Romance books are known for featuring lots of tropes. Amy Lea’s Exes and O’s takes it to another level.
If you didn’t know, Exes and O’s is actually only Amy Lea’s second book. Her first book which is also her debut was Set On You. It was released in May 2022 and followed Crystal, a plus-sized fitness influencer, and the romance she has with Scott, a squat rack thief who becomes entrenched in her life in a completely new way.
Set On You was easily one of my favorite reads of 2022 so it was a no-brainer when I was graciously sent an ARC by the publisher. I immediately jumped into it and devoured it all in one day so there was no way I wasn’t going to talk about it and share it with my fellow romance lovers.
If you’re a bit shy about jumping into Exes and O’s by Amy Lea, then these five reasons should help you pick it up.
Exes and O’s is a romance reader’s dream come true.
The major reason why I adored this book so much was all of the talks about romance books. It feels like romance is a genre that’s constantly undermined. In this book though, Amy Lea really proves that she knows her stuff and she makes sure to appreciate all of the most beloved romance tropes. If you love romance books, then you’ll adore how Exes and O’s talks about romance.
Tara, the main character is incredibly relatable.
If you read Set On You, you’ll know that Tara is Crystal’s sister and she is prone to falling in love quickly. She meets someone and immediately has heart eyes. For me, I feel like that’s super relatable as we’re all looking for love and wanting to see the best in others. She’s also a huge supporter of reading romance and just seeing the romance in life as a whole.
Tara’s love quest is unorthodox but a lot of fun to read.
If you read the blurb for the book, you’ll know that Tara goes on a quest to reach out to all of her exes and find out how and why the relationship went wrong. If you think that has the potential for shenanigans, you’d be right. Everything Tara deals with in meeting up with her exes is equally parting hilarious and sad as it really says a lot about Tara as a character.
You get to see the characters from Set On You.
If you didn’t read Set On You, then you can ignore this point. If you did, then you’ll be happy to know that Crystal and Scott make multiple appearances in the book. Maybe it’s just me, but I love seeing those little moments and cameos because it feels like a little treat every time they’re around.
The romance in Exes and O’s is amazing.
Of course, the last and most important point is that the romance between Tara and Trevor is incredible. You see these two who couldn’t be more different end up getting into a relationship and it’s a delight. I especially loved seeing how soft Trevor got for Tara and how Tara slowly but surely fell for Trevor. Everything about this romance was swoony and soft yet also steamy and fun when it needed to be.
While those are just five reasons why you need to read Exes and O’s, I really do feel like this book is perfect for a romance reader of any level. Whether you’re starting out or a seasoned romance vet, you’ll enjoy this book. This book is cute, fun and the perfect romance book to start the year off with.
The only issue I had with the story was the pacing. I’m not sure if it’s just how the romance played out or how long it felt for the two to come together. Regardless, something about the pacing made this book seem longer. Even so, Exes and O’s is an absolute delight and one I know I’ll be revisiting again.
Exes and O’s by Amy Lea is out now wherever books are sold.
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