You Deserve Each Other

Putnam. Apr. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9780593085424. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Hogle’s first book features an already coupled hero and heroine. Naomi’s life is falling apart a little more each day. Her fiancé, Nicholas, is from a society family complete with an overbearing mother. The two quickly realize their relationship is problematic, but with hundreds of thousands of dollars invested into a lavish wedding, neither is willing to admit to wanting to break off the engagement. While it does have entertaining sequences and sweet, comical moments, the book fails to show the true connection between the hero and heroine until the very end, making it a frustrating and bittersweet read.
VERDICT While many have compared this to Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game, die-hard fans of that work will be disappointed by the lack of passion here. Those seeking a hate-to-love romance, however, should enjoy, as will admirers of Christina Lauren’s Dating You Hating You.
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