Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other
by Bethany Turner
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Pub Date 05 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2023
Thomas Nelson--FICTION, Thomas Nelson
She’s a sunny morning-show host. He’s a cynical ex-reporter. They're destined to hate each other . . . Aren’t they?
Brynn Cornell has to be stuck in a nightmare. Just last week, she was riding high as cohost of the popular morning show Sunup. She's America's Ray of Sunshine—the girl-next-door beauty who drives up TV ratings while never exuding anything but her trademark positivity and poise. All it took was one huge on-air mistake to expose her snarky side to the world and make it all come crumbling down. Now she’s back in her hometown of Adelaide Springs, Colorado, in a last-ditch attempt to convince viewers she’s not the mean girl they think she is. All she has to do is apologize and capture some feel-good footage reminding everyone she’s just a girl from humble beginnings who’s grateful for her big break, and she might manage to preserve both her career and her image. But this town holds painful memories that she’s not ready to face.
Sebastian Sudworth was on the fast track to the journalist hall of fame. A superstar reporter with a reputation for being in the center of the action, his fearless, relentless coverage of major events around the globe was winning him awards and accolades—until something snapped inside him and he vanished from the scene under mysterious circumstances. Sebastian sought refuge in tiny Adelaide Springs, working odd jobs and trying to blend in as a scruffy mountain town citizen.
When Sebastian is assigned to chauffeur Brynn around town, Brynn is sure he can see right through her carefully cultivated, sunny persona. But she’s determined to do what it takes to maintain her image and save her career—so she’ll just have to charm the socks off Sebastian the same way she charmed her viewers. Easier said than done. It's no picnic to play nice around someone you hate . . . especially when you might be crazy about them.
- Parks and Rec meets The Morning Show in this stand-alone enemies-to-lovers rom-com
- Also by Bethany Turner: The Do-Over and Plot Twist
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs
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A sweet , funny and tear-jerker book . Brynn is a cohost in a morning and she made an on-air mistake talking bad about her hometown of Adelaide Springs, Colorado . The only way to make everything better is for her to go back to her hometown and try to apologize . The person that is assinged to drive her around is Sebastian a man who was a famous reporter who has vanished from the media the last 6 six years . Now he lives in Adelaide Springs workings odd jobs and is in the town council . From the minute they meet they hate each other . She doesn't like the way he treats her and him is believing she is phonie . While spending time together they learn about each others pasts and they fell in love .
I received this book from net galley and the publisher as an ARC. Thank you! All thoughts and opinions are my own .
Bethany Turner has a new fan! I loved Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other (although I think the title could be a little less “wordy”). The quick wit and overall snarkiness between Sebastian and Brynn kept me invested until the very last page. If you’re looking to read a cute, innocent, feel good enemies to lovers book, then I recommend you read this one. I hope there is a sequel so I can continue following the love story of Brynn, Sebastian and the people of Adelaide Springs, CO.
Within the first ten pages I was hooked! This adorable rom-com is addictive and I couldn’t put it down. The character development was really strong and I appreciate that as so few rom-come just breeze over the supporting cast. The pop culture references made this book super fun, but it isn’t too light and definitely has a lot of heart. I highly recommend giving this a read!
Brynn, who feels she worked hard the past 10 years and paid her dues, is finally promoted to the coveted seat on the couch next to Mark on the morning news/entertainment program. As the show is wrapping up the first week, there is a malfunction and when it is thought the camera and sound is off, Brynn tells her co-host, Mark that she is from Adelaide Springs, a small mountain town in Colorado. She goes on to say about two hundred people live there with twelve brain cell and they are obsessed with colonial times. She goes on to say she got out at the very first chance and has never gone back. Brynn is horrified when realizing everything she said was broadcast across the nation, including to the residents of Adelaide Springs. Brynn is immediately removed from her position and a substitute is put in her place Rather than being fired, it was agreed she would go back to Adelaide Springs and apologize to the residents.
Brynn had a difficult childhood and when she left Adelaide Springs, it was to get away from her mother, who since had passed. When growing up, the community had rallied around her, showing her love, however, her caustic remarks and never coming back for twenty years, changed much of their feelings.
Sebastian Sudworth is assigned to chauffeur Brynn and the cameraman who accompanied her around town. Sebastian did not grow up there so did not know her previously. He also had been a well-known, award-winning news report who gave it all up for a quieter way of life. From the moment of her arrival, Brynn, and Sebastian clash.
This story has an interesting, and delightful cast of characters who worked their way into my heart from the very beginning. It is a heartwarming story of redemption and the beauty of renewing old friendships. The story provided many opportunities to stop reading for a moment and laugh-out-loud. When I turned the last page, I was disappointed it came to an end.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
This cover was SO cute and the title grabbed me. However, I just adored the story itself. It was so fun to be in this cute small Colorado town and I adored reading the scenery and jumping into this world. I also really enjoyed both characters and their blends of grumpy and sunshine. I also am such a sucker for a newscaster romance and this was done so well! A must read!
This would be such a good movie!! I absolutely adored this!
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This author is so much fun to read with her references to popular tv and movie shows! Sebastian was swoon worthy and the citizens of Adelaide Springs made me want to go there to visit!
Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.
Loved the cover and the title! The story was really cute and I enjoyed the characters and their development.
