Author: Lily Menon

Publication Date: February 2, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

Make Up Break Up, the sparkling and heartfelt romantic comedy debut from Lily Menon

Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings…these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”

High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars…these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful—and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy.

Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson’s moving not just into her office building, but into the office right next to hers. And he’ll be competing at the prestigious EPIC investment pitch contest: A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat. As if it’s not bad enough seeing his irritatingly perfect face on magazine covers when her own business is failing. As if knowing he stole her idea and twisted it into something vile—and monumentally more successful—didn’t already make her stomach churn.

As the two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about?

Book Review

Make Up Break Up is a cute romantic comedy with great characters.

Annika is developing an app called Make Up that allows couples to have a second chance. Hudson recently developed an app called Break Up that allows someone to send a Break Up employee to break up with their significant other. Annika and Hudson had a fling while in Vegas for a conference. Hudson just moved into the office next to hers. They soon develop a rivalry pranking each other. Soon they start to spend more time together. Will these enemies turn into lovers? Also, Annika’s company is on the brink of bankruptcy. Can she win a grant or will she have to give up her dream of developing the Make Up app?

Make Up Break Up was the perfect light read. I loved the characters and was entertained from the first page. Annika is very independent and will do anything to save her company. However, she will not take money from her family or employee. Developing the Make Up app is her passion and she won’t let anyone convince her to give up. She is convinced Hudson is a bad person because of the Break Up app. However, Hudson is always there for her and except for their friendly pranks is always nice to her. Annika struggles with her dad not supporting her dream and pushing for her to go to medical school instead. Annika doesn’t let this discourage her. Hudson is a kind person and his reasons for developing the Break Up app are not as cruel as Annika assumes. Hudson has many different sides that are shown throughout the book but he always has integrity. Hudson has other passions besides Break Up but with Break Up’s success he spends most of his time on that. This story was cute with many funny parts. I liked the emphasis on following your dreams in this book. I recommend Make Up Break Up to fans of romantic comedy novels.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for Make Up Break Up.

About the Author

Lily Menon has always been enamored of romantic comedies and happily-ever-afters in all shapes and sizes. Her very first love story, written at age nine, was about a handsome young boy who wooed the heroine with books, chocolates, and a very fat puppy. Now Lily lives with her own handsome boy (who indeed wooed her with books, chocolates, and fat puppies) in the mountains of Colorado, where she spends her days dreaming up kissing scenes and meet-cutes.

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