No Spoiler Book Review
I wasn’t lying when I included Beach Read in my May 2020 Can’t Wait Book List. I really couldn’t wait to read it. As soon as this book was available for download at my local library I checked it out!
January Andrews is having a bad year. It’s basically a country music song, her Dad died, her boyfriend broke up with her, she’s basically homeless… You’ve heard this song.
She has a book due to her publisher and the worst case of writer’s block. She has no idea how she can possibly go from zero words and zero ideas to having a book ready. In any amount of time. She is in a bad place.
Out of options and out of ideas, she heads to her Dad’s “summer cabin” in Michigan. She’s just there to write her book and sell her Dad’s place. Things instantly become more complicated when her new next door neighbor turns out to be her former crush/nemesis. Gus.
After a chilly reunion and lots of confusion, Gus and January seem to get on to a good footing. They even challenge each other to write outside of their comfort zones. January will write Literary Fiction, Gus will write Romance…
I wouldn’t change a thing about this book. The story, characters, pacing, everything is perfectly written! January and Gus feel like whole people and I love their chemistry. I’m not going to lie, the sexual tension in this book is HOT!
Earlier this year I read and loved, Flatshare, which reintroduced me to the Contemporary Romance genre. I cannot say enough good things about either of these books. Flatshare and Beach Read are exceptionally written, emotionally moving reads. Anyone looking for an uplifting book should consider either of these titles.
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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.