Wednesday 11 August 2021

Book ~ "You Again?" (2020) Nick Spalding

From Goodreads ~ Amy and Joel’s honeymoon in the Maldives was the perfect week of love, sun, sex and a free minibar ... but unfortunately it was also the high point of a marriage that quickly descended into an absolute disaster zone.

Eight years on, they’re back in paradise, trying to recreate the magic with new partners. What a crying shame they’ve picked the same week to do it.

Trapped together on an island small enough to spit across with the wind behind you, Amy and Joel pick up right where they left off: at total loggerheads. And so begins a hideous week of rivalry, one-upmanship and score-settling - as each tries to prove they’ve now comprehensively won at life.

The thing is, hurt and pain are strongest where there was once love. And what if being back in this island paradise, with all its wonderful memories, sets sparks flying in more ways than one?

Amy and Joel worked well together at a real estate company and ended up getting married.  Things weren't perfect and came to a head when they missed an important meeting with a prospective client ... Amy ended up getting fired, they bitterly divorced and blamed each for the lost client.

Two years later, they have moved on ... Amy is engaged to a nice fella named Ray and Joel is dating a younger woman named Cara, who is the granddaughter of his boss.  They all need a vacation and when a deal pops up on Expedia to Maldives, where Amy and Joel had pleasant memories from when they went there on their honeymoon, little do they know they both go for it the same week.  The two couples end up on the same flight, the same boat right to the resort and yes, the same resort.  It's a small resort so needless to say, it's hard not to run into each other.  Amy and Joel are still very angry with each other and when they aren't trying to avoid each other, try to sabotage each other's vacation every chance they get.

This is the seventh book I've read by this author and I liked it.  I liked the writing style ... it was funny and light.  It is written in first person perspective in Amy and Joel's voices and it's as if they are speaking to me, the reader.  The author is English as are the characters so there were some references to people I didn't know.  As a head's up, there is a swearing (lots of F-bombs).

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