QUICK PITCH: ACADEMIC RIVALS IN GRAD SCHOOL. EXES TO LOVERS (AKA SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE)!!! FAT REP! HILARIOUS AND EMOTIONAL! GO GET IT NOW!!!!!
I’ve been wanting to read an academic rivals to lovers aimed at adults for AGES AND I HAVE FINALLY RECEIVED WHAT I ASKED FOR. But you know what made this even better? The fact that this was also a second chance romance! i didn’t think I’d fall for them as a couple because it’s a one sided extremely biased narration and I definitely wanted to punch Colin in the face multiple times throughout… and yet it still gave me happy fuzzy feelings!
I especially think that the whole experience was enhanced by the fact that they were in the literature field so we got to see some great wordplay– fore(word)play?– and just some really fun medieval things! Of course the romance and friendship were done really well. we gradually get to see the romance bloom. The friendship was done really well, especially because I related to that drifting away as you chase your dreams kind of feeling. I feel like this captured that feeling really well. It also captured the feeling of guilt while also wanting to be free of toxic family members really well. It tugged at my heartstrings and had me really taking my time with the book despite wanting to read it all in one sitting.
Overall, would HIGHLY recommend!