In The Reunion we follow Liz, an actress most known for a show and character she played growing up. Now the cast is back together after 20 years to record a reunion, including her co-star and once best friend, Ranson,
This story is a friends to lovers story.. I liked how the author brought the characters together and set up scenes for the show. Intertwined with the story, the author includes press clips and detailed scenese the actors were shooting for the show.. For me this added to story giving us the private and public perspective of the fmc.
The cast of characters felt like reading about the characters from your favorite show. You can feel the bond through the story and see how each played a part in the show, The author wrote the main character so the reader could really get an idea of how she is feeling about the reunion and her career.
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
The Reunion focuses on the two stars of a teen drama TV show, and the readers felt that. As Liv and Ransom meet again for the first time since their teen TV show finished filmed, they start right where they left off as they are doing press for a reunion special and potential reboot of the show. I really enjoyed how Liv developed throughout the book, coming to realize she can share parts of herself with the press and the public without giving up everything in her private life. While parts of this book were a little predicable, it was still fun to read, and I definitely enjoyed the vibes of it.
I think this book was just "there". It was pretty boring and unmemorable, but it wasn't like a bad book. This book was short, yet it still felt like it dragged on. I wish there was more character and relationship development, to keep me more entertained. I know we got the story behind why they didn't speak for so long, and I'm aware that many friendships withstand the test of time, but I thought it was way too normal the way that they just reconnected. I also think that there should've been more romance, considering this was a romance.
I have a bit of a hard time reading romances that involve celebrities -- that's just a personal preference -- so I'll preface this review with that.
I didn't love this. I found myself not really caring about or feeling invested in the characters, which made the book difficult to read. I didn't really have any buy-in to their relationship, either. Just fell a little flat for me.
Definitely one for the books! Such a cute and lovely story, as someone who loves when books take place with celebs. Ransom was the best ever he’s my new fave book bf!! The chemistry between them was perfect. So excited for more of this author. Some of my favorite writing!
I tried to read this book a couple times, but I found I could not connect with the characters. As well as was not a fan of the famous tope either. So, I did DNF at around 25%. I think readers who enjoy the tropes and are fans of books with a TV show appeal may enjoy this one more.
This book, despite promising potential in the reunion of former teen show stars Liv and Ransom, falls disappointingly short of expectations. The narrative takes an unexpected turn from an angsty second-chance romance into insta-love territory, robbing the story of the anticipated emotional depth. While Liv's character stands out as a redeeming factor with a well-rounded portrayal, the unconvincing chemistry between her and Ransom undermines the authenticity of their rekindled connection. The novel's attempt to incorporate trendy elements, occasional brand mentions, and the obnoxious inclusion of gossip articles and social media inserts between chapters disrupt the narrative flow. Despite Liv's character offering depth, the overall lack of substance in the central romance leads to a forgettable reading experience. The constant name dropping and overzealous descriptions of outfits and food further detract from the overall enjoyment. Unfortunately, as a Book of the Month choice, "The Reunion" fails to deliver a compelling reading experience, lacking the depth and substance needed to make it stand out in the genre. Special thanks are extended to NetGalley and Atria Books for providing the ARC, but the novel ultimately disappoints with its predictable plot, lack of spark, and underdeveloped characters.
I want to thank Netgalley and the author for gifting me the ebook.
The story itself was okay. It was a bit slow and I really didn't care about the characters or their background and the whole Hollywood thing was boring.
I felt nothing while reading this book. The synopsis sounded so good and right up my alley but it just wasn't a hit with me. I couldn't connect with the characters so I just really didn't care about anything that happened with the romance. The Spark for me just wasn't there. I'm not sure if it was the writing or just the general story for me. Everything about this book should've been a hit. Overall this was just not the book for me, hopefully, others found love with this second chance romance.
Delightful second chance romance set in a glamorous world that most readers can only dream about. The world feels very real, too. I felt as though I was invited backstage for a peek.
