Dealbreakers is an adorable romance from Lauren Forsythe

Dealbreakers. Image courtesy Putnam
Dealbreakers. Image courtesy Putnam /

Everyone has something they won’t tolerate. Dealbreakers by Lauren Forsythe takes it to a new level, though.

You might recognize this author from her debut novel which was The Fixer Upper. If not, I feel like Dealbreakers could be a good starting point.

If anything, this book felt like the best type of beach read. It was a lot of fun with loads of great character development, and funny moments, and was a closed-door romance so no worries about someone reading over your shoulder.

Before getting into all my juicy thoughts, I’d like to thank Putnam for sending me a digital ARC so I’m able to share my thoughts with you on release day.

Dealbreakers is a look at modern dating with a sweet romance at its core.

Dealbreakers are a part of dating, no matter what you might feel. There are certain things people don’t like yet Dealbreakers by Lauren Forsythe takes that concept and applies it to a romance novel.

The book begins with Marina who is vying for a promotion after being dumped by her long-time boyfriend and after being interrupted by her work nemesis Lucas, they end up being forced together for an idea pitched by one of Marina’s co-workers. Essentially, they’re trying to figure out if outings are better for a group as Marina pitched or dates as Lucas pitched.

Of course, those types of encounters feel more like dating although it’s clear these two have wildly different ideas of what they want in relationships. Marina wants marriage, kids, and the picket fence while Lucas is figuring things out and having fun which makes for some delicious tension and an even more exciting connection.

However, things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows for these two. Marina is still learning how to say no and figure out her boundaries while Lucas is trying to be there for his family. Either way, they end up being such perfect complements to each other that I couldn’t put this book down once I started.

Things did feel a bit predictable at times, but that’s just the nature of reading sometimes. I do feel like Dealbreakers did have a fun concept as Marina starts to realize her dealbreakers aren’t helping and the app she developed to judge men didn’t help anyone. While I did have to suspense my disbelief a bit, this one was fun.

While the ending was a bit cheesy, I do think Dealbreakers is fun and will scratch the itch of those looking for a fun and light-hearted story.

Dealbreakers by Lauren Forysthe is out now where books are sold. 

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