Exes and O's

The next swoon-worthy rom-com from romance sensation Amy Lea

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Pub Date 19 Jan 2023 | Archive Date Not set

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THE NEXT SWOON-WORTHY ROM COM FROM ROMANCE SENSATION AMY LEA

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Tara Chen has had her heart broken ten times, by ten different men. Nevertheless, she is still determined to find her perfect match. The only problem? Tara is a romance novel obsessive, and her standards are sky high.

Modern dating apps have killed the meet-cute, so Tara decides to revisit her exes - all ten of them - in the hope of finding her very own trope-worthy second-chance romance. And every heroine needs a sidekick, so she enlists her new flatmate, firefighter Trevor.

Trevor Metcalfe is the first to rush into a burning building but the last to rush into a relationship. Love just isn't his thing. But, the more time they spend together, the more Trevor appreciates Tara's authentic, dramatic self.

Can they break the habits of a lifetime and give their spark a chance?

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'A perfect mix of relatable characters, hilarious banter and steam' Lily Chu, The Stand-In

EBook published 10th January 2023

THE NEXT SWOON-WORTHY ROM COM FROM ROMANCE SENSATION AMY LEA

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Tara Chen has had her heart broken ten times, by ten different men. Nevertheless, she is still determined to find her perfect match...


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Featured Reviews

Romance book connoisseur Tara Chen has had her heart broken ten times by ten different men all of whom dumped her because of her stage five clinger tendencies. Nevertheless, Tara is determined to find the one. The problem is classic meet cute are dead, thanks to modern dating apps. So Tara decides to visit her exes in hopes of securing her very own trope worthy second chance romance. Boston relationship. Love just isn’t his thing. When his new roommate Tara enlists him to help her reconnect with her exes he reluctantly agrees. But Tara’s journey is leading him to discover his own chapter. The more time they spend together, the more Tara realises Trevor seems to be the only one who appreciates her authentic, dramatic self. To claim happily ever after, can Tara and Trevor read between the lines of their growing connection.
Wow I couldn’t put this book down I really enjoyed it totally recommend
Well done Amy Lea another great book by an amazing talented author you smashed it again
Thank You NetGalley and Penguin General Uk
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Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this before release. After reading Set on you, I was so excited to hear a book would be released focusing on her sister. It really did not disappoint! Of course I Loved the Taylor Swift references. Tara felt relatable, she loves books. I would definitely recommend this, can’t wait to get the physical copy when it is released.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

"A die-hard, emotional romantic and a guy who only believes in one kind of happy ending? That's a recipe for disaster if I ever saw one."

I read Set On You by the same author last month and utterly fell in love with that book, so you can imagine my excitement when it was announced her next book would be focused on the bookstagrammer sister of the fitness influencer FMC in the first book. As soon as it appeared on NetGalley I was off like a shot to apply for it!

Amy Lea is so good at crafting highly entertaining and yet utterly believable characters. And while Tara Chen is an overdramatic book lover whose imagination gets away with her at times, she is still very relatable. And it's not only the fact that Tara has an instagram account dedicated to her love of books, like so many of us do! But it's the fact she's always been known as the 'crazy' ex-girlfriend; the girl that is 'too much' of everything: too clingy, too enthusiastic, too dramatic, too passionate. I think most women I know can understand how it is to be labelled that way by men. I know I definitely can. The way Lea handles this topic is so well done, and so sensitively covered too. There is also an author's note at the beginning which I think is super useful to read first.

A lover of many a romance trope and faced with a Valentine's Day gala but no date, Tara takes it upon herself to get in touch with her exes and see if she can orchestrate her own second-chance-romance. There's a spanner thrown in the works though, and that's her new (and ridiculously gorgeous) roommate Trevor Metcalfe - a brooding, tattooed, neat-freak fireman. As they spend more time together, Tara's attraction to Trevor is undeniable - but she's so singularly focused on her list of exes and romantic mission that she's ignoring the inevitable: a ROOMMANCE! (Insert 'and they were roommates' vine here).

Just like Set On You, Exes and O's has understandable and believable conflict which is introduced in a natural way and doesn't feel shoehorned in for the drama - which is something I can't stand in romance books. I hate a miscommunication trope for the sake of it! Thankfully, the last act conflict makes total sense in context, and again you can see both character's sides. It is also resolved in a mature, realistic way (people have conversations in this book, people! Actual conversations!).

