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Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other

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After making her too honest opinions about her humble hometown public on national television America's Sweetheart Brynn Cornell is in hot water and hoping to make amends.

Travelling back to her hometown she is forced to face her past, and a handsome city council member who seems determined to oppose her at every turn. A fun flirty rom com, with an enemies to lovers vibe, with likable characters, and a community that comes alive. I loved how the people of Adelaide gave Brynn a fair chance, especially her friends Laila and Cole.

Sebastian has come to love the small Colorado town that he has made his home, and he is willing to fight for it. He has a chip n his shoulder, but even he can see that Brynn's visit to Adelaide Falls might not be all bad. I loved the banter between the two, as well as their authentic feeling chemistry.

Overall, this was a fun quick rom-com, with lovable characters and good emotional depth. I'm excited for the sequel about Laila and Cole!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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So amazing! loved the character dynamics and Turner's art of storytelling. I found the story so sweet, do I think everyone will like it? No, but I was entertained, though I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop the entire time. I would have liked the love story to be more drawn out, but Brynn was only in town for a week. Brynn and Sebastian start off on the wrong foot and keep spiraling downwards.

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"And I knew the people who had the most reason to hate me were also the ones who never would have needed me to explain why I left. They would have packed my bags and cheered me on. Which made it all the more unforgivable that I hadn't told them. That I hadn't said goodbye."

Brynn never intends on returning to her childhood town. But due to complications of her own making, she has no choice. Her town liaison makes it clear that he is not a fan. Well, she doesn't like him either. What will it take for Brynn and Sebastian to discover that they don't hate each other after all?

Sebastian definitely has his own story. And it is funny how their two lives are similar yet so different. The cast of characters in this book are so enjoyable.

Be prepared to laugh often and maybe cry a bit in this latest book by Bethany Turner. As with all of her books, there are plenty of one liners, movie and TV quotes, some snark and plenty of heart. What makes me excited about this one is the fact that there are going to be a few sequels too. I definitely recommend this title if you enjoy rom-coms!

I read a copy of this book through NetGalley. I wanted to read and review it. All opinions are my own.

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The book was a stretch too spread out. I love grumpy sunshine but Brynn is straight up mean. Suffice to say, Sebastian isn't the only one who doesn't like her. The grump in this case is unnecessarily rude. Brynn's character development was too little, too late and the story just didn't do it for me. The execution could've been far better, especially if they hadn't started liking each other the first time they were alone.

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This was a struggle for me to finish.

The story is supposed to be about Brynn redeeming herself from being a total asshat on a hot mic, but her turnaround felt really shallow to me. It doesn't gradually happen at all. Another character tells her to just be a nice person and... she changes like someone flipped a switch. It's also so unbelievable to me that she's supposed to be the "sunshine" of a grumpy/sunshine situation.

Sebastian is... boring. There's also no reason given for him to fall head over heels for Brynn... he just does.

Overall, I don't think this one was very good.

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Thank you to NetGalley, the publishers, and the author for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I'm so sad this didn't work for me because the cover is adorable. I could never fully immerse myself into this story to feel any enjoyment or engagement. I tried both the physical and the audio, and still nothing. I found myself lulling and losing the ability to understand what was happening on audio (are there too many side characters, things happening?)

The "enemies" aspect felt like forever. I wasn't sure they'd ever become lovers, or even LIKE one another. When they finally got there, it felt extremely forced and strange. I don't think these two are meant to be!

This has no fun banter like your usual romcom, there wasn't much com, and I've seen some marketing as "grumpy/sunshine", but I'm pretty sure this is "grumpy/grumpy".

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I really wanted to love this story, but it ended up being a DNF for me. This came down to me finding it impossible to connect with either of the main characters. I'm all for unlikable MCs, but not in a romance book!

Brynn was truly unlikable to me - by the end of the book, I really just felt like Sebastian deserved better. She was meant to be the sunshine half of the grumpy-sunshine trope, but she honestly just came across as an asshole. I've seen a lot of people say she has some redemption in the second half of the book, but I honestly just could not get there.

The other thing that drove me nuts was the first person/third person switch. I love when we alternate character perspectives but that was too much.

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This story is told through alternating perspectives - I found the female protagonist pretty insufferable thru the first 3/4 of the book and was a little bored by male protagonist which didn’t make me care for this book. Near the end, it changed for me. The plot started to get interesting and the characters started redeeming themselves - the epilogue was great!

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BRYNN AND SEBASTIAN HATE EACH OTHER was a really sweet romcom with two characters working through their own issues, with the backdrop of a small Colorado town with a colorful cast of characters. I would've loved a little more time for the romance to develop, but overall, this would be a fun read for someone who is looking for a romance without the spice.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing a copy for review.

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3.5 stars!

i loved turner's first book a lot and its hard to read a second book after you've loved a first book so much. it's just the nature of things and this one was good but not as great as her first.

sebastian is a perfectly lovely character but it was hard to love brynn quite a bit. i wasn't impressed by her despite the background context we got on her.

enemies to lovers is also hard to write imo and there are only a few authors who do it justice. this one was still a nice read.

thank you to netgalley and the publisher for send me an arc in return for an honest review.

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This was such a sweet romance! I absolutely adored both of the main characters. The character development was done really well. I look forward to reading more books from this author.

