Thursday, March 23, 2023

Review | Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Book Lovers is a romance book by Emily Henry.

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.

If you've been following my blog recently, you know I've been on a quest for cozy things. Cozy books, games, movies, I'm here for your recommendations. I've been looking for more cozy genre books, but I also wanted to branch out into some romance books as well.

One thing that stuck out to me in the reviews of Emily Henry's books was the maturity of the characters. I'll admit I don't read romance books hardly at all, but I do watch a lot of Hallmark and Lifetime romance movies around the holidays. The few romance books that I have tried were definitely not the right fit for me. Emily Henry's books, however, sounded exactly like the type of romance books that I would enjoy.

I think Book Lovers was a great book to kick off my cozy romance journey since the main characters were book lovers and this was a world I felt comfortable in.

“You're in books. Of course you don't have a life. None of us do. There's always something too good to read.”

Nora is an agent and Charlie is an editor, and while this is a bit of an enemies to lovers story, all of the characters are very likeable. I loved being able to root for everyone in Book Lovers.

Another thing I loved is this book wasn't just about Nora and Charlie's relationship. It was also about the relationship between Nora and her sister Libby. I adore when books give us deep, meaningful relationships outside of romance. Book Lovers gave us both!

Book Lovers wrapped up exactly how I wanted it to, and I was not expecting it to hit me in the feels the way it did. I have a copy of Beach Read that I'm hoping to get to sooner rather than later then I'm sure I'll be picking up People We Meet on Vacation as well. If you have any recommendations similar to Emily Henry - romance or otherwise - I'd love to hear them. Otherwise, take this review as a recommendation to read Book Lovers.

5/5 stars

Source: personal purchase. This is a review of my reading experience.


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  1. I loved this book, too! It made me laugh so many times. Beach Read is also really good. Two other romances with a similar feel that I absolutely loved: The Bodyguard by Katherine Center and When in Rome by Sarah Adams. :D

  2. What a great stop in your cozy journey! I loved this and all Henry's books. I think she doesn't rely on certain tropes that can get a little annoying. I feel her books lean more women's fiction, but have great romantic elements. The exception would be People We Meet on Vacation. It felt like a gooey romance.

  3. I am so happy you loved it too! I snickered and laughed so many times reading it!

  4. This sounds good. With so many romance genres out there, there's bound to be something that everyone looking for a romance to like will find. I'm glad you found one you liked.

  5. I don't usually read romance, but this is one I'd try for sure๐Ÿ˜


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