Annika Dev is the founder of Make Up, a dating app to help couples with relationship problems. She’s horrified to find out that her company is going to be in the same building as Break Up, an app that helps people end relationships. Ani had a summer fling with Hudson Craft—Break Up’s founder—and she’s pretty sure that he stole the idea for his app from her. Needless to say, she’s less than thrilled to see him again, especially since he’s so different from the man she met over the summer.
And of course, all of a sudden, Hudson is *everywhere* and Ani can’t avoid him. Not only does she run into him at the office, but she also finds him at her yoga class and at the same restaurant—the man is practically omnipresent, but not in a creepy way.
As much as Ani wants to hate Hudson, the more time she spends with him, the harder it is to hate him. She might even be starting to like him.
I enjoy the “enemies to lovers” trope, so this book did not disappoint me. There’s also an element of slow burn; there are the typical “almost” moments, but our romantic leads take their time with the relationship. However, in a fun twist, they already know each other from that week-long summer hookup at a conference, so this book also qualifies as a second chance romance. Tropes, tropes, tropes!
In a way, this book reminded me of Pride and Prejudice, wherein Ani makes several assumptions about Hudson’s character based on superficial appearances, and it takes her awhile to acknowledge that her perspective is shaped by their shared past and that perhaps she doesn’t know Hudson as well as she thinks she does. On that note, the reader only receives Ani’s perspective, but the exposition is neutral enough that it’s easy to tell when Ani is being unfair to Hudson. This leads to some of the funniest moments of the book: she’s so convinced that he’s doing something awful or scheming etc., and he’s just being a regular guy.
I would recommend Make Up Break Up. This is a delightful rom com featuring two people with seemingly opposite dating philosophies who can’t seem to get away from each other. It’s sweet and charming and I’m looking forward to reading more from Menon in the future.
I received an ARC of this book from St. Martin’s/NetGalley.