Littered with little pop-culture references (including enough Taylor Swift references to keep me extremely happy), this is such an easy read which will leave you feeling snug and warm at the end.

I'm preordering a physical copy, as that cover is divine!

"He's not just the hero of my dreams. He's the hero beyond my wildest imagination. The best part? He's nonfiction."

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Dear friends, let me introduce you to my new auto-buy author, Amy Lea. While there is still quite a while until her latest book, Exes and O’s, is published, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you to preorder that baby right flipping now!

Exes and O’s is a swoon-worthy, smoking hot, hilarious romcom about a heartbroken booksta gal trying to find her happily ever after… with one of her exes. Tara is on the hunt for her very own second chance romance, and she’s hoping to find The One in the ten men who have already broken her heart; she managed to rope her new roommate, Trevor Metcalfe, into the scheme as well.

Tara and Trevor are complete opposites, whereas Tara wears her heart on her sleeve, open to everyone; Trevor’s is cased behind a stone fortress. Tara is wonderfully and dramatically extra, speaks a mile a minute, sings at the top of her lungs in the car, and Trevor is closed-lipped and hates car karaoke. And if you need another difference between the two, Tara is like most of us booksta’s building forts with the books she hasn’t got around to putting away, and Trevor is a clean freak who bleaches his kitchen weekly and organises books alphabetically.

The story that unfolds within these pages is heartfelt, funny, moving and realistically cringy at times. It’s about a woman trying to find someone who accepts her as she is, in all her craziness and a guy who is against love.

Swoon.

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Oh Jesus the slow burn in this book is painfully real…but like all the best slow burns it hurt in the best way. And the pay off is SO worth it.

I am fairly confident that every woman who reads this is going to immediately identify with Tara…the 30 something bookstagrammer who is a little intense but desperately wants to love and be loved. I loved that Tara had no big character development but instead through the process of trying to date her ex-boyfriends grew to learn her worth exactly as she is.

And Trevor….well he's just an utter swoon feast. He's comes across as a bit of a playboy bro to begin with but developes into an absolute sweetheart.

This story take a really interesting look at how we talk about 'crazy' ex's and the ways in which false promises that are said by partners can be interpreted, leading to someone perhaps reading more into the relationship, leading to a power imbalance in the relationship. Tara comes across as intense when really she just loves fully and believed her boyfriends when they told her things.

Given that this book has a romance obsessed FMC - books, tropes, and romance and almost like a third main character in the book which I adored.

If you enjoyed Set on You, you're going to enjoy this. Crystal and Scott do feature in the book and it's written with the same funny light style which I really enjoyed in Amy's first book.

It absolutely lives up to the hype of Amy's first book.

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I loved this book. It was brilliant, with great characters and humour, and I couldn’t put it down. Tara was an enthusiastic and loveable protagonist and the many characters with whom she interacts were excellently written as well. I’ll be devouring anything more that Amy Lea writes from now on.

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I am obsessed. I requested this at first one because of the cover and second because it sounded so good. Our main character Tara has been through heartbreak. She is a book lover at heart and her expectations of men are high because of the men she reads in her books (I totally get it). Her grandmother tells her how she went back to an ex love and she decides to go through her 10 exes to find if one of them could still be the one. Oh did I also mention that she’s just moved into a flat and is sharing it with firefighter Trevor who only does one night stands and never does relationships? There is forced proximity, a slow burn and it was fantastic. The more she goes through this list and sees why these exes are exes for a reason she starts to think maybe true love isn’t for her. Trevor is scared to open up he’s lost people in his life and would rather not do relationships but as time passes and the more they spend together things are about to change for both of them. I really enjoyed this story and I for me it was the slow burn. The soft little glances, the too long staring at that eyes or lips and it just made this story for me. I really enjoyed both of these characters and I cannot wait to read more from Amy!