Another hit by Bethany Turner! I absolutely loved Brynn and Sebastian…and everyone in the quirky little town of Adelaide Springs!
Bethany’s books make her writing seem effortless and the stories always draw me in and flow so well. This book was no exception.
I’d hate to know the things that people would hold against me if my life were to be lived in front of a live camera. While Brynn did “mess up,” her brutal honesty turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Watching her grow and heal from her childhood trauma was so rewarding and it was impossible not to root for her!
"Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other" by Bethany Turner is a fun and charming enemies-to-lovers romance that will leave readers with a smile on their faces. Brynn Cornell, America's Ray of Sunshine, finds herself in her hometown of Adelaide Springs, Colorado, after a big on-air mistake exposes her true snarky side. With her career and image on the line, she must convince viewers she's not the mean girl they think she is. Sebastian Sudworth, a cynical ex-reporter hiding out in the small mountain town, is assigned to chauffeur Brynn around. The two can't stand each other, but as they spend more time together, they realize they might have more in common than they thought.
Bethany Turner's writing is witty and engaging, making it easy to root for Brynn and Sebastian despite their initial animosity towards each other. The story is well-paced, with plenty of humorous banter and sweet moments that will leave readers swooning. The clean romance aspect is also a refreshing change of pace for those who enjoy a more wholesome love story.
Overall, "Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other" is a delightful romance that will leave readers with a warm and fuzzy feeling. With its relatable characters, charming setting, and engaging storyline, it's a book that's hard to put down. Fans of enemies-to-lovers romances and clean contemporary romance will definitely enjoy this one.
I loved this book! It is now one of my favorites from Bethany Turner.
The story was well paced with humorous banter and an engaging story line.
It is the witty and charming story of Brynn and Sebastian who at first glance seemed polar opposites – but it is not so!
I was so anxious to learn Sebastian's story and to see Brynn find her true self and reunite with old friends
The townspeople of Adelaide Springs were so interesting and full of heart.
There's so much more to this book and these characters than you would think, I really did savor how it was all unpacked.
And I loved the ending!
Thank you to Net Galley for allowing me to read this book. The opinions are entirely my own.
Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other by Bethany Turner was a really captivating rom-com.
This story pulled me in from chapter one and completely hooked me until I finished.
A sweet, light-hearted romance. That I simply couldn’t get enough of.
The character development was extremely satisfying and the story so vivid, she truly does an incredible job at bringing her characters to life. They just jump off the pages.
They are truly memorable characters and unforgettable story.
The writing is witty and engaging. And I’d expect nothing less coming from Turner.
I just love her writing style. It’s engaging and welcoming.
Plot Twist and The Do-Over are also two amazing romance novels that are bound to be devoured when you pick them up.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
Thank You NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!
I loved this story by Bethany Turner, such fun characters and witty banter.
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I thought this book was just adorable. It was just what I needed. A little enemies to lovers with a lot of pining by the male MC. Brynn is caught on national TV shaming the town she grew up in, now she is going back there to make amends. Sebastian left the spotlight and retired to Brynn's little hometown, and took great offense in her slander. He wants the town to be put on the map, so when he hears she is coming back there for an expose and to apologize, he thinks it is just what the town needs.
Too bad he is the one who has to cart her all over and babysit her. What he doesn't bank on is getting to know the real Brynn, the one the town knows is still there, under all of her hard exterior. When she comes into town, he thinks she is just a stuck up TV personality, but he doesn't count on seeing all of her scars and relating to her more than he would like.
I loved the way these two grew together, opened up about their past and communicated. I really loved that there was no third act break up, and once they were together, they were cemented. If you are looking for a cute, quick read with lots of love, pick this up.
Thanks to Thomas Neilson, Netgalley and Bethany Turner for an early copy.
I need all the side stories for Brynn’s graduating class of 5 like yesterday. I am obsessed with Adelaide Springs. The story was great but I could have used 3-5 more chapters throughout to give the relationship more time to develop. Things went from enemies to lovers in about 36 hours. There were a few things that felt a little like I was having to read into them as well…. I’m still not sure if Brynn was physically abused by her mother and the boyfriends or if she was more just neglected and emotionally abused. There were also maybe a few too many pop culture references that I’m not sure any reader younger than an older millennial will grasp. As someone the same age as the main character I even had to look up one or two of them to make sure I knew what the reference/joke was. Those were small issues for me and I really did love the writing and story.
Think of those "fail" videos we see where a news anchor doesn't realize their mic is on, and turn it into a romance novel. I loved this, and how flawed (but lovable) our characters are! Brynn is said cohost, and it seems like her dismissing her hometown in Colorado is going to cause her hard work to slip through her fingers. Enter Sebastian, who's a powerhouse journalist hired to drive her around the town. The ensuing enemies-to-lovers, grumpy/sunshine romance was not only believable, it was FUN. I loved Brynn and how determined she was (while still remaining self-aware), and I just wanted to give Sebastian a hug. The setting was also very well-written. I felt like I was there in Adelaide Springs. These two are an incredible couple whose story deserves to be read. I cannot wait to buy my copy and have it in my hands!
If you're questioning this one, I vote read it! :)
I loved this book.
The story was captivating and interesting. Enemies to friends stories have always been a favorite of mine and this was not exception.
Small town stories are just the best. The characters quite refreshing.
I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.
