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Review: Married by Sunday by Sarah Ready

Opposites clash in this wild, unpredictable rom com, where two strangers team up to stop a wedding at all costs.

Nathaniel Barry is monochromatic, meticulous, and uptight. Izzy Harris is wild, unpredictable, and free-spirited. Nathaniel has a trendy apartment, a successful career, and a girlfriend he’s about to propose to. Izzy has no home, no career, and nobody special to hold her down.

They’re polar-opposites in every way.

So when they sit next to each other on the train to Romeo, New York they clash from the very start. Naturally, Nathaniel decides he wants nothing to do with Izzy. And Izzy…well, she has a different opinion.

No matter how much Nathaniel protests, Izzy knows it was fate that brought them together. Nathaniel’s girlfriend just ran off to marry another man, and Izzy swears she’ll help Nathaniel win her back. They have three days to stop the ill-advised wedding. It should be easy. It should be simple. But when two polar opposites team-up to stop a wedding, there’s only one guarantee – that nothing will go as planned.

Title:Married by Sunday
Author:Sarah Ready
Series:Soul Mates in Romeo (Book 5)
Pages:208
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Opposites Attract
Point of View:First Person, Present Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:Romeo, New York, USA
HEA:✔️
Release Date:22nd March, 2022
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A romantic romp with a twist

We make a much anticipated return to Romeo, New York with this story, the fifth in Ms Ready’s Soul Mates in Romeo series. While one or two previous characters from the series do pop up, our hero or heroine are brand new and this book stands completely alone with its own HEA. But we get plenty of shenanigans, laughs and a surprising amount of emotion in order to get there.

As soon as Nathaniel and Izzy meet there’s a massive spark – of dislike. Especially on Nate’s side. But by circumstance, and maybe fate, the pair are stuck together and forced to spend time together before finally teaming up on a mission to win back Nathaniel’s errant girlfriend. There are definite shades of the Meg Ryan movie, French Kiss, to the idea of winning back a wayward partner, the hiding from said partner and ensuing lessons in love. But it’s different enough for me to appreciate the connection but love this story all for itself.

Izzy is the sunshiney, cheeky, seemingly flighty girl that blows into Nathaniel’s world and knocks his socks off. Well, I’m pretty sure his socks are one of the only things he has left after a couple of hours together. There are hints of a reason for Izzy’s lack of money and seemingly nomadic lifestyle, but we don’t really get clued into this until the end. She’s still funny, smart and I loved her relationship and banter with Nathaniel.

If you had to imagine a polar opposite of Izzy, Nathaniel is who you would picture. He’s a straight laced, rigid, planner type who never deviates from his schedule. His exasperation with Izzy is comedy gold but I also loved the way he slowly starts to change and slowly starts to appreciate the singular brilliance of her made my heart soar.

“I was a sodden, weeping mess before we came to the HEA.”

Although Nathaniel’s girlfriend has run off with another man, Nathaniel is determined to get her back. There could be some grey areas there about whether he was free to start something with Izzy, but I was happy with the way it was written and I think the pair only kissed before Nathaniel realised what his heart really wanted. There is still some sex towards the end of the book but by that time I was already so invested in Nathaniel and Izzy that the sex was a nice bonus but not actually necessary.

As I’ve come to expect from Sarah Ready in this series, it was an absolute hoot. It was silly but still believable and there was a great blend of physical comedy, banter and just downright shenanigans. I laughed so much and had such a great time.

By the time we got towards the end and I was looking forward to everything being wrapped up in a pretty, romantic bow, I had this book pegged as easily my favourites of the year so far. And then there was a slight, well, twist, I suppose. I’m never a fan of a couple that take time apart before the happily ever after but I could have endured that… but the other stuff broke my heart just a touch. I was a sodden, weeping mess before we came to the HEA. We get one, and I was happy, but I wasn’t amused at the emotional trauma I had to go through to get there. That pushed this down to a solid 5 star read but that is all!

I’m so happy to have spent more time in Romeo, New York and that, of course, famed matchmaker Miss Erma was once again right in her predictions of love. I would have preferred a little less reality but this is still a great read and one I would highly recommend for romance and romantic comedy readers. Easily 5 stars.

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review *

Author Sarah Ready writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy.

Her books have been described as “euphoric”, “heartwarming” and “laugh out loud”. Her debut novel The Fall in Love Checklist was hailed as “the unicorn read of 2020”. She loves to write fast-paced, emotionally compelling romances about quirky, smart women and the men who love them.

Before writing romance full-time Sarah had lots of fun teaching at an Ivy League. Then she realized she could have even more fun writing romance. Her favorite things after writing are adventuring and travel. You’ll frequently find her using her degree at a dino dig site, crawling into a cave, snorkeling, or on horseback riding through the jungle – all fodder for her next book. She’s lived in Scotland, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and NYC. She currently lives in the Caribbean with her water-obsessed pup and her awesome family.

You can visit her online at www.sarahready.com

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Soul Mates in Romeo Series:

Book 1
Love Artifacts and You by Sarah Ready Book Cover
Book 4
Book 2
Married by Sunday Cover Sarah Ready
Book 5
Book 3
Book 6

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