Book Review – We Were On a Break by Lindsey Kelk

Book Review – We Were On a Break by Lindsey Kelk
Book Review – We Were On a Break by Lindsey KelkWe Were On a Break by Lindsey Kelk
Published by Harper
Publication date: January 3, 2017
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Women's Fiction
416 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

A hilarious, modern and insightful look at modern coupledom from the initimiable Lindsey Kelk

“You’ve just had a holiday,” I pointed out, trying not to yawn. “Wasn’t that enough of a break?”“I don’t mean that kind of break.”

There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out.

Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work as a vet - animals are so much simpler than humans - and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug. But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other?

More importantly, do they want to?

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Harper is offering a signed copy ALWAYS THE BRIDESMAID by Lindsey Kelk to a lucky reader after the review! So be sure to enter! I haven’t read that one but it looks really cute. ➜ Read the Synopsis

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What do you do when your boyfriend who had planned on putting a ring on it suddenly says he wants “a break?” What does that mean? That’s what happens to Liv. Lindsey Kelk’s warm romantic comedy is the story of two people trying to figure out what they want—both romantically and in their own lives.

Liv and Adam’s Mexican vacation doesn’t go as either of them had planned. Adam was supposed to propose to her. Liv was expecting a proposal, as she had been tipped off by her best friend, Cass, who is also Adam’s brother’s wife. But oddly enough, the proposal didn’t happen and instead their last night in paradise was anything but romantic. Now back in Long Harrington after a disappointing end to their trip, Adam says he wants a break. Not only that, her father unilaterally decides he’s handing over the family veterinary clinic to Liv. What does Liv want? What does Adam want?

This book was quite funny in several parts. But if I’m completely honest, it moved quite slow for me. The book felt very long, which was likely due to the very introspective narrative. While I don’t mind this style per se, it didn’t entirely work because I didn’t feel completely engaged with Adam or Liv. In the beginning, Adam came off as a jerk and Liv made some choices that I didn’t quite understand.

Nevertheless, I did enjoy the story overall. And I really loved Liv and Adam’s friends. My favorite character was Liv’s co-worker, David. He was a riot! He is crass, a ladies man, and eternally hopeful that Liv’s other best friend, Abi, will let him take her to pleasure town. Side note: I was really hoping that something would happen between these two. I’d totally be okay if Kelk wanted to write a spin-off with Abi and David. Please let that happen.

Normally when couples break up and then don’t communicate, that bothers me. But it didn’t irritate me with this book because it felt natural. This is categorized as women’s fiction, which implies a woman’s journey. But Adam has his own story arc and self-realization. His brother Chris is sort of the golden boy, while Adam is a law school dropout turned carpenter who’s living in his grandparents house. He feels inadequate for Liv, who’s a veterinarian. But throughout the story, he really comes into his own skin and realizes what he wants.

I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a fun romantic comedy. Even though I found it to be slow, it was delightful in many parts.

Thanks to Harper for providing me with an advance copy for review. Receiving this book for free did not affect my opinion. 

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Interview & Giveaway – I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions by Erin Lyon

Interview & Giveaway – I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions by Erin Lyon

You’ve probably heard me talking a lot about this book the last few weeks! I have author Erin Lyon on the blog today. She’s here to talk about her debut, I Love You Subject to the Following Conditionswhich is out in stores today!

And…I’m giving away a paperback copy to a lucky reader! Read my interview with Erin Lyon and then be sure to enter!

Megan: Erin, I am so freaking excited to have you on Reading Books Like a Boss today! I Love You Subject to the Following Conditions (ILYSttFTaC – haha that’s quite the acronym) was such a fun and unique twist on the “playboy who doesn’t want to commit “ storyline. I stayed up late reading this, which I rarely do. I really like my sleep. I’ve been telling everyone to read this fun and sexy book!

Can you tell us a little bit about the book? I’d love to hear how you describe it!

Erin: Thanks, Megan! So excited to be here! I describe the book as a romantic comedy with a twist. It’s set in a world where there is no marriage, no divorce, and all relationships are instead based on seven-year contracts. So, every seven years, a couple gets to decide if they want to renew the contract or let it expire (provided you don’t breach the contract first, of course).

