A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.
Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They’re polar opposites.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
Summary from Goodreads
I’m gonna just come right out and say it: I loved this book. It was so fun, and such a breezy, angsty, gorgeous read. The characters, especially January and Gus, were so real, and I really enjoyed how their relationship came together.
Before I dived into the romance genre (or women’s fiction, whichever this one falls under, and honestly I also loved how the author brought up this conversation in the book) I was under the impression that novels in this genre were just full of upbeat storylines and cliché after cliché. And honestly, there’s a very good chance that some novels in these genres are that type of book. But Beach Reads not only transcended the clichés, it also was a beautifully written book about self-doubt and insecurities and overwhelming fear wrapped in a steamy, yet real, romance.
I also ended up really wanting to read the books January and Gus wrote in Beach Reads. They sounded fascinating, and there’s a small part of me that has my fingers crossed that that may come to being. I mean, it’s happened before. But even if not, I will definitely be wanting to read more books by Emily Henry.
So, if you’re looking for a fantastic, steamy romance with real heart and pathos (and some laugh out loud moments) I really recommend picking up Beach Reads.
If you’ve read Beach Reads, let me know what you thought in the comment section below!