Title: You Deserve Each Other
Author: Sarah Hogle
Year of Publication: 2020
Number of Pages: 368
Summary: From Goodreads: “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.”
Review: You Deserve Each Other is a hilarious lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romance about Naomi Westfield and Nicholas Rose. On the surface, Naomi and Nicholas have a perfect life together, but in reality, their relationship is falling apart, and Naomi wants out. The only problem is that Naomi’s soon to be overbearing mother-in-law has threatened to take her to court for the nonrefundable expenses if she calls the wedding off. Naomi plans to make Nicholas so sick of her that he calls it off, but she soon finds out that he’s doing the same thing to her. What ensues is a series of pranks, sabotage, and some raw emotional moments and self-discovery that make this book stand out from the rest.
I want to start off by talking about the characters. At the beginning of the book, Naomi and Nicholas really aren’t that likable, but it’s because they’re both miserable. They’re living in this bubble where everything is perfect on the outside and falling apart on the inside. Naomi and Nicholas don’t communicate, and they’re both left stewing in their misery. Once the two characters start letting down their walls, and the pranking begins, they become a lot more likable because they’re finally themselves.
I also liked some of the raw, emotional honesty in this book. When Naomi and Nicholas start letting their walls down and start fighting, they finally tell each other what they feel. A lot of their arguments started as trivial but then spiralled into these raw emotional moments, which make this book stand out for me.
One of the major issues with Naomi and Nicholas’s relationship is Nicholas’s mother, Mrs. Rose. Mrs. Rose calls on Nicholas for everything, and she is micromanaging the wedding planning, not letting Naomi have any input. Naomi is upset that Nicholas pays so much attention to his mother, and when she finally stops caring what his mother thinks, their interactions are quite funny. Once Naomi and Nicholas start to communicate again and realize that his mother drives them both crazy, their antics are hilarious, and I start laughing just thinking about them.
Overall, I loved this book. Once I warmed up to the main characters, I fell in love with them. I thought the shenanigans were funny, and once the characters teamed up together, their antics were hilarious. I liked the raw, emotional honesty in this book, and it’s definitely one of the more memorable romance books I’ve read.
Rating: 5 Stars!