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Built to Last

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This book feels like a combination of "Maggie Moves On" by Lucy Score and "The Reunion" by Kayla Olson. Childhood co-stars and ex-lovers, who are still friends but haven't seen each other in years, are forced to reconnect. Shelby and Cameron were each others' teenaged first loves and co-stars, and now years later, they are reconnecting to film an HGTV-style home renovation pilot. Even though Cameron is the one who left Shelby (twice), he has never let her go, and this might just be the opportunity he needs to make things right. But Shelby's ex, and another of the childhood co-stars, is not making it easy, doing all he can to bring tension to the new show.

Both Shelby and Cameron were in love with the other, and if they would have just talked about things earlier, they wouldn't have had to spend years apart. And Shelby basically admits that she didn't like being with Lyle, even though she dated him anyway...that annoyed me. But overall, this childhood friends to lovers, second chance romance was sweet! I did appreciate that most of the conflict was outside of the couple/relationship!

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3.5 stars

A super quick + cute rom com featuring a second-chance romance between two childhood stars who find themselves working together again on the set of a home renovation reality show. This book was very sweet (and surprisingly spicy!!). A bit heavy on the insta-love for my personal tastes, but their shared history helped bridge the gap a bit. I especially appreciated the distinct lack of a third-act breakup, which seems like a crutch for a lot of recent romances. I had so much fun listening to this story (dual narration!), and would definitely recommend for anyone who is looking for a light and happy HEA.

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I really enjoyed this one. Hahn's choice to not only go with dual points of view but first person in both was interesting and made me connect easily to both Shelby and Cameron. Both characters had good character development, Cam's being more in the moment while Shelby's was more about putting what she'd learned over the previous five years into action. It felt equally strong on both sides.

On the romance end, this was a different take on the second-chance (third-chance? fourth?) trope though the friends-to-lovers is very strong. All around, it was a pretty unique relationship when I think about the dynamics of it but I really ate it up. The ending was so satisfying and, I'm happy to report, that the third act was super low on angst. (You are a romance reading veteran if you know what third act plot device I'm referring to here!)

The writing is light and casual but still well-written and the pacing (done by the POV switches) kept me engaged so that I read through the whole thing pretty quickly. All in all, a solid love story that was a joy to read and that I would certainly recommend to other fans of the genre. I look forward to more from Hahn in the future!


Note: I received a free electronic edition of this book via NetGalley in exchange for the honest review above. I would like to thank them, the publisher, and the author for the opportunity to do so.

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This book was just the perfect spring-into-summer read for me. Just something about home improvement just scream spring-cleaning to me and it was just perfect. I also happen to be a huge fan of second change romance so this was just the perfect book to satify that craving. I recently discovered that this is author Erin Hahn's adult romance debut and to that I say congratulations, what an accomplishment. This book just had all of the perfect ingredients that I just love and admire romance - the precise reason why it is my favourite genre. I little bit of suspence and anticipation with a touch of a mean streak in one of the characters that makes you just swoon over our soon-to-be pair. This was just such a fun read with a unique angle on second chance romance that I havent read before.

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Super adorable easy listen! Great banter and humour between main characters and also secondary characters. I loved the child star second chance trope. I adored the setting and the home improvement show plot.
This book came together really well and I enjoyed every second of it. The narration was also excellent!

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Thank you to the publisher for a gifted copy of this book.

I adored this first adult romance novel by Erin Hahn!! I need more! I binged this second chance, childhood friends to lovers romance and I hope there will be more books focused on Shelby's 2 best friends. Cam's devotion and long time love for Shelby made me swoon. I adored them so much! Do I think it's unrealistic for a natgeo video producer to turn into a general contractor within a day? Yes, but Erin Hahn made it work. If you're looking for a good beach read, pick it up!

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This was a great adult romance debut! Former child actors and co-stars Shelby and Cameron are roped into an HGTV-style reality show. As they make peace with their past while working together to renovate a house, a slow burn second chance romance unfolds. Looking forward to more adult romance reads from Hahn!

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I loved Erin Hahn’s debut YA novel so I was super excited to read her adult debut.

This book has so much to like, second chance romance, friends to lovers vibes, excellent banter, a home improvement show, and so much more.

I feel like there was just something missing from this being a perfect 5 stars for me. It was very enjoyable and I’d love to read more of Erin’s adult romcoms but this one was just a touch clunky in places for me.

Overall, a solid adult debut from an author that I would continue to read multiple genres from.

