Exes And Os - Amy Lea - Keeping Up With The Penguins
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Romance reader Tara Chen has had her heart broken ten times over. Sick of searching in vain for a new meet cute, she decides to revisit each of her exes, to see if she can make her own second-chance romance happen. Her new roommate, Trevor, is on hand to help her stay the course. He just happens to be a sexy fireman… what could possibly go wrong in Exes And O’s?

The wonderful team at Penguin Books Australia were kind enough to send me a copy for review. This is Amy Lea’s second novel, the follow-up to her #BookTok sensation Set On You. I was in the mood for something fun, and this fit the bill perfectly (though, I’ll admit, that errant apostrophe in the title drives me nuts).

Speaking of nuts: Lea kindly dedicates Exes And O’s to all of the “crazy” ex-girlfriends (it’s me, hi) and pulls an epigraph from Taylor Swift’s Blank Space. She also includes a very thoughtful content warning before the book begins.

Exes And O’s is sweet, fun, and totally predictable – in a good and comforting way. You know from the second chapter exactly where it’s going, and it’s gratifying to see it all play out exactly the way you’d expect.

Personally, I would’ve liked to see a little more heat, but that’s just my taste – I’m sure for a lot of readers, Lea has the balance just right in Exes And O’s. I think contemporary romance fans will love this one, and it’s a perfectly diverting read for a lazy afternoon.

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