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Last year I shouted my love for the Grumpy/Sunshine romance trope from the rooftops, specifically in a dedicated post where I read three books with this aspect. I had a lot of fun reading and reviewing those books and have wanted to do it again ever since.
And now the time has finally come and today I’ll be reviewing Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert and The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren.
I was meant to also include It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey but I got 60 pages in and couldn’t do it anymore. I wasn’t loving the characters or the plot and had to DNF it, at least for now. I might go back to it, I might now. If it get’s better and is actually worth reading, please let me know down in the comments 🙂
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
I’m gonna start off by saying that I don’t think I’ve ever laughed out loud (lol-ed as the kids say) so much while reading a book in my life. From page one this book had me in literal stitches which is exactly what I needed to get me out of my mini book-slump.
Act Your Age, Eve Brown is the third book in the Brown Sisters Trilogy by Talia Hibbert and in my eyes it was the best of the bunch. So much fun. It follows the youngest sister, Eve, who’s parents have put their foot down and cut her off until she keeps a steady job for a year. This leads to a series of events which lead to Eve hitting B&B owner Jacob with her car, and subsequently working at his B&B while he recovers. This really felt like a classic rom-com and I was living for it. I would really like to see this be adapted.
As is evident by it’s appearance in this post, this book has the coveted Grumpy/Sunshine trope and I think it executes it fantastically! I loved how the thing they each love about the other is their respective grumpy and sunshine traits. They didn’t want to change each other and instead brought out those traits instead.
In my notes I wrote it that Jacob was the Times New Roman font while Eve reminded me of the hippie bubble font. This sums them up perfectly and if you don’t understand what I’m trying to say then that’s a you problem.
They had so much personality, complimented each other so well and don’t get me started on the chemistry!! I was 20% in and already knew the spicy scenes were going to be 🔥 (and they were).
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
There’s just something about reading a book in one day that fills me with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, even if it does mean I sacked off every other responsibility in order to do so.
Just in case you missed the hype surrounding this book last year, The Soulmate Equation is essentially the prequel to every soulmates fanfiction we
used to read as it follows a company that have developed a dating app using science as a way to find compatibility between two people using only their DNA. After finding out about this app from the brooding coffee shop regular they’ve pegged as “Americano”, Jess is pushed to submit a sample by her best friend. It’s a shock to everyone when Jess get’s a 98% match with “Americano” aka Dr River Pena, the creator of the app.
I’ll admit, it took me a while to get into the book. It really wasn’t until we bipased the set up, explaining how the technology works and why Jess would submit and make a profile, that I started to take interest. It also didn’t help that this is told in 3rd person which would occasionally take me out of the story.
This book really pulled me in when we got more interaction between Jess and River. I thought they were really cute together and had a lot of chemistry. In terms of the grumpy/sunshine trope, I’d say this was actually more shy and stressed mum. I kind of see it as they bring out the sunshine in each other which I always think is really sweet.
Unfortunately, as is the case with literally every romance ever, there was a conflict around the 70% mark. Why does there always have to be a conflict? This is a problem with every romance book, not exclusive to this book, and in comparison to others, it actually wasn’t too bad. I could understand the characters emotions and actons.
Finally we have the epilogue which is probably one of my favourite romance epilogue’s I’ve read in a while. It was just so simple and obviously I’m not gonna say more but just *chefs kisses*.