Megan: That unique element added such a fun dynamic to the story and the characters. How in the world did you come up with the whole concept of signing law and contracts?

Erin: Years ago, I was talking with a co-worker and I think the conversation started by talking about animals that they say “mate for life.” Then I said maybe not humans…they seem to have a shelf life of about seven years. Then I went to law school (because my friends and family let me down by not trying to talk me out of it) and I learned about contract law. After finishing law school, the two ideas sort of merged and voila: seven-year contracts.

Megan: Haha! A 7-year shelf life! As a lawyer myself, I definitely gravitated to and enjoyed how contract law entered into the family law arena. It’s sort of crazy to think of!

I loved how Kate was very self-aware and called herself out on some of her own crap. I wanted to slap her a few times myself! What were some of your favorite things about her?

Erin: I like that Kate can laugh at herself. She tries to do the right thing, but definitely falls short sometimes. But she still shrugs it off rather than beating herself up over her mistakes.

Megan: Did you have a particular scene (or scenes) that you just loved writing?

Erin: I loved the scene at the bar where she sees the mermaid in the tank! I think because that whole scene sort of played in my head like a movie and I was just writing away and didn’t even know exactly what was going to happen next. And of course, the kiss that follows. Kate was just goofy and fearless in the best way.

Megan: I LOVED that scene so much, too. When I was reading that scene, I could totally see Kate being carefree and totally adorable. And Adam…well…looking at her all amused. Speaking of Adam…

I would describe Adam as very charismatic, kind, and mysterious. I loved how he was so attuned to Kate and how to help her out of a tough situation. How would you describe Adam? And why is he so freaking stubborn?

Erin: Adam is the unicorn. Well, he starts out as the letch who’s just trying to get a girl in bed. But once they get to be friends? He has a depth Kate never anticipated (which is why he’s so good at tangling up her brain). But he’s also – as you said – stubborn and determined that relationships are not for him. He’s gotten used to giving people only the surface of who he is and they seem okay with that, which has made him more cynical about opening up to anyone.

Megan: I’m dying to know if we’ll learn more about him (and what’s going on in his brain) in the next book.

Erin: Much more! It’s so hard because this story was always an arc for me and it’s one continuous storyline! Adam is more confused about his feelings for Kate in Book 2 but she definitely continues chipping away at his marble façade.

Megan: I’m going to ask you the question that EVERYONE will want to know upon finishing this one: When can we expect book two?

Erin: It’s in editing but I don’t have a release date yet! So sorry! I will shout it from the rooftops once it’s got a release date. 🙂

Megan: As a follow-up, why must you torture us so?

Erin: Hahaha. I know, I know. Like I said, I have this whole story laid out and Book 2 starts *the moment* Book 1 ends!

Megan: My emotions were all over the place at the end of ILYSttFTaC. Can you give us any hints or tease us a bit about the next book? I may or may not resort to begging.

Erin: Kate starts to find her footing as a lawyer and – spoiler alert – realizes that people are generally nuts. She struggles with making practical decisions about her future, but Adam manages to continue to make a mess of that. But I can tell you that she does narrow her playing field by the end of Book 2!

Lightning Round:

Favorite movie?

As Good As It Gets. Not a wasted line in the entire movie.

Coolest place you want to go, but haven’t yet?

New York City! Never been, but I’m finally going in March! So excited!

Your least favorite word?

“Bae.” Because it’s not a word, people! Oh, and “adorbs.” Please. Just stop.

Haha! Favorite romance novel?

Wuthering Heights. Yeah, I know. Stalker alert. Can’t help it. It’s a twisted love story, but I have entire passages memorized.

Favorite junk food?

Cookies. All kinds as long as they don’t have raisins.

What are your guilty pleasures?

The Vampire Diaries. Yes, I am a grown woman entirely obsessed with a CW show. Oh, and I’ve been known to occasionally marathon the Twilight movies. (Shocking, I know!)

More about Erin Lyon:

  • I LOVE YOU SUBJECT TO…: Amazon: USUKCAN | iBooks | GR
  • If you want a laugh, you MUST read the article Erin wrote here on “Why Lawyers Should Not Write Romance.” She explains why her method of marriage would have saved these couples in classic literature a lot of grief. So funny!


Winner will receive a paperback copy of I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions courtesy of Tor Books.
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