I received this book for free from Hot Tree Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Hot Tree Publishing on May 11, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Hot Tree Publishing
Reading Challenges: For The Love Of Ebooks, Review Writing
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𝐀 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝-𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐜𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐡𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡, 𝐜𝐫𝐲, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭.
Livie Dunn, bookworm and aspiring bookstore owner, has been in love with her best friend ever since he dropped a bug down her shirt in primary school. She never stopped hoping that one day he’d realize they were made for each other.
Until Mia got in the way.
Kyle Huang has been taught to always do the right thing. But when that involves ostracizing his best friend by marrying her childhood nemesis, Mia, life as he knows it derails and crashes.Suddenly, their happy ever after seems like a broken dream, especially when Livie moves across two continents to open a bookstore in Scotland.
To salvage a love that seems all but lost, Kyle must come to terms with his own bad choices and hope that Livie is willing to forgive and help him face his demons—a task that is anything but simple. Will he be able to reignite her love or will he lose it all?
Fictional-ish was a book I was looking forward to because I am a huge sucker for the friends to lovers trope. Fictional-ish was not what I was expecting and I’m still not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
Fictional-ish is centered around Livie and Kyle. They have been best friends for ages and Livie has always had feelings for Kyle but has never acted on them until he decides to marry her enemy. I did find the whole enemy thing to be a little childish. However, I did find this to have a good twist to it.
Livie ends up moving to Scotland to open up a bookstore and Kyle ends up following to “interview her”. I had a lot of trouble with this story because I absolutely loved Livie but I hated Kyle. I am team ANYBODY but Kyle. I felt like because he started off on the wrong foot it was going to be really hard to actually redeem himself. I couldn’t like him at all. I also didn’t feel like his feelings for Livie were real.
Livie on the other hand was truly a sweet character and a bit too naïve for me. But overall, I really wanted her to win and be happy. I think she deserved better than Kyle because I honestly felt like he just wasn’t a good guy.
The story was told in both Kyle and Livie’s point of views and I usually love this but there was some confusing parts such as a scene would happen in Kyle’s chapter but then we’d get it again in more detail in Livie’s so I found myself just skimming those parts.
Overall, this was a quick and easy read and although I personally wasn’t a fan of the romance, I think others would like it.