Book Lovers by Emily Henry – ARC Review!

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.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review & can confirm all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Nora’s sure she’s never meant to be the main character in her own life. She’s the woman men date before they meet the loves of their lives, in quaint romantic little towns, somewhere Nora, who is a city girl at heart, would never fit in. When her sister begs her to take some time off work and visit Sunshine Falls, the small town one of Nora’s authors set her last book in, the last thing she expects is to run into Charlie, an editor who didn’t make the best first impression on her, but no matter where she goes in the town she can’t seem to escape him. Nora’s not sure of anything, her feelings for Charlie, or the weird way her sister has been behaving, but she knows one thing. It’s way past time she become the main character in her own story, and she will do whatever it takes to get her happy ending.

A romance book about two people in publishing falling in the tropiest of love… you can be absolutely sure that I adored this book, and one big reason for that was the characters. Nora is the Ice Queen, the workaholic, the person who never has time for a social life. At least that’s what people assume, but deep down Nora is just afraid, afraid of giving too much of herself up, afraid of having her heart broken again, afraid of loosing those closest to her. She goes on one hell of an emotional journey throughout this book and, as much as I loved the romance arc ( and boy did I love it), I also loved how the author allowed Nora to have a personality and story line separate to that. She is someone dealing with immense trauma that has never had the chance to really talk it out, or express how she feels and I LOVED seeing how her relationship with Charlie, their similarities, meant that she could finally open up to someone about how she felt.

As well as a fab MC, Book Lovers has a standout cast of side characters, my favourites being Libby, Nora’s little sister, and Charlie the love interest. Libby and Nora’s relationship was hilarious, heartwarming, but also incredibly emotional. Filled with resentment neither were really aware of, and a lot of un-dealt with trauma from their childhood. Seeing their relationship change throughout the story was special, and I loved that the author allowed this to develop alongside the romance, without the romance completely taking over. Charlie was another special character, and not only because he wasn’t just the ‘love interest’ he had issues of his own that Henry allowed to take up space in the story, and used to show the similarities between himself and Nora, how their pasts could help them be together in the present. They are both incredibly family oriented, both willing to give up the things they love for their families, and I loved seeing them being able to put themselves first for once in their lives,

The romance was spicy in all the best ways, filled with tension and completely trope filled, but with Henry making this about publishing professionals it added a kind of humorous edge to the story. Nora openly talks about tropes throughout the story, how they relate to her and her romantic life and I had to giggle at some of her thoughts. But as well as being tension filled, it was also an incredibly emotional read, something I wasn’t quite expecting going in but it added a depth to the story, and as much as I enjoyed the carefree and fun parts of the romance, I also enjoyed seeing the characters get to open up to each other, share their insecurities and the parts about themselves they don’t like, seeing them come to realise that those are the parts that make them special, worthy.

If I had one issue with this book it would be the pacing, it was long for a romance, which is fine because, like I said, we got the extra character development as well as the chance to focus on things other than the romance. But I did feel there were parts that dragged on a little too much, and some parts that were overly repetitive. As a whole tough, I adored this book. Book Lovers is the perfect book for… well, Book Lovers. It’s fun, flirty, steamy but also manages to pack an emotional punch and I will definitely be checking out Henry’s other works.

4 replies »

  1. Great review! I just finished this book last night and I agree about everything you pointed it out.
    It definitely was more emotional than I was expecting but I also totally adored the story as well – all the tropes mentioned made me feel seen as a reader lol.

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