Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Review-Beach Read by Emily Henry

Publisher: Berkley
Published: May 19, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: E-ARC
Rating: 5 stars

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A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They're polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.


This touched me a lot deeper than I thought it would. It has a yellow, cheery cover—one would expect complete happiness. But the message was thoughtful and had so much meaning behind it. Beach Read will make you laugh out loud, cause insane happiness, and might cause you to shed a tear or two. I know I couldn’t stop those measly little tears from falling from my face.

While this is all romance, it took a familiar plot and completely made it it’s own. I don’t know why I always have such a soft spot for the “emotionally unattached” hero that really feels more deeply then we give him credit for. Cliche? Maybe. But it totally worked for Gus! He was so damn dreamy!

Ever since we’re introduced to him in the book, the sparks fly off the pages. The tension anytime January and Gus were together was delicious,sexy, and everything in between. I felt it deep within my bones. The angst made butterflies appear in my stomach because all I wanted was for these two characters to just get it together already! The looks and subtle touches alone...*sigh*

What made this particular read so special was that it spoke directly to a bookworms heart. Henry wrote this story just for me. I felt that pain January felt. I felt her joy and I felt the moment she fell in love. If you’re looking for a book that has it all—romance, swoons, hard times, betrayals, and hope, don’t pass this one by! I wish I could read it again for the first time.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own.

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About the author:

Emily Henry writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the now-defunct New York Center for Art & Media Studies. Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.

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