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.
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!
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.
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.
This was a good book. It's just what you want a chick lit to be. Nice and light. I definitely recommend.
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 :)
I loved the reality aspect of this story!!!! A super sweet romance, I'll be keeping an eye out for Hahn's next work!!
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of Built to Last by Erin Hahn. All opinions are my own.
When two former child-stars reunite, sparks fly. Shelby and Cameron have spent years pining for each other and were once an item, but after years apart they are finally reunited. They are brought together by their former costar and Shelby’s slimey ex, Lyle, to star in a home renovation show. Once together, it becomes impossible to deny the chemistry between them has always been there.
I really loved that they each took time away and alone to grow and become adults. That felt very realistic and beautiful to me. The idea of former child stars reuniting for a home reno show is so good. The epilogue being an interview after the fact was *chefs kiss*
PS And I cannot wait for the follow up book following Lorelai!!!
Shelby Springfield was once a child star, a pop artist, and then the celebrity everyone liked to gossip about after her highly publicized break up with Lyle Jessup. There's also the semi-secret fact that she used to be in love with fellow star Cameron Riggs, who ends up being "the one who got away".
One day, Lyle calls Shelby and Cameron up and asks them to star in a reality home renovation show together. Shelby wants to do it because it's something she truly enjoys (as she's been renovating with her dad for the last few years) and she wants to prove to everyone that she's more than the ditzy actress she's been made out to be. Cameron wants to do it because he wants to finally settle down a little after traveling the world making documentaries for National Geographic. Well, sparks start to fly and not just because of the saw.
This was a really cute second chance romance. I honestly didn't realize it was a debut until coming back to write this review. I'll be interested to see if Erin Hahn writes any other novels.
BUILT TO LAST is a cute second chance romance. Shelby and Cam had me rooting for them. I enjoyed the dialog. I would recommend this for those who love romance and HGTV. My husband and I love home reno shows, so this was definitely up my alley!
A sincere thank you to NetGallery for this book.
I read this book somewhat shortly after reading the Reunion. Perhaps if I hadn't read that first, this might have made a better overall impression.
I liked the premise of the book , as I tend to always enjoy a "famous behind the scenes" storyline so child actors/ second chance romance seemed right up my alley. The book got off to a slow start, and sadly never really picked up for me. I had a hard time suspending reality of how these 3 child stars would really be thrown back together in a reality TV house flipping show. Considering that my professional life is in architecture and residential construction I sadly just couldn't get myself to overlook how not plausible the scenario would be for Cameron to learn/manage/design renovations without any prior experience. It was a cute/sweet story, but not one that really sucked me.
(ARC review from NetGalley)
Loved this plot line of this book so much and had very high hopes for it. Unfortunately, what let me down was the second half of the book. It felt like the book ending came a lot suddenly than I was expecting. I felt like there was more that could have been flushed out and said.
Thank you to NetGalley for giving me an ARC copy.
Slow burn, rom-com with a decent story. Just ok for me. Loved the cover and characters. It was not predictable. Recommended.
Thanks to Netgalley, Erin Hahn and St Martins Press Griffin for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Sadly, another NetGally I didn't have time to get to before it archived, and I read it in print once we got it at work.
Erin Hahn is another author I want to be best friends with. I love her and her writing style, regardless of if it's YA or romance. I thought it was a fantastic debut to adult romance. As a Michigan native, I love how EH's books take place in Michigan, even if the towns aren't real. It's fun to read little Michigan easter eggs and be like "Oh, I bet this town is based on *insert actual Michigan town here*" which is just phenomenal fun,
I think that this was a fun premise - it was a second chance childhood sweethearts romance - and it involved a home renovation show which I liked. I think my biggest issue with this book is that there really wasn't much conflict. They just meet again, fall in love, and are happy. It wasn't bad but it also wasn't great.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Shelby has spent the last decade rebuilding her life and renovating homes after a very public breakup/breakdown while Cameron has explored the world making documentaries. When former child stars reunite to host a home renovation show, will their past get in the way of a second chance at love?
I LOVED THIS! It was so good! I read a lot of books - and I’m way behind in my reviews - so when a book sticks with me, I know its a winner. I’ve read some of Erin Hahn’s YA books, and she’s made the transition to adult romance flawlessly. Also, I can’t wait to read Lorelai’s story!
POV ~ dual 1st
Featuring ~ adult fiction debut, celebrities, reality stars, childhood sweethearts, second chance, some steamage
Shelby & Cameron
I do enjoy watching home renovation shows so I was drawn into that part of the story. Fixer to Fabulous is my fav in case you were wondering.
Second chance stories usually make me mad because so much time was wasted and is it really realistic that you haven't stopped thinking about someone for years and years and years? And if you really haven't then why not reach out and say "hello, wanna give us a go again?"
I liked both main characters and Shelby's dad. We have a few unlikable side characters, especially Shelby's mom, oye what a mess. Lyle is a close second. Overall, it didn't have a lot of banter, which I could have went for, but I had a great time reading it.
I was able to listen to an audio copy as well. Both narrators did a fine job. I'm not sure the flashbacks were seamless though. There was one part where they just whomped it up and next thing she's crying because he kissed her and said it was a mistake. Lucikly, it's in italics in the ebook, so we could figure it out when reading
*Thanks to the author, St Martin's Press and NetGalley for the ARC. I am voluntarily leaving my honest review*
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
*Disclaimer: I am a mood reader. When I first attempted to read an ARC of Built to Last in September 2022, I did not finish it (stopping around 48% in the electronic version). On a whim, because that’s what mood reading is, I picked up the audiobook version this week (May 2023). My review below is based on the audiobook.
Built to Last is a cute childhood sweethearts second chance romance story against the backdrop of a chaotic home reno TV show.
I love Erin Hahn breaking into the adult romance department! She speaks “romance” well, and I’m happy to see her growing her audience from YA to include adult readers, too.
One of the biggest reasons I don’t think this book worked for me initially had to do with the unlikeable nature of the characters at the start. I am very much a character-driven reader, and it took too long for me to connect with the characters. With the audio, I did eventually find that connection, but I assume mood readers like me might struggle and give up on this book, like I did my first go-around, because the characters strongly come off negatively or unrelatable in the first half of the book. In the end, I did appreciate the character growth. Honestly, it was probably its redeeming grace for me…that and the side characters of locals, who were fantastic!
The home renovation show plot was fun. I didn’t always find it plausible, but the romance kept the story moving. I absolutely loved Shelby and Cameron’s chemistry and was so pleased with the way the second chance romance played out.
The book is told in dual POVs, read in the audiobook by Lisa Zimmerman and Erin Williams. For me, listening to the audiobook helped bring the story to life and helped me to move past the unlikeable start quicker.
Overall, I am glad I gave Built to Last a second go! I’d recommend this one to fans of the TV show element and character growth — it might take some time, but it is an enjoyable story.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book. This did not affect my opinion or the content of my review.
Completely delightful. Loved the witty banter, the home renovation aspect, the chemistry between the characters. A+ romance!
I loved the alternating viewpoints between chapters and the home renovation aspect of this one. I have adored the authors YA books and am so glad she’s ventured into adult romance as well.