Book six of my summer reading challenge and a sneaky addition to my holiday reading as I perused books at the airport.
One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…
Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is books.
Charlie is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. And he’s Nora’s work nemesis.
Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she’s the woman men date before they find their happy-ever-after. That’s why Nora’s sister has persuaded her to swap her desk in the city for a month’s holiday in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. It’s a small town straight out of a romance novel, but instead of meeting sexy lumberjacks, handsome doctors or cute bartenders, Nora keeps bumping into…Charlie.
She’s no heroine. He’s no hero. So can they take a page out of an entirely different book?
I kept seeing this book popping up with pretty favourable reviews from other readers so when I saw it at the airport I knew I was going to pick it up and I’m glad I did because it was a lot of fun. I have to say I smiled when I read Nora’s description of herself, that she was the other woman from the romance story, the hard-working one that was always left behind, because I knew exactly what she meant and I like that she almost paints herself as the character that is often seen as the hindrance in the story.
The setting was great, I liked that we got a taste of city life from Nora’s upbringing and obviously how much she loves being in New York but that we also get the lovely welcoming small town, with the people who all know each other and the community spirit. I also quite liked that the characters felt the same way about books as I do, it made it a little bit more magical having that connection and totally getting them being so obsessed with their work.
Even though this book has a romantic storyline it is also about the relationship between Nora and her sister Libby which I loved, they both had tonnes of wit and sarcasm and can banter together even when they have disagreed. They really are a tight unit and it was great to watch how they both adapt to Sunshine Falls and that they were each making the trip for each other but they both had misconceptions on why the trip mattered.
Charlie and Nora were great together, the perfect enemies to lovers, especially when they fight their attraction. You can tell that she is actually quite comfortable with him a lot sooner than she would admit because she has the same snark and rapport that she has with her sister with Charlie, only of course as time goes on with a lot more flirting. There are a few bumps in the road for them and it definitely gets very emotional at points, not just because of Nora and Charlie, so be prepared to feel a bit of everything.
Book Lovers is the first Emily Henry book that I have read but I am already looking forward to picking up more of her work, and I think this is one that everyone is sure to enjoy.