Always Never Yours by Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberly

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4.5 stars

All of Megan Harper’s exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse, or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.

But when she’s cast as none other than Juliet in her high school’s production, it’s a disaster. Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen Okita–an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye off a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

Yet, after spending more and more time with Owen, Megan wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?


Oh my gosh, I sooo enjoyed this one!

It’s been around 10 days since I’ve finished reading this one, and all I can really remember is how fun and sweet and enjoyable this was to read! (Also, major plot points and BOTH MC’s NAMES!!!–for reference, I have a notoriously bad memory with protagonists’ names, especially in first person.)

I had to go and check back in my Goodreads review to figure out what I wasn’t too fond of, which I’ll talk about later in this review.

But first, OH MY GOSH WAS THIS NOT THE MOST ADORABLE THING YOU’VE EVER READ?

Owen is the most precious love interest ever UGH. He is absolutely adorable and sweet yet is still flawed in his own way. OWEN OKITA IS THE MAN OF MY DREAMS OK? BOYS, GROW UP AND BE LIKE OWEN.

Also, Megan was such a queen? I loved how sex positive she was and she definitely had great character growth throughout the story. I really loved how Megan is known as the school flirt and she’s not ashamed of it.

I do think that this is a bit glossed over because I feel like in real life people are sucky and Megan would have been called a plethora of names, but this is fiction and we can live in a glossed over world for the couple hours we read it.

Megan goes through a lot, and I really like how she goes through a bunch of character growth. Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka did a fantastic job of balancing character and plot and romance, I’m honestly so shook by how well they did that, considering it’s their debut.

There’s definitely a solid amount of plot going on, such as Megan’s sudden role as Juliet in the play and other things going on with her friends and family, but there’s also a solid amount of her own growth going on as she discovers more about herself. There’s also the romance woven in with Owen featured in a lot of plot points, and I’m just over the moon at how well everything fit together.

It was well-balanced in this aspect, and it also didn’t drag. They managed to make character growth and plot development and romance happen at the same time without the book diving into an excessive amount of pages, which is honestly such a feat.

There was only one thing I wasn’t over the moon on, and that was how I wish there was more about Megan’s relationship with her family. I think the friendship and romance aspects were really well done, but I wanted more on Megan and her relationship with her family. I think there were a lot of things left unsaid in their storyline.

Overall, I sped through this novel and totally enjoyed reading! I definitely recommend if you’re looking for a sweet, sex-positive, theater-centric contemporary romance that will make you fall in love with all the characters! This was honestly such an adorable debut and I am so excited to see what else Siegemund-Broka and Wibberley come up with!

Also, big thanks to Tara Tsai for buying me this copy of Always Never Yours (which is by her Author Mentor Match mentors!) from her giveaway! Tara is such a sweetheart & you should definitely check her out on Twitter here!

much love, vicky

What are your favorite romantic contemporaries? Leave me recs below because I’m ALWAYS looking for more books in this genre!

 

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