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Pub Date 19 Jan 2023 | Archive Date Not set

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Tara Chen has had her heart broken ten times, by ten different men. Nevertheless, she is still determined to find her perfect match. The only problem? Tara is a romance novel obsessive, and her standards are sky high.

Modern dating apps have killed the meet-cute, so Tara decides to revisit her exes - all ten of them - in the hope of finding her very own trope-worthy second-chance romance. And every heroine needs a sidekick, so she enlists her new flatmate, firefighter Trevor.

Trevor Metcalfe is the first to rush into a burning building but the last to rush into a relationship. Love just isn't his thing. But, the more time they spend together, the more Trevor appreciates Tara's authentic, dramatic self.

Can they break the habits of a lifetime and give their spark a chance?


'A perfect mix of relatable characters, hilarious banter and steam' Lily Chu, The Stand-In



Tara Chen has had her heart broken ten times, by ten different men. Nevertheless, she is still determined to find her perfect match...

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Romance book connoisseur Tara Chen has had her heart broken ten times by ten different men all of whom dumped her because of her stage five clinger tendencies. Nevertheless, Tara is determined to find the one. The problem is classic meet cute are dead, thanks to modern dating apps. So Tara decides to visit her exes in hopes of securing her very own trope worthy second chance romance. Boston relationship. Love just isn’t his thing. When his new roommate Tara enlists him to help her reconnect with her exes he reluctantly agrees. But Tara’s journey is leading him to discover his own chapter. The more time they spend together, the more Tara realises Trevor seems to be the only one who appreciates her authentic, dramatic self. To claim happily ever after, can Tara and Trevor read between the lines of their growing connection.
Wow I couldn’t put this book down I really enjoyed it totally recommend
Well done Amy Lea another great book by an amazing talented author you smashed it again
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Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this before release. After reading Set on you, I was so excited to hear a book would be released focusing on her sister. It really did not disappoint! Of course I Loved the Taylor Swift references. Tara felt relatable, she loves books. I would definitely recommend this, can’t wait to get the physical copy when it is released.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

"A die-hard, emotional romantic and a guy who only believes in one kind of happy ending? That's a recipe for disaster if I ever saw one."

I read Set On You by the same author last month and utterly fell in love with that book, so you can imagine my excitement when it was announced her next book would be focused on the bookstagrammer sister of the fitness influencer FMC in the first book. As soon as it appeared on NetGalley I was off like a shot to apply for it!

Amy Lea is so good at crafting highly entertaining and yet utterly believable characters. And while Tara Chen is an overdramatic book lover whose imagination gets away with her at times, she is still very relatable. And it's not only the fact that Tara has an instagram account dedicated to her love of books, like so many of us do! But it's the fact she's always been known as the 'crazy' ex-girlfriend; the girl that is 'too much' of everything: too clingy, too enthusiastic, too dramatic, too passionate. I think most women I know can understand how it is to be labelled that way by men. I know I definitely can. The way Lea handles this topic is so well done, and so sensitively covered too. There is also an author's note at the beginning which I think is super useful to read first.

A lover of many a romance trope and faced with a Valentine's Day gala but no date, Tara takes it upon herself to get in touch with her exes and see if she can orchestrate her own second-chance-romance. There's a spanner thrown in the works though, and that's her new (and ridiculously gorgeous) roommate Trevor Metcalfe - a brooding, tattooed, neat-freak fireman. As they spend more time together, Tara's attraction to Trevor is undeniable - but she's so singularly focused on her list of exes and romantic mission that she's ignoring the inevitable: a ROOMMANCE! (Insert 'and they were roommates' vine here).

Just like Set On You, Exes and O's has understandable and believable conflict which is introduced in a natural way and doesn't feel shoehorned in for the drama - which is something I can't stand in romance books. I hate a miscommunication trope for the sake of it! Thankfully, the last act conflict makes total sense in context, and again you can see both character's sides. It is also resolved in a mature, realistic way (people have conversations in this book, people! Actual conversations!).

Littered with little pop-culture references (including enough Taylor Swift references to keep me extremely happy), this is such an easy read which will leave you feeling snug and warm at the end.

I'm preordering a physical copy, as that cover is divine!

"He's not just the hero of my dreams. He's the hero beyond my wildest imagination. The best part? He's nonfiction."

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Dear friends, let me introduce you to my new auto-buy author, Amy Lea. While there is still quite a while until her latest book, Exes and O’s, is published, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you to preorder that baby right flipping now!

