Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They’re polar opposites.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
I went into the book completely blind as part of a buddy read, without reading the blurb or knowing the author.
I was drawn in very quickly by the characters back stories and the plot line. The book is written entirely in one POV, which on this occasion I thought worked very well.
The story line was witty, with the idea of fiction romance threaded right from the start. There were other elements such as the father daughter relationship, work balance and friendship which really made this book a great all rounder.