"The Reunion", by Kayla Olson, centers around the main characters of a world-famous TV show who must come back together years later for their show's anniversary and reunion special. Liv and Ransom practically grew up together on set as stars of the hit show "Girl on the Verge." Despite growing feelings for each other, time and distance kept them apart through the years. But now, 20 years later, the whole cast is reuniting for a TV special and Liv and Ransom discover that they haven't hidden their feelings for each other as well as they thought they had. Upon reuniting, they realize their love for each other hasn't diminished through the years. However, can they keep these feelings hidden in order to limit distractions on the rest of the cast?
I enjoyed the format of this book -- switching from narratives, Twitter threads, articles, etc. -- and enjoyed the ease with which Liv and Ransom enjoyed their time together. This was a cute and enjoyable book! Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.
this was so so so SO cute. I had so much fun reading this book. I loved the blog chapters, I loved how so much of it felt like I was on the outside looking in, but also very personal. I loved ransom and liv, but I wish there was more emotional angst due to their separation instead of automatically reconnecting. There were definitely things that I wish could've been different but overall it was so much fun. like I always say, best friends to lovers you will always be loved by me.
I love a famous person meets normal person rom com - but this one is a famous person & famous person fall in love which was so much fun! I loved the setting of the TV reunion and these characters getting to be back in each other's lives after so many years.
This was cute, funny, heart warming - if not a tad forgettable. I would definitely recommend this one if you are looking for just a quick fun palette cleanser especially after a heavy book. You won't be disappointed.
I am so mad at myself for taking so long to get to this book!! oh my gosh, it was so fun.
I ended up picking this up on audiobook in addition to my kindle copy, and I think this combination was perfect for me. The narration was amazing and really brought the story to life! This is the first book I've read about actors/co-stars and I adored it. I loved the behind the scenes look and Olson did an amazing job making the in-universe show and celebrities feel utterly real. It was impossible not to root for the characters and I cared so much for them immediately.
The second chance romance was adorable, sweet, and tender. I'm so happy these two got their happy ending, and watching their relationship form after years upon years of mutual pining was *chef's kiss*.
Friends, unrequited crush. Reconnection after time, coworkers/costars
This whole book wouldn’t exist if they’d just communicate! Back as teenagers and now.
Okay so this one has been on my tbr for a while and I had heard about it and seen it at the bookstore but didn’t know a lot about it. But I did love the idea of the story: a tv show getting a reunion that brings together two costars who were secretly in love with each other and lost touch over the years.
First and foremost, I love a book set in Hollywood on sets, about actors. Not sure why but it’s something o love to read about. Maybe it stems from my childhood wants to be an actor just for the camaraderie on set, maybe it’s because I always found it fascinating to watch behind the scenes specials or of on tours of tv and movie sets in LA (I have physically been in Stars Hollow twice and been an audience member in sitcoms being filmed… ask me about it if you’re curious 😉)
I really liked this story and the characters. Was disappointed it was a fade to black situation but that didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book.
Liv and Ransom (what a name by the way, Ransom) had the kind of best friends to lovers relationship I always dreamed of having, without the prolonged space from each other for 10 years. I kind of really doubted Ransom the whole time though because if someone is important to you, you don’t let someone else (I.e. his dad) convince you to let go of their friendship. In any case, I’m glad they came together in the end.
Couldn’t stand Sasha-Kate. Loved Ford and Bre.
📚The Reunion by Kayla Olson: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 ~ 3.5 stars (4 on Goodreads)
This romance has it all- great characters, great romance, and a great plot besides the romance. I couldn't put the book down, and it was a pleasure to read from cover to cover.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC!
This was a great, feel-good romance and I enjoyed it! The romance element was tame, which is not for everyone, but I found it to be a sweet story.
I was completely sucked in by this book! I hadn’t read a second chance romance like thief a true friends to lovers situation with mutual pining for the ages. My only complaint is that it’s a fade to black, closed door romance, but the story was so sweet and every character so interesting that if this becomes a series where everyone gets their own story, I’m reading on for sure. I especially want to know what Sasha-Kate’s deal is. Fantastic read, made me think of the Gilmore Girls and Full House and Boy Meets World reunion shows and how crazy it is to see someone again who was so important to you for so many years. The old hurts and bonds that come up, the fear and anxiety of how times have changed. It made for some really great romance.
This was a fun read. The book reminds me of primetime teen soaps from the 90's. However, I found the romance to be kind of bland. No tension but the chemistry between the characters was there.