Exes and O’s is a swoon-worthy, smoking hot, hilarious romcom about a heartbroken booksta gal trying to find her happily ever after… with one of her exes. Tara is on the hunt for her very own second chance romance, and she’s hoping to find The One in the ten men who have already broken her heart; she managed to rope her new roommate, Trevor Metcalfe, into the scheme as well.

Tara and Trevor are complete opposites, whereas Tara wears her heart on her sleeve, open to everyone; Trevor’s is cased behind a stone fortress. Tara is wonderfully and dramatically extra, speaks a mile a minute, sings at the top of her lungs in the car, and Trevor is closed-lipped and hates car karaoke. And if you need another difference between the two, Tara is like most of us booksta’s building forts with the books she hasn’t got around to putting away, and Trevor is a clean freak who bleaches his kitchen weekly and organises books alphabetically.

The story that unfolds within these pages is heartfelt, funny, moving and realistically cringy at times. It’s about a woman trying to find someone who accepts her as she is, in all her craziness and a guy who is against love.


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Oh Jesus the slow burn in this book is painfully real…but like all the best slow burns it hurt in the best way. And the pay off is SO worth it.

I am fairly confident that every woman who reads this is going to immediately identify with Tara…the 30 something bookstagrammer who is a little intense but desperately wants to love and be loved. I loved that Tara had no big character development but instead through the process of trying to date her ex-boyfriends grew to learn her worth exactly as she is.

And Trevor….well he's just an utter swoon feast. He's comes across as a bit of a playboy bro to begin with but developes into an absolute sweetheart.

This story take a really interesting look at how we talk about 'crazy' ex's and the ways in which false promises that are said by partners can be interpreted, leading to someone perhaps reading more into the relationship, leading to a power imbalance in the relationship. Tara comes across as intense when really she just loves fully and believed her boyfriends when they told her things.

Given that this book has a romance obsessed FMC - books, tropes, and romance and almost like a third main character in the book which I adored.

If you enjoyed Set on You, you're going to enjoy this. Crystal and Scott do feature in the book and it's written with the same funny light style which I really enjoyed in Amy's first book.

It absolutely lives up to the hype of Amy's first book.

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I loved this book. It was brilliant, with great characters and humour, and I couldn’t put it down. Tara was an enthusiastic and loveable protagonist and the many characters with whom she interacts were excellently written as well. I’ll be devouring anything more that Amy Lea writes from now on.

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I am obsessed. I requested this at first one because of the cover and second because it sounded so good. Our main character Tara has been through heartbreak. She is a book lover at heart and her expectations of men are high because of the men she reads in her books (I totally get it). Her grandmother tells her how she went back to an ex love and she decides to go through her 10 exes to find if one of them could still be the one. Oh did I also mention that she’s just moved into a flat and is sharing it with firefighter Trevor who only does one night stands and never does relationships? There is forced proximity, a slow burn and it was fantastic. The more she goes through this list and sees why these exes are exes for a reason she starts to think maybe true love isn’t for her. Trevor is scared to open up he’s lost people in his life and would rather not do relationships but as time passes and the more they spend together things are about to change for both of them. I really enjoyed this story and I for me it was the slow burn. The soft little glances, the too long staring at that eyes or lips and it just made this story for me. I really enjoyed both of these characters and I cannot wait to read more from Amy!

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As an Amy Lea fan I was SO excited to receive an ARC of Exes & O’s and it did not disappoint. 🔥

Exes & O’s follows the story of 30-something bookstagrammer Tara, who’s on the hunt for the romance novel-worthy man of her dreams. How does she intend to find him? By going through a list of all her past exes and hoping to find that the embers of a past flame might reignite into something more. She’s helped on her journey by her swoon-worthy, seemingly off-limits firefighter flatmate Trevor. And if anyone understands how sparks can turn into a fiery blaze, it’s him. 👀

Dare I say it, as someone who loved Amy Lea’s Set on You, I think this might be my new favourite. It had funny moments, emotional depth, just the right amount of spice, and a sprinkling of pop culture references thrown in. I loved how unapologetically romantic and chaotically optimistic Tara was, against Trevor’s steadfast, calmer and more reserved nature. 🥰

If you’re on the hunt for a slow-burn, friends-to-lovers, grumpy/sunshine romcom with lines that’ll make you laugh out loud and tons of relatable bookish moments, put Exes & O’s on your wish list for next year. I’ll definitely be grabbing a physical copy to keep on my bookshelf. 📚

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Slowburn, adorable, and wholesome!
The main character Tara creates a list of past exes that she might be able to rekindle a relationship with but also to take to a work gala event, all while doing so, moves in with her brothers best friend Trevor. Trevor the fire fighter is your typical no relationships, lady killer and someone who knows he is good looking. These two living together nothing will happen surely? Oh yes it will. These two are matches made in heaven, put all romance tropes together and they're there. I really like Tara, I loved her attitude and her kindness to others. Trevor was funny and so well written. I do have to say it is extremely slow burn, but the steam definitely makes it worth it😉 as an author I absolutely adored the inclusion of bookstagram and book related podcasts!! Honestly anyone in the community would love this book!