I love all Bethany Turner books because they are funny and deep and real. This book was no different; it plumbed the depths of two very painful pasts while keeping its sense of humor and helping the characters grow beyond their dysfunction and find each other.A lot of Christian romance books are formulaic and take themselves way too seriously, but this book did neither of those things and I can't wait for Turner to write another one!
I agreed with Sebastian when I started this book. I really hated Brynn Cornell. She was shallow, vapid, and completely egocentric. However, like Sebastian, when her walls started to come down, I started to like her very much.
Bryan and Sebastian are very much broken people, and it is the crazy town of Adelaide Springs that helps heal them. Plus there's some delicious banter, great pop culture references, and quirky characters abound.
I just finished reading an amazing romantic comedy novel that had everything I could ask for a heartwarming plot, relatable characters with their own flaws, clever and amusing conversations, and a small-town Colorado setting. This sweet and clean romance is full of funny, emotional, and heartwarming moments, including swoon-worthy kisses that will have you laughing and crying along with the characters. You'll find yourself falling in love with the story and its depth and realism.
The story revolves around Brynn, a former morning-show host, who gained a reputation as a mean girl after a bad moment on air. She returns to her hometown of Adelaide Springs, Colorado to redeem herself and show viewers that she's not who they think she is. Along the way, she meets Sebastian, a former big news reporter, a grumpy with anxiety issues who now lives a quiet life in the small town.
I really enjoyed reading this book with the enemies-to-lovers theme, which was well executed. Brynn is a fascinating character, she is real, and despite her occasional sarcasm and disconnection from current trends, her ability to overcome adversity and discover her true self was inspiring. All things considered, the story did not disappoint me. However, I felt that there were too many references to pop culture, which was my only criticism. The storyline had some great side characters that added a lot of fun and variety. I especially enjoyed the witty banter between Brynn and Sebastian, too delicious! I highly recommended it!
Thank you to NetGalley and Publisher for the eARC. All opinions are my own.
When Brynn Cornell, morning entertainment show host, accidentally allows some insulting comments to be broadcast live to a large television audience, she returns to the her small hometown to try to make amends. What starts out as a public relations campaign turns into an opportunity for some genuine soul-searching, and maybe even a chance at unexpected romance. Will Brynn be able to redeem herself? Find out in this heartwarming tale of misguided first impressions and second chances.
'Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other' is a heartwarming story with reminders that first impressions are often unreliable and there is joy in looking below the surface, especially with people. Bethany Turner has built a wonderful world in Adelaide Springs, CO and I sincerely hope that the title characters are only the first in the stories to be told. I highly recommend this book to all.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Let's just get it out there. Brynn is a really difficult character to like for nearly half of the book. But I think in the end that's why this story worked for me. I wanted to write her off as easily as the townspeople of Adelaide Springs, Colorado did when she insulted them on national air. I had trouble liking her because she didn't fit the typical "sunshine" mold in a "grumpy-meets-sunshine" trope. I wanted her to be sunshiny. I wanted her to be likable. But initially she just kept coming across as shallow and selfish. Then I hit a point right around the midway mark that turned it all around for me. It was a moment between her and Doc. The moment I realized she wasn't shallow or selfish. She was extremely wounded, and this is how wounded characters behave. I started seeing her though Doc's eyes from that point on, and you know what—I absolutely fell in love with the story.
Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other was a really enjoyable book that's easy to sink into and get lost in the characters and their world. The story focuses on Brynn, a successful woman who happens to make an unfortunate on-air mistake and is forced back to her hometown to publicly make peace with the town. As she attempts to save her career she also starts to remember the good in the place she grew up and her character morphs from her polished tv persona back towards the person she once was. The town has changed since she left and now homes the infuriating Sebastian Sudworth who has been designated by the town council to be her chaperone for the week. I loved the dynamic between Brynn and Sebastian, and really liked that the book was written from both their perspectives and included backstory on their pasts and what led them to and away from Adelaide Springs. There is a lot of small town charm which I really enjoyed, from the cosy Inn, to the caring townsfolk who refuse to give up on Brynn. So many great characters in this book and I'd love to read more set in Adelaide Springs with Brynn and Sebastian and a book focused on Laila and Coles story.
I discovered Bethany Turner a few years ago, and have read and adored all of her novels. I always look forward to a new one. She uses her Instagram page to build excitement really well, but I'd be excited anyway. I had been looking forward to this one for a while and treated myself to it Mother's Day weekend. BASHEO (what a fun acronym!) has characteristic Turner humor, good pacing, well-drawn characters, and the back-and-forth readers love to follow on the way to a couple getting together. This novel shows Turner growing even more as a writer, delving into deeper issues, but keeping the story at the heart. I was bummed when it ended, which is the sign of a good read!
I also appreciated the presence of a Catholic character in this book. In one of Turner's earlier novels, there is another Catholic character, who is not someone we're meant to like. Some of the commentary about the character felt, to me, to comment more on Catholicism than on that character in particular, and it stung to read, like a friend was insulting my faith. I was this close to writing what I meant to be a charitable fraternal correction to the author, but never did. The character in this novel--a semi-background character we are meant to like, who has a strong sense of family and generosity--read to me like an apology or a making amends for the previous character, who the author might have used to go too far with her own opinions. I may be reading too much into this, but if this character was a way to say, sorry, I messed up, I'd say all is forgiven.
