by Erin La Rosa
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Pub Date 14 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 28 Nov 2023
Harlequin Trade Publishing, Canary Street Press
“With great tension, simmering heat, and clever banter, For Butter or Worse is a mouthwateringly delicious enemies-to-lovers romance.” —Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Heart Principle
She’s written off more than she can chew…
Romance author Sophie Lyon’s ironic secret just went viral: she’s never been in love. Though her debut novel made readers swoon, Sophie’s having trouble getting her new characters to happily-ever-after, and she blames it on her own uninspired love life. With a manuscript deadline looming, Sophie makes an ambitious plan to overcome her writer’s block: reunite with her exes to learn why she's never fallen in love—and document it all for her millions of new online followers. Which also means facing her ex-girlfriend Carla, the one person Sophie could have loved.
Luckily, Sophie’s reclusive landlord, Dash Montrose—a former teen heartthrob—has social media all figured out and offers to help. But he doesn't mention that he’s an anonymous online crafter, a hobby that helps him maintain his sobriety. No one knows about his complicated relationship with alcohol and he intends to keep it that way. His family is Hollywood royalty, so Dash has to steer clear of scandal.
As Sophie and Dash grow closer, they discover a heat between them that rivals Dash's pottery kiln. But Sophie needs to figure out who she is outside her relationships, and Dash isn’t sure he’s stable enough for the commitment she deserves. So Sophie suggests what any good romance author would: a friends-with-benefits arrangement. Surely a casual relationship won’t cause any trouble…
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I don’t annotate books often but this one…THIS BOOK! This book is the perfect mixture of spice and life, everything about this book was chefs kiss. The trouble with Sophie’s life and the deep topic of Dashes sobriety makes everything so much more interesting.
In terms of romance tropes, Erin La Rosa's "Plot Twist" does not disappoint -
Opposites attract (sunny v. grumpy)
Sister's best friend/best friend's brother
Friends to lovers
Sworn off relationship
Rolled into characters who-
Go viral for the wrong reason
Secretly dealing with alcoholism recovery
Romance writer who's never been in love
A family that doesn't approve of their life choices
Are absolutely in denial about their feelings
For the most part, it works and is good clean (and by clean I mean pretty filthy) fun and it's a quick read. The concept (revisiting exes) isn't new or handled in a super unique way. The MCs hit a few roadblocks (why, oh why does she have to start dating an ex?) that are contrived and don't add much to the plot. The characters are mostly likeable and chemistry is palpable and the the spicy bits are delightful. "Plot Twist" is a great choice for the HEA crowd.