How unfair that the best books take so few hours to read. It just feels annoying that I can dredge through lackluster books for months, and when I doHow unfair that the best books take so few hours to read. It just feels annoying that I can dredge through lackluster books for months, and when I do find one I adore, it's over in a couple of hours. And when I do read a five-star one, I often tell myself - stop, slow down, you'll be sad when it's over - but I never can. I love the feeling of being so fully into a book's universe that I feel like my own is very far. (I had been reading this for three hours when I started missing my husband, like it had been weeks since our dinner discussion.)
All of this to say, what a magnificent book. Written exactly for me. I had been searching for a good hate sex romance for so long, and it's so hard to get right, and this just hits the nail on the head so much? The crazy levels of banter! The crackling unresolved sexual tension and the fireworks the closer it gets to resolve!
I really liked how this book took its time, time to really establish the nemesis relationship so it's not just obvious these people actually loooove each other (well, it's obvious because it's a romance, but you get me). Time between the first kiss and the sex, with increasing intimacy and closeness and ahhhhh. ((view spoiler)[That moment where she runs up in his arms in the elevator because she missed him so much at work! And she just stays in his arms like a koala while he putters around his home! (hide spoiler)]) I liked the setting, the conflict, I liked how the final misunderstanding wasn't too egregious, I liked the fighting so much!!! So so so much!! I loved how crazily into her he was. I loved the height difference and how sexy he was (and how the muscles had a good character-based reason to exist, not just sexy-ness).
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"Read for you by Meryl Streep." It said that, right in my ears. Thanks for taking the five hours out of your busy day to read a novel just for me, Mer"Read for you by Meryl Streep." It said that, right in my ears. Thanks for taking the five hours out of your busy day to read a novel just for me, Meryl, I'm glad we shared this intimate moment!
Meryl Streep could be Batman and be the right choice, but she was particularly the right choice for this twice-married, seven-months pregnant, thirty-eight years old cookbook writer. She did bitter and cynical very well. Honestly, I have no idea if I'd have liked the book without her - and I suspect that I probably wouldn't have. It's bleak and hopeless, and quite divorced from how I view the world (and marriage - but maybe that's because I'm still essentially a baby). At times I even had to stop listening (I listened to it all in a day filled with mindless work tasks) because it got me down too much. Plus, I guess I expected more of a romance from the book - it's Nora Ephron, I mean! The writing was super sharp, though, and I had to stifle my out-loud laugh more than a couple of times. But yeah, in any case, the narration made up for all the bad points.
(How lucky we are to be alive right now, at a time where books like these, written by & read by all-around stunning humans and celebrities, are available for free from the library? I borrowed this sitting in my living room, I mean?!)...more