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As an Amy Lea fan I was SO excited to receive an ARC of Exes & O’s and it did not disappoint. 🔥

Exes & O’s follows the story of 30-something bookstagrammer Tara, who’s on the hunt for the romance novel-worthy man of her dreams. How does she intend to find him? By going through a list of all her past exes and hoping to find that the embers of a past flame might reignite into something more. She’s helped on her journey by her swoon-worthy, seemingly off-limits firefighter flatmate Trevor. And if anyone understands how sparks can turn into a fiery blaze, it’s him. 👀

Dare I say it, as someone who loved Amy Lea’s Set on You, I think this might be my new favourite. It had funny moments, emotional depth, just the right amount of spice, and a sprinkling of pop culture references thrown in. I loved how unapologetically romantic and chaotically optimistic Tara was, against Trevor’s steadfast, calmer and more reserved nature. 🥰

If you’re on the hunt for a slow-burn, friends-to-lovers, grumpy/sunshine romcom with lines that’ll make you laugh out loud and tons of relatable bookish moments, put Exes & O’s on your wish list for next year. I’ll definitely be grabbing a physical copy to keep on my bookshelf. 📚

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Slowburn, adorable, and wholesome!
The main character Tara creates a list of past exes that she might be able to rekindle a relationship with but also to take to a work gala event, all while doing so, moves in with her brothers best friend Trevor. Trevor the fire fighter is your typical no relationships, lady killer and someone who knows he is good looking. These two living together nothing will happen surely? Oh yes it will. These two are matches made in heaven, put all romance tropes together and they're there. I really like Tara, I loved her attitude and her kindness to others. Trevor was funny and so well written. I do have to say it is extremely slow burn, but the steam definitely makes it worth it😉 as an author I absolutely adored the inclusion of bookstagram and book related podcasts!! Honestly anyone in the community would love this book!

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This is one of the best romcoms I’ve read in a long time. Wonderful heroine who is fun and messy and insecure, coming off the back of being dumped horribly by her fiancé, moves in with allergic-to-relationships gruff, grumpy firefighter. It is funny and delightful, and incredibly emotional too, as they both have some trauma in their past. I absolutely loved the slow burn of Tara and Trevor getting to know each other - I couldn’t get enough of it. It is wonderfully, incredibly romantic, and I loved every page. I’d recommend this book to everyone.

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Wow. I went into that book without knowing just how much I would absolutely adore it. I think most romance readers think you need to fall in love with the love interest ultimately, but I think you need to at least side with the protagonist first before getting into that. Most romance authors can do this, even when they're attempting to write a blank slate of a character for you to project on. Amy Lea (author extraordinaire), however, has gone beyond with this protagonist - not only making her relatable enough but so adorably quirky it's beyond any love I have for a protagonist in the romance genre. I love a funny protagonist with some attitude, but to also have a protagonist who has a hilarious inner-dialogue and unique mindset is quite the achievement to get on page in my opinion. I loved every second with Tara, even when she had me cringing along with other characters. I want all the happiness and love for her more than I do for myself! Is this a problem?

I loved watching Trevor and Tara's romance build. They've got such a great basis of friendship and Amy does well not to spoonfeed us with laying his emotions out throughout watching them fall in love. We've read enough romances to know how this goes, so when we get these little moments that might seem 'off' about Trevor's behaviour, we know he's seething with jealousy and internal conflict over his true feelings. The romance crew definitely know what's happening!
It's clear this is a romance book written by a true reader of the genre, trusting the readers will pick up on subtle hints and enjoy the game being played, building a beautiful romance with a trope-loving protagonist whilst simultaneously setting a different story entirely.
The effortlessness of Amy's skill to weave pure hilarity into internal rants and loving banter was so impressive to read. The climax was so realistic for what each of the character's struggle with and although there was drama, none of it will have you banging your head against the wall (which is rare in this genre). Honestly, I loved every second of this story. I'm already salivating over Amy's next book and hope to all hell I can read one of the first copies when it's underway!!

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Fun, exciting and another 5 star book from Amy Lea.

This book is a perfect summer chill out and read, it's a easy read and keep you on your toes.
I enjoy Amy books and love her writing style.

I would happily read this book again and also get Amy next book out.

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A romance book that mentions bookstagram, book tropes and quotes the US Office? I was always going to be here for it. Let's be honest.

