“We don’t love each other the easy way.. but our hearts are in the right place every single time. The words will come from you, the deeds will come from me. I trust that. But, what we have between us in impossible to express sometimes. It’s real and it’s big.. and sometimes it creates flaws.”
Thank you Avon Books for gifting me a copy of LOVE HER OR LOSE HER by Tessa Bailey in exchange for an honest review.
“Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.
Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippy. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret… and it could demolish everything.”
I have been big into reading books from the romance genre over the last six months. There’s just something nice about a feel-good book that has the ending tied up into a nice little bow. I also love all of the different tropes that come along with the romance genre; friends to lovers, soulmates, second chance at love, secret romance, first love, reunited lovers, love triangle.. the list goes on and on. I think enemies to lovers is my favorite, they’re usually pretty hilarious. LOVE HER OR LOSE HER falls into the ‘second chance at love’ category.
Here is what worked and didn’t work about this book for me.
What didn’t work: Let me preface this by saying that I do not mind a little steam in a book, it doesn’t bother me. However, I do think that it can be overdone. I think in the case of LOVE HER OR LOSE HER that there were parts that it did work. But, then there were parts that it just made me cringe.. it was too much and it seemed out of context. I would just be reading along and bam! there was some sexual explicit thought that one of the characters had that just did not fit with where I was in the book. I also didn’t care for Dominic and his weirdly overprotective, “I am man hear me roar” personality. But, hey, that’s just me.
What did work for me: I enjoyed how the book focused fairly heavily on marriage counseling. I was glad to see that the author referenced the Five Love Languages and the importance of paying attention to which language your spouse needs. I wish that the author hadn’t made the therapist out to be a pot-smoking hippie but that did add some humor to the storyline and made me giggle a bit at times. I also loved Rosie’s references to cooking; some of the descriptions of her food had me drooling just thinking about it.
Overall, if you are looking for a storyline that dives into the dynamics of a couple and what it takes to keep a relationship moving and that has a steam scale that would make you blush if your grandma picked it up, then this book is for you.
Thank you, again, Avon Books for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. LOVE HER OR LOSE HER was published on January 14, 2020, and is available for order now!