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Meet You in the Middle

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,911 ratings  ·  420 reviews
What happens when the person you find MOST impossible becomes impossible to resist? Opposites distract in this hilarious romantic comedy about America's least likely couple.

There's just one thing standing between liberal Senate staffer Kate Adams and passage of the landmark legislation she's been fighting for all year: Ben Mackenzie, intimidating gatekeeper for one of DC's
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by Berkley Books
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Apr 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
here's what I want to know: does the heroine fall in love with the hero before or after he aids in the profiteering off a global pandemic and thousands of American lives?

I'd like to specifically note that with a Sept. 2020 release date, this is just thinly veiled Trump reelection propaganda designed to make the 53% of white women who voted for him in 2016 feel okay about doing it again. Or to let them know that it's okay to staying married to men who are voting for him, or to stay friends with o
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EDIT: I've read other reviews for this now, and holy shit I'm happy I put it down when I did. This male lead is trash, the whole message of this is trash. Everything is trash. For more detail, check out Jen's review.

DNF @ 30%. I cannot wait to see the reviews start to come in for this one. Whoo-boy.

Also, that DNF is not for the reason most people would think. The male lead was actually fine up until the point that I rage-quit. More of a fiscal conservative trying to make his party less of a shit
Apr 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Lolno. There IS no "meeting in the middle" when it comes to human rights. ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
See my livetweeting of when I read this book:


I used to think that you could be fiscally conservative and socially liberal. That was how I based my political decisions when I was newly of voting age. It seems clear to me, however, that most “conservatives” are not actually fiscally conservative. They equate conservative values with morality, and it’s a very specific type of morality. It’s the same thinking that lends itself to sexism, slut-shaming, fatp
Edited 1/19/21 to add: So, is this hero pro-insurrection or.......?


"Rom com" between a democrat and a power broker who is an advisor for one of the most powerful conservative senators in Washington. Advisor to a senator who voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. Advisor to a senator who voted to strip healthcare from hundreds of millions of people. Advisor to a senator who wants to roll back Roe. Advisor to a senator who turned a blind eye to the Trump administration separating babies from pare
Kate Grand {A Grand Romance}
“Meet You In the Middle” by Devon Daniels has no “middle ground”. Ben and Kate decide at some point to ignore their completely different morals and Ugh.

The head scratcher for me when I began reading this book was “why, oh, why would you choose to write about the current administration? You are a novelist with, one would hope, an imagination full of wonderful worlds to pull from! Why, would you set yourself up for the battle that will come (surely the author and publishers
Lily Herman
May 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Buckle up, kiddos, because I write about politics for a living and I've got #THOUGHTS on this book.

The second I saw Meet You in the Middle on Goodreads a few months ago, I knew it was going to be polarizing. Romances that have any political bend to them are hard to pull off no matter what, and I was afraid that this novel was going to turn into a big ball of "Why can't we just sing Kumbaya and get along?" messiness.

First, the good news: Devon Daniels is an incredibly talented and funny writer. S
Apr 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cool, a Nazi republican romance.
Quiana Howard
Apr 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"I know they support caging & kidnapping children by the thousands, want to let the most vulnerable ppl die off during a pandemic, & want to strip basic rights from minorities and women, but wealthy white men, but they're just so cute!"
This book is an example in how to be tone-deaf.

No. No. Hell No.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Why are white women?
Erika Robuck
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in awhile I come up for air from historical fiction, and for MEET YOU IN THE MIDDLE: I'm so glad I did! What a hilarious, thrilling, sexy read! Friends, this kind of story will take you back to the golden age of Rom-Com. Pure joy from start to finish. ...more
Elisia Blade
May 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF 32%.
Trump propaganda disguised as a rom-com.
Just. No.
It might seem a little bit dramatic when you don't live in America but everything in this book is wrong. Obviously, the author has no idea what a liberal woman is and what she does with Kate is PURE travesty. For the male character, even though it is not clearly stated, he is obviously a (gag) MAGA fan. The scene in the gun range was absolutely horrific. Kate was never arguing despite being said liberal. I don't know any liberal
4 stars 