The female MC Tara is a fellow bookstagrammer with a passion for romance books who is in search of her happily ever after. She becomes hooked on the idea of a second chance romance and makes a list of her ex boyfriends who she reaches out to one by one to see their potential of fulfilling the role of her second chance love story hero but fate has other ideas in the form of her grumpy firefighter roommate Trevor. Despite their not so cute meet-cute the two of them build a relationship that ends up with the usually closed off Trevor slowly dropping his guard revealing parts of himself to Tara showing his vulnerable side. Showing vulnerability doesn't seem to be something Tara has struggled with..if anything I think it's fair to say she could be labelled as an "over-sharer" (the best kind of people usually are ;) ) In other words, opposites definitely attract in this book. There are a few spicy scenes in the book but nothing too much for those who aren't big on smut. I'd say it's just the right amount for the storyline. I loved the whole book but the epilogue specifically was pretty perfect imo. I'm yet to read set on you which is @amylea previous book but you best believe it is now sitting high up on my wishlist after reading this. The sneak peak into her next book sounds like something I'll also enjoy too so I can't wait for that!

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A great follow up from Set On You.

Amy Lea is a fan of grand gestures and without spoiling, the one in this book had me heavily hinting to my husband that maybe we should renew our proposal.

I loved so many of the tropes; the slow burn, the forced proximity, the angst moment at the 3/4 part of the book where it looks like they won’t live happily ever after, loved it all!

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I absolutely loved this book. Tara is so relatable and her character growth throughout the book without changing her personality made her all the more loveable. If you like grumpy MMC’s with a soft spot for the heroine along with some pining and Taylor Swift references then you should definitely read this!

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This is such a cute book! I loved this author’s previous book, Set On You and couldn’t wait to read this one! I was so thrilled to be approved for an ARC and dove straight in! This is a slow burn, roommates to lovers romance and it is soooo worth the wait 🥵
Tara is the girl we all are, romance book obsessed with a Bookstagram account! I loved seeing characters from the last book, especially her Granny who now has her own Instagram account for knitting 😍 Trevor is the fireman playboy new roommate and as Tara is hunting for her Mr Right in her Ex List, Trevor gets to know her and sparks begin to fly. Cue both not thinking the other is interested and we have our slow burn!

Yet another author to add to my autobuy list! I love love love her books! 😍💜

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This book was everything!!! It was cute, witty, fun and highly entertaining. I loved Tara so much and her chemistry with the MMC was swoon worthy. I can’t wait enough for it be out and about in the world so I can recommend everyone to snag a copy of it.

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Tara is my ideal woman! God damn why she gotta be straight!!!

I didn't realise there was a book 1 when I started reading this.. but it turns out that didn't matter Amy Lea gave us enough bsckstory that this can totally be read as a standalone. Needless to say I'm off to purchase Set On You.

I have so much love for this book and its characters. Tara is awesome. Like she is who us book bloggers aim to be right! All the way through I was like... she can go live and I'm so scared to show my face on the gram but I feel I need to take some inspiration from her. Her room mate is a dream... and their relationship is seriously hilarious!!!

This is the BEST romance I've read in a long time, it was chaotic, beautiful, emotional and a realistic journey of healing and self-discovery.

You absolutely must read it!!!!!

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I loved this book so much!!
Dare I say it, even more than Set On you!

I was intrigued by Tara, who is Crystal's sister from Amys debut novel, Set On You and was looking forward to getting to know her better.
Let me tell you, this woman is a blast!! I 100% adored her!!

This book had everything I needed.

✅ Roomates to lovers
✅ Slow burn
✅ Romcon
✅ MC commitment fobe vs Sunshine lover of love
✅ Diverse characters
✅ Fmc BOOKBLOGGER - YES THIS GIRL LOVESSS TO READ AND BLOGS ABOUT IT 😭😭

Filled to the brim of witty banter, sizzling slow burn tension and a FMC I just wanted to wrap in a big hug, Ex's and O's was 🤌😘.

I laughed ALOT reading this book.
I swooned when they started to fall.
I very nearly cried at then end.
I couldn't get enough.



loved this book so much!!
Get ready to fall in love HARD!
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I was intrigued by Tara, who is Crystal's sister from Amys debut novel, Set On You and was looking forward to getting to know her better.
Let me tell you, this woman is a blast!! I 100% adored her!!

This book had everything I needed.

