlie and Nora was *chef’s kiss* perfect. Even through email, the chemistry was off the charts. So much snark, humor, flirtation all packed into such heated conversations. They worked so well together, not only as literal characters on the page, but also as colleagues—she a literary agent, he a book editor. Made each other better as people by being supportive of their choices, but also pushed the other to do things they may be too scared to do. And Charlie Lastra may be her swooniest love interest yet.
Not only was this a wonderful romance, but it was an incredible sister story. Nora and Libby loved each other so fiercely. Despite being very different, they were each other’s favorite person. You really felt their genuine love and devotion, without any corniness. Nora just wants to take care of her little sister, to provide her with the things they lacked growing up. She learns that you can’t fix everything and Libby needs to do things on her own. I just thought their relationship was really beautiful.
I could scream about my love for this book all day long. I say each new book of hers is my favorite, but I think this one might take the cake.
ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.