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Really sweet story with so much heart! Perfect for fans of reality diy fixer upper shows! I was thankful this wasn’t a love triangle and more of a second chance romance

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Meh. So slow. The characters weren’t relatable or likable. I really wanted to like this but I just couldn’t get into it. DNF around 40%.

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Built to Last was an entertaining read. Shelby has been through things as a former child star who had a public meltdown that she’s trying to get past. She’s now doing something she loves refurbishing furniture. Her ex, Lyle, a pot-stirrer, former flame and co-star decides to head up a house flipping show and wants Shelby and Cameron, former best friends and child costars, to star in the show.

I really liked the natural easiness there was between Shelby and Cam. I was glad that the low-down things that Lyle was trying to do, yet again, to Shelby ended up blowing up in his face. He really was a scumbag. I loved the secondary characters that were in Shelby and Cam’s lives. I loved watching the interactions between Shelby and Cam, how in sync they were with each other and how the unfinished business it felt like there was between them was slowly getting resolved. There were some miscommunications in the past, but I loved the grown-up versions of them who were finally able to start writing their own narratives even though Lyle was right there trying to pull the strings because he was funding the show. Good riddance, dude.

A great read that I enjoyed immensely! Many thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

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An adorable feel-good romance from Erin Hahn! A story that would be right at home on the Hallmark Channel (well, except for the the steamy parts!). I loved the evolution of the relationship between Shelby and Cameron (#Spriggs) and was rooting for them to get their happily ever after. I also loved getting to know Shelby's friends - and I hope Hahn writes a follow-up, telling Lorelai's story to find love. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and am excited to read future works by Hahn!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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I was very excited about this title, but I have had difficulty getting into the book. I have currently marked as DNF, but will be reattempting in the future as I am a mood reader. However, from what I did read I really enjoyed. I think the main problem for me was the book didn’t instantly hook me and I felt like I was having to work a bit to get started on this story. I am excited to try this book when I am in a different headspace and will be updating my review.

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Built to Last by Erin Hahn. Pub Date: October 18, 2022. Rating: 3 stars. Set against an HGTV-esque TV show, this novel brings together childhood stars into new roles as home improvement stars. There is old baggage between the three, some good and some not so good, and this story follows their journey of self discovery and making peace with their past to move forward into the future. I enjoyed the storylines of how being in the spotlight as a child can be challenging and how some of the characters overcame that burden to be decent human beings in adulthood. And of course, there is a little of forbidden romance that comes to fruition at the helm of this story. It was a cute story, but not unputdownable. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this e-arc in exchange for my honest review. #builttolast #netgalley

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It's a fun novel about restoring old friendships while fixing old houses. You'll chuckle as the three friends work out their friendship and romance - and perhaps wince at the language and innuendos if you're a reader like me.

Recommended to tuck into your tote when going to the beach or stashing in your carryon on the plane. A good story with a happy ending.

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This was precious!

Shelby and Cameron were child stars together and are back as co-stars again but this time on a home renovation show. Can they manage as sparks fly?

I thought this was so nice and sweet- low drama between the main characters which is a rarity at times.

The book starts with the past as Shelby calls Cameron to help her fix her life and as she leaves Hollywood behind she also thinks she is leaving him. Chance brings them together for a new venture though, helmed by Shelby’s very slimy ex. The two rekindle their old flame while recognizing that home is a person.

I thought this was an easy light read. Mildly spicy and a HEA. I Hope you enjoy it too!

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I enjoyed this so much. It took me a little to get into it but once I did? Hooked.

I loved the dual POV (it's my favorite, especially for a second chance romance). There really is no other word to describe this story besides "CUTE" - it's low angst, and gives you that epic "they are meant to be together" feeling, and I liked the character growth of both Cameron and Shelby. Besides being weirded out that he has the name as my brother, I just adored everything about Cameron. He was the star of this show.

I absolutely loved the home reno aspect too - it was so fun and relatable because who among us does not think they can renovate a house after spending too many hours watching HGTV lol

I definitely need to check out more from this author.

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This book is a must-read for anyone who's ever struggled with finding their place in the world. Hahn's writing is both authentic and relatable, and her characters are well-crafted and memorable. A perfect blend of heart and humor, 'Built To Last' is a story that will stick with you long after you turn the final page.

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This was a good book. It's just what you want a chick lit to be. Nice and light. I definitely recommend.

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I love this book. While I wish it was a bit longer so we could have gotten more of Shelby and Cameron’s relationship, I adored it. Bonus points because my name is also Shelby :)

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