Exes and O’s by Amy Lea Review

60880795Summary: A romance novel-obsessed social media influencer revisits her exes on her hunt for true love in this romantic comedy from the author of Set On You.
Romance book connoisseur Tara Chen has had her heart broken ten times by ten different men—all of whom dumped her because of her “stage-five clinger” tendencies. Nevertheless, Tara is determined to find The One. The only problem? Classic meet-cutes are dead, thanks to modern dating apps. So Tara decides to revisit her exes in hopes of securing her very own trope-worthy second-chance romance.
 

Boston firefighter Trevor Metcalfe will be the first to rush into a burning building but the last to rush into a relationship. Love just isn’t his thing. When his new roommate Tara enlists him to help her reconnect with her exes, he reluctantly agrees. But Tara’s journey is leading him to discover his own new chapter.
 

The more time they spend together, the more Tara realizes Trevor seems to be the only one who appreciates her authentic, dramatic self. To claim their happily ever after, can Tara and Trevor read between the lines of their growing connection?

 

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Since I adored Amy Lea’s debut, Set on You, in 2022, I couldn’t wait to reader her latest release, Exes and O’s. The next book in The Influencers companion series, Exes and O’s follows Crystal’s sister, Tara. As soon as we met Tara in Set on You (PSA that you don’t have to read Set on You before Exes and O’s other than of course being ‘spoiled’ about Crystal and her love interest), I knew that I wanted a book all about her, since she is a book influencer! 

Getting back on her feet after her fiancé canceled their wedding, book influencer & nurse Tara is moving out of her sister’s place and sharing an apartment with her broody roommate & Boston firefighter, Trevor. With her hospital’s Valentine’s Day Gala coming up & wanting to have a romance like the ones she reads about all the time, Tara works through her list of exes, determined to have a happily ever after, second chance romance with one of them. Tara enlists Trevor to help her out with her ex dates and the two might just be finding more chemistry with one another than Tara is having with her exes…

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READ THIS DEBUT: Set on You Review

Summary (from the publisher):
71Mye0qvxXLCurvy fitness influencer Crystal Chen built her career shattering gym stereotypes and mostly ignoring the trolls. After her recent breakup, she has little stamina left for men, instead finding solace in the gym – her place of power and positivity.

 

Enter firefighter Scott Ritchie, the smug new gym patron who routinely steals her favorite squat rack. Sparks fly as these ultra-competitive foes battle for gym domination. But after a series of escalating jabs, the last thing they expect is to run into each other at their grandparents’ engagement party.

In the lead up to their grandparents’ wedding, Crystal discovers there’s a soft heart under Scott’s muscled exterior. Bonding over family, fitness, and cheesy pick-up lines, she just might have found her swolemate. But when a photo of them goes viral, savage internet trolls put their budding relationship to the ultimate test of strength.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Amy Lea’s upcoming Set on You has been getting so much early praise and so many spots on anticipated books lists. I’m here to report that the hype is very much deserved! 

Set on You follows curvy fitness influencer, Crystal, who has built a mini empire between her personal training sessions and large following on Instagram. Crystal unfortunately gets a ton of negative messages from Internet trolls & her family constantly questions her on her career choice & its sustainability. Crystal has had her last straw when firefighter Scott steals her favorite squat rack at the gym one day. Competition and sparks fly — even when Crystal and Scott realize at an engagement party that their grandparents are getting married. With their grandparents’ nuptials coming up, Crystal and Scott agree to work through their issues…and try to ignore their feelings for another.

Set on You was such a fun & unique read, especially given Crystal’s career and background. As a curvy and Asian influencer, Crystal gets love and even more hate on her Instagram, which ignites a ton of self-doubt about herself and even over her relationship with Scott. Set on You was the type of read that didn’t have the clearest conflict, other than Scott and Crystal trying to work out their feelings for one another, but I loved their banter and relationship development so much (& the book definitely delivers on the steam). I also loved the dynamics with their family, especially given that Crystal’s grandma and Scott’s grandfather are to be married. Crystal’s sister, Tara, is also a book influencer – do I see a companion novel following Tara coming?? 

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