I loved the way Brynn and Sebastian started hating each other and the buildup to them getting to know each other. I was so engrossed in Brynn’s reunion with her people I shed a few tears, it was an emotional moment. The writing is fantastic. A really good confort read.
Flew through this book, it was very eventful and fun and so so heartwarming! Felt myself smiling a lot.
I enjoyed the setting, even though a small town really isn’t all that rare to find in books. The characters were well thought out and the plot was paced in a way that made sense. I would recommend this book to others and would enjoy reading other novels by this author, as they are so breezy and easy to get through!
Have you ever done something, or said something that you wished never happened? What if you did it on national television for the world to see and you know it probably hurt a lot of people from your past? Well, that’s exactly what has happened to Brynn Cornell and now she’s backpedaling as hard as she can to make amends to let them know, she truly feels sorry. The only problem is, one of the people she needs to convince believes she’s just faking it. Can she get him to see the “real” her? Does she even remember who the “real” her is?
Oh, my goodness, Bethany Turner has done it again! This book is full of snarky fun dialogue, quirky characters, and moments of fun relationships.
I love how the author includes SO many familiar movies, actors, and songs. It brings the story to life in a fun and charming way.
Bethany Turner has a very fascinating way of writing! It's fresh and delightful even when it was dealing with some difficult issues of these characters’ past. She gave her characters spunk and yet they also had depth and the willingness to learn from their mistakes.
This book is full of humor, drama, and small-town community living, (where “everybody knows your name”) as well as a sweet romance.
It could make you laugh out loud. I found myself having to try and be quiet while reading it late at night, so I wouldn't wake my husband.
I loved this story and will recommend it to anyone and everyone who wants a fun book to read.
I was given this book by the publisher which did not influence my review in any way, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I truly really enjoyed this romance! I waited so long to dive into it, and i wish i wouldn’t have!
Our characters are both battling so troubled pasts that cause them to be a level of fake to deal with the pain they’re harboring. The character development for both Brynn & Sebastian was top tier. I didn’t much like Brynn at the beginning but by the end i was her biggest cheerleader.
Sebastian truly was such a big teddy bear. I was LOLing at his banter with Brynn specially when she was stuck in the tree.
The author does an excellent job at holding your attention throughout the entire novel and really makes you fall in love with the setting and characters throughout the story.
It’s giving enemies to lovers and small town romance!
I will definitely read more by this author and really enjoyed this book!
I loved this. The title and cover really drew me in and I was able to really feel for the characters and the setting. I can't wait for the next book by this author.
Perfect for romcom lovers! Reminded me a lot of Sweet Home Alabama, but even better.
You’ll enjoy this if you like….
- small town vibes
- Morning news shows (the today show, good morning America etc)
- MC coming to terms with their past
- Grumpy cinnamon roll MC
- Not so sunshiny FMC
Another fun (and awkward!) tale from Bethany Turner littered with lots of pop culture and a little snark.
I've enjoyed reading Ms Turner's books since I discovered "The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck" a few years ago. There's just something special and engaging about her writing... and her social media posts are quirky and self-deprecating. 🙊😂
"Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other" kept me entertained and amused from the moment I opened the book and squirmed at the awkwardness of Brynn's on-air faux pas.
I've read several reviews and noted that many readers didn't like Brynn. Um... I believe that's the point of this story. Brynn behaves like a snot-nosed city snob who's lost her way underneath layers of "fake" in her efforts to leave behind a painful past and remake herself in the media world. I didn't particularly like the nasty things she directed at her hometown (especially when her dead mother was best served that particular dish) and the way she scrambled to hold her world together with every selfish sentence known to man sprouting from her mouth. But that's how she coped, and that's how she sparked the flame (of animosity!) which had died inside Sebastian years earlier.
This "iron sharpens iron" banter, back talking and hilarious awkwardness drove these characters to new levels of self-awareness, allowing them to grow through the pain and come out better in the end.
Loved the town of Adelaide Springs and wish this was the beginning of a book series. One thing I crave in Ms Turner's books is the possibility of seeing more of her side characters. Since her books are standalones, I fall in love with a location or group of people then have tp move on to the next. Adelaide Springs is a town worthy of more "digging". It would be a treasure trove of stories... and even a few more happy ever afters.
Thanks, Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. I've just preordered the paperback because I need a complete Bethany Turner collection. 😁
i liked this so much more than i expected, the characters all showed so much growth trough the story and it was so enjoyable to see how they changed in such a positive way
thank you so much to NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback
There were so many things I loved about this book, starting with the title "Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other: a love story." I enjoyed the witty banter between Sebastian and Brynn. They got off to a tense start and the fireworks kept flying. I loved the small town aspect and the way the people responded to Brynn when she was growing up as well as when she came back after being gone for 20 years. I loved hearing how Doc cared for her and Sebastian and seeing how Jo nurtured her then and now even after being hurt by Brynn.
I loved seeing how Brynn grew throughout the story and came to understand herself better after she came back to her home town. I liked that things didn't go as she expected them to. I laughed at Sebastian's antics when the PTA ladies came to the bar and grill. I cried several times as I was moved by the way people forgave and stood up for their own. I love when a book makes me emotional.