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This was a cute Enemies to Lovers romance! The story alternates between the main characters’ points of view so the reader experiences both sides of the story. In the beginning, Brynn and Sebastian are forced to spend time together as Brynn works on a News story about her hometown and they do not get along at all. However, the more time they spend together, the more they find they have in common and the ice begins to thaw. I enjoyed the big event at the end that brought them closer together leaving the reader with a satisfied feeling and a happy ending. It’s a quick book to read this holiday season!

** I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson-Fiction for the ARC!

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Very interesting read! The book pulled me in from the start and I wanted to see how it ended. Try it and see if this book is for you!

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Thank you to the publisher, NetGalley, and Bethany Turner for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a cute romance story that I enjoyed but the plot wasn’t super deep for me. I wanted more from the characters and the storyline in general. With that being said, I still look forward to seeing what this author will create in the future.

3.25-3.5 stars

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Unfortunately, this title just wasn't for me. I did finish, but it was a struggle.

Normally, I like grumpy-sunshine and enemies to lovers books. They're my two favorite tropes, in fact. But in this case, the character of Brynn was just so unlikeable that I couldn't get into the story at all. I hate to see authors reverting back to the "mean girl" caricature. We're better than that.

I did enjoy the dynamic between Brynn and Sebastian for the first few chapters, but it wasn't enough to salvage the book for me.

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4.5/5

Review: I would like to say that while, yes, this book takes place over the course of a week, it still flows naturally. I found myself growing fond of the characters and being understanding of Brynn and Sebastian’s struggles. Brynn’s pop culture references, which I usually dislike, felt right for this story. I found myself laughing at her interview stories and references to celebrities. Where she started out sounding shallow and wildly unlikable, she ended up sounding like someone I would want to have a coffee with or watch on the morning news. Sebastian was a likable for me from the start. He was straightforward and matter of fact with his thoughts and opinions. The more he thought about Brynn’s feelings and got to know her, the more I enjoyed him. His dog was also adorable. Overall, this was a sweet story that has just enough of a balance between humor and heart. This book was so good that I read it within 1 day. I look forward to reading other books by this author.


Thank you to NetGalley and the Thomas Nelson for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.


Summary: When we first meet Brynn, she’s running from her past life like she’s on fire. She has not visited the place she called home for the first 18 years of her life in over 20 years. She is a up and coming but still well known, national news reporter, known for her shining and smiling, persona that she portrays on Sun Up, a morning show. When she says very unflattering things about her hometown, not realizing she’s on air, the sunny personality had the Sun Up mask peeled away. People are unhappy and she has to save her career as soon as possible. She goes back to her hometown, a small town of 317 people in the middle of the Colorado mountains to try and make amends (on camera of course) so the public will forgive her. Enter Sebastian, he moved to the this little mountain town 6 1/2 years ago, running from the past life of his own.
Brynn and Sebastian get off on the wrong foot, neither of them liking the other. A true enemies to lovers style meeting. However, as the week of Brynn’s time in town continues, they realize they have more in common than they first thought. There is more than meets the eye with both Brynn and Sebastian.

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Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing this eARC of Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other.
(Yes the title is that long xD)
Brynn's a TV presenter who's quite messed up. While on TV she's bad-mouthed Adelaide Springs, the place she grew up. And now the townspeople (and the rest of the world) hate her. So in order to save her career she has to visit the place she left behind and reconcile with Adelaide Springs' people. Easy isn't it?
Well... there's Sebastian, who's a "retired" journalist. And he's not a fan of Brynn. Well... nobody in Adelaide Springs currently is. But he's the lucky guy who'll have to take care of her. And they can't stand each other.
It takes some time to get into the story cause Brynn's really not that pleasant at the beginning. But then the story picks up and you'll get to know them better.

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Well. This was delightful. Brynn is America’s Ray of Sunshine morning show presenter, when she makes a slip up and disses her small town roots in Colorado live on air. To save her career, she has to go back and make things right - something that proves difficult with Sebastian, newish town resident who is not her biggest fan, overseeing her mission. This is an intense enemies to lovers story, with both main characters still dealing with and processing a lot of trauma. Their relationship development is inevitable and adorable. This isn’t a fluffy romance, it has a bit of everything - humour, intelligence, pop culture and drama. But Brynn and Sebastian’s romance is still the best bit. Also, the epilogue was too cute 🥰

What to expect:

- enemies to lovers
- grumpy x sunshine
- kind of celebrity romance
- small town romance
- found family
- Gilmore Girls vibes

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Brynn was pretty unlikable, but I actually liked Sebastian. This was a fun enemies-to-lovers redemption story.

I received an advance copy. All thoughts are my own.

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In this book we have Brynn (a morning show co-host) going back to her small Colorado home town to make amends after an unintentional on air blunder. Sebastian is tasked with ferrying her around/keeping an eye on her for the week she is in town. Unbeknownst to Brynn, Sebastian is a former highly acclaimed reporter, best know for his work in the field. The two get off to a shaky start, and butt heads for most of the week Brynn is in town.
This was my first Bethany Turner book, and unfortunately I wasn't blown away. It was fine, just not great. The writing style didn't work 100% for me, and some of the plot points were a bit ridiculous. I did however like the news aspect of the book, and how Sebastian's mental health issues were treated. I'm still open to trying one of her other books to see if this is a one off.

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