Thank you so much to Netgalley and Berkley Books for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Party of Two was the exact read I needed. It’s cute and fun, but has true depth.
”Sometimes the only way to get something good is to take a few risks.”
// Content Warning: Racism (Mention) //
Release Date: 6/23/2020
Publisher: Berkley Books
Page Count: 320
Party of Two follows Olivia Monroe, a lawyer who moved to L.A. to start her own law firm, and Max Powell, a junior senator. When the two meet, sparks fly, but with Max’s high profile job, and Olivia’s desire to stay out of the spotlight, is what they have special enough to survive?
Writing & Setting
The writing in this book is very well grounded, with great dialogue and a great blend of humor, depth, and drama. This book takes place in L.A., following a character who has just moved back to California from NYC. While I could do without the NYC bashing (kidding!), I really enjoyed seeing L.A. from the perspective of someone new to the city, and not there for Hollywood. It shows a different side to a city I would love to visit one day.
Normally, romance books revolve around the “will they/won’t they” dynamic, except we all know they will so it’s more of us just racing to get to that point. While there’s a few seconds of that, the rest of this book is really about the characters deciding if the relationship is worth it, and fighting to keep their relationship strong despite the world. It was honestly, really refreshing to read a book dealing with the actual struggles of a relationship, and not just the struggles of trying to get in one.
The plot also includes some political aspects as well as some aspects you typically see in books dealing with fame, and I loved how they were included.
These two characters might be one of my favorite Jasmine Guillory couples. They are such well developed characters on their own, and together they work together so beautifully. But let’s talk about them individually.
Olivia is driven, dedicated, and private. She plans things in advance and is never one to make a quick decision.
Max is equally driven and dedicated, but he’s fine with living a public life, and is just a hint impulsive. Okay, maybe a lot impulsive. Honestly, he reminds me of a golden retriever and I love him.
We also have a good set of side characters, with a couple of familiar faces if you’ve read previous books. I can definitely see one of the side characters being the lead in Jasmine’s next book, but that’s all I’ll say about that.
Pros- Great characters, addictive, interesting plot
Overall- 5/5 stars.
Do not miss this book. If you’re looking for a fun romance with all the drama and actual healthy relationships, please pick up Party of Two!
If You Liked Party of Two, I’d Recommend:
- The Wedding Date (The Wedding Date #1) by Jasmine Guillory
- Get A Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert
- Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – [ Review ]
What is your favorite contemporary romance?