I would love to see a series set in Adelaide Springs. I want to know more about Laila and Addie and Cole and the older generation too. This is a special town and I want to come back to it and see what the characters are up to and how their town is doing. I'd highly recommend it.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Beautiful, amazing & absolutely gorgeous 😍🥰😍
"Thank you so much netgalley, the author and the publisher for the advanced review copy if this book💗
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Happy Sigh. How perfect is this book! Brynn Cornell is a national morning show host who bashes her hometown on a hot mic, whoops! To make up for the potentially career killing faux pas, she returns to her hometown and runs smack into Sebastian Sudworth. Cue cold shoulders, head butting, a lot of really horrible memories (I cried for Brynn) and copious cathartic moments. I loved the town and the people in it (Cole and Laila, anyone?). I loved Brynn and Sebastian (I SO loved Sebastian!). I loved sledding and karaoke and B roll footage. There’s not much about this book that I didn’t love. But read it for yourself. The audiobook is great, but I caught some mistakes that were pretty noticeable. It didn’t keep me from finishing, though, and I highly recommend. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and was under no obligation to write a positive review.
"Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other" by Bethany Turner is an enchanting Romance novel that I absolutely loved. From the engaging storyline to the well-crafted characters, this book captured my heart. I'm excited to recommend it to everyone I know because it's a delightful journey of emotions and unexpected connections. Bethany Turner's storytelling talent shines through, creating a memorable and heartwarming reading experience. "Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other" is a must-read for anyone who appreciates a charming and emotionally satisfying romance.
Loved it! Fantastic characters, whimsical plot, clever story arc and a dash of humor mixed in with a poignant theme of forgiveness make this my new favorite novel by Bethany Turner. Oh, might I add that Murrow is a delightful working service animal for Sebastian. For me, characters that change and grow throughout the story make for compelling reading. Of course, I'm a goner for a swoon-worthy hero in a small-town setting (wins my heart every time), but Brynn and Sebastian both have well-crafted journeys and I found the ending to be especially satisfying. Nicely done, Bethany!
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the complimentary copy. All opinions shared here are my own.
Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other by Bethany Turner is an absolute delight! I have really enjoyed this author’s books in the past, but this book is truly her best work yet. I adored the characters and would love a sequel to hear more about what happens next for them. The depth of the character development was truly amazing. I loved the witty dialogue and the ending— well, I don’t want to give any spoilers but this could not have loved it more! I’m thinking of re-reading this book as an audiobook. It would be perfect! I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
Small town enemies to lovers is a trope I’m an absolute sucker for and this book was no exception. Sebastian was great from the first moment we’re introduced to him, no notes-Bethany Turner clearly knows how to write a male lead. The way she wrote Brynn, however, was interesting. I genuinely disliked Brynn for the first half of the novel and I found myself completely baffled that I was not only expected to like her by the end of the story but also want to force her presence on Sebastian. First half of the story Brynn deserved nothing from anybody, she was abrasive, rude, self-centered and had to be told to be a decent person. The second half of the book thankfully corrected a lot of her behaviour and made her more real. Aside from how truly aggravating Brynn was at the beginning, I enjoyed this novel a lot. Thanks Netgalley!
My first Bethany Turner though I have all her back catalogue on my TBR - and with how amazing and totally captivating this storyline and writing were, I will be grabbing those right away! I completely loved this book and the characters and just everything about it!
It read like a fantastic movie plot and I was so engrossed in it (I had audio and ebook so I read along, totally immersed), that I had a hard time stopping when I had to do reality things. I could see this being done as a Hallmark or Lifetime movie.
The bickering and banter between Brynn and Sebastian as she tries to repair her public image after badmouthing her hometown on-air (due to a technical problem at the news studio), while not wanting to be in her hometown and not knowing who he is and why he is living in that town… oh, this book is “chef’s kiss”! One of the best small town, enemies to lovers I’ve come across!
I most definitely recommend this book to romance readers around the world, enemies to lovers fans or just plain excellent writer fans alike!
I received an advance review copy from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson, and this is my honest feedback.
Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other is Bethany Turner’s latest clean romantic comedy. It is a stand-alone story about two news reporters at different stages of their careers who meet and have many obstacles in their path to love. It’s mainly an opposites-attract, enemies-to-lovers tale that goes behind-the-scenes of a network news show.
36-year-old Brynn Cornell has just been promoted from the third hour of a popular morning show, Sunup, to the first two hours. It only took her 10 years to reach the cohost position, pretending to be America's Ray of Sunshine in the big Sunup happy family. At the end of her first week, there are technical problems with the cameras, and she is recorded on-air confiding to her cohost that she’s not really a country girl like the network claims she is. Instead, she’s from a tiny mountain town, Adelaide Springs, Colorado, which she badmouths.
The network sends her back to Adelaide Springs to bolster her image and convince viewers that she’s not a “mean girl”. She’s supposed to apologize to the town’s citizens and get some feel-good footage. Unfortunately, Adelaide Springs holds painful memories for Brynn that she’s not ready to face.
Sebastian Sudworth was a globetrotting award-winning reporter until he vanished from the public eye. He hid out in tiny Adelaide Springs, working odd jobs and posing as a scruffy mountain man. When Sebastian is hired to drive Brynn around town, Brynn is afraid that he will be able to see through her fake sunny persona. But she plans to beguile him in order to maintain her image and save her career while she faces down her past.
