I’ve recently finished Emily Henry’s newest book “Book Lovers” and I must say I was very excited when I realized it was released on my kindle. I couldn’t wait to start reading it. I’ve already read (and loved) her other two books and so I was excited to dive into this one. I wasn’t really sure what it was about but I saw her name and the fact that she was releasing another book and was like “add to cart!” lol. I had such high hopes for this book. Just like “Beach Read” it follows an enemies to lovers trope. Did it meet my expectations? Read on to find out!
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One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming… Nora Stephens’ life is books–she’s read them all–and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby. Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away–with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute. If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again–in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow–what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.
Omg I loved this. I laughed. I cried. This was just everything.There are so many quotes and moments that I loved. For one thing Nora loves reading the ends of books first and then starting a book and that is exactly how I am. In fact, when I read on my kindle or is listening to an audiobook, it makes me very nervous because I don’t know how things will end and it freaks me out (ironically this was read on my kindle). Like it doesn’t ruin the story for me at all. I love seeing all the emotions and things that transpired that got to that end moment.
I fell in love with Charlie. The banter between Charlie and Nora…omg I could melt. The fact that they flirted over email…made me gush. I loved how she calmed him. He told her “now that you’re here…I feel like I’m okay.” The romance was very believable and it drew me in! I love how they were able to let go of their walls and just melt into each other. The book in my opinion had a very appropriate amount of spice. I always love male characters in her books more than the female lead which is funny to me but the banter between the two…chef’s kiss!
I found it quite charming how Nora and her sister Libby found comfort in books and in a bookstore. Nora mentioned that she “used to joke that Freeman Books was our father. It helped raise us, made us feel safe, and brought us little presents when we felt down”. How sweet is that?!
Nora used her hard work ethic to try to “prevent” things from happening or because of fear. However, it didn’t occur to her that there was more to life until her sister pointed it out to her. Life can sometimes get so busy and so hectic that sometimes all it takes is for someone to help bring us back down to earth. Like me, Nora dealt with a lot of fear. “Fear of the money running out again. Of hunger. Of failure. Of wanting anything badly enough that it will destroy me when I can’t have it. Of loving someone I can’t hold on to…”. I felt all of that and still do! See what I mean? This book gets you right in the feels.
This particular quote right here summed up why I love Romance books so much. It says: “That’s life. You’re always making decisions, taking paths that lead you away from the rest before you can see where they end. Maybe that’s why we as a species love stories so much. All those chances for do-overs, opportunities to live the lives we’ll never have”. This was just fantastic. It gave me all the feels because I want nothing more than to have a happy ending. Something else that got me good was when she was talking about being afraid of not having a happy ending. She said “I used to think it was because people like me don’t get those endings. And asking for it, hoping for it, is a way to lose something you’ve never even had.”.
One thing that I noticed that was common in Henry’s books are that the women aren’t focused on having a family. They barely know if they want children or they simply decide that’s not the life for them. Something else that’s common is that someone has died in one of the character’s family that has had an impact on them. Another thing that similar in all her books is that her characters travel somewhere and that’s where the book takes place. At least you know what to expect from her writing.
I give this a 4.5/5 stars! I highly recommend this book! It will definitely give you all the feels and is guaranteed to put you in a feel good mood. You will love this book I feel like each book gets better and better. It’s very quick paced!
Title: Book Lovers
Author: Emily Henry
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
Buy it here: Bookshop.org
What’s your favorite Emily Henry book? What romance book are you loving lately?