The Love Rematch
The Love Match Book 1
by Kay Marie
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Pub Date 16 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 16 Oct 2023
She’s the new lead of a hit dating show.
He’s the producer.
And seven years ago, they were in love.
Let the games begin…
Emily Peters spends her days working at her mother’s flower shop and her nights working on her startup jewelry business. She has no time for romance, and she’s happy that way. Until one morning she wakes up to find her mother on national television practically begging America to find her a boyfriend.
When the clip goes viral, Emily is swept away in a Hollywood dream, set to become the new lead of the hit dating show, The Love Match. But it all turns to a nightmare when she arrives on set and comes face-to-face with Jake, the man who broke her heart seven years ago—and her new producer.
She's hellbent on revenge. He's determined to secure a promotion. But the more they face-off behind the scenes, the harder it becomes to deny their attraction and ignore the secrets of their past. Jake will soon realize the only thing worse than abandoning the love of his life is finding her a new fiancé.
Love and Other Words meets The Hating Game in this Bachelor-inspired romantic comedy perfect for fans of forced proximity, second chance romance, reality television, revenge, working with an ex, emotional scars, and dual POV!
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If you are reading this review before you have read the book, just start reading, This is the best book I have read in years! Seriously, get this book. For a more detailed breakdown, read on.
Let's address a possible trigger warning because I don't want anyone to have a trauma trigger and ruin this bomb-ass book for you. There is discussion of DV in the hero's childhood and he clearly has trauma about it to deal with. The descriptions are not graphic, but if this topic is a hard line for you, then you have been advised.
Do you have to be a fan of reality tv or ever actually seen an episode of the Bachelor/ Bachelorette to enjoy this book? Nope. Is this a fun romcom that also had me reaching for tissues in chapter 23? Yup. Did I get to the end of this book and immediately join the author's email list so I can know as soon as another book comes out? Hell yes.
Now, sometimes books that alternate perspective chapter by chapter are actually terrible and frustrating. This is not that. It actually flows really well, doesn't cover the same ground which keeps the story moving, and the character voices are clearly defined so that even without the name at the top of the chapter, it is obvious whose voice it is.
And sometimes "second chance romances" get bogged down by extensive flashbacks or long bouts of info dumping. This book, thankfully, does not. Instead it works more like real life when you see, say, touch, smell something and it sparks a memory of something specific. I hope more authors take note of Kay Marie's writing of these scenes because not only were they short, to the point, and felt sharp in that way that some memories can be, they also didn't give the whole game away and they leave you wanting to know more of what happened when and what will happen. It was pretty damn brilliant.
Without giving the plot points away, I can tell you that the angst and standard misunderstandings of this genre actually make sense in this story. At no point did I think either character made a choice just to serve the plot (ok, maybe one thing, but it was so reality tv that I think it is fine). Oddly they made decisions because they loved each other and wanted to protect the other in ways that really only make sense to you when you are 17 and in love. And then when they are grown, they try to make better choices and it is refreshing to see growth.
That ending tho???
The Love Rematch takes place seven years after the love of Emily's life sneaks out her bedroom window and disappears from her life altogether. She's mourned the loss so hard that her mom takes it upon herself to announce on national TV that #emilyannneedsaman.
The stunt lands Emily the lead role on her favorite realty TV show where, you guessed it, her long-last love Jake is a producer!
The ensuing chaos is funny, sweet, and heartbreaking. Snippets of Emily and Jake's past are weaved into the present, and every flashback adds another layer of swoon to the story. The author beautifully showed how they grew together in the past and ached to find each other in the present. I feel like I know the characters inside and out!
Watching Jake stew while Emily was wooed by 30 men was fantastic. I don't generally condone torture, and Jake had his reasons - good ones - for abandoning her, but he deserved it nonetheless for never making those reasons known.
The Love Rematch is my favorite book of 2023 so far! I devoured it in one afternoon and am sad I'll never read it for the first time again.
Be prepared to jump for joy and excitement when you figure out who the subject of the sequel will be!!
"He'll never be her hero. But that doesn't mean he has to stay her villain."
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Wow, what an AMAZING read, The Love Rematch is a witty, faced past, second chance romance novel that has you hooked from the first line. ( and dual POV!)
Imagine waking up one morning to see your mum on a morning news segment practically begging for you to go on a reality dating show, well that's what happened to the FMC Emily Peters. Not only did Emily end up going onto this bachelorette-esque reality show but her childhood love who broke her heart 7 years prior is the producer.
As you can imagine this premise has you on the edge of your seat. Immersive plot and satirical dialogue had me reading this in one day!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, it was so entertaining seeing Emily date 30 different men in front of her ex and make him suffer, Emily was a funny realistic and likeable mc and had me rooting for her the entire book. Not to mention her sister is ICONIC, had me actually laughing out loud with some of the things she said.
I literally can not fault this novel at all (which is extremely rare for me) Loved it.