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Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other

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This was a quick and easy read. Cute and heartwarming, but I didn’t connect with the characters very well.

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At first I wasn’t really getting into it and almost DNF’d, but I was pleasantly surprised that the more I got into it, the more I enjoyed it. The characters become more fleshed out, and it becomes a cozy romance that lovers of the genre will really enjoy. Just give it a minute to get its groove!

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Brynn was a cohost of the popular show Sunup. She made one huge on-air mistake and her snarky side was exposed. She's back in her hometown of Adelaide Springs to convince viewers that she's just a sweet girl next door. She meets Sebastian, who was a superstar reporter until something snapped inside and he vanished to Adelaide Springs doing odd jobs. He ends up being Brynn's driver....

Love these hate-to-love trope. Brynn is likable to me because of her snarky side actually. :) I do like Sebastian's grumpy side too. Terrific chemistry. I love how funny the dialogue is... So many LOL moments. A terrific funny book!

Thanks to the publisher for the arc.

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Brynn (formerly Brenn) is America's Ray of least, that's how she portrays herself on TV. She ran away from home as soon as she could and convinced herself that her hometown was a podunk, meaningless place where people exist but never truly live...and she accidentally said this on live TV. To save face, she goes back home to make amends, but the townspeople are less than thrilled to see her.

Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other will warm the cockles of your heart. It's full of pop culture references, witty banter, and Hallmark-level small-town romance, and I loved it!

The story moves a little slowly, so be prepared for that. I didn't find that it detracted from my enjoyment because I was in the mood for a slow burn romance with character building, and that's exactly what this book delivered.

My only complaint is that Sebastian's character occasionally sounded like an old man. He'd go from the affable, snarky character to entertaining the PTA ladies on stage for tips, to sounding like the elders in the community. It didn't make me dislike him - in fact, I really liked his character - it was just a little odd. I loved that he continuously picked at Brynn for her faux persona because she NEEDED that, just like she needed Orly to lay out some harsh truths for her.

There was an opportunity for the author to to make a terrible decision and change Brynn into something she wasn't, and I'm happy to say that didn't happen. Instead, Brynn challenged Sebastian to take a step her never would have otherwise, making them even more endearing.

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

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3.5 rounded up to 4 stars! This little book took me by surprise. I have to admit I requested this ARC from netgalley partly because of how great I think the cover is, but once you get past that, this is an enjoyable read about redemption, love, and friendship. The female main character, Brynn, is a morning news newscaster putting on a persona that isn’t exactly her own. She ultimately has to face this head-on after a mishap, which results in her confronting her past and how it may intertwine to influence her future in the industry. Along the way there is romance and the grumpy-sunshine trope plays a big role. I felt like both characters were a bit of both grumpy and sunshine, which was a good spin on the trope. My favorite part of the book was the scenery and small town itself, as well as its townspeople. A snowy mountain town will forever be my weakness. Overall, I really enjoyed this book but it did take me about 40% of reading to get fully invested. I feel the two main characters were developed well but I’d love more from the surrounding cast. I do wish the ending wasn’t so quickly wrapped because I was left wanting more, but maybe there will be a sequel I’d gladly pick up! I’m happy to have read this one and think this would be a fun read for anyone!

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 this eARC

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This was genuinely cuter and had more substance than I anticipated. I also couldn’t stand Brynn for the first like 1/3 of the book (from both perspectives - because she kept saying the wrong things and not even seeming to notice that she was). Sebastian was a curmudgeon but so was she, just in a different way, so it was very much a twist on grumpy/sunshine but they’re both grumpy and both sunshine depending on who they’re around!

I felt like the ending could have been longer or more detailed, because I felt like once it started wrapping up everything happened so fast! But I also liked how much “real” stuff was dealt with instead of just the surface level stuff.

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i'm so sad because I really wanted to like this book. I just was not for me. I feel like it was just so slow, so slow to the point where the characters had no development. I think brynn and sebastian maybe had one honest conversation and then they suddenly were in love, I was very confused by this book. It was so much plot, no movement at all and it was not centered towards the main couple at all. I also didnt feel like brynn and sebastian hated each other at all really, they had some minor differences. Overall, I think if people want some cool small town vibes then its a good book for that. but not for me unfortunately. thanks to netgalley for the arc.

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3 Stars Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other by Bethany Turner is a classic enemies-to-lovers, small town romance between a disgraced morning show host and a reclusive former superstar journalist. Brynn Cornell is known as America’s Ray of Sunshine…or she was until she crashed and burned on live TV. As host of the popular morning show Sunup, Brynn has made a name as a sweet, self-deprecating sweetheart from a small town. Then she disparages that very same small town while accidentally on-air. In a last-ditch attempt to save her career, Brynn returns to her hometown of Adelaide Springs, Colorado, almost twenty years after she left without saying goodbye. With cameraman Opry along to capture her apology tour, Brynn struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she’s become. It would be easier for her to made amends if she wasn’t being chaperoned by Sebastian Sudworth, who seems to hate her off the bat. Having retreated to Adelaide Springs six years ago to recover from what he saw while reporting as a journalist, Sebastian has a lot of feelings about Brynn and the harmful words she directed at the townspeople who welcomed him into their fold. Brynn and Sebastian spar at every turn, but Brynn is determined to win him over and redeem herself in the eyes of everyone.

This was a very quick and easy read, but enjoyable all around. I could feel Brynn and Sebastian’s frustration and aggravation with each other every time they interacted and pushed each other’s buttons. I like reading about Brynn’s reconciliation with some of her friends from her past; I only wish that her friend Addie had returned or they’d reconnected some other way, somehow. If you like enemies to lovers, you’ll like this one!

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