✅ Roomates to lovers
✅ Slow burn
✅ Romcon
✅ MC commitment fobe vs Sunshine lover of love
✅ Diverse characters
✅ Fmc BOOKBLOGGER - YES THIS GIRL LOVESSS TO READ AND BLOGS ABOUT IT 😭😭

Filled to the brim with witty banter, sizzling slow burn tension and a FMC I just wanted to wrap in a big hug, Exe's and O's was 🤌😘.

I laughed ALOT reading this book.
I swooned when they started to fall.
I very nearly cried at then end.
I couldn't get enough.

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It is a rareness for me to become invested in the main protagonist so early in the story, it usually takes several chapters for me to warm up to the character, but Tara was an exception. The opening is superbly written (it’s hilarious) and permits the reader to become fully immersed into Tara’s disastrous day/current life predicament. I was instantly hooked even before the love interest was introduced.

I adored the concepts of Tara being a book blogger and her plan of redating ex-boyfriends in the hopes of replicating a successful second chance romance and find her soulmate. This was such a unique concept with the reader experiencing many entertaining dates and amusing men throughout.

The pace of this book is excellently crafted to replicate the slow burn feel without disengaging the reader, which I find many slow burns tend to do. I was hanging off every word on every page.

If you are on the hunt for sunshine/grumpy, slow burn, close proximity, friend to lovers with a firefighting male, then this romantic comedy is for you.

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5⭐️
This was perfect and everything I ever needed in one book! It was romantic it was hilarious and first and foremost it was so realistic it hurt

Tara was such a likeable character because I could relate to her more than any other character. with her love for books and the overly chatty self being clingy and just wanting love - I saw myself in her

Trevor omg I love you. The broody but softy type! I’m a sucker for you

This book smashed my expectations out of the park - Thank you to Penguin UK and Amy Lea for letting me read this book early from netgalley i love you

will be posting over on instagram later this week @hansreadings_

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Absolutely loved Exes and O's probably a little more so than Set on You! The story line was interesting, we follow Tara who is Crystals sister as she moves in with Trevor, Scott's old roommate. Their first encounter is funny and a little awkward too but the friendship they develop as the story progresses is so beautiful, probably one of the best slow burns ever. The pacing was great considering it allowed it to focus on the subplot of the story whilst also setting up the finale for when Tara and Trevor get together. Tara is on a quest to reconnect with one of her exes for a Valentines Day gala for work as a way to have a second chance romance. Being a bookstagrammer she updates her followers on this journey but it appears that she might not get the tropey romance she's being hoping for... Trevor is now my new favourite book boyfriend, this man has such a tragic backstory and deserves to be loved endlessly. Also he cooks and cleans so need I say more??

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I absolutely loved this sweet, feel good romance! It has some of my absolute favourite tropes, forced proximity, playboy and secret pining from the start. One of my favourite romances that I have read all year (and I’ve read maybe too many).

Exes and O’s starts with Tara’s day going utterly and completely wrong, she is mugged on the subway and then walks in on her brand new roommate, who she has never met before, having sex in their now-shared kitchen. Of course she is mortified and hides in the bathroom to escape her unbelievable reality. Luckily, despite the rocky start, Trevor and Tara remain roommates and become friends. He even helps her when she decides to try and reconnect with her ten exes in an effort to give herself the second chance romance of her dreams. However, it’s clear that Tara is beginning to develop feelings for Trevor, and maybe just maybe, he feels the same?

Trevor is a really well developed character, we learn a lot about him as Tara slowly breaks down his barriers. He hasn’t had an easy life and definitely prefers casual hookups (which Tara hears through their shared walls), as opposed to long term committed relationships. He’s a dedicated fireman, friend and uncle and despite his troubled past, he’s still a sweetheart.

Tara is the perfect romance protagonist. She’s a hardworking nurse and on the side she has her very own bookstagram and booktok where she talks exclusively about romance books and her quest to find nonfictional love. Her exes have not been kind to her, repeatedly calling her ‘crazy’ and ‘clingy’ but she still doesn't stop believing in true love.

A great romance novel with just the right amount of steaminess, and incredibly loveable characters.

