Tuesday 2 February 2021

Review: Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

Annika Dev believes in love, second chances and fairy-tale endings. Her app, Make Up, helps couples believe in these things too.

Hudson Craft believes in fast cards, flashy start-ups and high efficiency break-ups. His app, Break Up, helps people expedite their failing relationships. It's wildly successful and everything that Annika hates.

Which wouldn't be a problem if they'd gone their separate ways after their summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson's moving into the office next door to hers - and he's planning on also competing at the prestigious EPIC investment pitch contest. A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat.

Annika is not prepared to go down without a fight. Only, as the two rival app developers clash, Annika finds that she enjoys sparring with Hudson way too much. And that underneath his shallow exterior, he might not be all that despicable... Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love's really about?

Review: This book features one of my favourite tropes, a killer setting and kick ass female business owners but unfortunately it just fell a little bit short for me. It was one of those reads where you kept reading on and on and waiting for something romantic or sexy to happen and it just didn't. I think there was just something a little off with the pacing and so I felt like I was still waiting for something to happen as I reached the ending. 

The characters in this book are really interesting because they are self made, we have a female business owners, a female coder and people who have really identified gaps in the market and capitalized on that. This book also really shows how the whole hustle culture is really taking its toll on people today. The whole thing about boasting about lack of sleep is truly real! These characters were great on their own but I really didn't get the chemistry between them, even the rivalry or friendship let alone the romance. 

I think that if this book had given up a little more action earlier on it could have been a real contender for a great romcom. I loved the idea that characters have met before and now they're forced back together again in turbulent circumstances, it's like the beginning of Grease! However I really needed to know what had happened in Vegas, and what was going to happen next as a consequence. I really wanted to love this book but it just didn't do it for me. 

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