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The Reunion

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First and foremost, thank you to Netgalley and Atria books for this gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

Overall, I thought this was a cute, quick romance read. I enjoyed the movie star, celebrity setting and the idea of a second chance romance that takes place on a reunion show filming. But, I felt that the book was very "surface level" -the plot, the emotions, and the characters. I didn't really care or connect with any characters, and while I liked Liv and Ransom together, I wanted more emotion in their romance. I just didn't feel it.
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First time read by this author. I read this for my local book club as it’s our February selection. I really enjoyed it. It was a light hearted fun read. I would recommend if you want a book that focuses on the tv world and is a rom-com book. Now to check out other titles by this author. Thanks to #NetGalley for the advanced copy. #NetGalley #TheReunion
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

I sweet book about two child stars who reunite for a twenty years later reunion special of their show “Girl on the Verge.”  With a little bit of tabloids and a lot more of backstage Hollywood, “The Reunion” is a sweet story of discovering that your perfect someone has been there for a long time. 

Themes: 📺🎬🎞🎥💗

My thought: 😁😍🥰😘

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I tried so hard with this book but I finally had to "DNF" it. The premise seemed entirely up my alley but I couldn't get through more than a few pages at a time before falling asleep. I didn't get or feel the chemistry between Ransom and Lily.
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Loved the behind the scenes vibes of this, and all the excitement of your favorite teenage show coming back for a reunion. Estranged Best friends to lovers, snappy writing, a total winner for me!
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Two former teen stars—Liv and Ransom—were always best friends, and the line between their on-screen chemistry and off-screen chemistry was often blurry. They are about to find out if feelings like that ever go away (after being out of contact for fourteen years) when a popular teen drama has a long awaited reunion.

I love a second chance romance with tons of tension and "will they won’t they" and "who is in love with who" and "for how long", so I loved this book. Did I wish that some scenes did not fade to black? Perhaps, but this book is still full of tons of steamy, slow burn goodness, and Ransom is just the dreamiest of dreamboats.

Kayla Olson does a brilliant job of hooking you quickly and writing inside of a glamorous world that we can relate to our own lives. Liv and Ransom are likable characters, and all the other characters in the book are well-rounded and have their own thought out storylines.

The Reunion by Kayla Olson was written for you if:
1) You are a fan of Christina Lauren
2) You love a second chance romance
3) You had a teen drama you used to obsessively watch
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Hollywood Romance is one of my favorite romance tropes but this one felt like it just needed more—more tension, more actual romance—to make it stand out. & the miscommunication made me not trust the main guy until the very very end. 

fun & quick, but not the best i’ve ever read sadly.
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It as a typical rom-com.  It’s cute and easy to read and I enjoyed the story. It’s a nice read for when you’re wanting something light and relaxing.
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I love a good second chance romance. But these characters never stopped loving each other to begin with. I wanted more conflict and less insta-love.
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What happens when two former teen stars reconnect at the reunion for their hit TV show, fourteen years after the finale?  Will things be strained?  Or will their chemistry pick up right where they left off?

I thought this was a really cute book and loved the cover art.  It was a fast, sweet read.  However, I wish there was a little bit...more.  I really liked the characters and the story, I just thought that there could have been more...action.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Liv is returning to the hit show that made her a teen star, and the coworker who she was in love with, but walked away from when the show ended. As much as I loved the romance between Liv and Ransom, I think my favorite part was all the Hollywood stuff going on with gossip sites and Liv deciding on her next projects. I wish there had been more with Sasha-Kate, Millie, and Ford, but it was a very fun read.
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I received a reviewer copy of The Reunion by Kayla Olson, from the publisher Atria Books from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

What It’s About:  Liv Latimer was the star of a teen drama, going through the loss of her father and the parting from her co-star and best friend Ransom Joel. When the show ended, Liv retreated to a more normal life, but ultimately came back to the acting scene because she missed the art part. Now twenty years after the show premiered, the cast is back to film a reunion special. Now all of a sudden Liv and Ransom are reunited and its time to work through their past and see if their chemistry can actually survive. 

What I Loved: This has a really interesting plot. I genuinely thought this could be about like a The OC reunion and I found the plot really interesting. I also found the grief string of losing a father and how that plays out and stays with you, I wish this had been explored more. I also liked some of the back scenes Hollywood work. 