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This story take a really interesting look at how we talk about 'crazy' ex's and the ways in which false promises that are said by partners can be interpreted, leading to someone perhaps reading more into the relationship, leading to a power imbalance in the relationship. Tara comes across as intense when really she just loves fully and believed her boyfriends when they told her things. Given that this book has a romance obsessed FMC - books, tropes, and romance and almost like a third main character in the book which I adored. If you enjoyed Set on You, you're going to enjoy this. Crystal and Scott do feature in the book and it's written with the same funny light style which I really enjoyed in Amy's first book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I loved every thing about this! It’s cute, it’s funny and it’s an Ex hunt! How fun is that?! Adding a hot firefighting roommate to the mix who has more layers than meets the eye and a bunch of witty side characters and I just couldn’t get enough. The main character is, like most of us, a Bookstagrammer believing in all the love tropes! Making it super relatable! Such a quick paced fun read!
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Romance
An Ex hunt
Bookstagram
Witty characters

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𝘙𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦-𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘶𝘳 𝘛𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘯--𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘮 𝘥𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘳 "𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦-𝘧𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳" 𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘴. 𝘕𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘛𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘖𝘯𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘮? 𝘊𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵-𝘤𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘯 𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘴. 𝘚𝘰 𝘛𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦-𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥-𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦.

𝘉𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘰𝘳 𝘔𝘦𝘵𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘧𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱. 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘛𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘦𝘯𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘦𝘴, 𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘴.

𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘛𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘴 𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤, 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧. 𝘛𝘰 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘭𝘺-𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳-𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘛𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯?

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Well, this is excellent. I loved Set On You, and I might have loved this more?! Too. Cute. I loved how unapologetically extra Tara is. Honestly, this is a masterpiece of rom com - laugh out loud funny but so incredibly sweet.

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A delicious slow burn!!

The slow burn in this was impeccable, the building of tension between Tara and Trevor was so good. Normally I'm not a huge fan of a slow burn however this was done so good it was deffo worth the wait at the end

Trevor is going on my list of book boyfriends cos he's just so 🥰🥰🥺🥺🥵🥵

4.5 stars

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Special thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Publishing UK for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!

THIS BOOK WAS PERFECTION. Im trying to rally the words to express how much I love this book.

From the first page to the last sentence this books was a journey of laughter, joy, happiness and love.

I don't know where to begin when it comes to Tara. she was a character with so much depth and emotion, I loved her endless humour and references to book tropes, I loved her enthusiasm and hope for finding love, I just loved this woman. I really connected and related to her - on numerous occasions throughout my day, I romanise everything, every little interaction with the male species is bound to be my opportunity to fine my soulmate, a glance too long in the corridor, a door held open, a smile, you get the gist... and reading Tara's perspective made me feel so valid and for once not silly about doing these things. she was utterly and unapologetically her true romance bookworm self and I admired and loved her for it. I am in love with Tara and would one million percent lay down my life for her.

Now Trevor. He cooks, he cleans, he asks about your favourite books, he's tall and tattooed AND HE'S A FIREFIGHTER. Need I say more? No but I will because I am head over heals in love with him. He was a perfect mix of soft and grumpy (a believable grumpy if that makes sense). I adored how he listens to Tara and appreciates her, he never rushes her or makes her feel less than. he is the sweetest grumpy man ever. he was hilarious too, no holds barred, I laughed myself off the chair at some points. Let me just tell you, the restaurant scene sent me into some kind of wild-beast frenzy. it was so attractive, good heavens. (he also dressed up and Flynn from Tangled so...) safe to say it took me a while to recover. OH AND HE READS. YES. AND REARRANGES HER BOOKSHELF. AND FEEDS HER HER FAVOURITE SNACKS. wow i'm so in love *sighs*

Their dynamic, right from that first scene to the very last was utter perfection. their chemistry was impeccable and their conversations brought me so much happiness and laughter. These two truly are soulmates and have to be one of my favourite couples. Exes and O's was fabulous, it was more than just a romcom, it was a story for all the bookworms who think they'll never find a love like the books. It's by far one of my favourite romance books, a new comfort definitely. I haven't had this much fun reading a book for a while.

"Me, all over you, talking in your ear, forever and ever? Swooning over the other fictional men in my life?”
“I can’t imagine a future more perfect than that,” he says without an ounce of hesitation. “As long as I’m your favourite hero in the end.” safe to say I combusted

6/5 stars. PLEASE pick this up, you will not regret it.

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