Wednesday, October 4, 2023

BRYNN AND SEBASTIAN HATE EACH OTHER by Bethany Turner, Reviewed by Kim #ReleaseDay

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. I also purchased a copy. All opinions are my own. This is a clean read. 4.5 stars!

BackCover Blurb:

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

Thomas Nelson Publishing, September, 2023
Available in digital ebook, paperback, library binding, and audiobook.

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