Both Brynn and Sebastian are likeable and engaging characters with good chemistry. It’s nice to read a story about a successful career woman who isn’t intentionally looking for a romantic relationship. Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other is a rich character-driven story that contains no profanity or sex scenes. The behind-the-scenes information about Sunup makes the reader feel like part of the Today show or Good Morning America broadcast. This story can be enjoyed by all readers and would make a good Hallmark movie.
I received a complimentary copy of this e-book from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Brynn is recovering from a newsroom faux pas and she needs to visit her hometown to apologize and regain the title of "America's sunshine". Sebastian, a member of the city council, is in charge of babysitting her while she is in town and the two butt heads from minute one. However, they are more similar than they think. Can they overcome their hatred and their first impressions to see something more? Really loved this story! Fresh idea, lovely characters.
This book had great characters (including some side characters I’d like to learn more about), some laugh out loud moments, surprises, clean romance with great chemistry, and a happy and satisfying ending. I had a little trouble engaging with the main character, Brynn, at the beginning of the book but it was worth hanging in there for her full story and to meet charming Sebastian, her love interest. This story served as a reminder to me that many people are dealing with painful things and they are wearing masks in order to protect themselves and allow themselves to function. It also made me aware that I don’t have to be perfect in order to be loved. I enjoyed it and gladly recommend it! Rating: 4.5. I received an ARC from Thomas Nelson Publishing Co. via NetGalley and this voluntary review contains my honest opinions.
I LOVED this book!!!! I love this author and everything she has written so far, this book just continues that love.
The flow, the characters, the settings, the dialogue, the interactions are all great. The comedic timing. The effortless rhythm to the story that just takes you along. The main characters on their own just take you on their journey of growth and change that you get to experience along with them. There chemistry and growth together also a delight.
Supporting characters and settings were too good to leave out of this review. Yes, the settings of this novel are practically characters themselves lending so much to the tale being told. Great book.
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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romcom, Romance, Sweet Romance, Christian Fiction
Spice Level: Sweet
I've read several Bethany Turner novels, and enjoyed all of them. BUT this is my favorite yet!
It's so much fun that I read it in a day.
Brynn is pretty awful at moments and says things without thinking, but I was still rooting for her to get her life back together. The news business is so hard—and the expectation that she's perfect is terrible.
Sebastian met Brynn's pettiness with his own. Even though he's such a great guy in the small community. And he's got a secret that's about to spill out—the one thing he doesn't ever want to have to talk about.
So, we have two imperfect people.
We have two people who hate each other...
or do they really hate something else?
We've also got a darling dog, snow, snow, snow, and karaoke!
This book touches on serious subjects and has so much heart! It's also got those moments that make you smile. I loved how the pacing kept me moving forward at a fast clip, always wanting to know what was going to happen next.
I highly recommend this book!
Wonderful story with a genuine focus on insecurity, family and friends through humor and raw emotion. The banter between Brynn and Sebastian flowed effortlessly and hilariously. Finding yourself and facing the past takes courage and strength as demonstrated in this story. Definitely worth the read. I received this book from the publisher, author and NetGally to read. The opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.
After Brynn Cornell accidentally bashes her hometown on national television, she must return back and hopefully get back in their good graces. Sebastian may not have grown up in Adelaide Springs, but he is now very protective of his home. When Sebastian is tasked with chauffeuring Brynn around town, he dreads having to put up with the fake morning show host. Brynn and Sebastian truly can't stand each other. Brynn must try to overcome her past and apologize to the people who helped raise her. With Brynn in town, Sebastian's past is beginning to haunt him more. An enemies to lovers romance, this book is great for lovers of contemporary fiction.
Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other is a fun, easy, quick read. It's definitely a sweet read that I think it's much like a Hallmark movie. It's fun, predictable, with enough drama to keep you interested. Definitely recommend for light reading.
I am a firm believer that enemies to lovers doesn’t work outside the fantasy genre. Or at least I was. Brynn and Sebastian make enemies to lovers work in a RomCom world. I spent the majority of this book BEGGING for any semblance of yearning or longing or simply wanting to kiss, it was painfully perfect. Sebastian had me giggling at the bare minimum of complements.
This story is a slow burn worth waiting for. It’s a clean romance with no real spice but plenty of action to distract you from that fact, if that’s something you’re looking for. As an avid reader of all things spicy and hot, I didn’t even realize there was nothing more than a few perfectly placed kisses until the story was over and done. I have no complaints, complements to the chef (or Bethany Turner). Now if if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to read every book Bethany Turner has ever written.
Morning news on air entertainer Brynn torpedoes her career with disparaging remarks about her hometown on a live mic she thought wasn’t on. To keep her job and her reputation to her audience, she must return home to apologize and reunite with those she left behind. Sebastian has been hiding out in that same small town since he walked away from his own National News job six years ago and is given the job of driving her around town. Immediately from the start, they dislike each other.
Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other is a wonderfully funny enemies-to-lovers romance with fabulous character development and growth, a beautiful setting, and perfect chemistry between the two main characters. I think it’s a must read (or listen) in my opinion!
Loved this book! I was especially drawn to this story because of the awesome storyline of news personalities, such a clever idea for a rom com! The heroine initially drove me crazy, but the hero endeared himself to me right off. I loved how the two met in the middle for an awesome love story!