What I didn’t like so much: Honestly, overall this book didn't work for me. I didn't really buy into the romance. I think it read more like insta-love instead of the years long friendship and longtime unrequited love. I also found a lot of the drama a bit contrived. Perhaps, it's because I don't know Hollywood but like some of the plot lines just seemed a bit annoying, the being late, the agent, and the constant blogging. I understand the plot device of the blog post, but it really interrupted story for me. 

Who Should Read It: People who love books set in Hollywood. People who loved watching the WB/CW as kids. 

Summary: A reunion of a classic teen drama and two actors and the one who got away.
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I thought this was a pretty cute Hollywood romance. I thought Ransom and Liv had great chemistry and while the outside drama was a little annoying, it was to be expected. I liked how we got a dual timeline, it really added to the progression of the character development. I'm always a sucker for second chance romances and overall, I thought this one was done well.
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THE REUNION is a lovely novel about former co-stars, and best friends, Liv and Ransom, reuniting on a reunion of their beloved TV show. The setting and premise hooked me - I love a good second chance love story - and I really enjoyed Kayla Olson's world building and writing. 

Overall, this story was fun, easy to read, and enjoyable! The love story felt a little fast and I would have loved a few more scenes with Ransom and Liv rekindling their feelings before falling right into love - but overall, an enjoyable story all the same. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria books for the ARC which I received in exchange for my honest review!
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The Reunion by Kayla Olson is a second chance love story featuring two teen stars that grew up on a show together. They reconnect 14 years later at the reunion for their hit show and seemingly pick up where they left off. 

I was really excited about the premise of this one - I love a celebrity love story and generally found the plot to be intriguing. Unfortunately, the writing fell really flat for me on this one. I wish the author went deeper with the experiences and feelings of the characters - it felt like we were often being told vs shown. The characters also instantly reconnected after so much time apart and a falling out - this felt less believable to me and I wanted that build and reconnection to get excited about their second chance. 

Overall, this was a contemporary and fun novel but fell short for me personally. Thank you to Netgalley and Atria books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. The Reunion is out now!
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This was so fun and heartwarming! I love the best friends to lovers trope! And i got serious One Tree Hill cast vibes from this book! I highlight recommend it!
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This book is adorable.  It offers nostalgia, a fun peek behind the Hollywood curtain, fun interstitials with blog posts and articles, and a romance to make your heart melt.  What more could you want in a rom-com?
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I loved this book, definitely a standout for what’s been put out in the market in January.  A first round purchase for most libraries
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The Reunion tells the story of Liv and Ransom, former child co-stars and best friends who are brought back together when the show they starred in gets a reboot twenty years later. In the intervening years, Liv and Ransom have gone their separate ways, taking very different approaches to their careers and falling out with one another. The first day back proves that all those years and diversions have done nothing to dull the chemistry that connected them decades before. But Liv has grown up and experienced grief and anxiety, making her a more cautious adult. The book centers on this will they-won’t they as Liv decides the course she wants her adult life to take.

I enjoyed this one. It was quick and kept my interest. I loved the behind-the-scenes feel of the story and liked the addition of news articles and social media posts.
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Right off the bat, I'm a sucker for a great, eye-catching cover. I knew that when I first came across those orange and pink hues on the front cover, it demanded my attention, and I wanted to read this book.

Secondly, I loved the story's concept of a reunion for a well-beloved tv show and that it wasn't really about the show but more about the kinship between co-stars. In particular, I liked the 'what if' aspect between the main character Liv Latimer and her co-star, Ransom Joel. 

The story was slower-paced for my liking. There was a lot of backstory about the show and characters to help catch up to the present day, which is understandable since we, as readers, are unfamiliar with these characters. There was more from the production standpoint of the show than was necessary for the story. 

The story was good, but it felt like it was missing something. For some reason, I couldn't get into Liv and Random's will they/won't they moments, even though I was rooting for them the whole way. There wasn't as much antagonism or drama between them or the other cast as I would anticipate for their line of work. It felt like a missed opportunity for many crazy and wild things to happen.

I enjoyed the tabloid-like parts at the end of each chapter. Each one helped tell the story and stirred up or explained the drama linked to the characters. 

Thank you, NetGalley, Atria Books, and Kayla Olson, for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review!
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