When I read the blurb for this one, I honestly wasn’t too interested. The last thing I want to read is a romance that constantly talks about politics amiright? Anyway, a friend read it and loved it so I decided I would give it a try and got the audiobook from my library. I’m so glad I did! This one was so fun and had the best banter, and honestly, there wasn’t a huge focus on any actual politics. They both worked for senators on different sides, but aside from a few things brought up b
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked by the opening sentence. Although stuck at home, I wasn’t planning on killing my whole day yesterday, but that I did. Daniel’s writing style is REALLY good. I rarely laugh out loud reading any book, but with this one I sure did.

I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this delightful story. I’m trying to find any prior works by Daniels, but so far to no avail. If anyone knows of others, please publish those titles.
May 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Special thanks to Berkley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

Lots of reviews coming in for this book. While I certainly don't make a habit of writing reviews for books I don't enjoy, I'm making an exception.

I started by reading the author's note. While this could (and likely is) a divisive book, I wanted to get a feel for the author's intentio
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May 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
the world has progressed past the need for white women writing books
Apr 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Woobifying the gop in 2020, nothx

Also did Kelly Anne Conway or w/e write this
Kai the Gemini
Jul 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
White liberalism at its finest, I cannot.

I can't even thank NetGalley for this because that would be dishonest, I am not grateful.
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am madly in love with MYITM! So much so that I'm writing my first ever book review to sing its praises :)
It's quite obvious that the negative reviews are from readers who haven't actually read the book - which ironically is one of the book's themes: how we all judge books (and people) by their covers. There is so much more to this book than what meets the eye!
I hardly know where to begin in sharing all the ways I adore MYITM. The characters are lovable, multi-faceted & anything but stereotypic
Sarah Ames-Foley
Apr 15, 2020 marked it as nah
unless they both become socialists in the end, i don't think i'm interested. someone please let me know if this ends up not being a total mess.

update: this seems absolutely abhorrent tbh.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t typically read a lot of romance, but I was intrigued by the blurb and how the author could pull off a bipartisan romance. Reading this novel was such a positive experience. Though fiction, it broadened my hope and gave me joy to see that political opposites can actually dialogue on intensely emotional issues. If you’re someone who’s tired of the political nastiness, definitely pick up this book for a shot of optimism.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. I had my doubts about a politically based romcom given the world we live in today - how could anyone take on such an explosive topic and build a romance (and steamy one, to boot) out of it. Well, Devon Daniels is pure genius in her debut book. From the very first chapter, the quick and witty banter had me on the edge of my seat, and just how were these two polar opposites ever going to end up together.

Told entirely from Kate’s POV, "Meet You in the Middle” has one of the best slo
May 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
I have a whole lotta things to say about this title. I think this was a HUGE missed opportunity that falls extremely, exceedingly, flat. It not only missed the mark, the mark wasn't even aimed at.

There was no meeting in the middle in this book. There was only the self-proclaimed "liberal feminist" (who didn't actually act like a liberated woman, and constantly judged other female characters for being forward and strong) completely setting aside her beliefs for the God Among Men that is Ben. Ben
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Seriously I LOVED THIS BOOK! The witty writing and humor sets the stage for 2 amazing characters that at first you really don’t expect to fall for each other. This is a story that we all need right now – it’s important to look beyond the labels of who we think someone is and give friendship and love a chance. The writing is so well done and the humor in the book will have you laughing out loud. It’s also rare to find a romantic book where you are surprised several times about a twist and turn in ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Did not read but I figure I need to balance out all the fake accounts that posted five stars!!!
Xan West
May 20, 2020 marked it as do-not-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: major-tw, nope
I've decided not to read based on this review: ...more
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Devon Daniels is a born-and-bred California girl whose own love story found her transplanted to Maryland. When she's not writing, you'll find her clinging to her sanity as mom, chef, chauffeur, and referee to four children, or sneaking off with her husband for date nights in Washington, DC. MEET YOU IN THE MIDDLE is her first novel. ...more

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