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, all opinions are my own!
Brynn Cornell is one of America’s top morning show hosts known as “America’s Ray of Sunshine”. But, her snarky side is accidentally shown on national television and she is instantly labeled a fraud. She determines to win back her position by going home to Adelaide Springs, Colorado and win back the favor of the town she ran away from 20 years ago. Sebastian Sudworth is a famous investigative journalist who disappeared from the public ey6 years prior and ended up in, you guessed it, Adelaide Springs. He’s living a simple life as a member of the small town and is definitely not impressed by a fake morning show host. He gets appointed by the town council to be her “chauffeur” around town and then the fun begins.
The first meeting between Brynn and Sebastian starts with a case of mistaken identity that is probably the funniest thing I’ve ever read. She’s such a brat and he’s just giving it right back at her. Her “speak first and get the facts later” approach is so hilarious because it’s so true for a lot of people. His enjoyment of riling her up is so much like my husband that I couldn’t help but relate to him as well. Of course, as the reader, we see there’s more to each of them than either other person thinks. Brynn is running from a past of abuse and the consequences of her actions. You start to feel a little sorry for her, despite her bratty behavior. Sebastian has been dealing with PTSD from a traumatic event he investigated and the consequences of his actions in his previous life. There’s nothing graphic, but you get the picture of the things that shaped them from childhood to adulthood.
I loved this book. The brokenness of the main characters, their fighting, the love that grows between them, and the healing they bring out in each other kept me reading until almost midnight the day I started reading. I knew that there would be a happy ending, but I couldn’t see how it would work out until the last chapter. The only downside for me are all the pop culture references. It was a bit annoying. Other than that, I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a hilarious and heartwarming enemies to lovers romcom.
This is my honest opinion based on the complimentary review copy sent by #Netgalley and #ThomasNelson . I was not required to give a favorable review.
This is my favorite book I’ve read in a while! It’s cute, funny, and a wonderful feel good story. I finished it in a day and can’t recommend it highly enough. The characters are both likable and relatable, and the author uses the dual POV perfectly to accomplish this. The narration is also fantastic, I’m immediately going in search of other books by this author.
Twenty years ago, Brynn fled Adelaide Springs, changed her name, launched a successful career as a TV morning show host, and never looked back. Now, though, she's been caught badmouthing her hometown on a live TV segment she didn't know was being filmed, and the only way to smooth things over is to go in person to her hometown and make a public apology.
Sebastian is himself a former journalist who moved to Adelaide Springs and became part of its city council in order to live life largely off the grid. He is tasked with accompanying Brynn around town during her stay, but he finds her repugnant, assuming she is superficial and only cares about fame.
As these two Adelaide Springs residents, one former, one present, navigate their PR problem, they also get to know one another better, and before long the sparks that fly are more romantic than snarky, and they both come to find healing for their brokenness.
BRYNN AND SEBASTIAN HATE EACH OTHER is one of the best romances I've read this year. It's clean in the sense that there are no intimate scenes, but like other recent love stories involving fame (e.g., ALL THAT REALLY MATTERS by Nicole Deese and FAMOUS FOR A LIVING by Melissa Ferguson), it explores deep issues of identity, loss, and family. There is nothing superficial about this novel, even when that isn't always true about the characters.
The town of Adelaide Springs is well-developed, and it is inhabited by many fun, quirky small-town folks who react to Brynn in different ways. It was easy to develop strong affection for the supporting cast, and I think the author employed these characters well in bringing out different aspects of Brynn's personality.
I also really enjoyed the dialogue, and the writing style of the author. This is my first Bethany Turner book, but I'm already eyeing her backlist as well as a new book I just saw announced for June 2024, also set in Adelaide Springs, COLE AND LAILA ARE JUST FRIENDS.
I gave this book five stars and I feel like it might turn up on my favorites of the year.
I’m not gonna lie, I was a bit nervous when I started reading Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other by Bethany Turner because I am not a big enemies to more trope lover. I feel like sometimes the author does such a good job of making me not want them to be together, that I can’t root for them in the end. The ones I do like have to be written in a way that somehow makes me still root for and like both of the characters.
Brynn is a snob. She’s also snarky, arrogant and selfish. Normally, I would be out for the count on a character like this, but somehow Ms. Turner wrote her in a way that I never got to the point of hating her. I think the way that Sebastian treated her when she was snarky went a long way to helping me not get to that point. He didn’t put up with her snarky comments and he gave her as good as he got! Brynn is also broken and hurting and watching her change and fall in love with Sebastian was perfection. Speaking of Sebastian, I absolutely loved him! He is kind, real, and loves his town and the people in it. This story also takes place in a relatively short period of time- another type of story I usually don’t care for, but their relationship didn’t feel rushed or unbelievable.
I’m happy to say that I ended up really enjoying this story! My only small complaint is that I felt like the beginning of the story was a tad slow. It took too long for Brynn and Sebastian to be on the page together. Other than that, I loved this story and the epilogue was perfect!!!
I received a complimentary copy of this story. All opinions are my own. This is a clean read. 4.5 stars!
I requested this book on NetGalley after I read a few reviews and figured this would be the sort of book I'd like. I liked it even better than I thought.
