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Built to Last

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Eat your heart out HGTV, Shelby and Cameron are here to overshadow anything you could ever produce. Skip the home renovation shows and pick this up instead, you'll get all the house flipping you could want with a romance you can't look away from. And while they suffer a bit from the whole "if they just talked, everything would be fine," it's all to an understandable degree, considering they're not confident in themselves, and not sure if they can trust what they're building yet, pun intended. I'm definitely looking forward to further companion novels, I already know Lorelei's story is going to be phenomenal.
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Built to Last is a second chance romance, set against the backdrop of a home renovation show. Shelby and Cameron grew up as child stars together and find themselves reunited in adulthood. While Shelby and Cameron have both pursued passions outside Hollywood, their third co-star Lyle is still firmly ensconced in the world of TV. With family depending on them, Shelby and Cam will need to avoid Lyle’s drama to make their show a success. And possibly rekindle love along the way? 

Built to Last was an enjoyable read. I appreciated how Erin Hahn wove in so much of their childhood history and the pressure of being child stars. Lyle was really annoying (as he was supposed to be!), but I loved that Shelby and Cam had good people surrounding them and supporting their dreams. I wish I could have seen photos of what they were doing to restore the house! Built to Last is perfect for people who love home renovation shows, a second chance plot, and slow burn romance. Thank you to Erin Hahn, St. Martin’s Griffin, and Netgalley for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Super cute childhood friends to lovers rom com with an ode to home renovation shows. Shelby and Cameron grew up together on set and were closer than anyone realized until one day it all changed. Now a decade later, both have grownup but can they work together again on the set of a new reality tv show complete with power tools? 

There’s no denying the connection Shelby and Cameron share and it hasn’t diminished in the years they’ve been apart. They both had to grow and mature at their own pace and in their own time to be able to give their relationship a real shot this time around. They both owned up to their past mistakes and really strived to be completely honest with each other moving forward putting them both in a much healthier space. Lyle is still a jerk trying to manipulate Shelby and Cameron even after all those years but together they saw right through his act and came out better. I really hope we get a book about Shelby’s best friend Lorelei cause you just know there’s more to her story. 


Thank you @stmartinspress and @netgalley for this eARC in exchange for my honest feedback.
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This was such a cute second chance romance between two child stars who were each other's first love. I loved the dual POV and how much they continued to fight for each other. The writing itself wasn't necessarily my favorite but I still kept looking to reading more!
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I'm a huge fan of Erin Hahn's YA books and her first adult rom-com was a fun, endearing read. The second chance romance and setting of a home renovation show is what sold me. The chemistry between former childhood sweethearts Shelby and Cameron was believable and refreshing. I also loved that their childhood friend and Shelby's former co-star and bf Lyle helped propel this rekindling. However, I do wish that we got more flashbacks to when they were all kids. All in all it was a cute read and who doesn't love a home reno show.
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Loved the story. It was a perfect read during the fall weather! The characters were beautifully written and I was engrossed in the tale from start to finish! This was my first one by the author and I adored it!
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I liked this book. I've got to be honest, it kind of seemed to me like this book was a mashup of many different things but for me anyway, the combination worked. I felt this read was a combination of contemporary romance, HGTV and rom com with an added dash of Hollywood cautionary tale. Shelby and Cameron will have you falling and falling hard as their funny, heart melting and epically swoon worthy romance gives you a wicked case of The Feels.
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First off, I did not realize that Erin Hahn was a MI author and I loved it even more for that. Her description of the state was beautiful and so authentic to it that it caught my attention from the start. I love how the story started out with a past scene and built from there, that scene was definitely vital in how the couples story developed. I am also always a sucker for second chances and these two were fated to be together for sure. I also loved the home remodel and how it was just a plot point but looked at the actual craftsmanship that is involved in older homes and furniture. 
I enjoyed this book and hope we get a chance to see maybe what her friends are up too in the other books!
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This book is great! Would definitely recommend. Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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A very binge-able, sweet little rom-com about a second chance for childhood sweethearts. This book isn't unnecessarily complicated by the usual romance trope relationship "challenges" that get thrown in the way before the inevitable HEA. It's clear from the beginning that the chemistry between the main characters crackles, they are stupid in love with each other, and would know the other is too if they just got brave enough to fess up and give it a go.  Well written banter, and I enjoyed a romance relationship story that didn't have to suffer gratuitous curveballs. It was nice to see the curveballs thrown at the project they were working on together and how they dealt with that as a team.
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This book was cute, but ultimately not very memorable. I do enjoy the second chance romance trope in rom-coms and this did satisfy that for me. One thing I had a hard time getting past is that these two characters didn’t have very much chemistry, and I couldn’t really pinpoint why they were so drawn back to each other to begin with, other than their long history as friends. Most of their present day feelings seemed to be rooted in the past as nostalgia, so I wasn’t convinced of them as an authentic pairing in the present day. Honestly, maybe I was just missing the witty banter that seems to be a hallmark of so many romances, and without that it just kind of fell flat for me. I’m not saying it was bad. It was entertaining, and I liked how it ended, I just felt like it needed more to be truly memorable. The secondary characters were some of my favorites in the book, and if you like reality home design shows you may really enjoy this book. 

Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!
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Thank you to NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review!

I'll start by saying that even though this book is now published, my review is based on the eARC I received because that is what I read in full. Anyway, I enjoyed this book! It follows two main characters, Shelby Springfield and Cameron Riggs, who were once child co-stars and now find themselves in front of the cameras again as reality TV co-stars. This book features the second chance romance trope and contains minimal conflict, which was quite refreshing. While arguments and fights (between a romantic pairing) are interesting as well, forcing them into a story is not necessary, and this book proves that. I appreciated the gentle reading experience of two characters falling in love for the second time, as well as how mature both Shelby and Cameron acted in their decisions and actions. If you're looking for a sweet and easy read, definitely check out this book!
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This was a super sweet second chance romance that will have you really rooting for Shelby and Cam. Their chemistry is amazing and I enjoyed their backstory so much. Also really liked the renovation show aspect, I found it super original. Really fun read! *I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Well you know I really didn’t like this one. 

There was way more cussing than I tend to like and the characters just weren’t likable whatsoever.

I DNF’d it and waited for it to come out to get the audio and gave it another chance. That didn’t help me like it any more than before.
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Is it possible to find your true love before you hit your teenage years? Will that person still be the one for you almost two decades later and after years spent apart? In Built to Last, former child costars—and former first loves—Shelby Springfield and Cameron Riggs are brought together again to film the pilot for a home renovation show. There’s an added wrinkle, though, their former costar—and Shelby’s other ex—Lyle is their producer, and he doesn’t want things to go smoothly for them.

Will Shelby and Cameron be able to rekindle not just their friendship but their romance, too, or will past hurts, distance, and Lyle’s mischief keep them apart? 

This one is a good match for readers looking for a mashup between Boy Meets World and Fixer Upper with some steam added in. 

I appreciate how Shelby remade herself and came into her own after she left Hollywood; Cameron as a book boyfriend; their supportive friends; and their supportive parents—I’m looking at you Cameron’s mom and Shelby’s dad, but definitely not you, Shelby’s mom.

Read it for the behind-the-scenes moments, the tension, and the chickens.

I received an advance copy from St. Martin’s Press. All review opinions are my own.
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Cute synopsis and def made me want to read it but it just fell flat for me. 

The male audiobook narrator was so good! But the female just didn't work for me.
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I really enjoyed this book! I loved the chemistry between Shelby and Cameron. Their story felt genuine and real and I liked that there wasn't a big blowup between them that you usually see in second chance love stories.
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This was a perfect fall vacation read for me. I love Shelby and Cam and I could have stayed with them twice as long.
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I love second chance romances and I love home renovation shows, so I knew I had to read Erin Hahn’s new book Built to Last, which features both.  And what a delightful read it was!  The story follows Shelby Springfield and Cameron Riggs, two former child actors who also happen to be former childhood sweethearts.

Shelby, in particular, captured my heart right away.  We learn that, after some pretty bad experiences including a public meltdown, Shelby chose to leave show business altogether and move home to Michigan.  She has been working with her dad, who renovates and flips houses, and has found new purpose in her life restoring vintage furniture.  For the past ten years, she has been building a new life for herself and trying to prove to herself and to everyone else that she isn’t that messed up little girl anymore.  I really loved everything about Shelby, from her determination to move on from her past to her absolute passion when it comes to restoration.

The more I got to know Shelby, the more I wanted her to reunite with her childhood sweetheart, Cameron. Why?  Because he really is a sweetheart in every way. While Cameron stayed in show business, he changed his focus and now travels the world making documentaries.  No matter what Cameron has going on though, if Shelby calls him, Cameron comes running.  Their connection just runs that deep, even if Cameron is afraid to admit to himself just how strongly he still feels for Shelby.  But when the opportunity presents itself for Cameron to work with Shelby again, on a new reality TV home renovation show, neither Cameron nor Shelby feel they can say no, even if Shelby’s obnoxious ex, Lyle, is the showrunner.

Hahn does such a wonderful job weaving together the various threads of this story.  I loved watching Cameron and Shelby work together and grow closer in the present, while also getting quite a few glimpses into what they were like together as child actors.  I also thoroughly enjoyed watching them take on Lyle and his ridiculous shenanigans.  Lyle is the character you’ll love to hate, for sure.  In addition to Shelby’s relationship with Cameron though, I also absolutely adored her relationship with her Dad.  They were just so sweet together and I loved how he helped to get her back on her feet after her meltdown and that she was so determined to do this new show to try to pay her Dad back for all of his help and support.  This story just touched my heart on so many levels.

If you’re in the mood for a heartwarming second chance romance that also features plenty of entertaining scenes revolving around a reality TV show, as well as a lovely story about the importance of family, I highly recommend Built to Last!
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Fun second chance rom-com. Great group of characters. Really liked the epilogue that gave us a glimpse on what’s ahead. Thank you netgalley and publisher for this arc in exchange for an honest review.
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