Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings…these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”
High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars…these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful—and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy.
Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson’s moving not just into her office building, but into the office right next to hers. And he’ll be competing at the prestigious EPIC investment pitch contest: A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat. As if it’s not bad enough seeing his irritatingly perfect face on magazine covers when her own business is failing. As if knowing he stole her idea and twisted it into something vile—and monumentally more successful—didn’t already make her stomach churn.
As the two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about?
Title: Make Up Break Up
Author: Lily Menon
Publication Date: February 2, 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
What a fantastic adult debut for Menon! I loved it so much I didn’t pause to take notes or anything. I just sped right through it in one day.
The chemistry between the two main characters, Annika and Hudson, is so perfect. They complement each other so well and just seem to keep each other on their toes. I love that they had a background as well. So, even though it was enemies-to-lovers, it was really lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers.
The steam to cutesy ratio in their relationship was spot on as well. I felt like I was getting enough steam to keep things interesting, but not enough to make their relationship seem all about sex and lust. They had a lot of cute, slow burn moments, as well which I loved.
There was also the great message of women in tech that Menon delivered. As someone with a BS in the tech field, I love reading and seeing other women (even fictional women) working in the tech field and doing so successfully. It’s very inspiring and encouraging and it was great to see that in this book.
Overall, Menon delivered another killer romance. I laughed. I cried. I wished for more. Menon is officially an insta-buy author for me in any age group.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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