Brynn ran away from her hometown and hasn't been back in twenty years. And even though the network has been marketing her as all-American small town girl, she has nothing nice to say about her hometown. Which she accidentally does live on television. There is nothing to it, she has to go back to Adelaide Springs and apologize to the people she inadvertently has insulted.
Sebastian is running away too, but he ended up in Adelaide Springs. Though he thinks it's a good idea that Brynn comes to town with a camera so the town can get some free advertising on national television, he certainly doesn't like being stuck with the woman for five days. He dislikes her from the moment she starts to speak to him.
Of course they'll warm up to each other, and I like the way that they did. And I liked the way Brynn got a renewed appreciation for the town and the people she had left behind.
It was a bit distracting that Brynn's chapters were told in first person and Sebastian's were told in third. It made it a bit hard to get close to Sebastian. But then, it was probably fitting for his character that you didn't get close to him.
Being from Colorado, I of course had to read this. I was not disappointed, and its tagline of being a mixture of Parks and Recreation and The Morning Show are entirely correct - its cute, snarky, romantic, and adorable. I loved walking alongside Brynn and Sebastian as they fell for each other. A wonderful four hours of very happy reading. Highly recommended!
A great read. Brynn and Sebastian meet when she is reluctantly back in her home town, needing to win them over but clashing with him in his role as mayor. An enemies to lovers story. I liked how it is told from both points of view.
This was such a fun and compelling read. I love Bethany's voice -- as an author she's perfected the contemporary rom com, but what I appreciate is the way she layers in such heart. It would have been easy to leave this as a superficial gal-who-left-town-and-didn't-want-to-return v. the guy-who's-trying-to-hide-and-protect-the-town-that-adopted-him. Instead, the heroine and hero are rich, three dimensional people with reasons that motivate their actions. That carries through to the supporting characters, too. I read this at the same time I was reading another book that stayed on a surface level, so the contrast was so stark.
At the same time, don't think this isn't a fun read. There's all kinds of pop references and just plain fun zaniness. I really enjoyed the trip to Adelaide Springs and the sparring between Brynn and Sebastian -- all the way to the last page. Such a great romance. And one I highly recommend.
I absolutely adored this book! Brynn is a very relatable character and her enemies to lovers relationship with Sebastian was on point. Highly recommend.
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A small town vibes romance, I throughly enjoyed this read (even if I did not throughly enjoy Brynn at the beginning). Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other by Bethany Turner has a terrific plot and excellent character building. This is the perfect read for fans of Sarah Adams!
Meet Brynn. She hasn’t been home in years and isn’t too sure anyone will be there to welcome her. She has one chance to redeem herself, she just has to convince the town to forgive her. It sounds like a small thing, except she previously bashed her hometown in Colorado on-air… live.
Meet Sebastian. He has to act as chauffeur for this morning show host and is considering listening to this crazy idea she has… reviving a beloved traditional festival for the town. Will Brynn be able to recover her reputation, and will she ever say the right thing around Sebastian?!
The growth game is so strong in these characters, I was totally here for it. It was a great grumpy-sunshine clean romance with some enemies-to-lovers, you’re going to love this book. The romance is full of chemistry, banter, and it’s totally cute. I really enjoyed this lighthearted read and really think you will enjoy this too!
In terms of character development, Brynn and Sebastian's transformation over time is captured in a way that is believable, drawing you into their world and making you root for them to become the people they were always meant to be. It's a fine line between self-improvement for the sake of wanting to appear as a better person versus confronting painful truths to discover the lies that have kept you from simply being a better person. Bethany Turner delves into this topic in a sensitive way for both characters, highlighting their brokenness and how they cannot and should not go about life on their own. As a result, it is the supporting cast of characters in Adelaide Springs, Colorado who shine the most in Brynn and Sebastian's story, supporting them and loving them unconditionally. This very attribute reflects the love that God has for us, along with what it looks like to be part of a loving community. Though it is not implied, the parable of the Prodigal Son comes to mind for Brynn's return home, exemplifying to readers what it feels like to still be counted as part of the family even after hurting them.
If you're looking for a book that provides the charm of mountain life, BASHEO delivers it to you on a platter amid the Rocky Mountains. Although Brynn mentions that Sebastian's name does not roll off the tongue easily, readers will find that Sebastian Sudworth is a name that is quite memorable, and for good reason. It is gratifying to see him overcome his regrets and relational failures, and even more so to see him in his element in his field. The way that Brynn and Sebastian both have to work through their past allows them to slowly peel back the layers of the other person, revealing their commonalities. If readers like a large dash of pop culture, clever dialogue, and endearing characters that are worth the wait, Brynn and Sebastian will have you wanting to see them on-camera and off-camera.
Many thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a complimentary digital copy of Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other (aka BASHEO) by Bethany Turner for review consideration. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Bethany Turner is an absolute queen at writing Contemporary RomComs! And this "enemies to more" plot is no exception. Not only does she write multi-layered characters that you'll either love... or love to hate, but she knows exactly how to draw you into their story and want more as well. Brynn and Sebastion are delightful characters. They both have deep pasts that have molded them into the people they are... and left a few scars along the way. They're both a little unlikeable in the beginning. But I loved how all along you're given just enough to keep your feelings for them evolving. And pretty soon, you find yourself cheering them both on! This is truly a likeable story, from beginning to end and as always, I cannot wait to read what Ms. Turner brings us next!
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.