Published by Berkley
Published: May 19, 2020
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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.
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When I read the description for Beach Read I was immediately sold on the idea of two authors that hate each other (and tell very different stories) being stuck in a close proximity. You see, I love those two tropes. Sure the close proximity wasn’t a “forced to share a bed” kind, but neighbors that feud is just as good in my book. Anyway I was really excited to read this one and let me tell you, it didn’t let me down. Beach Read was positively delightful.
Beach Read is a charming romance by Emily Henry about Augustus Everett, an acclaimed literary author, and January Andrews, a bestselling romance writer. Both find themselves neighbors on the beach for the summer while working through their writers block. January is having trouble coming up with a happily ever after after the death of her father and the secrets it revealed and Gus just can’t find the words for his next project. After a rocky start the two converge and make a deal, Augustus is going to write a rom-com and January will right the next bestselling novel. Over a variety of field trips the two of them get closer and closer and start to realize that maybe this summer is about more than getting over some writers block.
First and foremost, Gus and January have some of the most amazing chemistry. Their banter was on point and their attraction to one another leapt off the pages. It was so natural and I loved it. I don’t know if it was because they knew each other in college or just had that natural attraction but either way it was a highlight for me. I also really loved the field trips they took and planned for one another. Some were definitely better than others but they all added to the story. And Gus really was something else. I would go as far as to call him the bees knees.
All in all Beach Read was a fun contemporary romance that you will need in your life. It had depth and emotion and a whole lot of fun and chemistry. It hit all the right notes for me and it is a book I won’t soon forget. Make sure you add this book to your TBR.