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This is one of the best romcoms I’ve read in a long time. Wonderful heroine who is fun and messy and insecure, coming off the back of being dumped horribly by her fiancé, moves in with allergic-to-relationships gruff, grumpy firefighter. It is funny and delightful, and incredibly emotional too, as they both have some trauma in their past. I absolutely loved the slow burn of Tara and Trevor getting to know each other - I couldn’t get enough of it. It is wonderfully, incredibly romantic, and I loved every page. I’d recommend this book to everyone.

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Wow. I went into that book without knowing just how much I would absolutely adore it. I think most romance readers think you need to fall in love with the love interest ultimately, but I think you need to at least side with the protagonist first before getting into that. Most romance authors can do this, even when they're attempting to write a blank slate of a character for you to project on. Amy Lea (author extraordinaire), however, has gone beyond with this protagonist - not only making her relatable enough but so adorably quirky it's beyond any love I have for a protagonist in the romance genre. I love a funny protagonist with some attitude, but to also have a protagonist who has a hilarious inner-dialogue and unique mindset is quite the achievement to get on page in my opinion. I loved every second with Tara, even when she had me cringing along with other characters. I want all the happiness and love for her more than I do for myself! Is this a problem?

I loved watching Trevor and Tara's romance build. They've got such a great basis of friendship and Amy does well not to spoonfeed us with laying his emotions out throughout watching them fall in love. We've read enough romances to know how this goes, so when we get these little moments that might seem 'off' about Trevor's behaviour, we know he's seething with jealousy and internal conflict over his true feelings. The romance crew definitely know what's happening!
It's clear this is a romance book written by a true reader of the genre, trusting the readers will pick up on subtle hints and enjoy the game being played, building a beautiful romance with a trope-loving protagonist whilst simultaneously setting a different story entirely.
The effortlessness of Amy's skill to weave pure hilarity into internal rants and loving banter was so impressive to read. The climax was so realistic for what each of the character's struggle with and although there was drama, none of it will have you banging your head against the wall (which is rare in this genre). Honestly, I loved every second of this story. I'm already salivating over Amy's next book and hope to all hell I can read one of the first copies when it's underway!!

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Fun, exciting and another 5 star book from Amy Lea.

This book is a perfect summer chill out and read, it's a easy read and keep you on your toes.
I enjoy Amy books and love her writing style.

I would happily read this book again and also get Amy next book out.

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A romance book that mentions bookstagram, book tropes and quotes the US Office? I was always going to be here for it. Let's be honest.

The female MC Tara is a fellow bookstagrammer with a passion for romance books who is in search of her happily ever after. She becomes hooked on the idea of a second chance romance and makes a list of her ex boyfriends who she reaches out to one by one to see their potential of fulfilling the role of her second chance love story hero but fate has other ideas in the form of her grumpy firefighter roommate Trevor. Despite their not so cute meet-cute the two of them build a relationship that ends up with the usually closed off Trevor slowly dropping his guard revealing parts of himself to Tara showing his vulnerable side. Showing vulnerability doesn't seem to be something Tara has struggled with..if anything I think it's fair to say she could be labelled as an "over-sharer" (the best kind of people usually are ;) ) In other words, opposites definitely attract in this book. There are a few spicy scenes in the book but nothing too much for those who aren't big on smut. I'd say it's just the right amount for the storyline. I loved the whole book but the epilogue specifically was pretty perfect imo. I'm yet to read set on you which is @amylea previous book but you best believe it is now sitting high up on my wishlist after reading this. The sneak peak into her next book sounds like something I'll also enjoy too so I can't wait for that!

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A great follow up from Set On You.

Amy Lea is a fan of grand gestures and without spoiling, the one in this book had me heavily hinting to my husband that maybe we should renew our proposal.

I loved so many of the tropes; the slow burn, the forced proximity, the angst moment at the 3/4 part of the book where it looks like they won’t live happily ever after, loved it all!

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I absolutely loved this book. Tara is so relatable and her character growth throughout the book without changing her personality made her all the more loveable. If you like grumpy MMC’s with a soft spot for the heroine along with some pining and Taylor Swift references then you should definitely read this!

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