“The only promise you ever had in life was the one moment you were living.”
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.
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.
Did I NOT get mad over a happy ending in a romance book?! What has become of me? If you’re planning on picking up Beach Read because you think it’s a cute summer love type of romance think again, my friends. Which in hindsight is probably why this book worked so well for me because if I can’t have dark romance a morbid yet cute one will do. But nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed this book!
What I Liked
💑 Chemistry, tension, & romance. All of it, give me all of it, because it was so good. January and Gus spend a good deal of the book fighting the tension between the two of them since their college days. Their chemistry is off the charts, banter is hilarious, and romance is so soft that it left my heart feeling extra happy. Plus, if you’re into the sexier parts there’s two well written scenes that make the build up of tension worth the wait.
👨👩👧 Family issues. We’re totally going to blame this on the pregnancy hormones that are currently raging through my body right now but I’m not going to lie… I unexpectedly shed a few tears during this. January and Gus are each going through their own issues that have deeply affected them and I have to say it worked so well for the story because it added so much more depth the their characters. January is dealing with the loss of her dad and finding out that her parents didn’t have the perfect marriage she always thought they did. As for Gus…I’m not going to spoil it but I was pretty surprised. However, come the end of this novel when it’s said and done WHEW pass the tissues please!
😂 LOL funny. It amazed me how this book could have me pining for the MC’s to finally hook up, feeling like I had a golf ball stuck in my throat from trying not to cry, and other times laughing so hard from the situations the characters found themselves in or the things that came out of their mouths.
🏖 Setting. There is nothing more that I love than quaint little towns filled with locals and small businesses as the setting of a book. I just wanted to dive right into this and never leave the entire time I was reading it.
What I Didn’t Like
⭕️ Bring it all the way around, please. I am someone who likes complete closure so this is very much a personal preference. There were a few parts of the plot I thought could have been wrapped up a little better. While it wasn’t much to make me deduct a lot from my rating it was still enough to leave me feeling like there was just a little bit more I wanted out of this story.
All in all, if you’re looking to sneak in some last minute summer reading I would highly recommend Beach Read. It’s the perfect type of story to accompany you by the pool or at the beach – just make sure you keep your sunglasses close by for the second half of the book.
Until next time,