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Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other

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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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When I saw this one was touted as Parks and Rec meets The Morning Show, I was interested immediately! I feel like I've read many books with a similar premise but this one was so entertaining and charming, I'd read this one again!

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Sweet and funny.
This book is fun, lots of humor going on.
Brynn and Sebastian. Well, they don't immediately like each other, as the title pretty well gives away.
They stand on polar opposites of many things. And each has a strong aversion to the other.
But....the longer they know each other, the more time they spend together, well...things begin to shift and change.
The journey of their relationship was intriguing and funny.
I found it quite humorous, if not entirely realistic.
I recommend this to anyone looking for a light-hearted read and wanting a good laugh.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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I am not sure if it is the TV part of this that made this pairing so difficult for me, but I struggled with Brynn more than Sebastian, which is weird as he is the "cynical" character at the start.

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At this point I haven’t finished this book. I don’t care for the female character of this book. If I finish it will come back and update my review.
Thanks NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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I thought this was a cute story, at times some scenes were a little added on but overall it was a cute rom com. Brynn is a newscaster that says negative things about her hometown and gets caught in camera. She has to go back to her hometown to win the people over and potentially find the real Brynn or will she find love?

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it was cute and fun at some point, but the female character kind of rude that make its hard for me to like it. I almost couldn't finish it. But I love the small town vibes.

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Brynn Cornell is America's Ray of Sunshine on the most-watched morning show. She's always happy, perky, and looking at the bright side of things. Until a series of errors while filming live ends up showing the world that she hates the little town she grew up in and thinks very negative things about the people living there. In an effort to save her career, Brynn is forced to go back to a town she'd sworn never to set foot in again and win the forgiveness of those she abandoned and then badmouthed on national television. A hard task on its own, but there's also Sebastian Sudworth to deal with. A recent-ish transplant who loves the little town and all the people in it and won't let Brynn get away with saying bad things about the town and then showing up being fake about her feelings.
They clash from the moment they're in the same space together and things only get better from there. It's a story about redemption and going back to your roots in order to find your future path. The emotions are strong with this one, but Turner manages to write even the darkest parts of the story so that they're always cushioned by want and fuzzy moments that tug at your heartstrings without it hurting.
I loved this book so much. The snipping and banter between Brynn and Sebastian are perfect from beginning to end. It reminded me of little kids with crushes who don't want to acknowledge that they like the other person and keep finding reasons to antagonize them. It adds a very fun element to a story that would otherwise be weighed down by their sad pasts. I very highly recommend giving this one a read and enjoying the fun ride it takes you on.

Delighted thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the great read!

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While I mostly enjoyed this enemies-to-lovers story, I was a little put off by some of the dialogue. Also, the story felt a little hurried.

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Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other didn't work for me. If it wasn't for the small-town vibes, I am not sure I would have finished. The blame lies solely on the female main character, Brynn. She is terrible. Rude. Standoffish. Glib. She thinks she is better than an entire town. A town that did nothing but help take care of her and help her through a very rough childhood.

I think the book's title does a disservice to its readers. I went in thinking this would be a cute enemies to lovers, but the only reason Sebastian has a reason to hate Brynn is because she is so mean. She is instantly rude and condescending to Sebastian when they meet.

Also, they go from hate to love too quickly. There is no build-up, nothing to swoon over. I never rooted for them. Sebastian deserved so much better.

Despite this, I did enjoy the small-town vibes and the town's attempts to hold on to the community they have built.

I should point out that Brynn's storyline is first-person POV, and Sebastian's is third-person POV.

Trigger warnings for past trauma: reporting in war-torn countries and traumatic childhoods.

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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So this was a cozy novel to read over the first snow in Colorado this year! This novel is for fans of movies like Morning Glory, Life or Something like it, or even the Mary Tyler Moore Show. It was darling.

Brynn is from a rough beginning and she really can't put up with her arrogant co-star. When she trashes her hometown on air, she is sent home to apologize and reconciliation and romance follows.

It was a cute story, the kind of book you can take to a doctor's office or read on the playground. Kind of predictable but still fun and cute. A solid 3 star book for me because it was enjoyable, but not earth shattering.

I will definitely be readying more from this author in the future.

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Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other is a sweet clean romance that i wasn't expecting to like as much as i did, also it made me cry and i wasn't expecting that in a romance book.

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One thing about me: I will always eat up a workplace rivals to lovers story, even if it is a bit played out. This was a fun read and the tension was jumping off the page!

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Brynn and Sebastion Hate Each Other is a sweet, clean, grumpy-sunshine romance that is full of heartwarming, emotional and funny moments that will have you laughing and crying along with the characters. I especially enjoyed seeing how the endearing town of Adelaide Springs impacted each of their lives as well.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book, all opinions are my own.

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I don't know what to say other than I almost didn't finish this book. I just couldn't get into it. 😬

The storyline of the book seemed slow and honestly the last couple chapters were my favorite part of the whole book. This book just didn't click for me and it took me a very long time to read it.

It's just not for me so unfortunately I have to rate it accordingly.

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I liked that, as the story went on, we could see that the author gave us a twist. The sunny persona is only skin deep. Not the usual sunshine/grump trope.

The story's written in first person. The main characters are intelligent, but they’re also chock full of words. Unfortunately there was a lot of rambling in the story. I skimmed and skipped ahead as scenes, and plot points, dragged on.

One of the reasons the plot dragged was that we spent chapter after chapter in sequential minutes of the same morning.

The premise is that the heroine is forced to revisit, and even champion, the town she condemned. A great hook. She’ll have to uphold her sunny façade, at least publicly, in order to achieve her career goals. But she fails, repeatedly. I did not like her rudeness. It didn’t strike me as funny. I couldn't root for her. Perhaps if we'd seen the reasons behind her dislike of nearly everyone, we could have sympathized with her. But we don't see that until later.

The hero is sort of hiding out, due to his past. I like the concept that each of them will have to come to terms with themselves, their pasts, and their beliefs about the past, in order to become what they want to be. Circumstances motivate them.

The heroine’s fatal flaw is self-sabotage. Lacking any nobility or consideration, she’s very unlikable. It was difficult to root for her to receive what she wanted from the story’s outset.

One of the themes is being true to one’s self. I like this theme. Other themes included that of a mother’s love, or lack thereof, and how that affects people. She even included psychological elements, like a description of hyper-vigilance.

I confess I did not finish this novel because of all the rambling, the tedious passage of time, and the rather unlikable heroine.

This book might best appeal to readers who enjoy a chick lit style of first-person prose.

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"Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other" by Bethany Turner is a fun and engaging romantic comedy. The story revolves around the fiery, humorous relationship between Brynn and Sebastian. Turner's witty storytelling keeps the banter lively and the characters endearing. As the plot unfolds, it explores the thin line between love and hate, resulting in a delightfully entertaining and heartwarming journey of self-discovery and, perhaps, unexpected love. This book is a perfect read for those who enjoy romantic tales filled with humor and charm.

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