Book Review: You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

you deserve each other by sarah hogle book cover

you deserve each other by sarah hogle book coverNormally, I hear about books through my blogging connections – mostly through either publishers, Twitter, or bloggers I follow. However, with You Deserve Each Other, I didn’t hear about it from the normal channels – it was blasted across my personal Instagram and paid ads across entertainment websites. This method of book discovery was a first for me – but I guess it was effective.

Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They’re preparing for their lavish wedding that’s three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.

Naomi wants out, but there’s a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves–and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.

The start of this book was a little bit off-putting – the main character was clearly miserable and bitter about her current lot in life. Even though she had found the perfect on paper fiancé, Naomi no longer wanted to get married, but she also knew that if she was the one to cancel the wedding, she’d get stuck with the bills. Naomi’s behavior was also subdued and justified when we find out that her fiancé, Nick, isn’t quite as out of the loop on her happiness and satisfaction in their relationship as she thought he was. This ignites a sort of one-upmanship game between the two over who will cancel the wedding and who can make the other the most uncomfortable.

The dynamic that Naomi and Nick had, as well as their race to make the other more uncomfortable was a new kind of story – one I’ve never seen in romantic books before. This uniqueness was super appealing – for once it didn’t feel like I was reading the same tropes cobbled together in a slightly different order for the millionth time. Don’t let Naomi’s seeming immaturity from the start of the book dissuade you – this novel quickly becomes deeper and more honest than I ever expected.

Even during their fights and pranks, Naomi and Nick clearly still had chemistry that was off the charts. As the book progressed, it became easy to see that the pranks and petty revenges were just a surface level symptom of the deeper issues – issues that Nick and Naomi were forced to actually recognize and deal with instead of hiding behind their silly rivalries. It’s when they start to become honest with each other that it becomes easier to root for them to stay together. Trust me though, there are plenty of moments you’ll want to yell at both of them.

Even though the start was rough, You Deserve Each Other was a fun, funny romance with more heart than I expected. The concept is also unique – something I’ve never seen in romance books. If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air in a crowded genre, You Deserve Each Other is the book for you. If you’re looking for another great hate-to-love romance, be sure to check out The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. 5/5

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