The best part of starting a new year is all the upcoming romance books and one I’ve been highly anticipating is The Breakup Tour by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka.
No matter what age range you’re reading, you’ve probably heard of this writing duo. As husband and wife, the two have continued to release incredible romances and contemporaries for the past few years.
While the authors began in the YA age range, they’ve now branched out into writing adult romances including The Roughest Draft, Do I Know You? And now, The Breakup Tour which is inspired by Taylor Swift.
Considering how big of a year Swift had in 2023, there is no way I wasn’t going to pick this up so I’d like to thank Berkley for sending me an ARC. I actually read this one on Christmas so it’s special to me.
The Breakup Tour is a love letter to music, second chances, and Taylor Swift.
The Breakup Tour follows our girl, Riley Wynn who is a bonafide superstar and she’s written an album full of amazing breakup songs. Of course, the biggest song on the album is “Until You” which is inspired by the one who got away: Max Harcourt but Riley’s ex is claiming it’s about him.
To try to make things right, Riley tries to convince him to come forward and he declines at first until he agrees if he can go on tour with her. Desperate to right the narrative, Riley says yes and it truly feels like the sparks do not stop flying. No matter how much Riley and Max pretend, it’s clear their feelings haven’t ever gone away.
As Max and Riley get closer, we slowly uncover pieces of their past including what happened to cause their first breakup. In addition, these authors really dive into the other side of being a star like Riley and how things aren’t as great as imagined. Seeing them humanize Riley and share her thoughts on being a star was so refreshing and felt like getting a glimpse at Taylor Swift’s life behind the curtain.
While we don’t know Taylor Swift as a person, Riley Wynn feels like an homage to her without being a carbon copy. There were enough differences and tweaks that it felt removed enough. As someone who loves Taylor Swift, I adored this book and I adored the romance between Max and Riley.
If you’ve read this author duo before, you know how easy it is to fall into their stories. The Breakup Tour is no expectation and I couldn’t put it down once I started. I mean I’m already planning a Taylor Swift playlist for when I do my reread of this.
My only complaint was that the third-act conflict felt a little on the nose. It felt like a rehash and incredibly dramatic. Maybe it was just me but I think I would have liked something a bit different or less predictable. Either way, The Breakup Tour was so much fun and is another hit from Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka.
The Breakup Tour by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemunda-Broka is out now!